Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 3 – 1 November 2018

Dear Parents,

Communication, the key to a good relationship. I found this snippet when I Googled ‘communication and relationships’ – Good communication is an important part of all relationships and is an essential part of any healthy partnership. All relationships have ups and downs, but a healthy communication style can make it easier to deal with conflict, and build a stronger and healthier partnership.

In our context, we have relationships with our colleagues, children, parents and external agencies. We talk of the partnership between home and school. These partnerships flourish when there is effective communication flowing both ways.

The latest buzz word for communication is ‘comms’, as in what are the comms for this, or the comms must be working. So what are the comms around Victoria Avenue School?

Our main comms goes through the newsletter. This contains everything parents need to know about what is ‘on top’ and what is coming up. We also use the VAS app to push notifications out. Our Facebook page showcases things happening around the school, sort of ‘human interest’ stories. We also send emails out to parents as required.

So what is the line between pushing out the comms and people availing themselves of the comms? I sometimes get emails from parents asking when something is going to happen. I know that the information has been in the newsletter which they obviously haven’t read. Is that my responsibility or is it the parent’s responsibility? We can send it via email as well as put it on our website as well as hold hard copies in the office but some parents don’t understand that this is our main method of communicating. Should we be criticised for not communicating enough? Should we take the main ‘take outs’ from the newsletter and send those in a separate email?

How much do we need to send out? How much is too much and how much is not enough? This is a real conundrum. I get so many annoying emails in my private email inbox (yes I have tried unsubscribing but it hasn’t worked) and I never read them, I just delete them. We never want to get to the stage of sending out too many emails because then the importance of any email from the school gets watered down. Conversely, we don’t want to leave people in the dark either.

After receiving feedback that parents didn’t know what the money raised through PTS events was going to be used for, the board have been working with the PTS to improve our comms. We continue to work on this to improve.

The irony of my column today is that those of you reading it, aren’t my target audience! However, I would appreciate your feedback about our level of comms – ie too much / not enough as well as your constructive suggestions. Please don’t bombard me with complaints! I am wanting to know what you think in order that we continually improve in order to have a strong home – school partnership based on effective communication. Please email me your thoughts.

Reminder 1

If you wish us to take any information into consideration as we form classes, please email me. It may be a request to separate your child from another child. Please note that we do not accept any requests for specific teachers. Please email your thoughts by 23 November. It is almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2019.

Reminder 2

Parent – child – teacher triadics are being held on 28, 29 November. You will receive an email in a couple of weeks giving you the access code to book a time.

Reminder 3

We have been notified by the NZEI, the teachers’ union, that the Auckland strike day is 12 November. We have no say in whether our teachers strike or what date as it is a union directive. As a result, the board actually can’t do anything but comply. The board has no choice but to close the school as there will not be enough staff at school to supervise children.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Out of School Care – Strike Day

Magnificent One Day Holiday Workshop
Monday 12 November

Pyjama party day – wear your favourite pyjamas and come and enjoy a day filled with creative activities, cooking delicious treats, movies and free time. See flier below.

Time: 8:30am -5:30pm
Cost: $60
Contact: Monique 027 4971554

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 4 2018
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar


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

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

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

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
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 Ph 520 0603.

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.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.


Gala 2019

2019 Gala time is approaching and we are on the hunt for an enthusiastic organiser who would be willing to drive the plans for the 2019 Gala. We have a team of committed Gala volunteers ready to step into key roles to help bring the Gala together but we wanted to check in with school parents to make sure we are not missing a hidden talent and someone willing to help bring this iconic school event together. If you are keen and able please contact Charlotte asap [email protected] or give her a call on 021 32 36 32. The organising crew will be meeting on Wednesday next week to kick off plans.

Dragon Drive Repaint

We are excited to announce that plans are afoot for the repaint of Dragon Drive – a very special feature of VAS. Craig Hill has been working hard to source paint and concrete for the repaint and spent time in his holidays waterblasting the dragon in preparation.
Funds raised by the PTS over the course of this year will be covering the cost of the safety non slip paint that is required for our dragon. The PTS would also like to thank Brownyn and Wayne Loo and family for their kind donation of concrete to help with restoration of the dragon. There may be a request for adult painters to help paint the beast over coming weeks – so we’d love to hear from any aspiring painters.

The PTS is excited to support the school in it’s drive to greenify and beautify our fantastic grounds so that our school is a place that our children, teachers and families can be proud of.

Several projects are already underway including The Forest Project that will involve remodelling the old fort outside rooms 11 and 12, and create plans for natural and sustainable outdoor play and learning for our children; The Dragon Drive repaint; and the Mural Artwork along the Victoria Avenue entrance fenceline that Jen Noone is leading. All of these projects are involving parent and teacher volunteers who are keen to help make our school the best it can be. If you are keen to help with any of these projects please contact Charlotte on [email protected]

Friendly volunteers for Term 4

I know we’re all busy/tired as we approach our last few weeks of school but we would really really appreciate it if someone would be willing to lead the School Picnic to be held on the evening of Thursday 13 December. It mainly involves sourcing the food trucks that we have used in the past and making sure that information about the event is passed to children and parents via the newsletter and flyers. Craig and Duncan are on the waterslides so all that side of things will be sorted.

Also – we wondered if anyone would be willing to take over from Craig as the Friday iceblock vendor in term 4? Craig is always doing things for the school and is currently involved in sorting the repaint of Dragon Drive. We thought that selling the iceblocks on Fridays could be an easy gig for someone to help out with who would like to support the school. All the iceblocks are bought – you would just need to rock up with the chilly bin, sell them and then bank the proceeds.

If anyone’s willing to help out please contact Charlotte on [email protected] – Thanks so much !!


Ice-blocks will be back on sale for Terms 4 and 1 on Friday afternoons under the tree beside the field at 3pm – so don’t forget to bring your $2!


Last Assembly:

  • Room 2: Ka Kei Mok
  • Room 2: Phoebe MacGill
  • Room 3: Jack Smith
  • Room 3: Sam Bashford
  • Room 4: Henry Wilson
  • Room 4: Angel Sun
  • Room 5: Olivia Maire
  • Room 5: Charlie Barratt-Boyes
  • Room 6: Mia Gadnai
  • Room 6: William Munro
  • Room 7: Benjamin Rong
  • Room 8: Isabella Lu
  • Room 9: Ryan Zhao
  • Room 10: Stepan Kornyshev
  • Room 11: Dylan Barrett-Webb
  • Room 12: Freddie Halliday
  • Room 13: Florence Nathan
  • Room 14: Adriana Noori
  • Room 15: Austin Gu
  • Room 16: Yanni Zhang
  • Room 17: Crystal Tan
  • Room 18: Liam Zhao
  • Room 18: Francesca Grazioli
  • Room 19: Alena Thorman
  • Room 20: Flynn Magness-Wignall
  • Room 21: Kelan Arndt
  • Room 22: Amelia Sandlant
  • Room 23: Louis Kynoch

Click Here for enrolment form

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Also, between 3.30pm – 5.00pm:

  • Go Go Kids (319 Remuera Road) will be hosting free Halloween face painting for the children. 
  • Remuera Library will have a free event.

For children with allergies, all treats are nut and gluten free so everyone can enjoy the fun.


Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team. VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts 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.
This term we have 3 teams playing in a variety of year group grades including the 2m deep min polo. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, get along to a pool on a Sunday to take a look.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 1 2019 please contact Anna Scott [email protected] ph 0211 532 132 as entries will need to be made before school starts next year.