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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 7 – 24 November 2016

Dear Parents

Do all of you feel that inevitable pressure mounting as we head down to the holidays? Why do we let ourselves be pressured? All the end of year tasks will get done, the children will all be allocated to classes with at least one friend. At the moment teachers are finishing off their reports, Jane Cameron and Anne Bridgman are collating achievement data, I am finalising appraisals and budgets, enrolling five year olds, reviewing the Annual plan as well as a myriad of other tasks which crop up on a daily basis. We are all thinking about next year.

As I mentioned, we are working on class lists at the moment so it is timely that I let you know who the teachers are for 2017. Firstly, the teachers who are leaving:

Sara Burrowes is returning to England to be with family (and escape Auckland rent prices!).
Catherine Kelly has won her dream job as art teacher at St Kentigerns.
Kate Mullins is heading off overseas sometime during 2017 and as she did not want to disrupt the learning for any children, she is leaving at the end of this year.
Kate Cope started in term 3 in a fixed term position which finishes at the end of this year.
Mary Pithey opened the last new entrant class and she finishes at the end of the year.

We are so lucky to have had these wonderful people on our staff. Whether they have been here for many years, or just a short time, they have made fantastic contributions to VAS and we wish them well in their new adventures.

The teachers for 2017 are:

Year 1             Bron Andrew, Nicole Nelson, Lynn Morriss, Nickie Marshall
Year 2             Keri Missen, Ilona Lumborg, Shelly Orange, Samantha Holderness (new teacher)
Year 3             Kirsten Ngan, Annie Mills, Dynelle Jamison
Year 4             Trish Feehan (new teacher), Ally Young, Anna Dokter (new teacher)
Year 5             Paul Rattenbury, Jenn Noone, Tessa Young
Year 6             Victoria Taylor, Amy McGuire, Nashta Hawke (new teacher)

Children will meet their new teachers on Friday 9 December. Reports and class placements will be sent home to parents that day. If you are taking your child out of school early, please note that we don’t give reports or class placements until the 9th, same day for everyone which is only fair.

The Victoria Avenue Learner

What is important to our community? What is important for the children, the teachers and the families? You may recall a survey from the board of trustees went out to parents earlier this year and one of the questions was about the VAS values. Teachers and children had also been thinking about the values that are important for all of us regardless of our age or ethnicity.

The values that came through most strongly were honesty, responsibility and caring. We are honest, we take responsibility for ourselves, our school and we care for ourselves, our families, others, our environment and our planet.

Alongside the values, teachers and children have been looking closely at the behaviours that we all need to have to be a successful learner. The learning behaviours that came through very strongly were being collaborative, reflective, curious, creative as well as being risk takers.

I wanted to take these values and learning behaviours and make them visible to our children and our families. As an aside, when ERO were here, they asked us if we had anything visual that summed up the VAS learner.

I am delighted to say that we have spent quite a while working with professionals, to come up with stunning (well I think so!) visuals that represent what is important to the children, the staff and the families at VAS.

We are proud of our learners and want everyone to see that! 

Charles Cooper, a parent at VAS who is a professional photographer (see below) worked with me. Together we prepared a brief, and Charles used his contacts with RUN, an advertising and design agency, to do the creative side pro bono. The end result is that we have a triptych – the values and learning behaviours listed, a photo of some VAS learners, then the words and the image melded together. These are on display in Janice’s office after 3pm if you would like a sneak preview. There are also A1 posters for display in every classroom. We are waiting for a professional to come and hang them properly, but in the meantime, they are there for everyone to see.

Kind Regards

Janice Adamson

Introducing Charles Cooper
“Chemically, I’m an international advertising photographer with intense commercial experience in the advertising and travel industries, coupled with vast exposure to the fashion and film business. My personal contacts extend to Heads of Government, Creative Directors, Editors, Producers, Government Ministers and Chief Executives – people who expect 100% every time and who don’t play games.
Spiritually, please just judge me by my photos. They’re celebrated by my peers, models, clients and media. I simply love making them because it’s the only way for me to make sense of this lunatic world.”
Charles has worked with many prestigious companies with fantastic results. Next time you are at Waitangi  look out for his work, also in the NZ Geographic, he has produced a photographic book on Niue and other highly regarded works. We were very lucky to have his expertise, thank you Charles!

