Thank you for all of your feedback – this is really useful for me to get a real feel for what is important to our community; students, staff and parents.
Below are the word cloud responses to “what do you love about VAS’ from the different groups – how beautiful is it that our community love our teachers, our staff love our community and our students love our community and our teachers?! What an amazing place to be!
I have also asked you for your questions and some responses are included here while others will need a little more thought and consultation to answer. Thank you for your patience as I learn about our school and what is important to our people and use this to work with all stakeholders to develop our strategic direction. I will continue to ask and to share as this is developed.
It was an honour to be invited to the Year 6 Leaver’s dinner last week. A huge thank you to the dedicated parents who created an amazing memory for their children. The evening was a lovely mix of fun, inspiration, reflection and looking forward and will be a night to remember for our Year 6 students as they take the next step in their learning journey. I am confident the quality learning they have had at VAS will serve them well in the years to come.
This week I have had the pleasure of visiting a lot of classes to see their learning in action as well as chatting with parents when they are helping with class events. We have had Waterwise, Fairy Tale Feasts, Athletics, Ice Age Day, Stone Age Museums and zoo trips so there is a lot going on here as we move towards the end of the year! A huge thank you to the parents who have helped with all of these events – our fabulous teachers could not provide the opportunities we do without your help! It has been lovely for me to be able to say hello to you at these events and to begin to get to know our community.
Tomorrow we will share in celebrating our prize winners at our annual prize giving. Congratulations to all who receive a cup or a certificate this year, you have worked hard for this and we are delighted to recognise and celebrate your achievements with you. You will also receive your end of term reports and I have been delighted to see the progress our students have made during this challenging year. Thank you to the teachers for their passion and dedication to this during lockdown, to our parents for their openness to a new way of working and learning from home and supporting their children and to our students for their resilience, positivity and giving their best always!
Our class placement process is comprehensive. We gather data from teachers who then create draft lists considering social dynamics and student learning needs as well as ensuring a gender balance. We then rework the lists until we have our final class placements. Our teachers are wonderful observers and judges of the relationships in their rooms, and we tap into this expertise when making up class lists.
Tomorrow when students are told what class they will be in I encourage you to be positive about their class placement as they take their cue from you. Our children test our reaction to news to gauge how they should react, we need to be the reassurance they need. So be positive, reassure them and show them that you are confident that they will have a good year.
Let us know your priorities for the community
Please help our school and our board in their visioning and strategic work by letting us know the top three priorities for our community over the next few years here: https://forms.gle/
Ngā mihi nui
- Currently we offer extension learning in maths, STEM, robotics, sport, music and thinking. These groups operate at different times of the year and for different groups of students as we aim to allow students to be able to take part in a range of opportunities across their years at our school.
- We offer specialist subjects to all students throughout the year such as sport, music and digital technology.
- Each teacher provides learning at the level of each student in their class so that all students are learning at the appropriate level with personalised extension and/or support provided by our experienced teachers.
- ICAS exams are currently being investigated as an option.
- The board are working with MoE to ensure that we are providing the optimal learning environment for our students. More information on this will be available once plans are progressed.
Te Reo Māori
- We are working with a range of people to ensure that we are able to deliver our local curriculum programme of learning that honours all three of our national languages.
- The board provides additional staffing to ensure that our class sizes remain low. This means that each teacher has more time for the learning needs of each individual student.
- Our teachers discuss the Project Based Learning (PBL) learning with their students and programmes are developed based on student interest and needs as well as the relevant levels of the New Zealand Curriculum. This means we provide coverage of our national curriculum and take our student’s interests and passions into account while ensuring that we are extending their learning in a supportive environment.
What change will I bring?
- My primary role this term is to get to know our school and our people, find out what is important to all stakeholders and to work with the team to ensure that our strategic direction takes this into account. So far, I have enjoyed getting to know the students and the staff and have met some of our lovely parents at events at school. I have gathered a lot of information (some shared here) and the next steps are for me to work with our team on this new information and the VAS strategic plan to determine next steps. Change will be gradual and based on evidence of current best practice, 21 century pedagogy, what our students, staff and community want and, most importantly, what will provide the very best learning environment and opportunities for our children. This is a very successful, nurturing school where our children succeed with high quality staff and a supportive community – what a great place for us all to be!
Be Someone’s Angel this Christmas This year Victoria Avenue School will again be helping the Auckland City Mission to make Christmas special for families in need by collecting Christmas food and gifts for the Auckland’s Angels appeal. With the help of organisations like ours, the Mission last year distributed over 8,000 Christmas food parcels and over 30,000 gifts to people in our community, who could not otherwise afford to enjoy the festive season. This Christmas will be particularly hard for many Aucklanders, and our support is more important than ever. If you’d like to be someone’s Angel this Christmas, please drop off your donations of nonperishable food and new, unwrapped Christmas gifts at the office until 14 December. Suggested food donations include: tinned food (beans, soup, fish, vegetables), pasta, rice, spreads, cereals, muesli bars, flour, tea bags and Christmas treats. Gifts for all ages (including teenagers and adults) are hugely appreciated, as well as donations of wrapping paper and tape. The Mission suggests a budget of $10-$20 per gift. Alternatively you might want to make an online donation to the Mission at https://www.aucklandcitymission.org.nz/ Thank you for your support.
If you want to purchase uniform over the holidays, you can order online at https://victoriaave.com/product-category/vas-online-shop/uniform/ and collect your order at the uniform shop on Wednesday 27 January between 5.00-6.00pm.
Year 6 Leavers – if you would like a white polo for classmate signatures, these are available for $15 from the office or online shop.
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.
Junior School Athletics Results
Congratulations to all of the students (and parents) who collected thousands of yummy stickers again this year. VAS had an amazing result and qualified for another $1,500 worth of free sports gear! The new sports equipment will be made available for kids to play with during lunchtimes. The top 8 students who collected the most stickers were presented with a prize.
We will be collecting stickers again in 2021 and look forward to seeing how many you can collect!
Much appreciation goes to Kath Fippard for making this happen yet again this year.
Thank you to Kerry Martin for providing the amazing giant inflatables at Family Fun Night tonight.
Kerry Martin, Henry’s Dad will have the Auckland Aqua Park in the water at Fergs Kayaks 12 Tamaki Drive in Okahu Bay this Summer to book go to eventfinder and use VAS as your pro code to get half price. Auckland Aqua Park is NO longer associated with Waterworld they are a different company.
Interested in music lessons for your student at Victoria Ave Primary School? Musiqhub offers Drum, Guitar and keyboard lessons, for beginners to rockstars. Get in touch with JP by emailing [email protected] to book your place for 2021.
IMPORTANT DATES AND TIMES
School starts: 8.50am
School finishes: 3.00pm
Term Dates for 2020
Term 4: Monday 12 October to Wednesday 16 December
~ Labour Day Monday 26 October
Term Dates for 2021
Term 1: Wednesday 3 February to Friday 16 April
~ Waitangi Day observed Monday 8 February
~ Good Friday 2 April
~ Easter Monday 5 April
~ Easter Tuesday 6 April
~ ANZAC Day observed Monday 26 April
Term 2: Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 7 June
Term 3: Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October
Term 4: Monday 18 October to Wednesday 15 December
~ Labour Day Monday 25 October
Please click here to view our online calendar
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30-8.45am
– half way up dragon drive
OPEN FRIDAYS only: 8.15-8.45am
Orders and payments for uniform can be made online on our website ~ Click here
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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