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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 4 – 9 November 2017

Dear Parents,

This week I dealt with an incident where a boy used particularly foul language directed towards two girls. It was unprovoked. I followed the restorative process and the incident was dealt with. Yes, I was disappointed with that boy’s behaviour, but what disappointed me more was the behaviour of another boy who was there when the verbal bullying happened.

So, why was I disappointed with his behaviour? Because he was a bystander who watched the whole thing and did nothing. He didn’t join in, but he didn’t step in either. He didn’t tell an adult. He did nothing.

I know that it is extremely difficult for young children to step in and challenge bullying behaviour. It is also extremely difficult for them to tell an adult because they fear retribution, becoming the new target of the bully or loss of friendship if they do. As teachers, we know that we are not only teaching the curriculum subjects, we are also guiding and modelling appropriate ways to interact with other people, which includes stepping in when we see or hear about bullying behaviour. We model the VAS values of caring, responsibility and honesty. We support all our children with learning how to be a caring friend or classmate, a responsible citizen, someone who is honest in their dealings with others.

However, stepping up and stepping in is such a hard thing for people, not just children, to do. There is a well known quote ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’ attributed to Edmund Burke.

Barbara Coloroso, in her book The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander suggests there are no innocent bystanders and further to that, what were they doing there in the first place?

The Bullying Circle (Dan Olweus) shows the roles of the bystanders. It is not enough for bystanders to refuse to stand up and speak out because the bully is their friend or it’s not my problem or my fight, or the victim is not my friend or he’s a loser anyway, or he deserved to be bullied or who wants to be a snitch or it’s better to be in the in-group or it’s just too hard.

We need to work with our children from a young age so they learn to take a stand. The best way to do that? Be the model. Let our children see us living our values by standing up for what we believe. They see us stepping in, speaking up and taking a stand against injustice. Have a look at this Burger King antibullying youtube video. Sometimes you’ve just got to step up and step in, it’s the right thing to do.

Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly and Announcement of Councillors and House Captains
This assembly will be held on Friday 8 December at 2pm. Note the change of time from our normal assemblies.

Last week I said that the new playground will be going in during the holiday break. Unfortunately, this will now happen during term 1 due to the playground installer’s schedule.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

There will be a second hand uniform sale on Friday 8 December, 8.30-9.30am. If you have any good quality second hand uniform which you would like to donate, please drop it at the office.

Champions Programme

The Champions programme will be held in Room 6 on Thursdays at lunchtime, for 5 weeks, starting from 9 November. Champions is a fun, engaging 30 minute lesson which allows students to learn about positive Christian values and beliefs. The Christian Religious Education programme weaves together Bible stories with values set out in the New Zealand Curriculum. The Bible stories are used to illustrate and teach different values such as loving your neighbour, personal worth, courage, inclusion and forgiveness. All children are welcome to attend on a casual basis.

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

FOR TERM 2 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


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

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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

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

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 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.facebook_like_small

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.

VAS School App

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



This Week:

Maggie Kirkpatrick and Tom Larkin

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Daniel Zheng
  • Room 2: Anu Bayarsaikhan
  • Room 3: Coco Lorenzon
  • Room 4: Madeleine Hanson
  • Room 4: Jonas Hui
  • Room 5: Ly Vu
  • Room 5: Gary Yuan
  • Room 6: Oscar Cocker
  • Room 6: Harriet Swasbrook
  • Room 7: Henry Darrow
  • Room 7: Isabel Altoft
  • Room 8: Liam Jia
  • Room 9: Tia Williams
  • Room 9: Tyler Lushkott
  • Room 10: Aiden Xia
  • Room 11: Bianca Bartle
  • Room 12: Zach Williams
  • Room 13: Issy Taylor
  • Room 14: Elaine Lee
  • Room 15: Tom Robinson
  • Room 15: Sevi Woodcock
  • Room 16: Liwei Liu
  • Room 16: Cooper Thomson
  • Room 17: Tom Kong
  • Room 18: Angel Sun
  • Room 18: Olivia Maire
  • Room 19: Henry Main
  • Room 19: Caitlin Kieu
  • Room 20: Bella Tian
  • Room 20: Grace McLachlan
  • Room 21: Kenny Cao
  • Room 21: Clara Wemyss
  • Room 22: Spencer Thom
  • Room 12: Zach Williams

Lions Junior Citizenship Award
Congratulations to Olivia Judd and Hudson Smith who were awarded the Lions Junior Citizenship Award last night. Well earned awards!!

Congratulations to Lydia Watson!

This week there we have another ex-pupil who has been awarded Dux at Diocesan School – Congratulations to Lydia Watson for achieving this outstanding academic recognition.

It’s cards and calendar art time again at VAS!  Each child’s art work has been scanned and uploaded to so that you can view before you place your order for Calendars, Cards, Diaries, Mouse Mats and Sketchpads. You also have the option of uploading a different piece of your child’s art if you prefer. Children will get ordering instructions today – these will include a unique code. This code will only give you access to your child’s art – so each child’s art will only be visible to your family.
We are also offering Smencils and Smens this year which can be ordered using the same code.
Orders close on Sunday 12 November and will be delivered back to School by Friday 1 Deccember in time for international Christmas posting.

Athletics Day Results 2017

Thank you to all parents who volunteered their time on Tuesday for the Athletics Day!  The day ran  superbly thanks to organisation by Aniel and support from the teachers and parents. It was great to see so many children participating and having fun. Ribbons are being presented to the winners at a special middle and senior syndicate assembly today. House points have yet to be calculated. Click here for athletics results.

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

We Love Remuera visits JUK

This week Nick dropped in to visit Jess at Jess' Underground Kitchen (JUK) and discovered an incredible woman who has turned her passion for food into a variety of flourishing businesses. We got to find out more about Jess, the work she does and she even put Nick through his paces in the kitchen!

Posted by We Love Auckland on Saturday, November 4, 2017

ASB Supporting Success in Your School


Due to the success to date of the ‘Supporting Success in Your School’ scheme ASB will continue to support Victoria Avenue School with the School Sponsorship Voucher until 30 July 2018. The school is awarded a $500 voucher for each customer that mentions VAS and this offer when taking out lending of $250,000 or more (see voucher for further terms). This offer is available to friends and family of the school community as well as parents and teachers. A copy of the voucher is available to download at the ASB website:


The school has been selected by The Warehouse to participate in a Community Choice Programme that provides financial support to not-for-profit community groups and organisations. A fund is raised through their customers purchasing a 10cent shopping bag in return for a token, which is then placed in a voting booth (or forgo the bag). At the end of a 6-month period the fund is divided among 3 participating partners based on their percentage of tokens, with the VAS share being put towards much-needed refurbishment of outdoor playground equipment. The VAS voting booth is situated at The Warehouse store in Newmarket and the period runs from August 2017 until January 2018. Please spread the word among friends and family!

If you know of any other loyalty schemes and grants that can benefit the school, please contact Amanda Dick on [email protected]