Yesterday afternoon, our staff meeting was about robotics and coding. This is such a growing area of technology so yesterday’s session gave us the opportunity to play around and learn how to code the robots to make them do various things. New and whizzier robots are being released almost daily and the prices keep coming down as they become more mainstream. We now have one robot with artificial intelligence (AI)!
It was an interactive session, so we all used iPads to develop simple coding to get the robots to do something. This is a new aspect of technology for all of us and it will take some time to have all teachers (including me) confident and competent in using these technologies in the classroom.
The Ministry of Education has developed a new digital technology curriculum. Below is a screenshot explaining the implementation process as well as the draft content of this new learning area:
Jason Desforges has taken coding with every class in the school, so children have already been introduced to this new technology. Many of our students are way ahead of their teachers at coding and using robots, so it is about children and teachers learning together. I am sure that we will be able to use some of the funds that the PTS has raised through your generous support of fundraising events, to purchase new robots. Our robots all have names, so as we get new ones, I will introduce them to you
Driveway to the Staff Carpark
We ask that parents do not bring children to school or home from school using the driveway to the staff carpark. This morning, I was driving down the driveway very slowly because I could see three parents with their children walking on the driveway. I passed two lots of parents and children with no trouble. However, the next parent was talking on the phone and her child was skipping along near her. As I neared, he suddenly ran out to the middle of the driveway causing me to slam on my brakes. I was barely moving, so it was never going to be an issue, but I felt sick that it was a near miss.
We have courier vans and delivery trucks that come in and out from school using that driveway. We have a speed limit, but I have seen the vans moving more quickly down the driveway than the speed I was doing. Had it been one of those this morning, the child would have been hit.
PLEASE do not use that driveway to access the school with your children. It is not much further down Victoria Avenue and better to walk a little further to keep your child safe. That parent on the phone thought she was supervising her child, but she was distracted and he moved quickly – the potential for a disaster.
If you have a preschooler turning 5 next year, please contact the office to have his/her name recorded. We are currently looking at the organization for next year and need this information.
Please remember that the PE uniform is just for PE, it is not intended to be worn as the school uniform. We would like all children to come to school and go home from school in their proper uniform and we give them the opportunity to get changed for PE and sport at school. The exception to this rule is in the Juniors if they have had PE or sport after lunch. We allow them to go home in PE uniform because they need so much assistance to get dressed. Thanks for your support in ensuring that the proper uniform is being worn.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
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
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3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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.
Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.
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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
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.
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:
‘BAGS FOR GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD’ COMMUNITY CHOICE PARTNER
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]