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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 7 – 30 November 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s the time of year when we think back (usually along the lines of ‘where did the year go?’) and I want to acknowledge all the millions of ways that parents and families have supported the school throughout the year.

You should never underestimate the value of your time. To us, having another pair of hands is invaluable. Teachers in their busy classrooms really appreciate parent help. Whether you are working with children, cutting out, pasting, publishing, tying shoelaces, it all contributes to making a teacher’s role easier.

It is also invaluable having another set of eyes when we take children on EOTC (education outside the classroom) excursions. We have very rigid student to adult ratios which we happily adhere to in order to ensure children’s safety. Obviously, those ratios mean that we can’t go anywhere without parent help. Thank you to all of you who have taken leave from your jobs or put your busy lives on hold to accompany your child’s class on an outing. The children love having you there and the teachers really appreciate it.

Thank you to all of you who have coached and managed sports teams this year. Aniel Smith is fantastic, but even he couldn’t have coached all our teams single handed. We have relied on parents and families to provide the expertise and organisation to support what Aniel does. It has meant that lots of our children have had the opportunity to participate in all manner of sports at all levels with significant successes.

Thank you to parents who have run events, served at events, transported children, helped at camp, cheered on the sidelines, tidied up, distributed, stapled, fixed things, counted money, spent money…… the list goes on. It is through your support and giving of your time that our school is as fantastic as it is.

I just want you all to know how much each of us appreciates it.

While I am thanking people, it is the last week for most of our teacher aides. What an amazing group of people! They work alongside children, helping them to become the best they can be. They support some children in the playground, helping them to be the best friend they can be. Thank you, we are so lucky to have such dedicated, enthusiastic people in our school.

2018 Councillors and House Captains

The votes have been counted and these will be announced at assembly on 8 December at 2pm. This is the Leavers’ Assembly and we will have the traditional arch at the end. All parents are welcome to attend.

Parking Over a Neighbour’s Driveway

PLEASE DON’T! I know you think that because you are sitting in your car across the driveway it is OK. It isn’t OK and our neighbours quite rightly get cross about it. Last week a neighbour took this photo – and the driver wasn’t even in the car!! I am the one that has to apologise and placate our neighbours which is very difficult because I actually agree with them that it is just not on.

End of Year Important Dates

Thursday 7 December                     Year 6 leavers’ dinner
Friday 8 December                          Reports and class placements sent home
Monday 11 December                      7 pm Carol service
Tuesday 12 December                     1.30 pm prizegiving at Baradene
Wednesday 13 December               Year 6 leavers’ activity day
Friday 15 December                        12.30 school finishes

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

Bell Road Walking School Bus 2018

Our energetic kids and parents would love some more walkers to join our bus in 2018, as a couple of families are moving on. We walk daily to school leaving from Bell Road at the top of Shera Road at 8.10am. It’s a great way to give the kids some more independence, less time in the car and an energising start to their day! All it requires is a commitment by one parent or nanny/au pair to join the roster and walk with the children one morning per week. If you are a new family in the area or know of any VAS children moving to the area, please get in touch with Inga Frengley ([email protected] or 0212776871) to find out more about joining in Term 1 next year.

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

FOR TERM 2 2017
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2017

What’s Ahead?


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

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

Stationery Sales
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am

Uniform Shop
– half way up dragon drive in the old dental clinic

OPEN THURSDAYS 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
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 Ph5200603.

The dental team will be posting letters to all new entrants to our school as required.

 Remember to ‘like’ Victoria Avenue School on Facebook.facebook_like_small

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.


Winning Teacher!

Congratulations to our PE Teacher Aniel Smith won the Podium Rotorua Half Marathon on Sunday, in a time of 1h 21m 18s. The event is fairly unique – you go through a forest, circumnavigate two golf courses, run through thermally active Sulphur Bay tracks, past a world famous museum and finish at a lakefront! This success for Mr Smith follows him winning four gold medals and two silver medals at the World Masters Games in April. What a role model!

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!

Some styled images for Christmas by our students doing Kids Photography Workshops

VAS Triathalon

The VAS Triathlon is coming up on Friday 8 December. If you would like to enter, please follow the link below and enter before Tuesday 5 December. This is open only to Year 5 and 6 students.

Fundraiser – Matakana Botanicals

Look out in school bags next week for information about this. You will get this letter, a product catalogue and some hand cream sample sachets for parents. Click here for the Matakana Botanicals gift box brochure.

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.

Remuera Zones Athletics – Mt Smart Stadium, Tuesday 28th November

Well done to the 20 athletes who competed and represented our school, they did very well.
Our best results from the day were;
1st place – Emison Styris, Year 6 Girls High jump (1m 30cm)
2nd place – Year 6 Girls 4x100m Relay team
2nd place – Year 6 Boys 4x100m Relay team
4th place – Henry Richardson, Year 6 Boys High Jump (1m 30cm)
4th place – Year 5 Boys 4x100m Relay team
4th place – Maria Moroz, Year 6 Girls 60m
4th place – Hudson Smith, Year 6 Boys 200m

Yummy Sticker Rewards.

We have redeemed our Yummy Sticker Rewards and got $1,100 worth of gear. Mr Smith was really happy we could top up his PE Sheds with bean bags, tennis balls, coloured dots, velcro catch mats and Scoops and Hula hoops (which missed the photo). Look out for Hula hoop lunchtimes!

Nick Lyus – Principal Sponsor

Nick Lyus talks to registered valuer Mark Davidson (Opteon) ab…

Q: Why is my CV so high?Q: How do I object to my new CV and keep my rates down? Q: How has Remuera performed compared to other subrubs?A: Nick Lyus has been talking with registered valuer Mark Davidson to answer all your questions.

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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:


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]