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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 5 – 15 November 2018

Dear Parents,

2019 Councillors

We will be undertaking the voting for 2019 councillors and house captains in a week or so. It is important that children and parents understand the democratic process of nominating and voting for these positions. The process is as follows:

Year 5 children are given a list of all Year 5 students. They are asked to circle one girl and one boy whom they would like to be a councillor. This process is not public, children do it privately in class. Teachers and senior managers are also given the list of names and they also nominate one boy and one girl. Jane Cameron tallies the results and the six girls and six boys with the highest number of votes become councillors.

The same process is followed for house captains, except that lists of Year 5 students in each house are given to all the children in Year 5 in that house. The votes are then tallied as above.

It is important that children and parents understand that no member of staff can influence the results or has the power of veto. The process is fair and transparent.

Reporting to Parents

We are nearing the end of our first year of change to the way we report to parents. We have learnt a lot during this process and will be able to tweak things to make it even better next year. The introduction of SeeSaw in 2019 as a portal for parents to see your child’s learning in real time will enhance our reporting process.

  Week 10

·       Parent – teacher interview.

·       Send home the Comments Form to use as the basis of the interview.

·       Printout of reading level and maths level given to parents

Week 10

·       Parent, student, teacher triadic conference, student led

·       Curriculum progress and achievement against expectations in reading, writing and maths given to parents

Week 7

·       Student led conferences

Week 8

·       Open parent portal for parents to view reading, writing and maths achievement

Week 9

·       Report sent home

Our children are very proud of their achievements and lead their conference, sharing exactly what they have been learning and achieving as well as what they need to do to improve. Please come along to celebrate your child’s learning with them. The triadic conferences are being held on 28 and 29 November. School will finish at 2pm on 28th November. A link to the booking system was sent home by email yesterday.

This year, the achievement expectations are against the levels in the New Zealand Curriculum. The chart below shows how the curriculum levels align with year levels:

You will see that the levels all cross over a number of year levels. For example, look at level 3:

The darkest shaded part sits above year 6, which means that a year 6 child is expected to be achieving at level 3.

Now look at year 5 and you will see that this year group sits below the lighter shaded lower part of level three (or early level 3 as we say) as well as sits below the lighter shaded upper part of level 2. This means that the expected achievement in year 5 is early level 3 with some learning areas being late level 2.

Of course, many of our children are achieving above expectation which means that the year 6 child could be achieving at early level 4 (above expectation) or mid to late level 4 (well above expectation).

A year 6 child not achieving at expectation, might be early or at level 2. We know all the students who are at risk of not achieving at or above expectation and ensure that support is put in place for them in order for them to have the best chance of meeting expectation by the end of a year.

When you go into the parent portal, you will be able to look at the actual data for your child in reading, writing and maths so a knowledge of what levels mean is invaluable.

I hope that our combination of putting the child at the centre of learning and reporting, along with providing parents the opportunity to view data directly and the end of year modified written report will give parents a very good picture of where their child sits against the New Zealand Curriculum levels. Next year you will be able to dip in and out of SeeSaw whenever you feel like it which will add another layer to our reporting.

Reminder 1 – Triadic Meetings 28, 29 November – School Closes Early

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.

Reminder 2 – 2019 Enrolments

If you have a child who will be starting school during 2019, please send in your pre enrolment forms as soon as possible.

Reminder 3 – Forming 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 23 November. It is almost impossible to make any changes once all families have been notified about the class their child will be in for 2019.

Reminder 4 – Leavers’ Assembly

Leavers’ assembly is on 7 December at 2pm (note the later start time) and is combined with the announcement of councillors and house captains. Reports and class placements will be sent home on 14 December. Children will visit their new classrooms on 14 December.

Reminder 5 – Carol Service and Prizegiving

Carol service is on 11 December and prizegiving at Baradene at 1.30pm on 18 December. School finishes on Thursday 20 December at 12.30.


Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 4 2018
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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.


Christmas School Picnic  – 13 December 5-7pm

The end of year is just around the corner so make sure you put the date for the Christmas School Picnic in your diaries.

It will be on Thursday 13 December from 5-7 pm on the VAS school field. This year we will be running two waterslides for the children (one for years 0-3 and one for years 4-6), there will be food vendors, a sausage sizzle, a drinks and iceblocks stand, and of course you can bring your own picnic too.

Bring your rug, your own drinks, cash for the sausages and togs and towel for the children!

We will be looking for helpers to run the waterslide and the stalls, as well as tidy up at the end,  so if you’re able to spare 30 minutes on the night to give a hand, please contact  [email protected]

We look forward to seeing everyone there and catching up with school friends and family before we all head off for the holidays.

Pizza Lunch

A big thanks again to Susannah Barrett-Boyes and her team of PTS helpers who provided a yummy pizza lunch to the children last week. The pizza lunch raised $1200 – Thank you for all your hard work !

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 !!


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!


This Week:

Tanatswa Sithole, Renata Wishart & Daksh Shah

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Bessie Su
  • Room 1: Jessica Lee
  • Room 2: Sam Gardner
  • Room 3: Natalie Tidey
  • Room 4: John Gray
  • Room 5: Hannah Woodcock
  • Room 5: Emel Sunbourg
  • Room 7: Hayley Wong
  • Room 8: Jackson Summerfield
  • Room 9: Muzamel Shahi
  • Room 11: Ivan Meng
  • Room 12: Llew Burn
  • Room 13: Peter Tan
  • Room 24: Weiya Yu
  • Room 14: Joshua Underdown
  • Room 15: Ashley Tung
  • Room 16: Chloe Song
  • Room 16: Hiroki Hui
  • Room 17: Olivia Halliday
  • Room 18: Harrison Wong
  • Room 18: Minako Purdey
  • Room 19: Daniel Toon
  • Room 20: Cooper Munro
  • Room 21: Isabel Altoft
  • Room 22: Suhas Sunkisala
  • Room 23: Isaac Burr
  • Room 24: Hugo Thorman
  • Room 24: Weiya Yu

Auckland Primary Zone Table Tennis Tournament

The sixth annual table tennis zones was held on Thursday 8 November.

There were 189 entries from 26 primary schools.

Large, round-robin groups, of 11 games, were contested in the first stage of the tournament. The top two players from each round robin group progressed to the knockout round.

Gary Yuan, Bryan Chu and Phoebe Judd went through to the knockout round. They played well in some tough games but unfortunately did not go through to the finals.


BOYS TEAM    Wins / Games     GIRLS TEAM    Wins / Games
Gary Yaun       11/11 1st VAS Phoebe MacGill         11/11
Bryan Chu       10/11 2nd VAS Annabelle Judd          6/11
Bryan Lee        9/11 Samara Riley          5/11
Alex Baker        8/11 Sana Khalid         5/11
Ethan Jia        7/11 Aimee Herrod         4/11
Daksh Shah        6/11 Libby Nichols         4/11
Kai Wang        3/10 Nina Brown         4/11
Jonathan Hu         3/10 Shaelyn Greene         3/11

All the children played well and showed great sportsmanship. They are a  credit to VAS.

Julie Hadlow.

Middle School Athletics – Friday 16 November

Events will commence around 12:30pm, with 60m sprint finals taking place at approximately 2:30pm, followed by a short prize-giving ceremony. Please remind children to bring sunscreen, hats and drink bottles. A warm welcome to families to come and support the children as they compete.

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:


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.

Host Families Wanted
Homestays required for short/long term homestays for Japanese high school/university
students. [email protected]m  or 022 475 7072