This morning I was driving to work listening to More FM as I do each morning (I laugh so much at the banter between Simon Barnett and Gary McCormick, it’s a great start to the day!). This morning JMac, who is standing in for Simon, proudly announced that he had absolutely no qualifications at all and that he had never passed a school exam. Cue much good natured banter and comments about him not being very smart. His response; you don’t have to be smart to be a radio announcer, you just have to be able to spin a good yarn.
The very first thought that popped into my head was – his poor parents, they must have despaired. Then I pulled myself up. How judgmental! Why did I immediately assume that his parents were despairing? I was judging him from my own value base and why did I assume that his parents shared my value base?
So often, we make judgments about people and about what people are doing or have chosen to do, without stopping and trying to contextualise their choices or decisions around their lives and backgrounds, not our own. Oh we all look down from such lofty heights, secure in the knowledge that our values and beliefs are the benchmark for how others should act. We may not have chosen their course, but who are we to judge whether or not it is a good course?
Is a person a lesser being because they didn’t get a university education? Or are they somehow inferior because they didn’t pass external exams? Are they making a wrong choice in forgoing university in order to take up an apprenticeship? Sadly, there are people who believe this to be true and for a second, I was one of those people.
The world needs funny radio announcers who make our journey through Auckland traffic bearable. We need motor mechanics, doctors, builders, dentists, road workers, scientists, kitchen hands, teachers, electricians, nurses, cleaners, rubbish collectors, bus drivers, artists, CEOs, accountants, police, plumbers, courier drivers, posties, prime ministers, secretaries, economists, writers, shop assistants, sales reps……….. Our society would not function effectively without people filling every role. Who gets to decide whether one role is more worthy than another role? A doctor may cure us, but without the cleaner the doctor’s workplace would not be sterile.
All this relates very well to our judgments about children. At this time of year some parents are hoping that their child will get one of the awards at prizegiving. Parents are waiting for the end of year report to see whether their child is ‘above standard’. How will they feel if their child doesn’t get an excellence certificate at prizegiving, or is judged ‘at standard’ or ‘below standard’? Will they voice their disappointment to their child? How will their child feel to be judged and found wanting? Of course, as teachers and parents we want all our children to succeed and we work very hard to achieve that. However, every teacher knows the strengths of their students, and for many their strengths are not necessarily academic, even though we all work very hard to support and challenge their learning. They may have strengths in art, or design, or deconstructing and reconstructing things, digital technology, music, drama. They may be amazing thinkers, but poor writers. They may be able to think laterally but struggle with maths. These are our future inventors, mechanics, artists who may never go to university but will achieve amazing things in their lifetime. Steven Spielberg and Jamie Oliver are dyslexic, Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe is dyspraxic, Michael Phelps and Justin Timberlake have ADHD, Lewis Carol and Bill Gates are autistic.
Who are we to judge?
Class Parents for 2018
Is communication one of your things? Are you a people person? Are you handy with emails?
We are looking for class parent representatives for next year. This is a great way to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents in the class. If you are wanting to be involved this role can be done whether you are working or at home. It can fit around you.
Please email Annette [email protected] with the name(s) of your child/children, what year they will be in next year, and your contact number. Thanks so much.
Homestay Required for 2018
Judy Zhou our Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA) will be returning to China in December. Judy has been a wonderful asset to our Chinese language and culture programme and we wish her well for the future.
We will be having a new Mandarin Language Assistant start with us at VAS next year and consequently we need to find a homestay placement for her. You would receive $250 per week for her room & board. If you would be interested in providing a homestay for our MLA please let me know as soon as possible.
Uniform Shop Opening
- The second hand uniform sale which was scheduled for Friday 8 December, is cancelled due to the lack of available stock. A small amount of items is available at the shop – if parents wish to purchase please come during normal trading hours, Thursday 8.15-8.45am.
- The shop will be closed the last Thursday of the term (14 December), so there are only two more Thursday openings – 30 November and 7 December.
Online orders placed before 12 December will be delivered to your child’s classroom before the end of term four.Anything after this will be ready for collection on the 1st Feb (4-5.30pm) or 2nd Feb (9-10.30am). Please consider placing an on line order and collecting it from the uniform shop, rather that waiting in the queue!
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
School starts: 8.50am
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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.
