Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
E-mail: [email protected] | web: www.victoriaave.com

NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 2 – 19 October 2016

Dear Parents

What did you do when you were a child? Did you have perfect manners? Did you ever have a scrap with your brother or sister and end up lashing out at them in frustration? Did you have adult negotiation skills when you were a child? Did you know how to handle conflict through negotiation? Did you ever hit or kick someone because they took something of yours or because they did something mean to you?

If you have mentally answered this questions: yes I had perfect manners all the time, even when my mum wasn’t there to remind me, no I never had a scrap with my siblings; yes I was able to negotiate a way out of conflict when I was at primary school; no I never, ever hit or kicked another child in my childhood, then I am sorry but you are deluding yourself!

Now you are an adult, I am pretty sure that you don’t physically hurt someone when they frustrate you or do something to you, you don’t like. I am pretty sure that you know when to use your manners. How did you learn what was an appropriate response to frustration?

You learned it throughout your childhood. Whenever you acted inappropriately, you were inevitably caught out by an adult and were given consequences. The adults in your life would have spoken to you about appropriate behaviour throughout your childhood. As a result, you learned what was the right thing to do in conflict situations.

All children, and I mean every single child, will squabble with their siblings/friends and hurt them in some way. All children will get frustrated when someone is mean to them and will lash out. Children do not have the ability to negotiate in a way an adult can. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is a necessary part of their learning. Would you rather your child learned how to deal with this appropriately as a child, or went through life thinking that resorting to violence was an appropriate way to behave as an adult?

Here’s where you need to help your child learn. Don’t be a ‘helicopter’ parent and try to remove any obstacle in your child’s way or try to pre empt any situation that may lead to conflict. Don’t rush in to try an ‘fix’ the conflict. Don’t make excuses for your child if they have done something wrong, eg: oh he was provoked so it is ok for him to kick the other boy, it wasn’t his fault. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Use any situation as a learning opportunity but don’t labour the point.

At school, when children have been provoked and acted inappropriately, we deal with it promptly using a restorative approach and consequences as appropriate. Sometimes, depending on the seriousness of the incident we will let you know what has happened, but with 560 students, on any given day there will be conflict and we deal with it immediately without it being necessary to inform you. Usually it is the sort of ‘kid stuff’ I mentioned earlier and once dealt with should end there.

Do not take from this that we condone or dismiss inappropriate behaviour as ‘kid stuff’. We don’t, we deal with it promptly and I think, usually effectively. The point is to accept that your child may act inappropriately, that’s what children do, but please treat it as a learning opportunity and don’t make excuses for their behaviour or step in and try to smooth their path through life by removing all obstacles or potential conflict situations. Once dealt with at school, by all means discuss it with your child, but as I said, don’t make a mountain out of a molehill or labour the point with them, or indeed with us!

Kind Regards

Janice Adamson


Reminder – No hats, no play!

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PRE-ENROLMENT FOR 2017 –  FOR INZONE STUDENTS!!!

URGENT ~ PRE-ENROLMENT FOR THOSE STARTING SCHOOL AT VICTORIA AVENUE SCHOOL IN 2017!
FOR IN ZONE STUDENTS ONLY.

Also please let us know if your Year 1 to 5 child is not returning next year. Thank you.
For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.
Please note the Out of Zone ballot applications have closed. The ballot will be drawn today, Wednesday 19 October 2016


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  • Ice block Sales every Friday – Outside Rooms 6/7/8 and at the hall.
  • 31st October Halloween – HELP REQUIRED!!! Please contact Amanda [email protected]
  • 8 November Athletics Day for Years 3 to 6
  • 16 November PTS Planning Meeting
  • 17 November whole school picnic
  • 2 December Junior Athletics Day for Years 0, 1 and 2
  • 5 December BOT Meeting
  • 12 December Carol Service
  • 13 December School Prize giving

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.


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


AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Also:
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016


What’s Ahead?
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ONLINE CALENDAR


IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2016
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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
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


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 hereSave


Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at www.subwayrialto.co.nz
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
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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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.
http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/head-lice


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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. http://is.gd/3ffmjc

Slow Down

Back to School Campaign Begins

As school children return from their holidays, Auckland Transport’s Back to School Campaign reinforces its ‘Slow Down Around Schools’ message with the help of monsters and children.

A campaign is under way using radio adverts and press ads in suburban newspapers reminding motorists to ‘Slow Down Around Schools’ as children return from their break.

The campaign includes bus backs and a placard campaign is scheduled where students, together with school staff, will be waving placards at passing motorists to encourage them to be more vigilant and reduce their speed around schools.

Speeding cars and drivers around schools are portrayed as ‘monsters’ and the campaign features images of terrified children reacting to the approaching monsters.

The aim is to raise awareness of the vulnerability of children on roads near schools and for motorists to ‘Slow Down Around Schools’.

Auckland Transport’s Community and Road Safety Manager Karen Hay, says: “The campaign’s main focus is safety, but it goes beyond that. It’s about educating the community and raising awareness of the vulnerability of children, as pedestrians or cyclists, when they travel to and from school.

“Working in collaboration with Police across the region, we hope to get the community talking and to realise it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe around schools.”

Back to School Campaign Begins at VAS

Our students and Mrs Lumborg were having far too much fun up on Victoria Ave this morning … using placards to remind passing motorists about safety and children on the roads now a new term has commenced.

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Brainwave Trust talk – Unravelling the Mystery of the Adolescent Brain.

A great session last night. Click here for the link to see the hand out distributed at the talk. There are lots of other interesting resources on their website too: http://www.brainwave.org.nz/


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CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

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CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO DEMONSTRATION

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Nanny for Summer Holidays 
20-year-old female BCom/BSc student available as a full-time nanny over the Summer holidays; Nov 14th – late Jan. Competent, reliable, personable and most importantly FUN. Experienced with children aged 18 months to 13 years, and with larger families. I hold a full, clean driver’s license, with my own reliable vehicle. If you’re in need of a nanny at any time during this period, please do not hesitate to contact me. CV and multiple references can be supplied.

Kate Carey – 0278544338 – [email protected]


GYMNASTICS FANTASTIC

Fantastic skill development
Fantastic strength building
Fantastic Parkor training
Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Fantastic Fun!

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Register on the www.GYMclub.co.nz  website today!
Class starts Friday the 14th of October, at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’tmore in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.
www.GYMclub.co.nz
0800 273368


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Nanny for Summer Holidays 
20-year-old female BCom/BSc student available as a full-time nanny over the Summer holidays; Nov 14th – late Jan. Competent, reliable, personable and most importantly FUN. Experienced with children aged 18 months to 13 years, and with larger families. I hold a full, clean driver’s license, with my own reliable vehicle. If you’re in need of a nanny at any time during this period, please do not hesitate to contact me. CV and multiple references can be supplied.

Kate Carey – 0278544338 – [email protected]


GYMNASTICS FANTASTIC

Fantastic skill development
Fantastic strength building
Fantastic Parkor training
Fantastic flexibility & mental concentration
Fantastic coaches & equipment
Fantastic Fun!

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Register on the www.GYMclub.co.nz  website today!
Class starts Friday the 14th of October, at 3.15pm in the school hall.

“Classes are fantastic, more fun, more convenient, and I’ve learn’tmore in a term than I did in a year at my last club” Charlotte
The cost for the 8 week term is only $95.
www.GYMclub.co.nz
0800 273368