I was out shopping last weekend, not yet December and everywhere there were Christmas carols playing. I had a momentary bah humbug moment along the lines of ‘it’s too early for Christmas carols’ and then I took a mental note of my negativity and decided to feel happy because it signalled the start of a time of year I love.
I was proud of myself for practising mindfulness. It’s the latest ‘thing’, being mindful. It is however, the latest thing that is something very worthwhile for all of us to practise; that and being grateful.
Being mindful and grateful. Increased gratitude is a common result of practicing mindfulness. As we start paying more attention to our thoughts, we notice where we block ourselves from appreciating the good things in life.. We can’t feel grateful for things we don’t notice, and so mindfulness and gratitude go hand-in-hand.
Well I certainly notice the fantastic contribution that many people make to ensure that our children have the best possible experience at VAS. Sometimes I take a moment just to enjoy what is happening. Yesterday at athletics I stood at the finish line and watched year 0 and 1 children race their hearts out. I took in the encouragement given by all the parents. I took in the way the house captains and year 6 helpers were focussed on their roles. I took in the way the teachers marshalled and encouraged all the children. Mostly I took in the enthusiasm, determination and pleasure all the children showed before, during and after their races.
I am always grateful for the supportive families we have here. I am grateful to parents who have brought their children up to be determined, enthusiastic and who get pleasure from trying their best. I am grateful for all our teachers with their enthusiasm and passion for learning, I am grateful for being able to spend time in their company.
I am grateful for the support we get from our community. The contribution that we in the school all value is your contribution of time. Time to help us on trips, in classrooms, at sports and cultural events, at camps. Time to sort books, staple on walls, count money, cook sausages, sell cakes and iceblocks, take lunchtime activities, run the creative shed, coach sports team, help at cross country, set up and tidy away, donating goods and services, finding sponsors, organising events, decorating, baking, being class parents.
I am grateful for the amazing PTS who work so hard to make our school a friendly place and who fundraise tirelessly to help us get the resources we want. A heart felt thank you to every person in our community who has contributed to our fabulous school. You are why we are such a great place for children!
So, in those moments of road rage, shopping stress and annoying children that inevitably happen to all of us at this time of year, take a deep breath and be mindful – if nothing else it will stop you screaming!
The children have been practising very hard for next Wednesday’s Carol Service at the cathedral. We look forward to a wonderful turnout.
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!
Situations Vacant for 2016 ~ Bizzy Bodz AFTER SCHOOL CARE ASSISTANTS
Bizzy Bodz Ltd is seeking dynamic people for our programme based at Victoria
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
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IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
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
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– 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 www.subwayrialto.co.nz
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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NIT NIGHT TONIGHT!!
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.
Uniform Shop – Holiday trading:
Open 8.15-8.45am – on Fridays (term-time only) and the first day of each term. The school shop closes for the year on Friday 11 December.
Open 1.00-2.30pm – Tuesday 2 February 2016
We recommend that new students book an appointment (as outlined in your invitation letter), as we will be unable to prioritise you during the above opening times.
Thank you for your co-operation with this – as well as giving you priority, it also avoids causing queues during general opening hours.
- Online shop deliveries finish for the year on Friday 11 December 2015. Orders received by noon on 11 December will be delivered that day. Orders received after noon on 11 December will be available for pick-up from the school shop on Tuesday 2 February 2016, between 1.00 and 2.30pm. Orders not picked up during this time will be delivered to the child’s class on Wednesday 3 February.
Junior Athletics competitors had a brilliant day yesterday! Here are a couple of photos of the Year 2 winners. There will be more photos made available in next week’s newsletter.
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.
Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!
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]