Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 5 – 14 November 2019

Dear Parents,

Last night the VAS choir were part of the APPA Music Festival held at the town hall. Many of you may remember participating in this event when you were a child, I did and I still remember the joy of performing in a mass choir in front of an audience.

Our children did us proud. As always, their behaviour was exemplary and from where I sat, it looked like all of them were singing their hearts out; it was wonderful. A group of our children performed a dance during one of the massed choir songs and they were just delightful.

It was such a great performance, and as well as me being proud, all the parents, friends and families who watched the show were too!

Student Led Conferences – School Will Close at 2pm Wednesday 20 November

The children are preparing to share their progress and learning with you, so please mark it in your diary. We put students at the centre of their learning (called student agency) and having them share with you is an important part of their learning.

Wednesday 20 Novemberschool closes at 2pm, conferences from 2.20pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 21 November  – conferences from 3.20pm – 5pm

Booking details are below.

2020 Classes

If you wish us to take any information into consideration as we form classes, please email me. It may be a request to separate your child from another child. Please note that we do not accept any requests for specific teachers. Please email your thoughts by 22 November, unfortunately requests sent in after this date will not be actioned. It is also almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2020, so please email me early.

Chaos at the School Gate

I continue to hear about and witness horror driving and inconsiderate parking outside the school. I am constantly needing to soothe our neighbours who are quite rightly very annoyed at people parking across their driveways. Recently, I heard about one parent who thought others may think her a bad parent if she didn’t go to the classroom to collect her child. She said she would prefer for her child to walk up Victoria Ave and wait in a spot to be picked up, a spot where she could easily park.

Let me say that you would be the best kind of parent to let your child walk to meet you. Not only would you be releasing yourself from the stress of trying to find a park right outside school, you would be encouraging independence and responsibility in your child. I am sure you could find a spot between the school and Ingram road so your child wouldn’t need to cross any roads. How about trying that? Might reduce your stress levels.

Carol Service at the Cathedral 10 December

The carol service held at the cathedral is a lovely tradition which has been part of the VAS culture for years. Sadly though, this lovely tradition is becoming more and more expensive. We used to hire the cathedral at a reduced rate but for the past three years we have been charged market rate, which is a few thousand dollars. Yes, a few thousand! We have relied on parent koha collected at the door, but this has dwindled to the point that less than $1000 was collected last year. In order to continue to have the carol service, we would love parents to help us out through being generous in contributing at the door. It was mooted that we have an eftpos machine but somehow that didn’t seem right. I’m sure you want to continue this tradition, so we would really appreciate your cash contribution on the night. Oh dear, commercialism hits all aspects of our lives!

Kind regards

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FOR TERM 4 2019
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2019

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 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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Join ezlunch today  and Place 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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Announced last assembly:

Haana Bean & Minako Purdy

Celebrated last assembly:

Olivia Mace & Tyler Treagus

2019 Primary School Table Tennis Tournament

The seventh annual Primary School Table Tennis Tournament was hosted by the Auckland Table Tennis Association on 7 November. VAS sent off a team of 18 players.

Round robin groups of eight players were contested in the first stage of the tournament. The top two players from each round-robin group progressed to the knockout round. From VAS these included Daksh Shah, Matt Cunningham, Johnathan Hu, Craig Rong and Bryan Chu. 

Lottie Larkin proved to be our most successful girl player.

Jonathan Hu went through to the quarter-finals where he lost to NZ`s number two, under 11 player. He showed great effort during a tough game.

Parent/teacher/student conferences – bookings open

Parent/teacher/student conferences are scheduled as outlined below and are an opportunity for you and your child(ren) to meet with the teacher(s) to share and celebrate their learning progress.

Room 17 conferences are scheduled for:
*Tuesday 3 December – 1.30 – 5.00pm
*Wednesday 4 December – 3.20pm – 4.30pm

All other classes are scheduled for:
*Wednesday 20 November – 2.20 – 6.00pm
*Thursday 21 November – 3.20pm – 4.30pm (larger classes will start at 2.50pm)

Rooms 23 and 24 do not have conferences at these times.

Your interview time(s) are organised online and can be booked by clicking on the following link:
If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school office and we will organise your conference time for you.

Interviews are 10 minutes long (sorry the email confirmation would have said 15 minutes), and you are asked to be punctual for your appointment so that all following appointments run to time.


Rooms 17, 23 and 24 will remain at school until 3.00pm on this day.

2019 Yearbook – $15 – Reserve your copy now!
The Year 6 Leavers Committee has been working hard to prepare for the celebrations for our 2019 Year 6 Students and the 2019 Yearbook is finally about to hit the presses.
This fabulous keepsake has over 50 pages of photos, memories and messages from teachers, past and present and is now available to order. To reserve your copy make sure your payment is received by Friday November 15th.
Please direct any questions to [email protected]