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.
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.
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.