Welcome back. Term 4 is always very busy with learning programmes and assessments as well as athletics days, gifts for the elderly, carol service, final assemblies and prize giving. Although we have a countdown schedule, the most important thing is that I have an expectation that teaching and learning programmes continue right up to week 10. There is an awful lot of learning to happen and we expect all students to make good progress during this term.
Earlier this year I published the new reporting to parents schedule. Just to remind you why we changed the reporting to parents system – we wanted to report to parents in real time, not through reports that were often written a number of weeks before being sent to parents.
This is our year of change and as always with change, things don’t always go to plan! I had indicated that the parent portal would be opened in term 3 so parents could see exactly what their child was learning. Due to the shortcoming with the programme we had decided to use, the information we wanted to share was not at the level we wanted, so we had to flag it. To cut a long story short, our current student management system eTap, has a parent portal and this will be open later this term for parents to view achievement data for their child.
So, this term we will be reporting to parents in the following ways:
- Child, parent, teacher triadic interviews
- Parent portal open for viewing end of year achievement data
- Report – a different format this year; part of our changed system of reporting
You will receive an email when the interview times are available and you will receive logon details for the parent portal.
A couple of reminders:
Parking/driving/walking – please, please do not park on yellow lines or across our neighbours driveways. It is inconsiderate as well as breaking road rules. Ask yourself – how would I feel if someone was parked across my driveway and I couldn’t get in or out? Same with yellow lines. They are there for a purpose and that is to ensure the safety of all motorists and pedestrians. Again, ask yourself – how would I feel if my child was knocked over because a passing motorist wasn’t able to see him / her due to illegally parked cars blocking their view? If you are walking your child home, please model correct use of the pedestrian crossing. Again, ask yourself – how would I feel if we were hit by a car as we crossed the road just a few metres away from a pedestrian crossing where you could have crossed safely?
Correct uniform – Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform. This includes the VAS hat, black, white or navy socks and that any garment worn underneath the uniform is white, navy or black. I have noted some colourful additions to the uniform this week! Jewellery, coloured bracelets or anklets and over the top fancy headbands are also not allowed.
Sunsmart – children must wear a sunhat in term 4. We give them a week’s grace but from Monday any child without a hat must play in the shade. Please start thinking about applying sunscreen even if the day seems overcast.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
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
Term Dates for 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for term 4 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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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School Pizza Day
This year we will have school pizza day split across three days for the senior, middle and junior school. Senior school – lunchtime Tuesday 6 November, Middle school – lunchtime, Wednesday 7 November and Junior school – Thursday 8 November. We will be sending out flyers in the children’s back packs that you will need to fill in with their order and return to school prior to the day.
VAS Term 4 School Picnic
Exciting news – we will be hosting our inaugural end of year picnic on Thursday 13 December – so pop the date in your diary now.
We will be having a double water slide and lots of food stalls for the evening. Look out for more information in coming weeks!
The PTS Team
This morning everyone at Victoria Avenue School took part in the New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill. At 9.30am everyone stopped what they were doing for 1 minute and took up their Drop, Cover and Hold position.
ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold – and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.
Also, between 3.30pm – 5.00pm:
- Go Go Kids (319 Remuera Road) will be hosting free Halloween face painting for the children.
- Remuera Library will have a free event.
For children with allergies, all treats are nut and gluten free so everyone can enjoy the fun.
Fantastic skill development
Fantastic strength building
Fantastic TUMBLING training
Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Register on the www.GYMclub.co.nz website today!
Class starts Friday the 19th 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.
Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team. VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts 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.
This term we have 3 teams playing in a variety of year group grades including the 2m deep min polo. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, get along to a pool on a Sunday to take a look. https://www.sporty.co.nz/epsomleague
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 1 2019 please contact Anna Scott [email protected] ph 0211 532 132 as entries will need to be made before school starts next year.