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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 8 – 14 September 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Last week children ran their cross country races. It was Aniel Smith’s first big event for VAS and he organised it very well, with lots of help from parents and teachers. However, the stars of the show were the children.

The cross country highlights all the personalities we have in the school. Now we all know that not everyone likes running the cross country race. Just listening to the teachers talk, some of them had fond memories and others had awful memories of cross country. Our children are no different. We like every child to participate, because, who knows, there might just be a long distance runner hidden inside the most unassuming child, about to emerge.

There were the children who came to sickbay in the morning before cross country, with all sorts of ailments. Our brand new year 0 children had no idea where they were going and for what, so they were excited/apprehensive as they walked to the course. Then there were the children who openly said that they didn’t mind where they came in the race, as long as they weren’t last! There were non English speakers, new to New Zealand, who had no idea what a cross country race was. There were children who had formulated a strategy with their parents and there were children who had formed strategies with their friends based around who had strengths in which part of the course.

Then they were off! Even though we give them advice about pacing themselves, they all sprint the first 50 metres. It was fascinating to watch, not just for the winners, but to see how all the children dealt with the challenge. Every single child who ran the cross country put their all into it. It was so heartening to see the determination to finish the race in so many of the children. There were children who were struggling a bit but they did not stop, they kept at it. They had the resilience and determination to succeed, and they achieved their goal – finishing the race. There were the children who weren’t physically able to run the whole race, but, with the support of a classmate, a teacher aide or a teacher running with them, they finished the race. They were determined to do it. The look of delight on their faces was something wonderful.

The way children finished the race also spoke volumes about their characters. There were children humble in winning and children gracious in defeat. There were children whose disappointment at not winning or not placing in the top eight spilled over into tears. There were children who were beaming and proud because they finished. For me, one heart warming moment came when one of our non English speakers, who came last, came up to me the next day and said that he didn’t think he could do it but he did. He said it with a huge smile.

Yes we are proud of the winners, proud of the participants’ attitudes, proud of the resilience shown in disappointment, proud of the determination shown to finish. When you think about it, all these are learnings for real life.


With spring supposedly here, it is a good time to look at your child’s uniform. We are still seeing brightly coloured socks and tights – just a reminder that they need to be black, navy or white. Kate in the uniform shop has sourced some great options for tights and socks, including ones with VAS logo. Don’t forget that all our uniform items are mix and match for girls and boys. There are already girls in the school wearing the navy polos and shorts.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Scooter Skills

As part of our Travelwise Programme Year 2 and 3 students have participated in a Scooter Skills session this week.
Scooter Skills is an Auckland Transport initiative that is run in conjunction with the police. Our sessions are run by Constable Gordon, our Community Police Officer.
The aim of the session is to promote health and physical well being through movement and skill. The children learn how to ride their scooters safely, how to identify hazards and how to react safely when traveling by scooter.

Look out for our Scoot To School Day on the 1st of December!

Positive Parking Promotion

Another in the series of postcards produced by students, with safe parking and driving messages:

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DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 2 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

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

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

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for term 2 menu.
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 Ph5200603.

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

 Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.facebook_like_small

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.


Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

James Carey & Fergus Meredith

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Logan Cairns
  • Room 1: Hannah Holloway
  • Room 2: Bianca Pennington
  • Room 2: Alijah Bursill
  • Room 3: Jack Brew
  • Room 3: Tristan Russ
  • Room 4: Nylah Blenkinsop
  • Room 4: Huanran Qin
  • Room 5: Ethan Ese
  • Room 5: Samara Riley
  • Room 6: Putri Ardana
  • Room 6: Oscar Kidd
  • Room 7: Esther Larkin
  • Room 8: Solomon Cooper
  • Room 9: Emma Dick
  • Room 10: Bill Gao
  • Room 11: Charles Wang
  • Room 12: Pasquale Grazioli
  • Room 13: Neave Harris
  • Room 14: William Smith
  • Room 15: Florence Nathan
  • Room 15: Grace Penrose
  • Room 16: Perry Cormack
  • Room 17: Harper McIntyre
  • Room 18: Alex Ford
  • Room 19: Luca Devereux
  • Room 20: Benjamin Houghton
  • Room 21: Flynn Rendell

2017 Cross Country

Our Skiers participating at NIPS did us proud this week! The event was tightly contested and with 350 athletes taking part in the three day event. The team trained at Snowplanet for 6 weeks leading up to the event, which resulted in a very tight team dynamic and excellent sportsmanship within the group.
The teams consisted of:
Victoria Avenue A:
Sam Pratt, Poppy Loutit, Reeve Innes, Bella Innes, Jack Brew.
Victoria Avenue B
Meg Brew, Leo Bonnici, James Thomson, Lily Loutit, Ollie Ireland.
Results were:
      • The A team place 6th out of 74 teams, and the B team placed 26th out of 74 teams.
      • Bella Innes came first in her year 1-4 age group in the Giant Slalom
      • Sam Pratt came 5th out of a field of 123 in the Giant Slalom in his year 5-6 age group.
      • Leo Bonnici came 9th in his yr 1-4 age group.

Congratulations to you all!

Yummy School Sticker Promotion

The Yummy Fruit Company provides free sports gear to North Island primary & intermediate schools that participate in their School Sticker Promotion. Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers and attach to a sticker collection sheet (click here for a copy The more you collect, the more sports gear the school gets so get going and start collecting your Yummy cut-out labels and stickers now! All stickers must be received by Yummy no later than 29 September 2017 (end of Term 3). Please contact Katherine Flippard on[email protected] with any queries.


The school has been selected by The Warehouse to participate in a Community Choice Programme that provides financial support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. A fund is raised through their customers purchasing a 10cent shopping bag in return for a token, which is then placed in a voting booth (or forgo the bag). At the end of a 6-month period the fund is divided among 3 participating partners based on their percentage of tokens, with the VAS share being put towards much-needed refurbishment of outdoor playground equipment. The VAS voting booth is situated at The Warehouse store in Newmarket and the period runs from August 2017 until January 2018. Please spread the word among friends and family!

If you know of any other loyalty schemes and grants that can benefit the school, please contact Amanda Dick on [email protected]

ASB Supporting Success in Your School


Due to the success to date of the ‘Supporting Success in Your School’ scheme ASB will continue to support Victoria Avenue School with the School Sponsorship Voucher until 30 July 2018. The school is awarded a $500 voucher for each customer that mentions VAS and this offer when taking out lending of $250,000 or more (see voucher for further terms). This offer is available to friends and family of the school community as well as parents and teachers. A copy of the voucher is available to download at the ASB website:

Kiwi Tennis – Term 4.
Kiwi Tennis is coming to Victoria Ave School – Term 4 lunchtimes.
Wednesdays 12:45pm-1:20pm.
Fridays 12:45pm-1:20pm.