Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 7 – 26 November 2015

Dear Parents

At the moment teachers are finishing off their reports, Jane Cameron and Anne Bridgman are collating achievement data, I am finalising appraisals and budgets, interviewing for new teachers, 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.

But before we get ahead of ourselves and leap into the new year, we have a group of people who work in our school who work tirelessly in their roles, not often receiving public praise for what they do. However, none of us would be able to do our jobs if they weren’t right there beside us. We need to acknowledge the huge part they play in contributing to our great school.

Many of the teacher aides are finishing shortly. They are the most amazing people, working tirelessly with many children across all year levels. These children need support with their learning, or their English or their behaviour but the one thing I never hear from any of them, is a complaint about a child. Sometimes, they are in situations which may be stressful, but they always put the needs of the child first and work with teachers and outside agencies to try to get the best possible outcomes for students.

Children enjoy having our teacher aides working with them. They are valued people and when they come into a classroom, both children and teachers are delighted to have them in the room making a difference to the children’s learning. We all know that they make our job so much easier and we appreciate them.

Another group of people in the school who rarely get a mention are the administrative staff. Kinzsa and Linley in the office, Gabs and Joanne our accountants, Jenny our uniform shop manager, Jane our librarian and Helen who helps out in the library. We all know that the school would not even function without them! They are wonderful with their dedication to helping our children and parents in so many ways.

Another team of valued staff members are Michael and Michael (or Michael and young Michael as we call them), our property manager and assistant caretaker. They keep everything ticking over, attend to disasters like blocked toilets and generally ensure that the school looks great and functions smoothly.

Thank you to all of you for working together with the teaching staff, helping our children and parents with all their needs, worries and issues and for generally being fun to be around!

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

 Teachers Leaving

I mentioned above that we were interviewing for new teachers. Yes some of our lovely teachers are moving on to new horizons, a couple of them are literally moving to new horizons! Esther McEwan is off to Christchurch and Sarah Carpenter is off to Dubai. Hannah Aikman is off to Dio (an ex Dio girl herself!) and Lauren O’Sullivan is leaving too. We have filled three of the positions with fantastic people. I am searching for a fantastic person for year 6 and have just re advertised because I want someone amazing! I will introduce our new staff in the last newsletter of the year.

 Room 19 – 21 Outdoor Development Update

Oh dear, this drags on and on! I did say in week 7, term 4 last year that this will happen, just not overnight. Well, we have the concept for the classrooms and outdoor area. We have drainage reports and engineer’s reports on the way. Next step is the board ratifying the concept then drawings being submitted to council for building consent and then we are underway with the actual build. The time frame which was originally starting in January has been pushed out to later in term 1. I will keep you posted.


WANTED ~ Class Parents 2016

Is communication one of your things? Are you a people person?  Do you love to coordinate activities and events?

We are looking for Class parent representatives for next year. This is a great role if you are working or at home and wanting to be involved. It’s also a fabulous way for you to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents in the class.

Please e mail Jennifer Cairns ([email protected]) by Friday 4 December with the name(s) of your child/children;  what year they will be in next year; and your contact number.  Thanks so much!

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Situations Vacant for 2016 ~  Bizzy Bodz AFTER SCHOOL CARE ASSISTANTS

Bizzy Bodz Ltd is seeking dynamic people for our programme based at Victoria
Avenue School.
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

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

DRAMA/SPEECH LESSONS: Click here for information
MUSIC LESSONS: Click here for information on Musiqhub music lessons

FOR TERM 4 2015
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 2015
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to 16 Dec ’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

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 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
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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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.


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Reminder to bring your PE uniform, a drink bottle and your fleece and a great attitude!

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Be a Homestay Family – A wonderful opportunity for your family!

Hello neighbours!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.

Pet and Exotic Animal Encounters and Birthday Parties

Would you like to feed bearded dragons, groom guinea pigs, meet tiny tortoises and learn about animals of all types? Oracle Animal Care Workshops and Pet Parties has holiday workshops and Animal Encounters from just $95. A great gift idea for young animal enthusiasts! We also do the best birthday parties at your place or our awesome Albany venue and are open right through the hols. ph 414 7937 [email protected]

Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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AMI Auckland Netball Holiday Programmes


Multi-Activity Programme | Boys & Girls | Ages 5-13 years
Our popular Multi Activity programme is held in our superb indoor /outdoor venue and is suitable for boys and girls. Spend the days leading up to Christmas immersed in crafts, science, sports, baking, and fun filled activities and games.
Where:  AMI Auckland Netball, St Johns
Dates: Thurs 17 Dec – Wed 23 Dec 2015


Multi-Activity, All Sorts of Sports, Netball, Cheerleading and Kokkino Kids Cooking | Boys & Girls | Ages 5-13 years
Come join us this January at AMI Auckland Netball. We are offering a wide variety of programmes where children can learn new skills, make new friends and have lots of fun!
Where:  AMI Auckland Netball, St Johns and Windmill Rd, Mt Eden
Dates: Mon 11 Jan – Fri 29 Jan 2016

REGISTER ONLINE or find out programme details on our website:
OR CONTACT:  Serena Somlyai  T 09 280 4129  E [email protected]