Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 2 – 22 October 2015

Dear Parents

A couple of administrative things this week.

Finding a venue for the whole school to have prizegiving has proved problematic. Unfortunately Baradene aren’t able to let us use their auditorium again this year. Poor Anne Bridgman has tried a number of different venues and options but with no luck finding a suitable one.

Therefore we are going to have two prizegivings, both held in the VAS hall. We are mindful of parents, particularly parents of year 6 children, coming along on a couple of occasions for the various end of year assemblies. This is especially true for those parents with a child in year 6 and a child in years 0 – 3. They would be coming along to three different assemblies!

With this in mind, we are going to have a years 4, 5, 6 prizegiving combined with the leavers’ assembly on Tuesday 15 December at 9am. We will also have a years 0, 1, 2, 3 prizegiving on Tuesday 15 December at 2pm.

We are not going to lose any of the great VAS traditions for our year 6 leavers. The format of the prizegiving programme will be as follows:

  1. Speeches from board chair and principal
  2. Years 4, 5, 6 class awards
  3. Valedictory speech, video presentation and leaver’s certificates awarded
  4. Cups awarded
  5. Year 6 leave the prizegiving and go through the human arch

The programme for the years 0, 1, 2, 3 assembly will be:

  1. Speeches from board chair and principal
  2. Class awards
  3. Video presentation

We are going to look for a more permanent solution to prizegiving early next year because the ideal is that the whole school celebrates success together.

We have all been waiting a long time for the work to start on remediating the subsidence issues around rooms 16 – 21 and the subsequent internal renovation of rooms 19 – 21 as innovative learning spaces (formerly known as modern learning environments!). The work will also include the outdoor plan that was shown to the school in 2013.

The great news is that we are underway. The engineer’s report is in, the architect was on site yesterday, drainage is being investigated and paperwork for Auckland Council is being prepared. We are expecting the work to begin early next year with the work expected to finish in June. We have enough spaces in the school in the first half of the year to accommodate three classes so no learning compromised. We can’t wait!

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

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– Reminder for In Zone new entrant students to pre-enrol.

For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.

Constable Gordon will be running the Auckland Marathon – Sponsoring him will raise money for the Cancer Society

1st November Constable Gordon will be running the Auckland Marathon for the Auckland Cancer a Society.

“On Sunday 1st November I will be running the Auckland Marathon for the Cancer Society. I will be running the marathon for my 6 year old twin girls in honour of my wife and their mother who died from the disease 5 years ago. Cancer is a disease that has effected us all in one way or another whether through a loved one that we have lost or know someone who is fighting the disease or who has fought it and won.

I would really appreciate if you would sponsor me to  help my nominated charity no matter the amount as every dollar helps. Just click on the attached link it only takes a minute to help. 

Many Thanks Constable Gordon”

Click Here to view our new BLOG PAGE on our website.

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

FOR TERM 3 2015
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 2015
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15

~ Labour Day Mon 26 October ’15

Term Dates for 2016

Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
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

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 for 2015
1. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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.

 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.

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Hudson Smith and Ava Carey

  • Room 1: Tayla Campbell
    Room 2: Brandon Lawson-Jones
    Room 3: Araliya de Zoysa
    Room 3: Isabella Hoyle
    Room 3: Eri Iwamoto
    Room 4: Charlie Smidt
    Room 5: Charlotte Young
    Room 6: Jack Madden
    Room 6: Esther Richards
    Room 7: Kitty Sun
    Room 9: Rita Fung
    Room 10: Cooper Thomson
    Room 11: Olesya Kozakevych
    Room 12: Henry Main
    Room 13: Sophie Thorman
  • Room 14: Dulcie Snelgrove
    Room 15: Knox Newton
    Room 15: Ella Browne
    Room 16: Sam Bashford
    Room 16: Lucy Haydon
    Room 17: Chanel Jayasundera
    Room 17: Adam Hughes
    Room 18: Selina Yao
    Room 19: Charlotte Rothwell
    Room 20: Anu Bayarsaikhan
    Room 21: Jonty Mackintosh
    Room 22: Esther Larkin
    Room 22: Nina Valenzuela
    Room 22: Stella Rumbold
    Room 23: Ranbir Paik


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Victoria Avenue School Chess Championship 2015 Winners

First Place: Timothy Ravi

Second Place: Callum Rae

Third Place: Enay Bengali


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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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MusicMakers: The building blocks of music learning…

The Cathedral Music School’s early music learning programme, MusicMakers offers students the chance to develop music enjoyment, appreciation and ability from an early age. Music learning, like language learning, should begin early in a child’s life.  Children learn the performance skills of singing and rhythmic movement by imitation.

MusicMakers is a programme designed for young children and is carefully planned and sequenced to ensure that the students enjoy their musical learning whilst developing valuable skills which will stand them in good stead for picking up one or more instruments in the future.

Our MusicMakers engage in a wide variety of musical activities aiming to instill the concepts of pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics through percussion, singing and movement.

Susanna Middleton-Olliver is the leader of the MusicMakers and is currently undertaking a post-graduate qualification in music education and ethnomusicology. Susanna implements the latest music education techniques in her lessons and provides a warm, encouraging environment for students to discover and learn more about music.

The classes currently scheduled are:

ALL COMERS (3-6 years) Thursday 4:30pm: An introduction to the basic elements of music through movement, sound production and percussion.

QUAVERS (3-4 years) Saturday 9:30am: An introduction to the basic elements of music through movement, sound production and percussion.

Crotchets (5-7) Saturday 10:30am: A class building on basic music skills, exploring the concepts of pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics.

To book your child into a MusicMakers class, please visit the Cathedral Music School website at