Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 3 – 27 October 2016

Dear Parents

Those of you who have done alterations to your house, or built from new, will understand the frustrations of the building process. We are in the planning process for the renovations to rooms 19, 20 and 21 and our level of frustration is currently running very high!

There is a subsidence issue across the back of the school towards the forest area. Over the years there has been natural slippage on this slope which has undermined the original foundations of these three classrooms. Adding to the subsidence are the roots of the pohutukawa which are now substantial trees. However, not only has the subsidence affected rooms 19 – 21, rooms 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, the library and the atrium are also affected to varying degrees.

Herein lies the source of our frustration. The Ministry of Education only has a certain amount of property money to go around. Leaky buildings and the Christchurch schools rebuilding programme account for a significant portion of these funds. Add to this, the roll growth being experienced in schools across Auckland which has led to new classrooms being built and the pot of available money decreases further. We do have an allocation of money for this project, but with building costs in Auckland rising pretty much weekly, the original estimate from 2014 is now not enough.

The PTS raised a significant amount of money in 2013 to be put towards creating a lovely outdoor learning space off rooms 19 – 21 as part of the overall refurbishment. Rest assured, the board has that money put aside and earmarked for this project. Part of our frustration is because we want the people who helped raise these funds to have the opportunity to see it being used as was originally intended, within a decent timeframe.

So, where are we at? We have the design (including the lovely outdoor learning space) and the detailed plans for the new piling to withstand any future subsidence ready to be submitted to council. We are currently holding off going any further as we have identified a couple of significant aspects around access of the machinery required to fix the subsidence affecting rooms 15 – the library, that may impact on the rooms 19 – 21 part of the overall project. We intend going to the Ministry of Education and laying this all out on the table to see if we can access increased funding for the project. Rest assured that the board are determined to get the best quality result for VAS.

All going well, the project will continue on track to have the work underway in term 1 2017. This time frame works very well for us because we have spare rooms available in the first part of the year (the new entrant rooms) for the three classes.

Class Blogs

All our students have been working so hard all year and there are many outstanding examples of the work they have been doing uploaded to the class blogs. Go into our website, have a look at the blogs and make comments. The children love to see that people are viewing their blogs.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson




Also please let us know if your Year 1 to 5 child is not returning next year. Thank you.
For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.

date-clipart-putthis-on-calendar-clip-art1-gif-ygweju-clipartPlease note that we have TEN school wide events coming up:

Please refer to our school calendar for the many other events for the rest of the term!

  • Ice block Sales every Friday – Outside Rooms 6/7/8 and at the hall.
  • 28 October: TOMORROW Calendar Art available to view in classrooms.
  • 31st October Halloween – HELP REQUIRED!!! Please contact Amanda [email protected]
  • 8 November Athletics Day for Years 3 to 6
  • 16 November PTS Planning Meeting
  • 17 November whole school picnic
  • 2 December Junior Athletics Day for Years 0, 1 and 2
  • 5 December BOT Meeting
  • 12 December Carol Service
  • 13 December School Prize giving


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

FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 2016
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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
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

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
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.

VAS School App

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


English Language Students explore instructional language and science, by making  Rainbow Colour Wheels. They learn to improve their wheels’ performance by experimenting with them and then modifying the design.
“Wow! Look how fast the wheel spins.The six colours seem to blend together due to the consistent force of the jets of air.”
To make your own Rainbow Pinwheel go to this site


On Wednesday 23 November at 7pm we have planned for education consultant Stuart Hale to run a parent workshop on “maximising the iPads potential for children with…balance, creativity, control and protection”. If you would like to attend this workshop to find out how to help your child use this technology creatively and safely as well as explore some tools to help your family engage in the electronic age please click on yes on this link by Friday 4 November. The workshop will only proceed if there is sufficient interest.


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2016 Speech Makers Competition:

Well done to our two Year 6 students Ben Smith and Asjad El Jack who participated in this competition. Ben was presented on the night with a $40 Whitcoulls voucher in recognition of winning the Victoria Avenue School competition and Asjad was presented with a $25 Whitcoulls voucher for being our runner up.


Felicity Thompson and Samara Riley

Room 1: Dean Hughes
Room 1: Phoebe Kiyoto-Ward
Room 2: Amanda Dissanayake
Room 2: Phenix Durrant
Room 3: Alex Wu
Room 3: Charlotte Wood
Room 4: Hikurangi Blaylock
Room 4:Summer Prince
Room 5: Edward Zang
Room 6: Sienna Lushkott
Room 6: Adam Bursill
Room 7: Sierra Sharma
Room 8: Holly Preuss
Room 9: Chloe Song
Room 10: Caitlin Kieu
Room 11: Austin Gu
Room 12: Sebastian Lynch
Room 13: Luca Colgan
Room 14: Esther Larkin
Room 15: Claire Zhang
Room 16: Jieqi Chen
Room 17: Max Gilbert
Room 18: Grace Thomson
Room 19: William Barclay
Room 20: Nina Haydon
Room 20: Louis Liu
Room 21: Jonas Hui
Room 21: Gary Yuan
Room 22: Quintis Qin
Room22: Caramel Williams
Room 23: Abby Scott
Room 23: Adam Hood

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