Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 8 – 5 December 2019

Dear Parents,

It’s the time of year when people are starting to lift their eyes to the horizon only to see Christmas galloping towards them! Teachers are clearing their walls and cupboards and resources are being collected. There is an air of excitement amongst the children as they know Christmas is just around the corner.

It’s time to thank so many people. Firstly, all of you, our wonderful parents. 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. You have given up time to come along and ensure that our children get a chance to have a go at their favourite sport.

Thank you to parents who have run events, served at events, been class parents, manned BBQs/ice blocks/bake sales, transported children, helped at camp, cheered on the side lines, 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.

As for 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 to Deb, Jo, Felicity, Pam, Alisha, Lisa, Sheree, Sarah, Emma J, Emma M, Rachel and Louise, we are so lucky to have such patient, kind, dedicated, enthusiastic people in our school.

Thank you to Jane Clark, our librarian. She buys wonderful new books which appeal to children and keeps the library looking fantastic. Huge thanks to Kinzsa and Joanne in the office. Oh my goodness, if you knew just how much these two do to keep the school running – fulfilling massive amounts of MOE admin, helping parents and children, doing sick bay duties, liaising with new parents, working with teachers, paying the bills, making sure people get paid. It doesn’t sound much on paper, but the work they do is just amazing and they are both such lovely people who are the front of school. As is Gabs who runs the financial side of the school brilliantly.

Thank you to Demello our caretaker and Michael, his sidekick. They keep the school functioning, clean up, keep the grounds looking neat and tidy, do things for teachers; all sorts of odd jobs. You are both absolutely vital to the smooth running of the school.

2020 Councillors and House Captains

The votes have been counted and these will be announced at the combined prizegiving and leavers’ assembly on 13 December at 9am in the hall. We will have the traditional arch at the end. All parents are welcome to attend.

End of Year Important Dates
Tuesday 10 December – 7pm Carol service
Friday 13 December – 9am in the hall – Years 4 – 6 prizegiving and leavers’ assembly; 2pm in the hall – Years 0 – 3 prizegiving. Reports and class placements sent home
Wednesday 18 December – 12.30pm school finishes.

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 4 2019
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What’s Ahead?
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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 2019

Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December 2019
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October ’19

Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Tuesday 4 February to Thursday 9 April 2020
~ Waitangi Day Thursday 6 February ’20
~ Good Friday 10 April
~ Easter Monday 13 April
~ Easter Tuesday 14 April
~ ANZAC Day Monday 27 April
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 3 July 2020
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 1 June ’20
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 Sept 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December 2020
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October ’20

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 ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place an order  Sushi is available through Daily Lunch and Catering
2. Subway: ordered through ezLUNCH: – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
Click here for ezlunch  and Subway menus.
Join ezlunch today  and Place 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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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.

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Remuera Zone Athletics

On Tuesday 26 November, 24 year 5 and 6 students went to Mt Smart Stadium to represent VAS at the Remuera Zone Athletics Day. The students produced some outstanding individual and team performances. Some of the most notable included:

  • Mikaya Tonga placing 1st overall in the year 6 girls ball throw with a throw of  29.7 meters.
  • Millie King winning the year 6 girls high jump with a jump of 1.28 meters.
  • Cooper O’Shannessey place 1st equal in the year 5 boys long jump with a jump of 3.97 meters.
  • Willow Reid placed 1st overall for the year 5 girls High jump  with a jump of 1.22 meters
  • Olive Magness-Wignall place 3rd in the year 6 girls 800m.

Well done to all of those involved in a fantastic day!

