Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 2 – 24 October 2019

Dear Parents,

It was thrilling to see the opening of the first stage of the Forest Project last week, which is the culmination of nearly 2 years of hard work and fundraising. The original design work by Tiffany Smith of Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA), was donated to the school. We are incredibly grateful to CASA for their very generous support. Tiffany is  the mother of an ex VAS pupil.  Thank you so much to Manuka Doctor, our amazing main sponsor for the project.  In recognition of their significant and utterly generous support the amphitheatre will carry their name.

We would like to recognise the parents who drove the project – Charlotte Houghton, Lidia Cooper, Sarah Reid and Margot Kynoch. Their inputs have been huge. There are many others in the community who have made this project a reality. The term 2 and 3 bake sales which were run by Annette Oldfield and Catherine and supported by the whole school by baking, selling and buying, raised a total of $8,076.

As well, the proceeds all of the other ongoing fundraising over many months (particularly the Easter Fair and the Quiz Night) have been used in this project. As I mentioned last week even some of our children have donated time and money. So many members of our community have contributed in one way or another to the venture and now all of the children are going to get great benefit from its’ use.

Dogs in the school
We have had a report this week of a dog fight that occurred at the senior playground  after school today. We do allow dogs to be tied to the fence by the dental clinic but not elsewhere in the grounds.

Kind regards

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FOR TERM 4 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2019

What’s Ahead?
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School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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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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!
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Oral Language Festival
On Tuesday 15th of October Olive Tingey (Room 2) and Charlotte Dalziel (Room 6) represented Victoria Avenue in the Remuera Oral language festival at Saint Kentigerns girls school. This year the students got to choose the way they wanted to present and the topic. They could choose from a traditional speech, flash talk, spoken word or rap.
Both Olive and Charlotte placed second in their respective categories. Olive chose to present in a traditional speech about ‘Yawns’ with Charlotte presenting a spoken word titled ‘My dad snores’.
Congratulation to both students who performed admirably.

Thanks to Rooms  11 & 12 who supplied baking and support for the last bake sale of term 3, which raise a brilliant $339. The grand total raised from bake sales for the year was $8,076.

Champions Programme

The Champions programme is starting up in week 3. It is taken by trained volunteers, runs on Thursday lunchtimes and promotes values through teaching the basics of Christian belief. This is an optional programme, so if you do or do not want your child(ren) to attend, please discuss this with them.

For the week 4-8 November, online deliveries will not be processed as Lisa is away. She will deliver items on Monday 11 November. For any urgent uniform items please see the office. Hats can be purchased in the school office during this time and throughout the term.

Remuera Intermediate School Talent Night

RI has organised a students’ talent night. They want to share their talents with the wider community and invite VAS students to come along. They would love to have our children support a school within our community and to see past students. You will find the tickets from Eventbrite; $3 must be paid at the door with each ticket. It will take place on Wednesday 30th starting at 6:30 pm in RI’s school hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


Grammar Juniors Rugby Club on Shore Road Reserve is your local junior rugby club – catering for boys and girls ages 4-13 years old.

Recently we held a “Drive to school in a Maserati Competition” in conjunction with our sponsor Winger Motors.

All Grammar Juniors Rugby players were eligible, and Kyle was chosen randomly from the entire database as our winner. Kyle is in the U8 Gold team.
On Friday, he chose to be picked up from his school (Victoria Ave Primary) in a Maserati GranCabrio convertible and driven home (with a bit of a scenic drive on the way)!

We drove the Maserati onto the playground just before school pickup and presented Kyle with a goodie bag with some Maserati merchandise.

When the bell rang Kyle and the Maserati were inundated with lots of excited children and parents!

Thanks to our sponsor Winger for offering this exciting experience for one lucky player!

Looking to play rugby next winter – Grammar Juniors Rugby registrations for the 2020 season open in January 2020. See you there!

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team (see below for additional info).  VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthbert’s 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.

In Term 4 we currently have 3 teams playing (2 playing flippaball and 1 playing min polo):

Year 4 Flippaball – New Flippaball team in term 4 managed by Sarah Woodward
Year 4/5 Flippaball – Managed by Andrew Williams
Year 6 Minipolo (played in 2 metre deep pool) – Managed by Liz Lim

If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, look at the Flippaball Rules or get yourself along to a pool on a Sunday afternoon to take a look (term 3 games have finished but there is usually a tournament on during the last weekend of the term 3 holidays at Dio or come along during term 4).

If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing Flippaball in Term 4 2019 please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or on 0211 532 159.

NOTE: Entries for Term 4 need to be in by midday 15th October (first Tuesday of term 4).

Flippaball is a modified version of water polo. Two teams, each of which must have a minimum of seven players, play Flippaball. Each team must have 6 field players and 1 goalie in the pool at one time. The pool is shallow (approximately 1.1 – 1.3 metres) allowing players to stand on the bottom of the pool. Players are permitted to walk along the bottom if they do not have the ball. If in possession of the ball the player must swim or pass. Players must pass with only one hand. The game consists of two halves of 8 minutes duration with a 2 minute half time.

 Mini polo is a smaller, more basic game than water polo itself and has been introduced to teach young players the basics of the full game of Waterpolo. Mini polo is recommended for students who have played flippaball for at least 1 term, are confident swimmers and can tread water confidently as the pool depth is 1.8 – 2m deep.

With more than 15 years of teaching experience, LeeAnna has taught ballet to students from over 15 different countries. She studied classical ballet for the majority of her life in the United States, and has taught at international schools in Switzerland and in Myanmar (Burma). Since her relocation to New Zealand, she has taught after-school ballet at both private and public primary schools.

These Ballet classes will be a fun introduction to formal ballet training. Children will learn ballet terminology, movements, and fundamental positions with an emphasis on improving body awareness and coordination. Ensuring that students receive individual attention within the group setting will be important during classes.

Ballet attire is encouraged: leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and (optional) skirt.
Mostly importantly, students should wear clothing and shoes that are flexible and allow for comfortable movement.

Cost: $65
**Please note, the ballet classes will only be held for 3 weeks during Term 4

To enrol, please email: [email protected]