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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 3 – 2 November 2017

Dear Parents,

Exactly a year ago, I wrote my newsletter expressing frustration at how our renovations to the classrooms were taking forever to get approved by the Ministry of Education. I was hopeful that the work would finally get underway this year. Well it is! But not in rooms 19 – 21 which were the rooms I talked about last year!

I have spent many hours talking to the Ministry about getting new classrooms (as many of our neighbouring schools are getting) but we do not have an urgent enough reason for them to consider a new build rather than a refurbishment / repair.

On 18 December, the builders will start working on re-levelling rooms 15, atrium, 16, 17, 18. These classrooms have significant issues caused by subsidence. The Ministry has deemed this project more important than turning rooms 19 – 21 into flexible learning spaces, so this is now on hold until our next round of funding starting in 2019. These buildings will, however, be re-levelled as they are also affected by subsidence.

We hope that the new playground will be installed over the holidays as well. You may remember that the PTS raised $115,000 in 2014 which was for the development of an outdoor learning space beside rooms 19 – 21 as part of the upgrade to flexible learning spaces. We have held onto that money but given it is not going to happen until 2019, the board has given approval for us to allocate these funds to the new playground.

Rooms 19 – 21 and rooms 7 – 12 are getting new roofs during the holidays so the school will be quite a construction site. We hope all the work will be complete by the middle of term 1.

We have engaged painters to paint the exterior of the school. This work was planned for the holidays as well, but there will be too much construction work happening so we have deferred that until later in 2018.

The board met on Monday to discuss our property needs for the next 5 years in order to develop a longer term property strategy using both Ministry funds and board money. This plan will take a couple of sessions to develop but will give us something specific to work towards. Once we have a draft plan I know the board will share it with the community.

The year 4 classes will be relocated for the beginning of term 1 which of course will impact on all areas of the school. Short term pain for long term gain! I will give more details of the relocation of the year 4 classes nearer the end of the year.

Last Friday we thanked Shelley Cunningham at assembly. Shelley has done a fantastic job in her role as PTS chairperson. She has put many, many hours into the school, working tirelessly to organise and run events, support other PTS members with their events, liaise with the school and troubleshoot where needed. We have really appreciated everything she has done for VAS.

Before we farewelled Shelley, she presented a cheque for $50,000 to the school. Naturally the children were very impressed and there was much appreciation shown! This year, the PTS has raised $100,000 from wonderful events like the gala, the quiz night, the athon, bake sales, ice block sales, entertainment book sales as well as some funds from the family fun night and Halloween disco. Our huge thanks to everyone who organised, ran and helped at these events as well as to all the parents who supported the events.

We are delighted to let you know, that as a result of this fundraising, we have just bought brand new sets of class furniture for rooms 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18. The teachers and children are delighted. Last term we were able to use the funds raised by the PTS to purchase ten new iPads for rooms 11 and 13. We will use more of this year’s PTS funds to buy furniture for the year 1 classes as well as topping up iPads and chromebooks across the school.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

After School Code Club

We are looking for new year 4 – 6 students to join us, we run Wednesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm at the school. You will need to bring your own laptop. Please email David at [email protected] for more details.

A great time was had by all at the disco! Huge thanks to Craig Hill, Claire Ellis and their crew of volunteers for much appreciated efforts in making this happen.

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FOR TERM 2 2017
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


School Times
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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 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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN THURSDAYS 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
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 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.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

Taishin Purdy, James Lethborg and Lucy Haydon

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Jemima Schaaf
  • Room 1: Addy Randall
  • Room 2: Reeve Innes
  • Room 2: Adam Bursill
  • Room 3: Holly Brazendale
  • Room 4: Filip Milivojevic
  • Room 4: Harper Martin
  • Room 5: Violet Richardson
  • Room 5: Jack Smith
  • Room 6: Isla Lockhart
  • Room 7: Selina Shi
  • Room 7: Cooper Munro
  • Room 8: Joshua Jolly
  • Room 9: Hamish Ngan
  • Room 9: Caitlin Herrod
  • Room 10: Marion Delmas
  • Room 11: Charlotte Kan
  • Room 12: Sabine Pascoe
  • Room 13: Amelia Unsworth
  • Room 14: Rusty Kang
  • Room 15: William Kieu
  • Room 15: Chun Yu Quan
  • Room 16: Josie Tregus
  • Room 17: Jack Reid
  • Room 17: Nicholas Weston
  • Room 18: Olivia Wood
  • Room 19: Poppy Mitchell
  • Room 20: Aaliyah Sudrajat
  • Room 20: Alvin Wong
  • Room 21: Edward Winstone
  • Room 22: Iris Tian
  • Room 10: Marion Delmas

Congratulations to Britney Clasper!

We are very proud to hear that Victoria Avenue School ex pupil, Britney Clasper, has been announced Dux of Baradene College. Congratulations on this amazing achievement!

It’s cards and calendar art time again at VAS!  Each child’s art work has been scanned and uploaded to so that you can view before you place your order for Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketchpads. You also have the option of uploading a different piece of your child’s art if you prefer. Children will get ordering instructions today – these will include a unique code. This code will only give you access to your child’s art – so each child’s art will only be visible to your family.
We are also offering Smencils and Smens this year which can be ordered using the same code.
Orders will run from Thursday 2 November to Sunday 12 November and will be delivered back to School by Friday 1 Deccember in time for international Christmas posting.

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
Return: 2.45pm
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.

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

3/32 Armadale Road, Remuera

When Location Matters…

Posted by Nick Lyus Real Estate on Thursday, October 26, 2017

Xtreme Rhythmix now has more exciting classes for beginners in rhythmic gymnastics at Sacred Heart College! Come along and learn fun skills with ropes, hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons. RhythmFlex classes (5 – 7 years old approx) available on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pre-competitive classes (7 – 10 years old approx) available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Email [email protected] for more information or to book in for a trial class.

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:


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]