Junior athletics

Year 0 Boys-1st Luca Pasupati, 2nd Lucas Hotham, 3rd Juha Wang

Year 0 Girls – 1st Penelope Crosby, 2nd Olivia Mann, 3rd Lyla Deva

Year 1 Boys – 1st Harlow Weston-Dallow, 2nd Will Xu, 3rd George Doole

Year 1 Girls – 1st Charlotte Schofield, 2nd Maggie Xie, 3rd Chayla Jooste

Year 2 Boys – 1st William Schofield, 2nd Liam McIvor, 3rd Freddie Halliday

Year 2 Girls – 1st Samantha Tidey, 2nd Amelia Bartle, 3rd Sisely Blenkinsop

Tuesday 17 December – Waterslide Day

On Tuesday 17 December there will be two waterslides set up in the morning for all students. Children are all to bring togs and a towel to school. Following is a timetable with the time-slots allocated to each year group. The assistance of any parents who are free and able to help supervise the kids would be very much appreciated. You can even have a go to show them how it is done :)

Gifts for the City Mission

We now have the Christmas tree up in the office. We are asking for the community to donate food and gifts so we can make Christmas happen for Auckland’s most vulnerable residents.

Can gifts be new and unwrapped please.

The last day for drop off is Friday 13 December (start of school).

Gifts for families in Samoa
One of our parents who is a doctor is involved in collecting much needed items  to help those affected by the measles outbreak in Samoa. The following items are needed: books, Up & Go, small cereal boxes, juice boxes, balloons, kids toothbrushes, new towels, pillows, children’s books,  colouring books/pencils/crayons.
There is a box in the office by the tree marked Samoa. Please have all items donated by  Friday 13 December.

Victoria Avenue School Carol Service

Date: Tuesday 10th December
Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Cathedral, Corner Parnell Road and St. Stephens Avenue, Parnell
Dress: Full school uniform

Please note: No sweatshirts or fleeces, please.

Children need to meet their teachers outside the cathedral by 6.45pm. Limited parking is available in the Pay and Display car park behind the cathedral.

A collection will be taken on entry from the adult congregation (suggested koha of $5 per person). This is to cover the cost of hiring this wonderful venue which we are now being charged for. We would appreciate your generosity!

After the service children can be collected from the courtyard in front of the Cathedral. The service is approximately one hour long.

Middle school athletics

The middle school athletics day is on Friday 6 December. Events will commence around 12:30pm, with the sprint finals taking place at approximately 2:30pm, followed by a short prize-giving ceremony.

Class parents for 2020
Is communication one of your things? Are you a people person? Are you handy with emails?
We are looking for class parents for next year. This is a great way to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents in the class. If you are wanting to be involved this role can be done whether you are working or at home. It can fit around you.
Once you find out  your children(s) classes for next year, please email Kristin at [email protected] with the name(s) of your child(ren), what year they will be in next year, and your contact number. Thanks so much.

Epipen School Offer from one of our Parents:  $135 including delivery to school

As a mum and a pharmacist I understand that epipens can be expensive. I can personally deliver your epipen (which is temperature sensitive) to the school office. This ensures the medication is not exposed to temperature fluctuations within the courier van and saves you time and hassle. We provide the latest expiry dating and we can tell you the current one when contacting us. Deliveries will be done on a weekly basis during school term. Discount available for 2 or more pens. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Marketing volunteer needed
The team who puts the school directory together are looking for a marketing guru with knowledge in the digital space who could spare a bit of their time with advice on certain aspects of the directory.
This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the school and promote your skills to the wider community.
If you think you have the skills and can spare some time, you can email the team at [email protected]com

Extra opening hours:
13 December 2019:  11.30am – 1.00pm
3 February 2020:  12.00pm – 3.00pm

White polos for momento:
We have available short sleeve white polos (size 14 and 16) for a discounted price on offer to year 6 leavers. These are great to have signed on your last day of school, and are available to purchase at the office for $15.

ezlunch service

Please note that the last ezlunch service day for the year is Friday 13 December.

For the first time next year, the Lexus Urban Polo will take place in the Domain. The Urban Polo team, who are long time supporters of Victoria Avenue School, highly recommend this event. It happens on 14 March, 2020. Get your tickets at