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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 3 – 29 October 2015

Dear Parents

I am always open to new and interesting theories. I enjoy reading articles about new theories around personality type. Often these articles are not grounded by any research, but make for interesting reading and cause me to reflect on the children at VAS and their needs. I’ve written columns for the newsletter about the way children’s personalities shape their friendships.

On Sunday, I read an article written by Deborah Hill Cone entitled “Hey dorks, your society needs you!” Here is the link to the full article

It was about HSP – Hyper Sensitive People. Hmm, I thought, another ‘label’ to justify a person’s behaviour. Why can’t we just accept that everyone is different and some people are just quirkier than others! Is a label necessary?

Reading further, it wasn’t so much about labelling anyone, but about accepting and understanding. In a nutshell, a HSP is a person born with a nervous system genetically designed to be more sensitive to subtleties. They startle easily, are easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, sirens close by, avoid violent movies or TV shows and other people’s moods affect them.

Dr Elaine Aron is a Canadian clinical psychologist who has been studying this for years. She has written a best seller ‘The Highly Sensitive Person’ as well as ‘The Highly Sensitive Person Workbook’, The Highly Sensitive Child’, ‘Psychotherapy and Highly Sensitive Person: Improving Outcomes for the Minority of People who are the Majority of Clients’. The following explanation was copied from the website The Comfort Zone

  • Your trait is normal. It is found in 15 to 20% of the population–too many to be a disorder, but not enough to be well understood by the majority of those around you.
  • It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it in over 100 species (and probably there are many more) from fruit flies, birds, and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates. This trait reflects a certain type of survival strategy, being observant before acting. The brains of highly sensitive persons (HSPs) actually work a little differently than others’. To learn more about this, see Research.
  • You are more aware than others of subtleties. This is mainly because your brain processes information and reflects on it more deeply. So even if you wear glasses, for example, you see more than others by noticing more.
  • You are also more easily overwhelmed. If you notice everything, you are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel for a long time.
  • This trait is not a new discovery, but it has been misunderstood. Because HSPs prefer to look before entering new situations, they are often called “shy.” But shyness is learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extroverts, although the trait is often mislabeled as introversion. It has also been called inhibitedness, fearfulness, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic trait.
  • Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSPs tend to have low self-esteem. They are told “don’t be so sensitive” so that they feel abnormal.

I can think of a number of highly sensitive children (HSCs) at VAS. Their place alongside the gung ho, relaxed, outgoing types needs to be nurtured and valued, but more importantly they need to be understood so we don’t try to make them into something they are not.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

 Newest Blog!!

Room 22 one of our Year 0 classes has produced the latest VAS blog. CLICK HERE to view their work.

Please check out the Blog Page on our website for all the blogs we produce.

Constable Gordon will be running the Auckland Marathon – Sponsoring him will raise money for the Cancer Society

1st November Constable Gordon will be running the Auckland Marathon for the Auckland Cancer a Society.

“I would really appreciate if you would sponsor me to  help my nominated charity no matter the amount as every dollar helps. Just click on the attached link it only takes a minute to help. 

Many Thanks Constable Gordon”

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

FOR TERM 4 2015
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 2015
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15

Term Dates for 2016

Term 1: Wednesday 3 Feb to Friday 15 April ’16
Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March’16 (During school term)
Term 2: Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July ’16
~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June ’16
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

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 for 2015
1. ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Join ezlunch today  to take advantage of this promotion. and Place an order
2. Subway: Wed and Fri
Register to order online at
3. Sushi on Thursdays
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.

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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!
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.





Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The annual Middle and Senior Athletics Day is on Tuesday 17th November at the Millennium Institute’s Athletics Stadium, 17 Antares Place, Rosedale. CLICK HERE for Google map for directions.
The children will be travelling to and from the venue on buses, so will need to be at school by 8.30am on the day in order for an 8.45am departure.

Please see the important information below:

Date: Tuesday 17th November
Depart: 8.45am on buses
Return: 3.00pm
Wear: School PE Uniform, trainers

Bring: School Fleece, Sun hat, sun screen, lunch, water bottle (nothing fizzy), inhalers and epi-pens if required.

This is a great way to end the sporting events for the year, but it does require support from you as parents to help run some of the events and help set up.  Thank you to those of you that have already filled in the google form, I will be in touch over the coming weeks to provide you with further information on your role for the day.

If you have not filled in the google form but are able to help please click on the link below or email me directly.
Parent Help Form

We hope to see as many of you there as possible to cheer the students on!
CLICK HERE to see attached an outline of the events with approximate timings and a print friendly version of this letter.

Kind regards,
Rachael Wilcock

[email protected]


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Attached is the flyer for the Weetbix Kids TRYathlon held at St Heliers on Sunday 21st February 2016. Grab a friend to enter as a team or enter individually using the link below

VAS registration link

To receive a discount on the registration fee please use the link and our school code VICT0715 when you enter.

We will have a gazebo set up on the day for all VAS students to use over the course of the day.

Any queries please contact our parent coordinator Mark Haydon

[email protected]

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Finn Houghton and Dean Hughes

  • Room 1: Sarah Keam
    Room 1: Liarna Ardana
    Room 2: Eli Harris
    Room 2: Thomas Weston
    Room 3: Sam Cosham
    Room 3: Caroline Taillie
    Room 4: George Baker
    Room 4: Georgie Gray
    Room 5: Somin Mohit
    Room 6: Matthew McKenzie
    Room 7: Marco Hardie-Lyne
    Room 8: Isabella Raby
    Room 9: Nicholas Wong
    Room 10: Kai Wang
    Room 11: Gamuchirai Sithole
    Room 12: Takumi Ozeki
    Room 13: Claudia Hughes
  • Room 15: Nisha Padey
    Room 14: Charlie Barron
    Room 15: Robbie Baker
    Room 15: Takumi Ozeki
    Room 16: Jessica Lee
    Room 16: Zach Scott
    Room 17: Nicholas Ruepert
    Room 17: Harriet Swasbrook
    Room 18: Ethan Ese
    Room 19: Ella Bowie
    Room 20: Tristran Russ
    Room 21: Ollie Ireland
    Room 22: Cailyn Shen
    Room 22: Eva Kelliher
    Room 23: Leo Anderson


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