Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 4 – 5 November 2020

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

I went to the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday night and delivered my ‘Principal’s Report’. I was impressed with the dedication of a really important group of parents, who are responsible for the governance of our wonderful school. What really impressed me the most was how much they care about the education of our students and want the best conditions for them to thrive. It is a serious business being a board member and certainly I didn’t realise the amount of work they did. But I assure you all that you have chosen the group well.

Who are they – I hear you ask? Well, John Thorman (Chairman), Martin Cooper, Tim Larkin, Kathryn Alward, Craig Cunningham and Ilona Lumborg (teacher’s representative).
So on behalf of the VAS community I would like to thank you for your service to our school.

I would also like to acknowledge The Friends team who ran a very successful Halloween Disco last Friday. Thanks to Rozy Williamson who overall organised the event. Also Rebecca Doole, Kerrie Gregory, Kristin Williams, Asher Williams, Petra Bebbington, Hannah Williams, Kylie Hotham, Alex Van Son, Marei Chaney, Wendy Burgess, Brigitte McGregor-Macdonald, Alexander and Michelle Green, Amy Weston, Greer Pasupati, Amanda Deller, Georgie Hall, Clare Crosby, Jen Van Epps, Sharlene Bravo-Morello, Susannah Barratt-Boyes, Kerry Martin, Llori Valenzuela, Mikael Uggla, Jeff Valenzuela, Amanda Dick, Meg Tan, Ye Jin Kim, Christiane Sullivan and Maneesh Deva who all helped . Special mention to Allecia Swale who isn’t even a parent just a very supportive Godmother!

Ka pai tō mah!

Important dates coming up to remember:
Y5 & Y6 Athletics Day – Tuesday 10th November
Y5 EOTC days – Monday 9th & Wednesday 11th November
Y5 Beach Education days – Thursday 12th & Friday 13th November
Powhiri to welcome Jane Bush – 9.15am – Monday 16th November

Leaving at the end of the year?
We would appreciate if you would let us know by next week to assist us with 2021 class planning.

Ngā mihi nui
Jane Cameron

Learning in Year 3

This term’s PBL topic for the Year 3’s is the Stone Age. Where did everything start for humans? We have researched prehistoric animals through our writing of information reports and Room 15 made some 3D woolly mammoth models.

We have also looked at stone age shelters. We have been building mini models using natural materials we found around the school. The children worked collaboratively and were very engaged with the practical tasks.

Up next we will learn about tools, hunters and cave paintings. We know that they will enjoy working towards the surprise project at the end of our stone age topic.


When a student is to be absent from school, please notify the school by 9.15am by using the Report Absence Button on the homepage of the website or through the VAS School App. Alternatively you can call 520 0602 to advise. Children arriving late to school must check in at the office. When children leaving during school hours a parent must sign the child out at the office. As we have a “safe to school” policy any unexplained absences will be contacted by phone if time permits.

Reminder: Please shut / lock the school gates

Please be reminded how important it is to always keep our school gates shut.

For the safety of our students, we ask all parents and caregivers to please make sure you always close and lock the gates when you enter and/or leave the school grounds.


Announced last assembly:

Claudia Evison & Grace Penrose

Celebrated last assembly:

Lucy Judd & George Williamson

  • Room 1 : Ben Zhang
  • Room 1 : Clara Wemyss
  • Room 2 :Olesya Kozakevych
  • Room 2 : Charlotte Mao
  • Room 3 : Zara Revill
  • Room 3 : Taylor Young
  • Room 4 : Liam Jia
  • Room 4 : Isabel Reid
  • Room 5 : Eva Kelliher
  • Room 5 : Austin Gu
  • Room 6 : Roy Luo
  • Room 6 : Robbie Baker
  • Room 7 : Louie Kynoch
  • Room 8 : Rina Sudrajat
  • Room 9 : Kabir Paik
  • Room 10 : Shaurya Sen
  • Room 10 : Chayla Jooste
  • Room 11 : Sanuk Rajapaksha
  • Room 12 : Tyler Li
  • Room 13 : Olivia Li
  • Room 14 : Yanhao Zhao
  • Room 15 : Zachary Yeung
  • Room 16 : Zach Williams
  • Room 17 : Lucas Yi
  • Room 18 : Tiana Hu
  • Room 19 : Llewelyn Burn
  • Room 20 : Eric Yang
  • Room 21 : Natasha Wing
  • Room 22 : Oliver Knowsley
  • Room 22 : Eeman Hayat
  • Room 23 : Jayden Chen
  • Room 23 : Tilly Mahony
  • Room 24 : Poppy Taggart
  • Room 24 : Chloe Yu
  • Room 25 : Rosa Madsen
  • Room 25 : Millie Masden
  • Room 25 : Keva Messam-Rendell
  • Room 12 : Tyler Li

Gymnastics Champion of Champions

Last Thursday the VAS gymnastics team competed in the Auckland champion of champions event. As with the previous competition all involved represented the school superbly, and came away with some amazing results. In the year 3 girls grade Amelia Bartle placed 7th overall. In the year 5 girls grade we had some outstanding results with the girls placing first overall as a team. Individually Alena Thorman placed 9th overall and Sarah Kennard placed 2nd overall. In the year 6 girls division, we had some more fantastic results with the girls placing 1st overall as a team, individually Sophie Thorman placed 5th overall and Willow Reid placed an amazing 1st overall for the 3rd year in a row. Well done everyone after a tough year.

Auckland Grammar School Foundation Trust Art House Tour 2020 – Saturday 21 November

The Auckland Grammar School Foundation Trust Art House Tour is back on Saturday 20th November.

The event offers a gallery viewing experience in some of Auckland’s most beautiful homes. Each home is carefully curated to display the works from a variety of individual artists and each piece of work is available to purchase on the day.

Funds raised go towards the Auckland Grammar School Foundation Trust Academic Endowment Fund to assist the School to recruit, reward and retain the very best teachers.

Purchase tickets on the Auckland Grammar School website

Join the VAS team at the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – Central East Auckland

Point England Reserve, Point England
Sunday, 14 February 2021

Simply follow the link below to join the VAS school group;

Nigel Latta Evening

Whether you’re a parent with young children or teenagers, or just trying to deal with the unprecedented uncertainty of the times we all find ourselves living in, we could all probably do with some pointers on how to manage our wellbeing. In this entertaining evening, Nigel will explore how Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives, young and old, and share some strategies for managing and coping with stress and anxiety. This is an evening that will be appropriate for all ages.
*Date: Tuesday 10th November
*Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
*Location: Westlake Boys High School, Forrest Hill, Auckland
*Tickets $25
*More information can be found here:
*If we need to reschedule due to COVID-19 alert levels, the event will be moved to Monday, 1st February 2021.


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

Term Dates for 2020

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 4 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make 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!
Here is a link from NZ Health for info and treatment.

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