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Newsletter: Term 3 Week 9 – 21 September 2017

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The PTS Quiz night was held last Friday night. Once again, it was such a fun occasion! There is something about dressing up that really gets a party started. We had geishas and ninja warriors, tennis players, dominoes, bad moms, Indian maharajas and maharanis, where’s Wallys, Gloriavale, Vasquiz, great big gypsy wedding party, the last supper, the mafia, MASH, Christmas. We really enjoyed seeing parents in a different way, away from the professional formality of the teacher – parent dynamic to a much more relaxed event, where people are just being themselves, having fun. Hopefully the parents saw the teachers in the same way.

My goodness, we have so many generous parents at VAS. The auction items were all high quality and as a result, they went for amazing prices, helped in many cases by a bidding war. It all added to the buzz! Huge thanks to the people who bought auction items, bought raffle tickets and bought refreshments, all of you contributed in some way to making the event so successful.

The PTS always organise quality events. I know a significant amount of time went into pulling everything together and those of you who organised it, did it around your day jobs and your busy family life. The hardworking bar staff and chef, the quiz master, the hosts and hostesses worked tirelessly all night. Amanda Dick was a very realistic Cockney publican who kept everything ticking along. Abby Maire also helped keep things moving along (and I loved her sparkly shoes!). Again, what great people we have at VAS.

The prize for the most unusual auction item went to the ‘Last Supper’ team who clubbed together to buy the doll we use as baby Jesus in our carol service each year. He was a prop for the teachers’ team ‘Gloriavale’ and Shane Cortese, our auctioneer, took it upon himself to purloin him to be auctioned. So, how much did our doll fetch? $700! I told you we have generous parents at VAS!

VAS Successes

Last Thursday night, two year 5 and two year 6 teams competed at Mathex. All the local Remuera schools, state and private, and schools across to Churchill Park in the east competed. The teams all acquitted themselves very well and the year 6 A team won. A great result! (Well trained by Anne Bridgman).

A couple of weeks ago, one of the VAS teams entered in the EPro8 challenge (a technology challenge), again with Remuera schools and across to Cornwall park, won their competition. (Well supported by Jason Des Forges).

Earlier this term, one of our teams entered in the Kids Lit Quiz, won. There were a large number of schools entered, as it was for the whole of east Auckland. (Well trained by Alison Laxon).

It is so pleasing to see that we have had successes in external competitions across maths, English and technology. Whilst specialist teachers work with the children for the events, without the great teaching happening from the day children start school, they would not have had the foundation from which to launch into these successes.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Mumps Outbreak

Auckland is experiencing an unprecedented mumps outbreak. There have been over 370 cases with more than 60 schools affected this year. Schools have had to exclude students and staff with mumps and any close contacts who haven’t been fully immunised with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

This has disrupted the school, the students’ learning and parents who have had to take time off work. Mumps can have serious complications requiring hospitalisation

Please check children have their two doses of the MMR vaccine, which will protect students from the contagious measles and rubella viruses as well.

Positive Parking Promotion

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

Scooter Safety

The Bell Road bus would love some more walkers!

We are a fun, active bus with a happy group of 14 kids and their parents. We walk daily to school leaving from Bell Road at the top of Shera Road at 8.10am. It’s a great way to give the kids some more independence, less time in the car and an energising start to their day! We would love to have another family or two join us to keep up our numbers. All it requires is a commitment by one parent or nanny/au pair to join the roster and walk with the children one morning per week. Please get in touch with Inga Frengley ([email protected]) if you’d like to know more about joining in Term 4.

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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
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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.

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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.


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:

Henry Wilson & Jessica Schaaf

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Henry Richardson
  • Room 2: Emison Styrus
  • Room 3: Finn Houghton
  • Room 4: Selina Yao
  • Room 5: Izabela Perich
  • Room 6: Scarlett Kirk
  • Room 7: Grace Harnett
  • Room 8: Serena Saekhang
  • Room 9: Jayden Naran-Patel
  • Room 10: James Cunningham
  • Room 11: Emili Perich
  • Room 12: Thomas Bridge
  • Room 13: Katia Cooke
  • Room 14: Elaine Lee
  • Room 15: Jakob Webber
  • Room 16: Claire Shen
  • Room 17: Victor Su
  • Room 18: Arya Nair
  • Room 19: Lily Loutit
  • Room 19: Scout Challinor
  • Room 20: Charlie Barron
  • Room 20: Crystal Tan
  • Room 21: Charlotte Mao
  • Room 21: Sophie Wakelin
  • Room 22: Isabella Amiri-Rad
  • Room 13: Katia Cooke

VAS EPro8 winners, who held off challenges from eastern schools. They are now off to the Auckland finals in November.
Ishita Barot, Bryn Somervell, Tristan Russ and Lucas Hood.

Winners at EPro8

The EPro8 Challenge is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race. Teams compete to:

  • build large sized structures
  • solve practical problems
  • engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
  • invent machines that can complete simple tasks
  • undertake unusual and fun experiments.
  • construct basic electronic circuits.
  • solve interesting problems using practical maths

Placed 3rd – Poppy Tingey, Poppy Loutit, Bianca Pennington and Freya Reid.

Year 6 Mathex Champions

Our team – comprising Charles Sang, George Cullen-Hieatt, Fiona He and Henry Jackson, beat all of the schools in the Eastern area. A great achievement!

Code Club

Well done to everyone who completed Code Club Aotearoa at VAS this term and passed Module 1!

In only 8 weeks we learned all about “Algorithms”, “Variables” and “Loops”.  We created a Paintbox application and even created our own computer games!
Thank you to all 24 kids and our volunteer supervisor parents. Next term we’ll be moving on to module 2 and also learning how to code a website using HTML.
If any Year 4-6 children are interested in joining a new starter group, or parents being a volunteer supervisor, we will begin next term on Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm. It is free and we have limited places. You will also need to bring your own laptop each week. Please email [email protected]

Remuera Zone Cross Country

19 September

Following are the results of our participants in the Zone Cross Country held this week. They are listed the order of the VAS Cross Country placings, so it is interesting to see our students further back coming through with a bit more training, persistence and determination -improving their position versus 2 weeks ago.

Congratulations to the VAS swim team who have had another successful round of competition this term. The team raced with enthusiasm and excitement,  achieving second place in the Auckland primary school league. Members included Year 5 students – Aimee Herrod, Mia Kelliher, Lucas Hood, Jack Smith, Gary Yuan and Year 6 students- Mark Galloway, David Li, Wooyoung Wang, Emison Styris, Sienna Lushkott, Hannah Holloway, Addy Randall. Thanks to all the parents who helped and supported the team this year!

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: