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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 1 – 17 October 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a very busy term. If you were able to enjoy a holiday with your children, I hope it was very relaxing. For those of you who still had to work, I hope you enjoyed the break from the school lunches / drop off / pick up routine!

This term will be very busy and will go by very quickly, so be prepared! So, what do we have to look forward to?

  • First two weeks, children will be undertaking a whole raft of testing so the teachers can report achievement to parents in the end of year report.
  • Lots of exciting events to mark in your calendar now:
    • 31 Oct Halloween disco
    • 13 Nov APPA Choir performance at Town Hall
    • 14 Nov Senior athletics day at VAS
    • 27, 28 Nov Year 5 Beach Ed
    • 29 Nov Juniors athletic day at VAS
    • 2 – 4 Dec Waterwise for Year 6
    • 5 Dec Year 6 leavers’ dinner
    • 10 Dec Carol service at the cathedral in Parnell
    • 12 Dec Years 5, 6 triathlon
    • 13 Dec Reports and class placements sent home
    • 13 Dec Prizegiving at VAS
    • 17 Dec Year 6 leavers’ activity day
    • 18 Dec Last day of school

Further information about each of these events will be sent home at the time.

One of the critical changes this term is the organisation around prizegiving. We usually have a whole school prizegiving at Baradene. Unfortunately, the auditorium at Baradene is being refurbished and is not available.  Our hall is too small to comfortably seat the whole school as well as parents and there are no local halls big enough, so we are holding two separate ceremonies as follows:

Friday 13 December               9.00am Combined leavers’ assembly and years 4, 5, 6 prizegiving
Friday 13 December               2.00 – 2.45pm    Years 0, 1, 2, 3

More details, especially about the combined Years 5, 6 prizegiving and leaver’s assembly will come out closer to the time. We understand that this is not ideal for parents with children across all three syndicates, but we do not have any choice this year.

This term we collect food, treats and quality gifts for the Auckland City Mission. You will get a reminder later in the term. Remember to keep an eye out for emails about events as well as ‘like’ us on Facebook to get reminders and information.

Forest Project

Please go down to the forest and have a look at the wonderful new structures and planting. Playscape completed all the work during the holidays and the forest has been transformed. We now have 2 slides where the silver slide used to be, a mini climbing wall, an expanded ‘fort’, an amphitheatre, stepping logs and lots of lovely planting. Those of you who sponsored this project can see your names etched into the timber on the board walk. Huge thanks to Charlotte Houghton and team for driving this project. Of course, this would not have happened without the fantastic fundraising events organised by the PTS and the whole school community getting behind the fundraiser events. A wonderful community contributing to making VAS more beautiful.

Entrepreneurial Students

It wasn’t only adults who supported the fundraising events for the forest. 12 of our lovely year 3 children sold cupcakes and popcorn and raised $73. They will go to Palmers with Charlotte Houghton to buy plants which they will then help plant in the forest.

Here are our budding entrepreneurs:

Room 20 – Sophia. Room 21 – Sabine, Abby, Chloe, Scarlett, Jackson, Evie, Maggie, Cici, Amelia, Maika, Annie.

Uniform Reminder

As we move into the warmer weather it is important that all children have their hats everyday. I know that a number of the Year 6 students are rapidly outgrowing their uniforms but it would be great if they didn’t wear random t-shirts and long sleeved t-shirts underneath their uniform. I do like our children to look smart!

Dragon Drive and the Teachers’ Carpark

 Please, please remind your children that they must come into school down dragon drive and not use the driveway to the teachers’ carpark. I know that many of you come with your children down that driveway but we really do discourage children from using it. It is all about safety as the footpath is very narrow and there is no footpath in the passing bay in the middle.

Genesis School-gen Super Teacher Nomination

Jason Des Forges has been nominated in the Genesis School-gen Super Teacher competition and is now in the running to win one of two trips to the 2020 Space Exploration Educators Conference in Houston, Texas from 6-8 February. Everyone who nominates a teacher will go in the draw to win a Genesis School-gen prize pack which includes a Sphero Bolt.

The Genesis School-gen team are running this competition to raise awareness of the incredible work that teachers are doing to inspire and motivate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Please go onto the Genesis School – gen website and nominate Jason. The more nominations he receives, the better his chances of winning. Note that his email address is [email protected] and my email address is [email protected]

For more information about the competition please visit

The Genesis School-gen programme has been providing free Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths education resources to schools across New Zealand since 2006. For more information about School-gen, please visit

Kind regards

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FOR TERM 4 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2019

What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place 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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Announced last assembly:

Madeleine Williams

Celebrated last assembly:

Victoria Portugal & Hugo Thorman

  • Room 1: Kitty Zhang
  • Room 2: Olive Tingey
  • Room 3: Daksh Shah
  • Room 4: Angela Lufang
  • Room 5: Sierra Sharma
  • Room 6: Aaliyah Sudrajat
  • Room 7: Alyssa Lee
  • Room 8: Jayu Jolly
  • Room 9: Tyler Treagus
  • Room 10: Georgia Anderson
  • Room 11:William Power
  • Room 12: Casey Li
  • Room 13: Isla Tonga
  • Room 14: Hansing Li
  • Room 15: Esther Larkin
  • Room 15: Leila Clayton-Ford
  • Room 16: Knox Newton
  • Room 17: Lucas Yao
  • Room 18: Noah Abou-Ghoury
  • Room 19: CoCo Sun
  • Room 19: Amelia Unsworth
  • Room 20: Katia Cooke
  • Room 20: George Tavelea
  • Room 21: Cici Tang
  • Room 22: Aubrey Zhang
  • Room 23: Lottie Hall

If these are your cars DO NOT PARK THIS WAY EVER AGAIN please

With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma). Since her relocation to New Zealand, she has taught after-school ballet at both private and public primary schools.

These Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.

Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing and shoes that are flexible and allow for comfortable movement.

Cost: $65
**Please note, the ballet classes will only be held for 3 weeks during Term 4

To enrol, please email: [email protected]


Fantastic skill development

Fantastic strength building

Fantastic TUMBLING training

Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration

Fantastic coaches & equipment

Fantastic Fun!


Register on the  website today!

Class starts on Friday the 25th October,

at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’t

more in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte

The cost for the 8 week term is only $100.

0800 273368

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team (see below for additional info).  VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthbert’s or Epsom Girls Grammar pools, catering for teams from Years 3 to 6 (mixed boys and girls). VAS teams are coached and managed by willing parents.

In Term 4 we currently have 3 teams playing (2 playing flippaball and 1 playing min polo):

Year 4 Flippaball – New Flippaball team in term 4 managed by Sarah Woodward
Year 4/5 Flippaball – Managed by Andrew Williams
Year 6 Minipolo (played in 2 metre deep pool) – Managed by Liz Lim

If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, look at the Flippaball Rules or get yourself along to a pool on a Sunday afternoon to take a look (term 3 games have finished but there is usually a tournament on during the last weekend of the term 3 holidays at Dio or come along during term 4).

If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing Flippaball in Term 4 2019 please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or on 0211 532 159.

NOTE: Entries for Term 4 need to be in by midday 15th October (first Tuesday of term 4).

Flippaball is a modified version of water polo. Two teams, each of which must have a minimum of seven players, play Flippaball. Each team must have 6 field players and 1 goalie in the pool at one time. The pool is shallow (approximately 1.1 – 1.3 metres) allowing players to stand on the bottom of the pool. Players are permitted to walk along the bottom if they do not have the ball. If in possession of the ball the player must swim or pass. Players must pass with only one hand. The game consists of two halves of 8 minutes duration with a 2 minute half time.

 Mini polo is a smaller, more basic game than water polo itself and has been introduced to teach young players the basics of the full game of Waterpolo. Mini polo is recommended for students who have played flippaball for at least 1 term, are confident swimmers and can tread water confidently as the pool depth is 1.8 – 2m deep.