To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link. http://is.gd/3ffmjc
- Room 1: Grace Lee
- Room 1: Edward Zang
- Room 2: Lucy Print
- Room 2: George Cullen-Hieatt
- Room 3: Hamish Tye
- Room 3: Ava Newton
- Room 4: Ethan Jia
- Room 4: Sonny Blaylock
- Room 5: Olivia Seguin-Sanchez
- Room 5: Chanel Jayasundera
- Room 6: Ginny Fraser
- Room 6: Sam Gardner
- Room 7: Adam Brown
- Room 8: Oliver Mar
- Room 8: Tommy Snelling
- Room 9: Nico Irvine
- Room9 : Noah Abou-Ghoury
- Room 12: Lena Xie
- Room 12: Cici Tang
- Room 13 George Zhou
- Room 13: Noa McCallum
- Room 14: Amelia Burr
- Room 15: Madeleine Pringle
- Room 15: Joshua Underdown
- Room 16: Leo Bonnici
- Room 16: Kai Wang
- Room 16: Samuel Enright
- Room 17: Jieqi Chen
- Room 17: Nanohana Shimizu
- Room 17: Christina Handley
- Room 17: David Chen
- Room 18: Raphael Portugal
- Room 19: Harrison Wong
- Room 20: Zac Hood
- Room 20: Ray Xu
- Room 21: Atalia Ese
- Room 21: Ethan Wood
- Room 21: Saku Hattori
- Room 22: Harriet Williamson
- Room 23: Katie Cullen-Hieatt
The Junior School Athletics Day
When: Tuesday December 5th
What: Junior School Athletics
Where: School Fields
Time: Year 0 and 1 (10:45am – 12:30pm)
Year 2’s (1:15pm-3pm)
Wear: Hat, Sunscreen, PE Gear / Uniform, sports shoes
Bring: Drink bottle, Lunch, Mum/Dad, Grandparents to watch
Get ready for: Run, Jump and Throw!
The VAS Triathlon is coming up on Friday 8th December. If you would like to enter, please follow the link below and enter before Friday 24th of November. This is open only to Year 5 and 6 students. https://docs.google.
Reusable Bags on Sale!
As you know, in term 3 the school ran a ‘resuable bag design’ competition. The designs have been transferred into attractive, good quality, hessian bags which as we speak are heading here on a ship.
The lucky prize winners below all receive one of their bags as a prize:
Year 1 – Marina Chen- Room 14
Year 2 – Robbie Baker – Room 8
Year 3 – Crystal Tan – Room 20
Year 4 – Bryan Chu – Room 16
Year 5 – Putri Ardana – Room 6
Year 6 – Grace Thomlinson – Room 2
Click here for the order form to enable you to start your Christmas shopping for Grandparents, Nannies, friends. Just think…you can save the planet, donate money to the school AND do your Christmas shopping with one simple purchase. Please just fill out the form and deliver back to the office.
There is only limited quantities of each design so be in quick – also the class that sells the most bags will get free iceblocks on a Friday after school!
Bags will be delivered to the children’s classrooms in the first week of December, so there will be plenty of time to pack them for goodies before Christmas.
Want to try Flippaball?
Love swimming and team sports too? Flippaball might be the game for you! Flippaball is junior water polo played in waist-chest deep water. If you might be interested in playing in a VAS team in 2018 come along to our VAS training/introductory session and see what it’s all about.
When: Saturday 2 December 12.15-1.15pm
Where: Diocesan Aquatic Centre
Who: Anyone in Year 4 or higher in 2018 (or super keen Year 3s).
Bring: Togs, towel, water
Contact: Michelle Hieatt [email protected]
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:
‘BAGS FOR GOOD NEIGHBOURHOOD’ COMMUNITY CHOICE PARTNER
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]
Pform.nz Performing Arts Classes, Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre 2018 Bookings Now Open!
Pform.nz classes for 2018 are now available to book online!
And if you secure your 2018 booking now you are welcome to jump into the final classes of 2017 which run right through until December 16th. Please note that the above offer is not available for the In School Hours classes.
Have a look at our site www.pform.nz to find all of the information that you need.
We run 38 venues Auckland wide so there will be a class near you.
We look forward to you becoming a part of the Pform.nz family for 2018!
Book online at www.pform.nz or phone us on 0800 PFORMNZ (736 766)