Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 1 – 14 October 2016

Dear Parents

Welcome back, term 4 is a very busy term. A parent recently made a comment to me that no learning happens in term 4, it is all taken up with extra ‘stuff’. Oh my goodness, of course learning happens throughout the term. We do a lot of assessing in the first couple of weeks of the term and we use this data to look at students previously identified as being at risk of not achieving standard. If they haven’t reached standard or are on track to reach standard by the end of November we discuss the learning programmes for these students with their teachers. For the rest of our learners, they still are being challenged in their literacy and maths programmes and the inquiry learning for the term is based around creativity and enterprise (junior and middle syndicates) or science (senior syndicate).

As for the other ‘stuff’, yes, there are all sorts of exciting things happening, all of which are learning experiences for children.

Year 6 have pubertal change sessions. Year 3 to Motat as part of their inquiry topic and Years 5, 6 to Mindlab as part of their inquiry topic. Year 6 have Waterwise this term and year 5 have Beach Ed at Mairangi Bay. Athletics day is on 8 November, a change of venue this year – Mt Smart stadium, so hopefully more parents will find this location easier to get to.

The ukulele players will participate in the ukulele festival later in the term, there will be football coaching, running club and the VAS triathlon. Year 6 will have a bike safety session with Constable Gordon.

The Year 6 children will have their activity day (date TBC), then the Leavers’ dinner on 8th December. We will hold a combined councillors’ and house captains’ announcement with the Year 6 final assembly on 9th December. The last week of term sees the Carol service on 12th December and prizegiving at Baradene on 13th December. School finishes on Friday 16th December at 12:30pm.

Yes, a very busy term, but a most enjoyable one, with lots of academic, cultural, sporting and social learning happening all term.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson


Just a reminder that hats must be worn this term. Please also ensure that children are wearing the correct uniform each day. Please leave the fancy socks and coloured tshirts/skivvies for the weekend. It should be warm enough for children to not need extra colourful layers showing, their fleece over the polo shirt should be adequate.

Readathon Sponsor Money

Thank you to all those who have brought in their readathon money. Those who have not can you please bring their money by Monday 17 October at the latest so we can finalise the total and the prize winners.

Parent Code of Conduct at Sports Events


A timely reminder that parents have a responsibility to be good role models when they are watching children’s sports events. We have a culture of encouragement at VAS, so it would be great if all parents supported us through using encouraging words and actions on the sideline.




Also please let us know if your Year 1 to 5 child is not returning next year. Thank you.
For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.
Please note the Out of Zone ballot applications have closed. The ballot will be drawn on Wednesday 19 October 2016

Please note that we have FOUR events coming up:

• Ice block Sales start this Friday – tomorrow 14 October 2016 Outside Rooms 6/7/8 and at the hall.
• Tuesday 18 October:  Brainwave Trust talk at 7pm – cost is $12:00 Tickets on sale soon in our online shop
• Wednesday 19 October: Out of Zone Ballot is drawn.
• 31st October Halloween

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

FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 2016
Term 3: Monday 25 July to Friday 23 Sept ’16
Term 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
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

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
Click Here for order forms/instructions

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.

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Brainwave Trust talk – Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain.

Tuesday 18 October, 7pm, in our school hall. $12:00 a ticket. Tickets still available for the presentation. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets.

For more information about this talk CLICK HERE

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Lucy Holloway and Kayla Kuhtze

Room 1: Alan Casseau
Room 2: Elva Chen
Room 3: Charlie Smidt
Room 4: Henry Richardson
Room 5: Wooyoung Wang
Room 6: Mila Crouch
Room 8: Harrison Wong
Room 9: Amera Trusler-Cogan
Room 10: Sophie Wakelin
Room 11: Cooper Munro
Room 12: Haemish McAuley
Room 13 Knox Newton
Room 14: Tyler Lushkott
Room 15: Adam Brown
Room 16: Noa Bayer
Room 16: Inez Irvine
Room 17: Chloe Levada
Room 17: Arya Nair
Room 18: Dylan Freeman
Room 18: Nanohana Shimizu
Room 19: Nicholas Ruepert
Room 20: Ginny Fraser
Room 20: Isla Hebblethwaite
Room 21: Jack Smith
Room 21: Selina Yao
Room 22: Katrina Booth
Room 23: Greer Monk
Room 23: Ben Pratt

Community heading

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D

Tuesday, 18 October, 2016 at 6pm or 6.30pm at cinemas in Auckland, Christchurch and Kerikeri. More information HERE.

We are very excited to be screening the 3D film FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES for you, your family and friends to see.

The film has received rave reviews all around the world since it was first released a few years ago. You can see the trailer here: Flight of the Butterflies – Official Theatrical Trailer

For more information, click HERE.







Nanny for Summer Holidays 
20-year-old female BCom/BSc student available as a full-time nanny over the Summer holidays; Nov 14th – late Jan. Competent, reliable, personable and most importantly FUN. Experienced with children aged 18 months to 13 years, and with larger families. I hold a full, clean driver’s license, with my own reliable vehicle. If you’re in need of a nanny at any time during this period, please do not hesitate to contact me. CV and multiple references can be supplied.

Kate Carey – 0278544338 – [email protected]


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Fantastic Parkor training
Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Fantastic Fun!

Register on the  website today!
Class starts Friday the 14th of October, at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’tmore in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
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