Well, they did it! The All Blacks brought back the World Cup! The whole country (well, those interested / obsessed with rugby) were behind them all the way. We worried when they played average games, we worried about selections in the pool games, we aired our opinions to anyone who would listen, we commented very knowledgeably about player form, we critiqued the refs. Then we won and thank goodness we did!
What impressed me throughout the tournament, was the humility the players showed. They presented themselves as ordinary New Zealanders who just happened to be something extraordinary. They joked with the media but they always answered questions sensibly and acted honourably. The player interviews after each game were honest. The players accepted that they hadn’t played as well as they might. They praised each other’s efforts, often deflecting praise about their game and talking about the team, or how well another player had set them up. They acknowledged their coach, their captain and always their team and the support from people back home.
There was no criticism of referees or match officials. They wouldn’t get drawn into other teams’ controversies. I’ve made them sound like perfect people and of course they aren’t. But for this tournament, they made us feel very proud.
We all have aspirations and we also all have Achilles heels. It is how we act under pressure or adversity that signals to others what our true self is like. There are those who can accept failure and see it as an opportunity to improve. There are those who blame others or their situation as the reason they failed. There are those that just give up.
I actually think that all of us can act in each of these three ways depending on the ‘stuff’ going on in our lives. We therefore need to understand that all our children are also likely to act in these three ways depending on what’s going on for them. Ultimately though, we want to be the person, or our child to be the person that sees failure as an opportunity to improve. As Michael Jordan said I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
Just a reminder that all children need to wear their proper school uniform to and from school. Their PE uniform is only for sport and PE. The exception to this is the juniors who have PE or sport after lunch, it takes too long for one teacher to get them all back into uniform!
Entering and Leaving the School Grounds
– Please use Dragon Drive (282 Victoria Ave), Spencer St and Stirling St entrances – the Teachers driveway at 250 Victoria Avenue is NOT to be used as it is a vehicle only entrance. Staff and delivery vehicles use this entrance and it is hazardous for pedestrians. We are protecting the safety of our children.
Does your child travel to school by bus?
Auckland Transport is proposing changes that will make bus services more frequent, easier to use and more reliable.
Your child’s school travel may be affected by the proposed changes**
Auckland Transport is asking central Auckland and east Auckland residents for feedback. The closing date is 10 December 2015.
The changes are planned to take place in 2017, but the time for feedback is now.
Find out more
A consultation brochure with a map of proposed services and how to give feedback can be viewed online at www.AT.govt.nz/NewNetwork
**Ministry of Education School Buses are not part of this consultation.
NEWS FROM SUBWAY
: SUBWAY SCHOOL LUNCH – APPLE JUICE OUR SUPPLIER OF APPLE JUICE HAS STOPPED PRODUCING THE OLD FASHIONED APPLE JUICE BOXES. SUBWAY ARE WORKING ON AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION. APPLE JUICE HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Those using the online order system it has been updated.
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2015
Term 4: Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’15
~ Labour Day Mon 26 October ’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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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.
Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.
NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
MIDDLES AND SENIORS ~ 17 NOVEMBER 2015
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
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.
Cards and Calendar Orders.
All the gala art for every class is online to view … there are also some art pieces for those Year 0 classes who were not up and running for the gala. So there is an opportunity for all classes to purchase their class’s art. Take a look at Rm 15, 22 and 23 they are very cute pieces!
Art and ordering now online at:
Also there is an English as a Second Language Art piece, that was created by numerous children in the school…who could speak more than one language.
Remember orders close on Wednesday 11 November.
PUPILS OF THE WEEK
Annabel Chisholm and Connor Clark
- Room 1: Cole Osborne
Room 1: Billy Bayarsaikhan
Room 2: Shakeel Peer Shamaail
Room 2: Jamie Jayasundera
Room 3: Beatrix Hardie-Lyne
Room 3: Madeline Want
Room 4: Olive Kirk
Room 5: Jaime Francis
Room 6: Daniel Addison
Room 7: Hugo Harris
Room 8: Joel Monk
Room 9: Bella Innes
Room 10: Hannah Woodcock
Room 11: Francesca Grazioli
Room 12: Charlotte Dalziel
Room 13: Ben Lethborg
Room 14: Poppy Donald
- Room 15: Vita Houtman
Room 15: Renata Wishart
Room 16: Sharanya Sen
Room 16: James Thompson
Room 17: Chanel Jayasundera
Room 17: Aimee Herrod
Room 18: Haylee Kuhtze
Room 18: Tanatswa Sithole
Room 19: Grace Lee
Room 19: Erana Wright
Room 20: Mila Crouch
Room 21: Olivia Merrilees
Room 22: Nathaniel Liang
Room 22: Chloe Smith
Room 23: Grace Harnett
Room 23: Sarah Kennard
WEETBIX KIDS TRYATHLON
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
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