Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 1 – 15 October 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome back, I hope you all had a relaxing holiday, even if you weren’t actually on holiday at least it was nicer to drive to work without all that school traffic.

It may be the final term for the year but there is still a whole lot of learning to take place before the year finishes. The inquiry topics are all planned around the theme ‘innovation and curiosity’ and look exciting. There is also learning around safety in outdoor pursuits – beach safety and Waterwise and bike safety for the Year 6 children.

The teachers will be doing a lot of testing and assessing during the early part of the term. There are two reasons for undertaking these assessments. Firstly to identify any gaps in learning and ensure the teaching programme for the term is designed to cater for these gaps. Also, to see what value has been added to each child’s achievement since the beginning of the year. We also use this data as part of attesting where children sit against National Standards. The data also gives us directions for professional development for staff and targets around student learning for 2016. As you can see, we don’t just test for the sake of testing, but use the information in a number of different ways.

What else do we have on this term? Athletics day at Millenium Stadium,Kiwi tennis, Carol service, gifts for the elderly, triathlon, City Mission appeal, Leavers’ dinner, activity day and assembly and of course prizegiving.

The councillors and house captains will be announced at a special assembly on 4 December. We are having dialogue with Baradene at the moment about a prizegiving date as their hall is not available for us to use on our preferred day. We are also looking for an alternate venue to hold the whole school as we prefer to celebrate success as a school rather than have separate assemblies. We are doing our best to get it all sorted out as quickly as possible and will let you know when and where.

It is going to be a great term.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson


Please ensure that children come to school in their VAS school uniform, not their PE gear. Please also ensure that children are wearing uniform items, which includes white, blue or black socks.

A reminder that all children must be wearing a hat during this term.

Welcome and Congratulations

We are delighted to welcome Beverley Harper, new teacher of Year 0, it is great to have her on our staff.

Special congratulations to Kate Mullins, teacher in room 20, who got engaged during the holidays. Lovely news!


Skate board club is back on.

WHEN: Monday lunch times 12.30 –1.30 pm
WHERE: At school on court outside hall.HOW MUCH: Cost $50 per term, school will invoice you.
NEED TO BRING: Helmet and Skateboard to school

Taken by professional skateboard coach Simon Thorpe. All abilities welcome, we have plenty of complete beginners.
For more information or if you would like to be on Parent help roster
Please contact Jude Eades 021716969 or [email protected]

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Click Here to view our new BLOG PAGE on our website.

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

FOR TERM 4 2015
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 2015
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15
~ Labour Day Mon 26 October ’15

Term Dates for 2016

Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
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

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 for 2015
1. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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.

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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.

1392688203778Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.


Orders on Wednesdays and Fridays


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Hopefully many of you heard about the Creative Shed from your children earlier this year. It was a highly successful initiative and we had 50 – 60 children present every lunchtime we were in operation. I am getting the message loud and clear (I get asked every time I walk through the school) that the children want it to start up again this term. I would really like to get going soon, Week 2 or 3 but to keep it viable and manageable, your help is urgently needed.

The Creative Shed is – a room full of ‘Loose Parts’ AKA Junk that the children can help themselves to and use as they wish in their play. It aids and supports creativity, teamwork, imagination, language, social skills and the best learning of all – Fun! Creations are not permanent, it all gets put away at the end to come out another day.

Help is needed with set up, supervision and most importantly – pack up! The more adults present, particularly at pack up time, the less work and time it is for all involved. Our record clean up was 20 minutes – with 5 adults. The longest was 2 hours – when it was just me!

You are needed on Friday lunchtimes. Set up starts at 12.20pm. Clean up starts at 1.20pm. Come just for clean up or come for the whole session. It is really great to see the whole thing in operation and watch what the children are capable of. (I’ve attached some photos to inspire you). If we can get enough helpers we are keen to start up a second day as before.

Wear old clobber, it can sometimes be a little grubby.

Dads, mums, grandparents, uncles, aunts etc etc are all welcome to volunteer. No skills needed, don’t worry if your English isn’t great, we just need your time and energy!
Please contact Anna  [email protected] or 0212170261 or 5290090 if you are able to help.



Ly Vu and Jonny Young

  • Room 1: Teila Chaney
    Room 1: Juliette Mines
    Room 2: Jamila Cheung
    Room 3: Josh Harrison
    Room 4: Lihini De Zoysa
    Room 5: Valencia Panaho
    Room 6: Indy Spurle
    Room 6: Emily Cosham
    Room 7: Lucas Suciu
    Room 8: Matthew Cunningham
    Room 9: Jonathan Hu
    Room 10: Sagar Dhakal
  • Room 11: Room 11
    Room 12: Flynn Rendell
    Room 13: Isabelle Lynn
    Room 14: Poppy Donaldson
    Room 15: Henry Martin
    Room 16: Caroline Wang
    Room 17: Emma Ng Waishing
    Room 18: Nylah Blenkinsop
    Room 19: Emison Styris
    Room 20: Maria Moroz
    Room 21: Xavier Melrose
    Room 22: Lucia Bartle


mac nationalsCongratulations Mackenzie Lecchi!
Mackenzie competed in the New Zealand National artistic gym competition last week.
It was a two day competition with day one being regional representative teams where she was in the Auckland team.  The objective of day one was:
1) to compete for your region and
2) qualify for day two (only the top 30 athletes were able to go through based on there score).
Day two involved individual competition.
Both days of the competition involved undertaking floor, beam, uneven bars and vault.
The Auckland team came forth on day one, and Mackenzie qualified for the day two comp.
On day two Mackenzie finish 2nd = in New Zealand to our delight.

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