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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 8 – 6 December 2018

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! Our teacher aides finish this week and teachers are clearing their walls and cupboards. 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, 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.

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, we are so lucky to have such patient, kind, dedicated, enthusiastic people in our school. Today we said farewell to three of these lovely people. Rosie who is completing her teacher’s degree, Daniel who is joining the police force and Dot who is going back to enjoy a quiet life.

Triadic Conferences and Parent Portal

I had lovely feedback from a number of children about how proud they were to share their learning with their mum and dad. We put children at the centre of their learning (it’s called learner agency) and who better to share what they have been learning, what their progress has been and what they need to do next than the children themselves.

On Tuesday we opened the eTap parent portal so parents could see actual assessment information. So far this term, you’ve had the children sharing learning, the ability to see results of recent assessments and next week you will receive a written report. These three things are intended for parents to get a well rounded overview of their child’s achievement. Early in the new year I will send out a survey asking for your thoughts and suggestions around the reporting to parents system. Obviously, we have identified areas of weakness and strengths, we are also setting up SeeSaw as the parent portal but we would value your input as well.

2019 Councillors and House Captains

The votes have been counted and these will be announced at assembly on 7 December at 1.30pm in the hall. This is the Leavers’ Assembly and we will have the traditional arch at the end. All parents are welcome to attend.

End of Year Picnic Next Thursday 13 December 5pm – 7pm

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!

End of Year Important Dates

Tuesday 11 December            7pm Carol service

Friday 14 December               Reports and class placements sent home

Tuesday 18 December            1.30 pm prizegiving at Baradene

Thursday 20 December          12.30 school finishes

EXCITING! News Flash! EASTER FAIR Sunday 7 April

I am so excited and pleased to let everyone know that our ‘gala’ for 2019 is actually going to be an Easter Fair. We have a fabulous group of parents who are organising this event and are planning for it to be a fun, family friendly day. There will be an Easter egg hunt, games, arts and crafts and children will be able to meet the Easter bunny. All this and more! Look out for more information but put the date in your diary, the Easter Fair should not be missed!

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 4 2018
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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!


Last Assembly:

  • Room 1: Maddex Lodge
  • Room 2: Washma Hayat
  • Room 2: Nick Ruepert
  • Room 3: James Thomson
  • Room 3: Allison Sun
  • Room 4: Liwei Liu
  • Room 5: Jaxon Molloy
  • Room 5: Irelee Jackson
  • Room 5: Victor Su
  • Room 5: Amelia King
  • Room 5: Sasha Whitlock
  • Room 5: Lucas Suciu
  • Room 6: Nicholas Wong
  • Room 6: Alex Ford
  • Room 6: Cooper Thomson
  • Room 9: Wendy Ye
  • Room 14: Farzan Ivoghlian
  • Room 14: Harper Blair
  • Room 16: William King
  • Room 17: Zac Hood
  • Room 17: Sophie Wakelin
  • Room 17: Hiroshi Hui
  • Room 18: Charlotte Mao
  • Room 20: Caelen Jooste
  • Room 21: James Cunningham
  • Room 23: Penny Hayes
  • Room 24: Sienna Wan
  • Room 6: Alex Ford

Hip Hop Dancing

This week our students have been working with Siyanna from Stomp Dance Company. Throughout the week Siyanna has run multiple sessions with different grades between years 2 – 5, teaching them a range of different dance routines and skills.

Next week Caitlin from Groovit will be instructing hip hop with some years 1-6 students.
Caitlin and Dynelle Isdale will be auditioning students on Wednesday to select a Dance Crew who will then compete in the Evolution Dance Competition in Auckland in 2019. This will be a fantastic opportunity for our students and one we are very excited about. If your child would like to audition, please remind them the audition times will be from 12:30pm – 1:15pm at the hall, Wednesday 12th of December.

Here is the link to the competition –


Next Tuesday the 11 December, our students will be working with Michelle Williams from All Stars Cheerleading. Michelle represented NZ.

Michelle and Dynelle Isdale will be auditioning students on Tuesday to select a Cheerleading Team who will then compete in a Cheerleading Competition in Auckland in 2019. If your child would like to audition, please remind them the audition times will be from 10:30 – 11.00am at the hall, this Tuesday the 11th of December. They will also need to bring a signed permission slip, obtainable from their teacher.

Here is the link to the competition –

We’d like to thank Sport Auckland and Kiwisport for approving funding to promote the high quality dance and cheerleading programs. We hope the instructors have enjoyed working with our students as much as the students have loved working with them.

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.

Julie Hadlow, our ELL specialist teacher, is arranging donations of unused and/or new cosmetics, toiletries, bathroom things etc for Shine Women`s Refuge. Items for males, females, adults, children and babies please! Drop off would be to Julie at the Atrium (between Rooms 15 and 16).

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.

Leavers’ Assembly

The Leavers’ Assembly is in the School Hall this Friday between 1.30 – 3.00pm.

All Year 6 parents are invited to attend this significant event.

Lost property will be available for you to check, located outside room 8 after school on 14 December.

A huge thank you to Yvonne Robinson who has tirelessly done this job for a few years. Due to new commitments, she is unavailable to carry on with this next year so we are looking for a parent to take over. The task involves a couple of hours per week. Please email [email protected] if you can help.

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.

Class Parents for 2019

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.
Please email 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.

Juniors’ Fairy Tale Feast

Year 6 Leavers’ Day

If you would like to enrol for 2019 with our experienced modern dance school Stow Austin Studio, please visit our website or email [email protected] or [email protected]

NZAMD exam syllabus covering Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet plus a  stunning professional annual production in November. Positive and affirming classes with excellent standards. Positions for preschoolers from 4 years and above are available.  Classes held in St Heliers and Epsom. Enquiries most welcome.

To join our SCHOOL GROUP, click on the following link:


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.