Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 8 – 1 December 2016

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. Rachael Wilcock is fantastic, but even she 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 Rachael 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 sewn costumes, made food, run events, served at events, transported children, 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.

2017 Councillors and House Captains

The votes have been counted and these will be announced at assembly on 9 December at 9am. 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 photos and I was able to identify the person from the number plate. 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

Monday 5 December                 Year 6 Leavers’ activity day
Thursday 8 December               Year 6 Leavers’ dinner
Friday 9 December                     Reports and class placements sent home
Monday 12 December               7pm Carol service
Tuesday 13 December               1pm prizegiving at Baradene
Thursday 15 December             9am Farewell assembly for Linley Garrett
Friday 16 December                  12.30 school finishes

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

classparentsClass Parents 2017

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 Annette ( [email protected] with the name(s) of your child/children;  what year they will be in next year; and your contact number.  Thanks so much! 


Piles of fleeces in the lost property bins many are poorly labelled with only first names or faded names.
Please check the bins!
Also please relabel all uniforms over the break- initial and SURNAME best.


Please note that we have the following school 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
  • 2 December Junior Athletics Day for Years 0, 1 and 2
  • Monday 5 December BOT Meeting at 7:30pm
  • Thursday 8 December Year 6 Leavers’ Dinner
  • Monday 12 December Carol Service at 7pm
  • Tuesday 13 December School Prize giving at 1:00pm
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of School School closes at 12:30pm

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

FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
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.

 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.


One of our very new families needs a furnished 3 bedroomed house in the Remuera Intermediate/Grammer zone.

If you know of any such homes available please call Sylvie on 022 359 7512. Many thanks.



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]

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SCHOOL  GALA DATE:  9 April 2017
The Victoria Avenue School Gala 2017 team urgently requires 2 Volunteers who can help in the follow areas. Unfortunately we cannot proceed with the Gala for 2017 unless we receive this help.
  1. The first area is Stalls(excluding food) I need a person to organise and oversee the  pulling together of various stalls eg. 2nd hand books, toys, white elephant etc. This person would need to let me know when they require volunteers/assistance, when the stalls will be set up, agree with me the location of the stalls, work with other VAS Gala Team members closely as required.
  2. The second area is Games/Activities this person will need to organise and oversee the pulling together of various games/activities eg. haystack, waterslide, raffle etc. This person would need to let me know when they require volunteers/assistance, when the games will be set up and any items we may need so the game/activity can go ahead, agree with me the location of the games/activities, work with other VAS Gala Team members closely as required.
If you would like to join the committed VAS Gala 2017 team then please contact Gaylene Fon at [email protected]