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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 1 – 19 October 2017

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 is short (9 weeks), 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 as well as use the data for looking at achievement against National Standards
  • Lots of exciting events to mark in your calendar now:
    • 24, 25, 26 Oct – Years 0, 1, 2 trip to Howick Village
    • 31 Oct – Halloween disco
    • 7 Nov – Athletics day
    • 13 Nov – Rooms 15, 22, 23 class photos
    • 21, 22 Nov – Year 6 bike safety
    • 22, 23 Nov – Year 5 beach education
    • 23 Nov – Waterwise for Year 6 – room 1
    • 27 Nov – Waterwise for Year 6 – room 2
    • 30 Nov – Waterwise for Year 6 – room 3
    • 1 Dec – Scoot to School day
    • 7 Dec – Year 6 leavers’ dinner
    • 8 Dec – Athletics day – juniors
    • 8 Dec – Leavers’, councillors’ and house captains’ assembly
    • 8 Dec – Reports and class placements sent home
    • 11 Dec – Carol service at the cathedral in Parnell
    • 12 Dec – Prizegiving
    • 13 Dec – Year 6 leavers’ activity day
    • 15 Dec – Last day of school

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

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 and notifications on the app about events as well as ‘like’ us on Facebook to get reminders and information. 

As we move into the warmer weather it is important that all children have their hats every day and we strongly encourage children to apply sunscreen daily. We have small tubes of sunscreen which cost $5, on sale at the office and they are also on sale beside the iceblock sales each Friday.

Uniform Reminder
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 the dragon drive and not 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.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 2 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

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 2017
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

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN THURSDAYS 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
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

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.



Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Charles Sang
  • Room 1: Mila Crouch
  • Room 2: Hudson Smith
  • Room 2: Wooyoung Wang
  • Room 3: Maria Moroz
  • Room 4: Breeze McGee
  • Room 5: Alex Baker
  • Room 6: Natalie Tidey
  • Room 6: Lucas Hood
  • Room 7: Eva Kelliher
  • Room 8: Olivia Hanson
  • Room 9: Daniel Toon
  • Room 10: Kelan Arndt
  • Room 11: Matty Lin
  • Room 12: Georgia Dick
  • Room 13: Laura Hyland
  • Room 14: Abby Scott
  • Room 15: Alexa Revill
  • Room 16: John Gray
  • Room 16: Olive Tingey
  • Room 17: Daniel Soldinger
  • Room 17: Nicholas Dryden
  • Room 18: Sagar Dhakal
  • Room 18: Irelee Jackson
  • Room 19: Alona Kotsar
  • Room 19: Bobby Xu
  • Room 20: Sophie Sun
  • Room 20: Parker Mills
  • Room 21: Minako Purdy
  • Room 21: Jacob Clayton-Ford
  • Room 22: William Schofield
  • Room 13: Laura Hyland

Middle and Senior Athletics Day

The annual Middle and Senior Athletics Day is on Tuesday 7th November at Mt Smart Athletics Stadium, 51 O’Rorke road, Penrose. The children will be travelling to and from the venue on buses, so will need to be at school by 8.40am on the day in order for an 8.50am departure. Please see the important information below:

Date: Tuesday 7th November
Depart: 8.50am on buses
Return: 2.45pm
Wear: School PE Uniform, trainers (no spikes)
Bring: School Fleece, sun hat, sun screen, lunch, water bottle (nothing fizzy), inhalers and epi-pens if required.

Thank you to all parents who have volunteered their time to assist on the day. This event would not run without your support. We hope to see as many of you there as possible to cheer the students on! Please see below an outline of the events with approximate timings.

Reusable Bag Competition

We ran a Reusable Bag Design Competition in Term 3.