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FOR TERM 4 2016
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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 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February 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  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
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!! NO SUSHI DAYS in 2017
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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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.

date-clipart-putthis-on-calendar-clip-art1-gif-ygweju-clipartPlease note that we have the following 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
  • Mufti Day Friday November 25th for Bottle Tombola for Gala
  • Mufti Day Wednesday 30 November for Kaikoura school swimming pool reconstruction – gold coin donation.
  • 2 December Junior Athletics Day for Years 0, 1 and 2
  • 5 December BOT Meeting
  • 12 December Carol Service
  • 13 December School Prize giving


Junior Athletics Day Friday December 2nd

Year 0 and 1: 11am – 12.30pm

Year 2: 1.30-2.30pm
Wear: PE uniform, hat, running shoes, sunblock
Bring: Water bottle

 If you are able to help supervise your child’s class as they rotate around the events please email your class teacher.

Weetbix Tryathlon Sunday 12th February 2017 – Point England Reserve
Register as a team or individual online at

Register under VAS by selecting Victoria Avenue School from the drop down box during the online registration.

Mark Haydon (parent at VAS) will be coordinating for our school. Any queries please contact [email protected]

Table Tennis

15032236_10154309691419682_9084157586295450987_nA couple of weeks ago Ebi from  the AUCKLAND TABLE TENNIS  Assoc. came to coach the VAS TT Squad of  Years 5/6 boys and girls squad but also had an open session of table Tennis for children from Years 4-6 at lunchtime.
15095523_10154309691099682_5207523568957647223_n As always he was warmly welcomed and enthusiasm was high.

Table Tennis – ZONES

We go to the zones on Dec 1st. Below are some of the children who will attend the Table Tennis zones next week.15056444_10154310074864682_7988339571341336385_n


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SCHOOL GALA DATE:  9 April 2017

 2017 Gala is all go!!

get ready for 9 April 2017



Tombola Muftiday TOMORROW!!!
Friday 25th November we are having a mufti day. Instead of bringing a gold coin we are asking each child to please bring in a bottle for the Gala’s Bottle Tombola stall. Could you please help us by letting the parents in your class know about their children wearing mufti on Friday 25th and bringing along a bottle of something to help us set up the stall at Gala Day.
What kind of bottle?

No alcohol please. We love anything long dated like nail polish, olive oil, shampoo, hair spray, deodorant, jam, moisturiser. Maybe the children can decide what to bring, the randomness will be sure to make the Tombola more fun!

What is a bottle tombola?

All of the bottles will be displayed in a classroom on Gala day. You buy a ticket at this Bottle Tombola stall and you have a 50/50 chance of winning a bottle.


Fundraising for Kaikoura
Children at our school have spontaneously found ways to help out earthquake stricken Kaikoura.
Last week we had a cup cake day and next Wednesday there will be a mufti day with a gold coin donation.
As you are no doubt aware, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake damaged substantial parts of the country on Monday last week. My hometown, Waiau was particularly hard hit with substantial damage to houses, infrastructure and assets.
It’s not always easy supporting people from so far aware after such a disaster however I have decided to focus on the local school and community swimming pool, which was completely destroyed.
Waiau is particularly isolated and it also get’s incredibly hot during the summer so the pool has always been a focal point for the community.
The stress levels are high within the village currently as a consequence of continuing aftershocks, lack of sleep and worried children. The rebuilding of the pool will give them something positive to look forward to.
I am proposing a nationwide mufti day for both business and education on November 30 as a fundraiser for the rebuild of the pool.
I have set up a Give a Little page at:
It would be fantastic if VAS could take part in this event. I know it will mean a lot to the families in Waiau.
On Tuesday this lovely group of Year 6 girls ran a cupcake sale to raise money for a school affected by last week’s earthquake.  Thanks to everyone who supported them – they sold over 250 cakes and raised a massive $528.10!!!
This money has been donated to Ward School which is a small primary school located between Seddon and Kaikoura.  The Principal says the money will be used to buy a generator and a tent. Well done girls!
Fiona Ng (back left), Grace Merrillees, Phoebe Lu, Charlotte Wood, Emily Cosham and in front Taylor West.

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We have an amazing collection of

  • Books of all genres/age group
  • Board Games/Puzzles
  • DVDS in great condition
  • Toys some brand now and some pre loved

Come along and get your reading sorted for the long hot summer! Grab a coffee and cake while you browse.