Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 9 – 17 September 2020

Dear Parents,

I am so delighted at the appointment the board has made to replace me. I don’t know Jane Bush but I am meeting with her tomorrow to start the handover process. She will hear from me all the wonderful things about VAS – the motivated learners, the hugely supportive parents and the dedicated staff we have here. She has already told me that she has only heard fabulous things about our school.

However, there is no denying it is a massive change for everyone and change is one thing that can cause stress. This is how one neuroscientist explains the effect of change on our brain: When the brain perceives a contradiction, intense neural firing takes place in an area of the brain connected to the fear centre.  This, in turn, engages the fear circuitry of the brain and can start an anger or fear response that is highly counterproductive to any change process. 

 This has been the year of change, especially change that we have had no control over. As our brains need certainty to function effectively, it is no wonder so many of us feel out of sorts. Here is great short video clip on change Change

 You must have guessed by now, that today’s column is all about me trying to rationalise all the changes that have happened / are about to happen to me this year! However, I think that every single one of us, including our children are trying to cope with ongoing and unexpected change this year. Anyway, I hope the three things listed below help you and your children deal with change. These have certainly helped me:

  1. Recognise what cannot be changed
  2. Grieve what cannot be changed
  3. Take full advantage of things you can change

 I seem to have written an awful lot recently about the effects of Covid-19 on our lives. One thing I know is that it will get better and we will feel more certain about the future.

Carol Service

In consultation with Alison Laxon and Jane Cameron who organise the carol service each year, I have had to make a call as to whether this is going ahead this year given the unknown situation around crowd numbers in the future. So much hard work goes into organising this event, we don’t think it is fair for Alison, Jane, teachers and children to do all this work in the hope that we will be able to go ahead.

Sadly then, we are cancelling the carol service for this year. Covid – 19 has ruined many events this year and looking ahead, it seems that we are not going to be completely free of its impact on us for quite some time yet. We discussed whether we would prepare something else, but the discussion still came around to the uncertainty we face for the remainder of the year, so no.

I know that this event has not been cancelled for ever, just for this year. Here’s hoping that we can go ahead in 2021 as it is a VAS tradition.

Kind regards

The uniform shop is currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please purchase your items online and delivery will be made within 2-3 days. We are still accepting returns and second hand items which you can drop off at the school office.
If you have a new student starting school or if you have a specific request please email Lisa directly at [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding.

We have the school crossing on Victoria Avenue patrolled before school from 8.15am – 8.45am and after school from 2.55pm – 3.15pm. Please be aware that outside these times there is no supervision.

The Friends of Victoria Avenue School

‘Family Favourites’ Cookbook

~ Over 120 delicious recipes ~
~ $25 per book ~
~ The perfect Christmas gift ~

Order forms will be sent home with students and need to be returned to their class teacher with cash enclosed, by Friday 25th September.

(Due to Covid restrictions and parents not coming on-site, it will not be an option to come to the office and pay by EFTpos.)

Alternatively cookbooks can be ordered online through our school website:

All proceeds will go towards fundraising for the
Victoria Avenue School Forest Project.

Thank-you in advance for your support.

Personalised Artwork Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats & Sketch Pads

These make unique gifts and keepsakes for family & friends and are perfect for posting overseas. To order go to Your individual order codes will be distributed in the next couple of days. Orders closed on 28th September. To view samples of the products please visit


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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 3 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

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

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make an order.

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.

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