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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 5 – 10 November 2016

Dear Parents

This week, the whole staff and board of trustees went out for afternoon tea. Once a year we have a ‘mystery’ outing where staff leave the school and go offsite to a venue where there is a surprise experience waiting for them.

This week, JP, a clown come juggler, come comedian, come allsorts, was the surprise. JP is a French performer and he entertained the staff as we had afternoon tea. He was funny, clever, silly, a little bit slapstick, had audience participation, jokes and balloons.

What was so lovely about the experience, was that we were outside of school for a couple of hours. At a time of the year when teachers are writing reports, analysing data, thinking ahead to next year, and ancillary staff are organising start of year systems, it was so refreshing to step out of our roles and take time to enjoy something silly.

The day after our silliness, a dear old friend came to see me and he was bemoaning the fact that some of the other old people he mixes with have lost their silliness, their playfulness and he missed being around people who could still laugh and joke around.

It got me thinking about how much time we make to just be playful. Our lives are so busy, with work, with family commitments, with deadlines and ‘must do’ things that I fear we sometimes miss opportunities to be playful with our children as well as our friends.

I recall speaking to a father in the school earlier this year and we had both finished our house renovations around the same time. We were talking about our new carpet and I said rather sheepishly that I had rolled around the floor the day the carpet arrived. He burst out laughing and said that he has also rolled around on the carpet with his children, making carpet angels! A kindred spirit! But being playful lowers our stress levels, makes our children love to be with us, glues friendships, so we need to set aside feelings of sheepishness and just embrace it!

Being silly and being playful especially with our children, gives rise to strong family bonds and wonderful childhood memories. Our children will not remember the hours you ferried them to after school activities, but they will always remember the day you played roly poly down One Tree Hill with them.

Take time this weekend to be silly. Go on, your children will love it!

Belated Congratulations

A few weeks ago I congratulated Asjad El Jack for her participation in the Lions speech competition. Ben Smith won the school speech competition and was awarded a $40 voucher at the Lions event. Congratulations Ben.

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

date-clipart-putthis-on-calendar-clip-art1-gif-ygweju-clipartPlease note that we have NINE school wide events coming up:

Please refer to our school calendar for the many other events for the rest of the term!

  • Ice block Sales every Friday – Outside Rooms 6/7/8 and at the hall.
  • 16 November PTS Planning Meeting
  • 17 November whole school picnic – see below
  • 2 December Junior Athletics Day for Years 0, 1 and 2
  • 5 December BOT Meeting
  • 12 December Carol Service
  • 13 December School Prize giving



    Also please let us know if your Year 1 to 5 child is not returning next year. Thank you.
    For more information please go to our website or email Linley as soon as possible.

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

FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

What’s Ahead?


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

Term Dates for 2016
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

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February ( This could change to Tuesday 31 January) to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
2. Pita Pit: ordered through ezLUNCH: Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY – NEW!!
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order
3. Subway: Wed and Fri – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Register to order online at
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!!
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.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.

2017 Gala is all go!! We are so excited … get ready for 9 April 2017



Workshop for  Wednesday 23 November has been cancelled as there was not enough interest.


KidsLink is an online resource available to parents to find a range of services that specialise in working with children, teenagers and their families with issues that affect their learning, development and well-being. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Free Parent Evening 1 December

GATE (Gifted and Talented Education)

I will be running a free parent evening on gifted education for the NZAGC on December 1st in our Mt Eden offices.

This is open to all parents and teachers who are interested in GaTE and I will be focusing on improving the communication between parents and schools as well as how we can work together to support gifted students.

Could you please pass this registration link to anyone you think may be interested and/or advertise it in your paSaverent newsletters.

Thanks so much.

Kind regards


Click here for Brooke’s Summary of Practice, including resources and articles

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PTS Planning Meeting on Wednesday evening 16th November  in the School Staffroom

All are welcome to come along and share ideas about any event they may like to run for 2017 to help raise funds for the school. More the merrier!


Save the Date! School Picnic

This coming Thursday 17th November – rain or shine


This is a social occasion for families to catch up at the end of the school year.

The kids can run around the school playing with their friends but Football for Children are bringing their inflatable soccer field for the playing field and Barfoot and Thompson will be bringing a bouncy castle for the younger children.

You can bring your own picnic food & drink but we will also have a number of food providers such as the sushi truck, hell pizza, the pita pit team, the taco truck & a crepe bar doing sweet, savoury & gluten free options.

Stick it in your calendar, it’s a stress free, fun, social night!!

* * Please remember to keep the school clean during and after the event.  Rubbish bins will be provided.  Please use them. * * 

Volunteers needed! Please contact Michelle on phone 027-341-4824 if you are able to spare any time on the night, especially at pack-up time or to help with the sausage sizzle