Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 7 – 26 November 2020

Kia ora
I have had a wonderful time over the past couple of weeks getting to know your children and their teachers. The overwhelming sense I have is of a welcoming and nurturing community who care for each other and are proud of their learning. What an amazing place to be chosen to lead!
I am excited about the path we have ahead and am using the first few weeks as principal to gather information that will help us all to develop our next phase of development. I am talking to students and teachers at school and need information from parents too! Please can I ask you to initially let me know the top three things you love about our school on this form: I have also provided a space for any questions to me so please feel free to ask and provide an email for a response.
I plan to gather information through a range of online and face to face means and I am looking forward to the opportunities the staff here have organised that will enable me to meet some of you face to face over the final few weeks of this year.
Thank you for your welcome and your support of your children and their teachers at Student Led Conferences this week.
Ngā mihi nui

Some questions your children have asked me:

Have you been a principal before?

Yes, I was principal at my last school for 10 years

How old are you?

51 – I have also advised that the correct response to this is ‘oh my goodness you don’t look that old” 😉

Do you have any pets?

Yes – two dogs and two cats although our dogs generally live with my parents which gives them all company during the day.

What do you like to do at weekends?

Sailing, shopping and socialising

What is your favourite book?

My favourite children’s books are the Gruffalo books, Hairy Maclary or Roald Dahl books

What flowers do you like?

Roses, orchids and lilies – white is my favourite

Where did you come from and when?

I came from Scotland in 1996 – for one year! I loved NZ and decided to stay and now my parents also live in NZ

Where is your favourite place in NZ?

Why did you choose our school?

When I visited before applying for the position I was wowed by the environment, the people and the warmth I felt in the school.

It is with great sadness that we need to tell you all that Carolyn Crook is retiring at the end of this term from her SENCO position after 12 years at our school. We have been incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful educator who has worked with our families to support the social, emotional and educational development of our special needs students. On behalf of the school thank you Carolyn for all your hard work, tenacity and passion for education. You have made an incredible difference to so many children and families.

We have employed Rosey Dodson to take over the position next year. Rosey is a very experienced SENCO who comes to us from Remuera Intermediate School.

We would like to acknowledge Katherine Winstone, our lovely parent who for some time has looked after sorting through the lost property. It is an unpleasant job which she does for us, always with a smile. A huge THANK YOU Katherine!

Katherine has identified named uniform, the names not being of current pupils of the school. If these items belong to you, please collect them from the office. If they are not collected by the end of the year, they will go to the uniform shop for sale as second hand uniform. The items are:

  • Name
  • Fabian
  • Sauor D
  • Teila
  • Henry Holbrook
  • Marina
  • Ethan Lee
  • Yuky
  • Simon
  • Liarna Ardana
  • Jason Zheng
  • Item
  • Hat
  • Skort
  • Jumper size 8
  • Jumper
  • Jumper
  • Jumper
  • Jumper size 4
  • Jumper size 6
  • Jumper size 2
  • Jumper

Some parents and children will be attending the Breakers basketball  game on Thursday. We really hope you have a fabulous night. Manuka Doctor donated the tickets, a big thanks for their kind generousity.

Middle School Athletics Day
Who:  Year 3 and Year 4
Where:  On the field at VAS
When:  Wednesday 2nd December
Time:  12.30pm start
What: Sprints, Long Jump, Throw and Obstacle Course
(Parents will want to know when the sprint finals will be but it’s hard to give a time as it is dependent on how long it takes us to progress through the rotation.)

Junior School Athletics Day

This will be held on Friday 4 December on the field:

Year 0 & Year 1: start 10.50am
Year 2: start 1.20pm

If any families have new or unused general or fancy toiletries (don’t forget teen males), cosmetics, or baby goods, eg nappies, wipes, foods, milk powder – please drop them off at the  VAS ESL room by Room 12’s back-door. The last day of collection will be Tuesday 8th December. Your help and kindness are greatly appreciated at this time.
Thank You
Julie Hadlow ( ESL Teacher)

Join the VAS team at the Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon – Central East Auckland

Point England Reserve, Point England
Sunday, 14 February 2021

Simply follow the link below to join the VAS school group;


School Times
School starts:      8.50am
Interval:             10.30-10.50am
Lunch:               12.30-1.25pm
School finishes:   3.00pm

Term Dates for 2020

Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October

Term Dates for 2021

Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April

Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June

Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October

Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October

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

FOR TERM 4 2020
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 202

What’s Ahead?
Please click here to view our online calendar

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive

OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here

Lunch Orders
‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezlunch: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY. Click here for the ezlunch  menu. Click here  to join ezlunch Click here to make 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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