Address: 282 Victoria Avenue, Remuera, Auckland | Telephone: (09) 520 0602
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NEWSLETTER: Term 4 Week 9 – 10 December 2015

Dear Parents

The end of year events held at VAS are very special. The Leavers’ Dinner held last Thursday night was one of these special events. The hall looked amazing, hard to imagine that behind all that finery is an ugly old hall! The children looked fantastic as well. The food was delicious too! The highlight of the evening was the unexpected (to the children) arrival of John Key as the guest speaker. Huge thanks to Charlotte Barclay in room 2 who wrote to the prime minister earlier in the year, asking him to come along. We got a response back from his office very quickly telling us that he would be delighted to attend. The proviso was though, that we had to keep it very low key (sorry!) and not tell everyone. So we had the secret service, the police helicopter and the prime minister here! Have a look at the photos on our Facebook page.

The Carol Service held on Wednesday night was absolutely wonderful. The singing, the readings and the dance were all superb and what a beautiful venue. Huge thanks and congratulations to the organising team of Alison Laxon, Catherine Kelly, Jane Cameron, Esther McEwan, Ally Young along with all the teachers. Hours of work in preparing, practising and organising paid off as it was a fantastic event.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees, Bob Weston Chair, Andrew Cleland, Katie Williams, Karen Ngan, Nicky Hall, Michael Holloway and Alison Laxon. You have all worked very hard to ensure that the school is governed at such a high level. This has ensured that the high standard of education and community involvement has continued.

I need to give thanks to everyone on the PTS. Shelley Cunningham took the helm this year and has continued the tradition of leading a fantastic team of people in organising so many events throughout the year. Everything I have attended has been well organised, fun and always a great fundraiser for the school. I know that many Friends of the PTS have also helped in many ways, so thanks to you too.

There are about 45 VAS families (of year 6 children) for whom this is the last farewell. Their youngest child is leaving VAS, so their time with us is over. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful contributions to the school over many years. To all the families leaving Victoria Avenue School this year, thank you for your support of the school and I am sure you take away many fond memories.

More thanks, this time to all the Year 6 families, for your very generous gift of four friendship seats decorated in the house colours. What a lovely thought for our children who sometimes need to find a friend to play with. We appreciate your kindness in donating these to the school for future generations to enjoy.

I have already mentioned some of teachers leaving, but we have one more going. We are sad, but pleased for Nikki Boyens that she has won a promotion to Dean of the Juniors (years 0 – 3) at St Cuthberts.

Thanks also to Jane Edgar and Beverley Harper who opened the new entrant classes during this year and have both done a fantastic job transitioning the new children into school.

Andy Butler, Ange Rathbone, Anna McDonald and Clare Fuller have all been working in the school as release teachers this year and we thank them for the wonderful way they have fitted into our school.

So to all the staff; teachers, teacher aides and admin staff thank you all for your dedication and hard work with our lovely students.

Please have lovely restful holidays, drive safely and enjoy the precious time with your families.

Kind regards

Janice Adamson

2016 Classes

Teachers 2016
The class notifications will be sent home in two ways. All parents will get an email with the class their child is in, and you will also get a photo and bio about the new teacher. You will also be given a notice saying which class they are in which will be put in with the report. Children will meet their new teachers tomorrow so you can all have a lovely conversation after school.

Councillors and House Captains

All the Year 5 students and all the teachers voted for the councillors. Children voted for the house captains. I am delighted to announce the councillors and house captains for 2016.


Olivia Clausen, Bria Cotton, Grace Merrilees, Yasemin Kalkin, Asjad El-Jack, Holly Barker
George Baker, Fraser McLaren, William Meredith, Ben Smith, Zak Weston, Alex Wu

House Captains

Karaka – Lucy Neville and Zac Riley,
Koromiko – Veve Tiatia and Morgan Tapper
Kowhai – Jamie Francis and Dean Hughes
Pohutukawa – Kate Irwin and Somin Mohit


A reminder about the prizegivings being held at school on Tuesday 15 December:

9 – 10am Years 4 – 6. This is a combined prizegiving / Leavers’ assembly (and the infamous human arch).

2 – 3pm Years 0 – 3

Lost Property

Please take the opportunity to come in before Tuesday if your child has mislaid uniform. One of our wonderful parents regularly returns named uniforms to children but there are still a lot of unnamed pieces.

Dates for 2016

 Term 1
Wednesday 3 February to Friday 15 April 2016 ~ Waitangi Day Mon 8 Feb and Easter Holiday Friday 25 March – Tuesday 29 March 2016 (During school term)

Term 2
Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July 2016 ~ Anzac Day Mon 25 April and Queen’s Birthday Monday 6 June 2016

Term 3
Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September 2016

Term 4
Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December 2016 ~ Labour Day Mon 24 October 2016

Click here for the school calendar for all the up coming events in February

Click Here to view our BLOG PAGE.

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

FOR TERM 4 2015
Click here for details on these activities.
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for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2015

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 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

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 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
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.

 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.

Uniform Shop – Holiday trading:

 Opening Hours

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.

    Lost-Property-prevLOTS OF LOST PROPERTY!!
    ‘Last chance to find your lost property!!
    It will be on display outside room 7,8, 9 this FRIDAY 2.45-3.15.
    Any named items will be left in the lost property bins- everything else will taken away!
    Please check the bins or see you on Friday when it is laid out
    Happy Holidays ~ Janeen de Zoysa
Also just a reminder to re-name your kids uniforms – an Initial and surname is perfect!!
Our thanks to Janeen de Zoysa for her ongoing work in sorting out your children’s lost property!





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Cathedral and the Carol Service

Parnell Cathedral once again hosted our carol service last night. It was a night full of our school’s tradition – with singing, spoken word and dancing. As always a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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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.

Mothers Helpers – Antenatal and Post Natal Depression

Mothers Helpers is offering women with Antenatal or Postnatal Depression/Anxiety a 10 week recovery course starting in February.  If you have pre-school children and have depression/anxiety we recommend you put your name down this week prior to our office closing.  Our groups normally get booked out quickly – most have their depressive symptoms resolve as a result of the course.  Learn how to holistically recover from depression/anxiety while gaining support and friendship with other mothers.  Contact us ASAP:  [email protected] to put your name down or if you’d like more information or phone 0800-002-717

Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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Sponsorship – Supporting these companies will help us!

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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]