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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 7 – 29 November 2018

Dear Parents,

I don’t know about you, but I feel that companies start all the Christmas marketing earlier and earlier each year. I was at St Lukes last weekend and they had carol singers! I have no doubt that the TV advertising during the peak times in the afternoon when children are watching is all about the latest ‘must have’ toys.

I am a little out of the toy market these days but I was in Farmers buying a gift for a very young family member. There was so much to choose from, it really was an Aladdin’s cave full of colour and so many choices!

I stood there in a quandary thinking oh my goodness, what shall I choose? How will I know if it is a good choice? When confronted with colour and packaging and marketing blurb, how could I work out the best choice?

This is a metaphor for real life. We are confronted with many choices, pretty much every single moment of every day. Shall I have a bagel or a roll for lunch? Shall I wear the blue dress or the red dress? These are banal, every day choices which we really don’t think too hard about, but what happens when we have to make a choice that will impact significantly on our lives?

What sorts of skill do we need to learn, in order to be as prepared as we possibly can be when it comes to making those big choices? All of us approach making these choices differently. There are the ‘think with the heart’ people, the ‘think with the head’ people, the ‘list’ people, the ‘pros and cons’ people, the ‘ask my friends and family’ people, the ‘let me sit on it’ people, the ‘knee jerk’ people, the ‘go with your gut instinct’ people.

So how do your children make a choice? One of my daughters had very strong clothing preferences from 18 months of age! I could not get her to wear what I wanted her to wear and we had some right battles until a wise person said to me to choose two outfits that I was happy for her to wear and present them to her and ask her which one she is going to choose. It was the end of the clothing battles. For her, yes, it was about the clothes (she never chose a dress), but it was more important, even at that young age, that she was given a choice.

We can give our children choices all the time but alongside that, we could model skills that help us with our choices. Get them to write a list of pros and cons or tell them they have some time to think about what choice they will make first. If they make a choice quickly, ask them what made them choose that particular thing – get them to justify their choice. Perhaps prompt them to look at it from a different angle – what would happen if you chose the other thing – which is helping them look at both sides. Ask them what might be a consequence of the choice they are about to make. Helping children by giving them a framework for making choices will, hopefully set them up for adulthood where they need to make some pretty big life decisions.

Sadly for me though, despite giving my daughter all the clothing choices in the world as a child and helping her with a framework for decision making, she still doesn’t choose dresses!

You might be interested in this Hubspot post, The Psychology of Choice. How to Make Easier Decisions.

The Psychology of Choice


Triadic Conferences

Thank you to all parents who came along to the triadic conferences yesterday and to those of you coming tonight. The children have taken this very seriously and I know they have felt very empowered sharing their learning with their parents. Hopefully, many of you will have seen your child in a new light. The triadics are starting points for discussions parents and children can have at home about learning. The structure may help you overcome the old ‘what did you do at school today?’   ‘Nothing’ conversations!

New Parent Morning Tea

A huge thank you to all of you who provided baking for this morning. Huge thanks too, to all the parents who came along and helped. I know our new parents really enjoy the opportunity to talk to ‘old hands’ in the school during a lovely welcoming morning tea.

Christmas School Picnic Thursday 13 December 5.00 – 7.00pm

Come along with your picnic tea and some refreshments and join us for a lovely end of year event. It is the silly season, so this will be a chance to relax and unwind as your children have great fun playing with their friends. Put it in your diary!

Leavers Assembly Friday 7 December 1.30 – 3.00pm

Please note the earlier start time.

Reminder – Curriculum Levels

This year, the achievement expectations on your child’s report 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).

Reminder – 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 – PARKING
Please think about our neighbours and don’t park across their driveways. I often receive emails from annoyed neighbours who are, quite rightly, upset. Please remember that I don’t have any jurisdiction outside of the school gates, so if you ticketed by the parking warden, I can’t help you – I can do lots of things, but can’t do anything about parking tickets!

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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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.



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:

Rita Fung & Freddy McGregor-MacDonald

Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Freya Reid
  • Room 2: Harper Martin
  • Room 3: Arthur MacGill
  • Room 4: Carolyn Yang
  • Room 4: Grace Thomson
  • Room 6: Maxim Petrov
  • Room 13: Miya Chen
  • Room 14: Olivia Lee
  • Room 15: Eeman Hayat
  • Room 16: Alona Kotsar
  • Room 17: Fiona Deng
  • Room 17: Bella Tian
  • Room 18: Ava Carey
  • Room 18: Emily Shtenko
  • Room 19: Joshua Jolly
  • Room 20: Olivia Tan
  • Room 21: Eden Clyma
  • Room 21: Finn Hambleton
  • Room 23: Skye Donald
  • Room 24: Scarlett Lemmens
  • Room 24: Maggie Xie
  • Room 17: Fiona Deng

Preparations are well under way for this year’s Carol Service and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 11 December at 7pm at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

If your child is unable to attend or they are coming but will be unaccompanied by an adult, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.

At the end of the service we request that parents stay seated while the children leave and gather in their classes outside the cathedral. Parents will collect their children from the class teacher.

Both of these procedures will support the smooth running of the event and help to ensure the children’s safety on the night.

Also, as there are considerable costs for the use of the cathedral, we hope you will be able to give generously to the collection. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

New Entrants’ Morning Tea

Thank you to Poornima Ghanta, Hong Mei, Anna Nathan, Judith Bassett, Rachel Hughes, Anna Nathan, Kylie Hotham, Bridget Snelling, Josie Xu, Celeste Treagus, Rozy Williams and Charlotte Houghton.

Many thanks for all of the help and delicious food which these parents provided today. Your wonderful contribution helps to enhance the start of school experience for next term’s new entrant families.

Easy Lunch Orders

The last day for Easy Lunch orders for the year will be Thursday 13 December. Orders will resume in week 1 next year.

Kia Kaha

The video of the 2018 production is now available for download. Click the arrow in the top right of this video, then in the new tab that loads click the download arrow.

Summer Holiday Opening Times
Thursday 24 January – 9.00 – 11.00am
Wednesday 30 January 3.00 – 5.00pm
Friday 1 February 1.00 – 3.00pm
The Uniform Shop will be filling orders over the summer break so we encourage you to order online, we will process it and have your items ready for you to “Click and Collect” on the above open days.
There is a new size guide on the main school shop page so check out the measurements to gain the best fit. Items are easy to exchange as long as they have not been worn and the label is still attached.

Junior School Athletics

Families are warmly invited to the junior school athletics day held at school on Friday 30 November. Weather permitting, years 0 and 1 will start their activities around 10.50am, with 60m sprint finals at approximately 12:10pm, followed by a short prize-giving ceremony. Year 2 will start their activities around 1:30pm, with 60m sprint finals at approximately 2:30pm, followed by a short prize-giving ceremony. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Yummy Sticker Results

Congratulations to all of the students (and parents) who collected tens of thousands of yummy stickers this year.  VAS has an amazing result and qualified for $1,820 worth of free sports gear!  The new basketballs, rugby balls, soccer balls, netballs and elastic jumping bands will be made available for kids to play with during school hours.  Katherine Fippard and Charlotte Houghton presented prizes and certificates to top collecting students last week.  Well done VAS!

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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.