Gate issues! As you’ve seen we are getting a lovely new fence around the school, but the gates are causing all of us concern. This is a Ministry of Education initiative so we don’t have much control over it, but I have been working with MOE personnel and the project manager about the height of the gate and latch.
Right through the planning stage, the board and I were adamant that we did not want our school to look like a prison and that our children and families needed to be able to come and go easily. At the moment, many of our children can’t reach the latch, in fact there are a couple of ‘vertically challenged’ parents who are struggling as well.
Rest assured, I am agitating for a change! Common sense needs to prevail.
NEWSFLASH! Agitating works! the latch is being lowered and made a little easier to open either today or tomorrow.
A couple of things that we need parental support with. The first one is about the teachers’ carpark driveway. This is NOT a safe driveway as we have courier vans zooming down everyday. The footpath stops half way down where the passing bay is. This means that any child walking down that drive won’t see a car coming up behind them and that is just not safe. Please walk your children down dragon drive, not the carpark drive. If you drop your children off near the gate, remind them to walk down to dragon drive.
The second thing is also around children’s safety. If your child is going to ride a scooter or bike to school, they must be wearing a helmet. If they fall or heaven forbid get knocked off their scooter, a helmet is going to decrease the likelihood of a major head injury. When Constable Gordon took the junior classes through scooter safety, they all had to wear their helmets, so we have insisted that this practice be continued when they scooter to school.
We get such great parental support at VAS, we would love your support with these safety initiatives.
Speaking of parental support, our PTS were able to present the school with a further $30,000 at the last school assembly. What a hard working, generous school community we have! Thank you.
Situations Vacant for 2016 ~ Bizzy Bodz AFTER SCHOOL CARE ASSISTANTS
Bizzy Bodz Ltd is seeking dynamic people for our programme based at Victoria
Some experience with children an advantage.
Hours 2 45pm – 6pm weekdays.
Ideal opportunity for university student.
Key Duties Include:
- Inspiring & motivating our wonderful kids!
- Assisting with afternoon tea, helping with homework.
- Facilitating sports, games, arts & crafts.
If this sounds like you please contact: Monique Patient on 021 837 834
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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.
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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.
Reminder school Banking is on every Wednesday
To join go to the ASB display/banking box in the foyer.
MIDDLES AND SENIORS (Years 3 to 6) ~ 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.
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.
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
PUPILS OF THE WEEK
Sophie Gibb and Caitlin Herrod
- Room 1: Isaac Tham
Room 2: Victoria Xu
Room 3: Gabriella Chanwai
Room 4: Ethan Tonga
Room 5: Ella Sullivan
Room 6: Andrew Young
Room 7: Samuel Cotton
Room 7: Émel Sunbourg
Room 8: Isobel Pennington
Room 10: Chloe Levada
Room 11: Dylan Chand
Room 12: Sophie Sun
Room 13: Oliver Williams
Room 14: Sophie Wakelin
Room 15: Alexander Green
- Room 15: Amilija Perich
Room 16: Ishan de Zoysa
Room 16: Fergus Meredith
Room 17: Maddex Lodge
Room 17: Evie Houtman
Room 18: Madeleine Hanson
Room 18: Louis Liu
Room 18: Maia Bowie
Room 19: Estella Tree
Room 21: Chloe Mackay-Booth
Room 21: Lachlan Rae
Room 22: Findlay Wilson
Room 22: Kelan Arndt
Room 23: Haemish McAuley
Room 23: James Cunningham
DOG WITH A JOB
Thanks to everyone who has been helping to teach Valery the dog!
She has been visiting VAS with Jove Kyriak from room 17, as part of her training as an Epilepsy Assistance dog.
She is leaving soon to join her new family in Wellington. She will team up with someone who is still at school so thank you all for helping her to get used to schools and classrooms!
We will miss her a lot but she is going to a great family who will love and treasure her too. Come and give her a pat and wish her all the best in her new career!
Be a Homestay Family – A wonderful opportunity for your family!
Baradene College is looking for a number of lovely homestay families for students we have joining us in 2016. The girls are coming from Thailand, Japan, South Korea and China and range from Year 8 through to Year 12.
We offer a remuneration of $280 per week plus the chance for your family to get to know a young girl from another culture and showcase our NZ lifestyle which is priceless!
Please contact Mrs Di Storer, our International Homestay Co-Ordinator, at [email protected] or phone: 524 6109 extn 864 to find out more.
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