The prize winners were:
Year 1 – Marina Chen- Room 14
Year 2 – Robbie Baker – Room 8
Year 3 – Crystal Tan – Room 20
Year 4 – Bryan Chu – Room 16
Year 5 – Putri Ardana – Room 6
Year 6 – Grace Thomlinson – Room 2

The winning designs are currently being transferred onto attractive, good quality, hessian bags.
Check out pictures of the awesome designs below.
Just think…you can save the planet, donate money to the school AND do your Christmas shopping with one simple purchase.
Details on how to buy the bags to follow shortly!

Marina Chen

Robbie Baker

Crystal Tan

Bryan Chu

Putri Ardana

Grace Thomlinson

International Day – 29 September

Well done to Ishan De Zoysa who competed in two soccer competitions in the holidays; winning one tournament and runners up in the other!
1. TKU 9th Grade National Tournament – 3 day tournament from Saturday 30th September until Monday 2nd October- overall winners were the Eastern Suburbs G9 Lilywhites.
2. McCartney invitational Tournament in Taupo on 14th & 15th October – G9 Eastern Suburbs Lilywhites were the runners up.
Jonny Barclay in year 6 also competed at the McCartney tournament in Taupo for Eastern Suburbs “Lilywhites” They were the grade 10th winners.

Surf Life Saving
Well done to Addy Randall in the 2017 NZ Surf Life Saving Pool Championship – he earned two silver medals and helped his team, Orewa Surf Club, to achieve first place overall!

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

Nick and his kids headed to the playgrounds of Remuera for some good old fashioned playtime and scored each one out of ten. So, how did your favourite Remuera playgrounds score and will you be trying some new ones?

Term 4 Lunch Order Menus


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 Friday the 20th 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 $95.

0800 273368

You can now register online for our 2018 trials which we will be running in the first week of Term 4. The schedule for the trials is as follows;

Player YOB
Date and Time
2009 & 2008
Monday October 16, 6:30am – 7:30am
Tuesday October 17, 6:30am – 7:30am
Wednesday October 18, 6:30am – 7:30am
Thursday October 19, 6:30am – 7:30am

The trials will be held at Bill McKinlay Park.

These trials are for all existing players who wish to represent Uni Mount AFC and thus continue working with Top Flight Football Academy in 2018. These trials are also for any new players who would like to join us in 2018. In instances where we have enough boys for 2 teams we will announce the squad for that grade and then decide on the Inspire and Contender teams before the start of the 2018 season.

We will continue with the current training routine till the end of this year. That means next year’s 9th grade (YOB 2009) will continue to train with the Kickstarters Group on a Thursday afternoon and join the morning group at the start of the 2018 training year. The 2005 boys, who move to 13th grade as of next season will continue to train on TuesdayThursday and Friday for the remainder of 2017. At the start of the 2018 training year however, they will move to a MondayWednesdayFriday training schedule. For the 2008, 2007 and 2006 lads there will be no change and they will continue to train on TuesdayThursday and Friday for 2018.

Our normal training routine will resume in the second week of the 4th term and the last day of training for 2017 will be on Friday December 15.

If you have any questions regarding the trials please let me know.

Altan Ramadan
Founder & Director of Coaching


The school has been selected by The Warehouse to participate in a Community Choice Programme that provides financial support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. A fund is raised through their customers purchasing a 10cent shopping bag in return for a token, which is then placed in a voting booth (or forgo the bag). At the end of a 6-month period the fund is divided among 3 participating partners based on their percentage of tokens, with the VAS share being put towards much-needed refurbishment of outdoor playground equipment. The VAS voting booth is situated at The Warehouse store in Newmarket and the period runs from August 2017 until January 2018. Please spread the word among friends and family!

If you know of any other loyalty schemes and grants that can benefit the school, please contact Amanda Dick on [email protected]

ASB Supporting Success in Your School


Due to the success to date of the ‘Supporting Success in Your School’ scheme ASB will continue to support Victoria Avenue School with the School Sponsorship Voucher until 30 July 2018. The school is awarded a $500 voucher for each customer that mentions VAS and this offer when taking out lending of $250,000 or more (see voucher for further terms). This offer is available to friends and family of the school community as well as parents and teachers. A copy of the voucher is available to download at the ASB website: