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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 4 – 8 November 2018

Dear Parents,

I recently attended the New Zealand Principals Conference in Wellington. It was one of the best conferences I have been to. Every single keynote speaker’s message really resonated with me. If you read the board newsletter, Bob Weston mentioned that the theme of the conference was Creative Leadership, Flourishing Futures. One of the speakers said that we are on the edge of the biggest change since the industrial revolution. The advent of AI, the global nature of our communications and collaborations, the ways we approach and solve problems and the never ending change and development in all manner of technologies is causing all of us to look at new structures, new paradigms and new ways of approaching global and local problems.

So what does this mean at primary school? We need to create innovators; people who question and disrupt, who don’t accept and who don’t comply but who create different solutions. Perhaps I should word that differently, we need to provide the conditions in which children are encouraged to be innovators and create; create solutions, products or systems. An interesting quote was that innovation was all about team work, there are no individual innovators but schools persist in celebrating individual achievement. We value collaboration but reward individual achievement.  This same speaker said there should only ever be 3 grades A, B and Not Yet. If a student hasn’t met a milestone or benchmark, don’t say that they have failed, just give them more time to achieve it.

The whole conference was around nurturing creativity and the single most important take away for all of us was – don’t tie creativity to the arts. If we think that we are only creative if we can sing or paint or dance or play an instrument, then we are diminishing creativity in all aspects of our lives.  As well as creativity in the arts, people exhibit creativity in the ways they solve problems, how they work with new information and whether they have the ability to carry out non routine tasks.

Reflections and thoughts for me for 2019 and beyond:

  • Are we preparing our children through valuing soft skills, team achievement and innovation outside the norm?
  • Do we genuinely involve the learner in decisions about their learning or is it ‘done’ to them?
  • Do we teach our children what they already know?
  • Relevance – my key word for 2019. Is this learning relevant for that particular child? If not, then why are we doing it? Learning that is relevant for one child is not relevant to another. How will we manage this if we want to nurture creativity in all children?

These are questions for all of the teachers to ponder as we plan the curriculum for 2019 and beyond.


Oh dear, everything that gets written for the public to read may be interpreted in as many ways as there are readers! Last week, I urged you to email me with your thoughts about our level of ‘comms’. I said tongue in cheek ‘ However, I would appreciate your feedback about our level of comms – ie too much / not enough as well as your constructive suggestions. Please don’t bombard me with complaints!’  I should have put LOL after that last sentence! It was a tongue in cheek comment. It was NOT meant as ‘oh Janice doesn’t like to receive complaints’. In fact, the whole reason for asking for your feedback about our comms was because I rarely receive complaints and yet I am aware that there are complaints discussed among some groups of parents but they don’t bring their complaints to me so I can make changes for the better. If something is bugging you, please complain and share it with me, perhaps together we can make a change or sort it out. Thanks to all of you who have emailed me with your thoughts, I appreciate it as it helps us to improve.

Reminder 1 – Triadic Meetings 28, 29 November

Triadic parent, child teacher meetings coming up on 28, 29 November. Further details to come. School will finish at 2pm on Wednesday 28th so we can ensure everyone gets an allocated time. Look out for the email with the logon details.

Reminder 2 – Parent Portal and Reports

We will open the achievement portal for each child the week following the triadic meetings (from 3rd December). Look out for your individual logon details sent out the week prior to the portal being opened. Final reports will be sent home on 14 December. Your child’s report will inform you about how they have achieved against the national expectations (ie curriculum level) for their year level. Watch out for an explanation of curriculum levels in upcoming newsletters.

Reminder 3 – Teacher Strike 12 November

At this stage the strike is still on so the school will be closed. If this situation changes, we will let you know immediately.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 4 2018
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2018

What’s Ahead?
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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 2018

Term 1: Wednesday 7 February to Friday 13 April 2018
~ Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February ’18
~ Good Friday 30 March
~ Easter Monday 2 April
~ Easter Tuesday 3 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July 2018
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June ’18
Term 3: Monday 23 July to Friday 28 Sept 2018
Term 4: Monday 15 October to Thursday 20 December 2018
~ Labour Day Mon 22 October ’18

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April 2019
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February ’19
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July 2019
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June ’19
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept 2019
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

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 term 4 menu and for Pita Pit click here.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at

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.

VAS School App

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


Gala 2019

2019 Gala time is approaching and we are on the hunt for an enthusiastic organiser who would be willing to drive the plans for the 2019 Gala. We have a team of committed Gala volunteers ready to step into key roles to help bring the Gala together but we wanted to check in with school parents to make sure we are not missing a hidden talent and someone willing to help bring this iconic school event together. If you are keen and able please contact Charlotte asap [email protected] or give her a call on 021 32 36 32. The organising crew will be meeting on Wednesday next week to kick off plans.

Dragon Drive Repaint

We are excited to announce that plans are afoot for the repaint of Dragon Drive – a very special feature of VAS. Craig Hill has been working hard to source paint and concrete for the repaint and spent time in his holidays waterblasting the dragon in preparation.
Funds raised by the PTS over the course of this year will be covering the cost of the safety non slip paint that is required for our dragon. The PTS would also like to thank Brownyn and Wayne Loo and family for their kind donation of concrete to help with restoration of the dragon. There may be a request for adult painters to help paint the beast over coming weeks – so we’d love to hear from any aspiring painters.

The PTS is excited to support the school in it’s drive to greenify and beautify our fantastic grounds so that our school is a place that our children, teachers and families can be proud of.

Several projects are already underway including The Forest Project that will involve remodelling the old fort outside rooms 11 and 12, and create plans for natural and sustainable outdoor play and learning for our children; The Dragon Drive repaint; and the Mural Artwork along the Victoria Avenue entrance fenceline that Jen Noone is leading. All of these projects are involving parent and teacher volunteers who are keen to help make our school the best it can be. If you are keen to help with any of these projects please contact Charlotte on [email protected]

If anyone’s willing to help out please contact Charlotte on [email protected] – Thanks so much !!

Pizza Fundraiser
Thanks to our wonderful crew of parents who made this fundraiser happen – Susannah Barratt-Boyes, Pippa Mace, Catherine Enright, Victoria Nicholls, Megan Soldinger, Katherine Fippard, Poornima Ghanta and Inga Frengly.


Ice-blocks will be back on sale for Terms 4 and 1 on Friday afternoons under the tree beside the field at 3pm – so don’t forget to bring your $2!


Last Assembly:

Samantha Tidey, Guang Nian Li & Oliver Knight

  • Room 1: Ana Voronina
  • Room 1: Duncan Isherwood
  • Room 2: Nina Brown
  • Room 3: Ginny Fraser
  • Room 7: Hugo Currey
  • Room 8: James Peach
  • Room 9: Kai Serlachius-Williams
  • Room 11: Ivan Lopes
  • Room 12: Andy Hu
  • Room 13: Jakob Webber
  • Room 14: Henry Jacka
  • Room 15: Hazel Richards
  • Room 15: Zhi Han Xing
  • Room 16: Michael Sun
  • Room 16: Chloe Pratt
  • Room 17: Rohan De Zoysa
  • Room 17: Sophia Panaho
  • Room 18: Grace McLachlan
  • Room 18: Ethan Wood
  • Room 19: Leila Clayton-Ford
  • Room 19: Sebastian Lynch
  • Room 20: Marie-Emeline Watson-Topham
  • Room 21: Sophie Power
  • Room 21: Yuri Choi
  • Room 22: Lucy Liu
  • Room 23: Sienna Bravo-Morello
  • Room 24: Jayden Liu
  • Room 16: Michael Sun


It was unfortunate that we had to cancel our athletics day last Thursday due to the weather. Mt Smart is fully booked with major events and were not giving schools reserve days. We have planned for the athletics events to take place at school next week. You will see in the outline below that Saint Kentigern Boys’ School (82 Shore Rd, Remuera), have kindly allowed us to use their track for some of the Years 5 and 6 events.

Year 5 & 6 Athletics

Tuesday 13th November – 11:00am – 3:00pm – Victoria Avenue School

Year 5 and 6 – Long Jump, High Jump final, Throw, 60m and 800m (which will be a straight final at 10:00am).

Wednesday 14th November – 9:00am – 12:00pm – Saint Kentigern Boys’ School

Years 5 and 6 – 100m, 200m and 60m final

Year 3 & 4 Athletics

Friday 16 November – 12.00 – 3.00pm – Victoria Avenue School

Year 3 and 4 – Long Jump, Throw, 60m and a novelty relay

You are most welcome to come and watch any of these events. If you are able to help out on any of the days, please send your child’s name, their room number, preferred role, and the date you are available to Robert King [email protected]

Click Here for enrolment form

New Entrants’ Morning Tea – Are You able to help with providing Food?

On Thursday 29 November we are having our final new entrant parents’ meeting and morning tea for the year. If you are able to help by providing a plate, please contact [email protected]. We need a mix of food suitable for children and adults. Many thanks for your help on this.

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school – $5 donated to school for each delivery!

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

To join our SCHOOL GROUP, click on the following link:

Early Bird Registration closes Thursday 8 November


Flippaball is junior waterpolo played in waist deep water, 7 players per team. VAS plays in the Epsom League on Sunday afternoons at the Diocesan, St Cuthberts 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.
This term we have 3 teams playing in a variety of year group grades including the 2m deep min polo. If you’d like to see what this sport is all about then the draw is available on the league website, get along to a pool on a Sunday to take a look.
If your child and friends/classmates are interested in playing flippaball in Term 1 2019 please contact Anna Scott [email protected] ph 0211 532 132 as entries will need to be made before school starts next year.