Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 8 – 13 September 2018

Dear Parents,

 On Line Auction for Everyone 

Have you heard about the on line auction which is available for anyone to place a bid, whether you are coming to the Quiz night or not? Have a look at the auction items. The PTS would love people to get behind it as there are great items up for grabs, at bargain prices – like access to the staff car park!!!! To view  click here!

The items are so great I have already put my bid on two items! Remember the auction is available to everyone in the school.

How many times do we hear ourselves saying to our children….” What do you say?” This means you are waiting for a please or thank you from your child. When children come to the office with a request or I have given them the item I sometimes have to ask them ‘what is the magic word?’ They always know it, they just needed prompting. The great news is that VAS children are generally very well mannered.

What does ‘well mannered’ really mean? Saying please and thank you, hello and goodbye and that’s it? We all have different expectations about manners, what we will and won’t accept from our children, our partner, our families. Why do we expect others to have good manners?

When you delve right into this, what is the person who is demonstrating good manners actually doing? He or she are showing consideration for what you have just done for them (thank you), or being polite in their request of your time to undertake an action for you (please). They are showing respect. They want you to know that they appreciate what you have done.

What about other aspects of being well mannered? We teach our children right from the outset, that we have high expectations for them being well mannered at assembly. Ensuring they don’t talk whilst the performance is happening, ensuring that they clap at the end of the performance, are important parts to having a well-mannered child. It is about showing appreciation and consideration. It doesn’t matter whether they have liked the performance, it is about acknowledging the effort, practice and performance. Important learning for the future.

What about other manners? If I am talking to someone and their phone goes, does it show good manners if the person stops talking to me and answers their phone? The message I get is that I am not as important to that person as the person on the phone obviously is. How about the person who interrupts me mid-sentence and proceeds to tell me their story? Did they display good manners? The message I get is that they think their story is more interesting than mine. Or the child who interrupts me as I am talking to the birthday child as I deliver their card? The message I get is that the interrupter has not yet learnt to think about others.

It is great that parents insist on the please and thank you, but are you modelling good manners yourself? What about demonstrating good manners when we are dealing with the dairy owner, or the car mechanic, or the shop assistant? Do your children see us being polite and well-mannered or do they see you being dismissive?

What about other manners? Perhaps they seem old fashioned to some of you. Manners like holding the door open for someone else, taking your hat off when inside, waiting your turn in a queue, closing your mouth when you eat, not running around the supermarket, saying excuse me, looking at the person who is speaking to you.

We all need to remember that our actions definitely speak louder than words when it comes to behaviours we want from our children. The good news though, is that VAS children are pretty good with the ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, now let’s extend that to being well mannered through their actions.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 3 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here  for term 3 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

School Dental Service
8b Ngaio St Orakei Ph 520 0603.

The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.

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PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK FOR NITS – a number of classes have reported nits and if your infected child is not treated then many others will be!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.



This Week:

India Henry & Spencer Thom

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Maya McCarthy
  • Room 1: Oscar Kidd
  • Room 2: Aimee Herrod
  • Room 2 : Nick Ruepert
  • Room 3 : Izabela Perich
  • Room 3: Lucy Haydon
  • Room 4: Chloe Levada
  • Room 4: Heath Somervell
  • Room 5: Theo Conley
  • Room 5: Oliver Munro
  • Room 6: Sana Khalid
  • Room 6: Max Hill
  • Room 7: Max Campbell
  • Room 8: Charlotte Kan
  • Room 8: Rusty Kang
  • Room 9: Evie Donald
  • Room 10: James Noori
  • Room 11: Len Ozeki
  • Room 12: Trixie Edgar
  • Room 13: Yasmine Green
  • Room 14: William Kieu
  • Room 15: Emmeline Dick
  • Room 16: Cosmo Honey
  • Room 17: Luca Devereux
  • Room 18 : Poppy Donald
  • Room 19: Kyle Hebblethwaite
  • Room 20: Felix Boyer
  • Room 21: Eva Kelliher
  • Room 22: Hugo Williams
  • Room 23: Elizabeth Chiu


ONLINE AUCTION – Closes at 8:30pm Friday 14th (ieTOMORROW!!), coinciding with Quiz Night.
Anyone can bid – so please bid, and bid often! **New Items have been added**
Click Here to Register and Start Bidding TODAY.
Click Here  to view the amazing items up for grabs during Quiz Night’s LIVE Auction (14th September).
If you’re not attending Quiz Night, but would like to bid on a LIVE Auction Item, please email [email protected] with your HIGHEST BID by 4pm on Friday 14th and we’ll be able to assist you. Please note, QUIZ NIGHT AUCTION in the subject line and what you are bidding on.
All funds raised will go towards developing the school’s forest area as well as our continuing overarching property projects.
Remember ALL money spent on this auction goes directly to our school.

Thanks to the Volunteers who provided Morning Tea at the New Entrant Parent information Session

Much appreciation to the following parents who provided an amazing spread of delicious food last Thursday:

Jenny Yao, Brigette McGregor McDonald, Pippa Mace, Gayleen Pratt, Anna Nathan, Dhanya Anup, Judith Bassett, Kylie Hotham and Annabel Kristensen.

Yummy sticker sheets need to be returned to the office by Friday 21 September. Please name your sheets as in term 4 we will award a prize for student who collects the most stickers.

Friday after school

A big thank you to Rooms 7 and 10 who last Friday made a fabulous $417 for the school!! Also thanks so much from the PTS for all the yummy baking and and to the parents who helped run the stall.

Dragon Drive Restoration

Work has started on this project. We have recorded 142 scale photographs of the dragon to refer to during restoration to ensure that the new version is an  accurate representation of the original.

Thanks to Noa (R4) and Mia, Jada, Sophia, Sana (R6), Miss Chao and Miss Noone for their work on this during lunchtimes.


The Zebra Crossing was in full stripes this morning. The Travelwise team were working alongside the Road Patrollers and giving zebra’s to children who wished to take part. This was promoting safe walking using the crossing.

Rugby Coaching in PE

Auckland rugby player and Participation Development Team Support Officer – Bridie Reeves, is pictured briefing year 6 students about rippa rugby. Bridie gave the school a dozen new rugby balls (pictured), courtesy of Auckland Rugby. College Rifles club coaches Keith, Logan (pictured), and Christine, carried out coaching sessions for years 1-6 students, at school on Monday 10 and Wednesday 12 September. Students developed their communication, ball-handling, evasive running, and teamwork skills at the free workshops during PE lessons. The coaching was timely with the beginning of the touch rugby season coming up soon.


Junior Art

Any size, any shape, any colour

Thank you!