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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 3 – 31 October 2019

Dear Parents,

I was at the APPA breakfast yesterday and the speaker had us all discussing one of her points at a round table. We were then asked if anyone wanted to share what the people at their table thought about her point. Fine, no problem there.  It was all going well. Then a male principal signalled that he wanted to share.

This principal, started off sharing his colleagues’ viewpoints by saying, ”The girls at my table….”

Now this may not annoy other women but I find it a patronising, subtle put down of women. None of the women in that room were ‘girls’. There was a mix of very experienced and inexperienced female principals, all of whom are intelligent and articulate. We have all matured past girlhood.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of this patronising, put down attitude, not only to women but also girls. Before I lose my male readers, there is also a level of patronising dialogue and put downs around boys and men.

Like the comment from the male salesperson when I was looking for a new (high performance) car. He talked performance to my husband then turned to me and asked me what colour I would like.

Like one of my husband’s work colleagues who told him he was such a clever man because he knows how to do the washing.

Like one of our girls being told that she could have the glitter.

Like one of our boys being told that he was brave to wear the white polo.

Every time one of our children is on the receiving end of a put down or patronising comment, it dents their self esteem. They are not mature enough to be annoyed and just think that the person who said it is an idiot. They take the subtle criticism and store it away. The more put downs and patronising comments made to them, the more they store away. Their self belief gets chipped away. Without self belief, their resilience, their confidence is eroded. This is not what we want for our children.

Let us start to challenge patronising comments and put downs made to our children, either by adults or other children. Let’s be their advocates so they see that such comments are not acceptable. Anxiety and depression in children is on the rise so any small thing we can do to stop comments from chipping away at their self belief can only be a good thing.

Student Led Conferences – School Will Close at 2pm Wednesday 20 November

The children are preparing to share their progress and learning with you, so please mark it in your diary. We put students at the centre of their learning (called student agency) and having them share with you is an important part of their learning.

Wednesday 20 November – school closes at 2pm, conferences from 2.20pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 21 November  – conferences from 3.20pm – 5pm

Booking details will be emailed out shortly.

2020 Classes

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 22 November, unfortunately requests sent in after this date will not be actioned. It is also almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2020, so please email me early.


We have had experts in who have fertilised and aerated the field and sown grass seed into the bare patches. The field has been closed, but will open next week. There will be lots of happy children!


Unfortunately, we were not able to get a date for our athletics at Mt Smart this year so all the athletics will be held at school, with some events at St Kents.

Last year we had a date but we were bumped for the Taylor Swift concert!  We have been able to secure a date for 2020 so will look forward to returning there, hopefully no big name celebrities to bump us again. The athletics days are as follows:

Years 5, 6 – 14 November from 11am
Years 3, 4 –  6 December from 12.30pm
Years 1, 2 –  29 November

Kind regards

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

Term Dates for 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place an order

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.

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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!
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Announced last assembly:

William King & Esther Larkin

Celebrated last assembly:

Madeleine Williams

  • Room 1: Cooper Thomson
  • Room 2: George Clausen
  • Room 2: Noa Bayer
  • Room 3: Matthew Cunningham
  • Room 3: Lili Oliver
  • Room 4: Scout Challinor
  • Room 4: Sophie Wakelin
  • Room 5: Zara Revill
  • Room 5: Cosmo Honey
  • Room 6: Claudia Evison
  • Room 6: Alona Kotsar
  • Room 7: Peter Tan
  • Room 8: Rosalie Winstone
  • Room 9: Amelia Bartle
  • Room 10: Ethan Mao
  • Room 11: CoCo Deng
  • Room 13: Harmala Rifhan
  • Room 14: Sophia Zhang
  • Room 15: Amelia MacKenzie
  • Room 16: Sreehan Mallepally
  • Room 17: Joshua Jolly
  • Room 18: Nico Irvine
  • Room 19: Charlotte Kan
  • Room 19: Max Campbell
  • Room 20: George Zhou
  • Room 20: Fitriani Sudrajat
  • Room 21: Olivia Liu
  • Room 21: Kevin Shang
  • Room 22: Mateja Perich
  • Room 23: Jessie Reid
  • Room 23: Abaan Hayat
  • Room 23: Sophia Walter
  • Room 23: Melody Pan
  • Room 13: Harmala Rifhan

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

We are delighted to let you know that we now have the AED which was purchased from the sponsorship proceeds from the Fun Run. The AED is located in the first aid room in the school office.

Below is a short CPR and AED training video which is worthwhile for all to watch, including children.

Champions Programme

The Champions programme started up in week 3. It is taken by trained volunteers, runs on Thursday lunchtimes and promotes values through teaching the basics of Christian belief. This is an optional programme, so if you do or do not want your child(ren) to attend, please discuss this with them.

For the week 4-8 November, online deliveries will not be processed as Lisa is away. She will deliver items on Monday 11 November. For any urgent uniform items please see the office. Hats can be purchased in the school office during this time and throughout the term.

Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team (see below for additional info).  VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthbert’s 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.

In Term 4 we currently have 3 teams playing (2 playing flippaball and 1 playing min polo):

Year 4 Flippaball – New Flippaball team in term 4 managed by Sarah Woodward
Year 4/5 Flippaball – Managed by Andrew Williams
Year 6 Minipolo (played in 2 metre deep pool) – Managed by Liz Lim

If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, look at the Flippaball Rules or get yourself along to a pool on a Sunday afternoon to take a look (term 3 games have finished but there is usually a tournament on during the last weekend of the term 3 holidays at Dio or come along during term 4).

If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing Flippaball in Term 4 2019 please contact Tony Scott at [email protected] or on 0211 532 159.

NOTE: Entries for Term 4 need to be in by midday 15th October (first Tuesday of term 4).

Flippaball is a modified version of water polo. Two teams, each of which must have a minimum of seven players, play Flippaball. Each team must have 6 field players and 1 goalie in the pool at one time. The pool is shallow (approximately 1.1 – 1.3 metres) allowing players to stand on the bottom of the pool. Players are permitted to walk along the bottom if they do not have the ball. If in possession of the ball the player must swim or pass. Players must pass with only one hand. The game consists of two halves of 8 minutes duration with a 2 minute half time.

 Mini polo is a smaller, more basic game than water polo itself and has been introduced to teach young players the basics of the full game of Waterpolo. Mini polo is recommended for students who have played flippaball for at least 1 term, are confident swimmers and can tread water confidently as the pool depth is 1.8 – 2m deep.