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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 9 – 13 December 2018

Dear Parents,

VAS Forest Project

Have you seen the plans for the VAS Forest Project yet? This is such an exciting project split into three stages, with the first stage planned for construction early in the year. The plans are displayed in reception so please come along and have a look and perhaps give some feedback. This year, the PTS raised nearly $70,000, which is just fantastic! We are only able to start this project as a result of all the fundraising the PTS has done this year. I know you will love seeing the slide area redeveloped, knowing that the money you contributed either attending an event or buying things is going towards giving our children an amazing space in amongst the trees.

PTS News

As you know the PTS underwent a renaissance this year with a group of parents and a board member who met and designed a different structure for the PTS. Charlotte Houghton spearheaded the new PTS and has done a fantastic job rallying parents to help either organise or help out at events. Charlotte is standing down and I want to express my huge thanks for all her hard work this year. Charlotte and another group of parents have been revisiting the structure of the PTS as well as working with the board to improve communication and transparency around the use of the funds raised by the PTS. The VAS Forest Project is just the start of the new improved way of doing things as the VAS community, with board, PTS and parents all working together.

Carol Service

The Carol service was well attended on Tuesday night and was absolutely delightful. The singing was beautiful, the organist ensured we could sing the carols loudly and the children’s snippets of what ‘shine a light’ meant to them were gorgeous. Thanks to Alison Laxon and Jane Cameron who were supported by all the teachers.

Year 6 Leavers

The Leaver’s dinner with the theme ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ was such a great occasion. The children came past a ticket booth, had candy floss and popcorn while they watched circus performers outside. They were let into the big top where performers from Flip n Fly put on a show. The dinner was superb, the MC Gene Kuhtze was a great ringmaster. It was a brilliant night! Thanks to all the year 6 parents who organised it. We are also very appreciative for the ‘loop’ outdoor seat and the donation of an oak tree as the Year 6 Leavers’ gift to the school. Thank you for your generosity.

Board of Trustees

Thank you to the Board of Trustees, Bob Weston Chair, Nicky Hall, Dave Shields, Bridget Snelling, Anna Scott, Martin Cooper, John Thorman, 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.


There are many 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.

We have some teachers leaving at the end of the year for various reasons. Nashta Hawke has been pinched off us by Dio where she will be a specialist teacher in Maker Industries. Sam Holderness lives in west Auckland and has found the commute tedious. She has won a position closer to her home. Judy Chao has a particular interest in working with English language learners. She has won a position in a school with a large percentage of Chinese students. Rob King has not been with us very long, but he is secondary trained and has discovered that he really prefers 16 years old to 6 year olds! Huge thanks to the teachers leaving for all their hard work teaching our children. We wish you all well.

Thanks also to Marion Martin, Kate Chisholm, Chris Francis, Libby Hendriksen and Anna McDonald who opened the new entrant classes during this year and have done a fantastic job transitioning the new children into school.

This is not a farewell, but more of a ‘have a fabulous time’. Alison Laxon has been granted a one year sabbatical by the board. She is off to find out about life outside of VAS. We will see Alison back in 2020. Lynette Leggett will be our music teacher for 2019. She is very experienced and comes highly recommended.


We have appointed new teachers. Petrea Barker who comes to us from Richmond Rd School. Renee Lee is an experienced teacher who has recently returned to New Zealand. Alice Wohlers is also an experienced teacher who is moving from Wellington to Auckland. We have not yet found a new PE/Sport teacher but I hope we will have someone wonderful by the beginning of the year.

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

2019 Classes

The class notifications will be sent home tomorrow after 11.30am. 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. Children will meet their new teachers tomorrow so you can all have a lovely conversation after school.

2019 Staffing


Teacher Miss Carla White 6 1
Teacher Mr Mike Hogg 6 2 Senior teacher Years 5, 6
Teacher Mrs Renee Lee 6 3
Teacher Mrs Petrea Barker 5 4 Year 5 leader
Teacher Miss Jennifer Noone 5 5
Teacher Mrs Kate Chisholm/Mrs Clare Fuller 5 6


Teacher Miss Alice Wohlers 4 15
Teacher Miss Alice Meurice 4 16
Teacher Mrs Ilona Lumborg 4 17 Senior teacher Years 3, 4
Teacher Mrs Ally Young 4 18
Teacher Mrs Kirsten Ngan 3 19 Year 3 leader
Teacher Mrs Dynelle Isdale 3 20
Teacher Miss Gabrielle Brabyn 3 21


Teacher Ms Brittany Mills 2 7
Teacher Mrs Lee Kang 2 8 Year 2 Leader
Teacher Mrs Marguerita Muirhead/Mrs Sara Weatherall 2 9
Teacher Mrs Kathy Chan 2 10
Teacher Ms Bron Andrew 1 11
Teacher Mrs Shelly Orange 1 12
Teacher Mrs Lynn Morriss 1 13
Teacher Mrs Nickie Marshall 1 14  Senior Teacher Years 0, 1, 2


Designation Name Responsibilities
Teacher Mr Jason Des Forges ICT support; maths, robotics, coding, ICT GATE programmes
Teacher TBA PE, Sports
Teacher Ms Carolyn Crook SENCO, Reading Recovery
Teacher Mrs Lynette Leggett Music
Teacher Mrs Julie Hadlow ESOL


Councillors and House Captains

The councillors and house captains were announced at the Leavers’ assembly last Friday. Congratulations to the following students:


Emily Fippard-Peacock, Bella Innes, Annabelle Judd, Isobel Pennington, Olivia Wood, Josie Treagus.

Connor Clark, George Clausen, Matthew Cunningham, John Gray, Jonathan Hu, Henry Wilson.

House Captains:

Karaka – Carolyn Yang and Cooper Thomson
Koromiko – Grace Thomson and Kai Wang
Kowhai – Meg Brew and Ethan Binsted
Pohutukawa – Olive Magness-Wignall and William Munro

School finishes next Thursday 20th at 12.30pm.

After School Care

Bizzy Bodz will finish being the provider of After School Care at our school, effective the end of this year. A very big thank you to the Bizzy Bodz team for their great contribution over many years.

We are delighted to let you know that Monique Patient is taking over with her Magnificent Kids Out of School Care – Many of you already know Monique who currently provides holiday programmes and clubs at the school. She can be contacted  at [email protected]

Lost Property

Please take the opportunity to come in before Wednesday 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 2019
Term 1: Monday 4 February to Friday 12 April
~ Waitangi Day Wednesday 6 February
~ Good Friday 19 April
~ Easter Monday 22 April
~ Easter Tuesday 23 April
~ ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April
Term 2: Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 3 June
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 Sept
Term 4: Monday 14 October to Wednesday 18 December
~ Labour Day Mon 28 October

Kind Regards
Janice Adamson

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FOR TERM 4 2018
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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 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 ezlunch and here for Subway menus.
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

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.


Challenge to all parents….. to go down the water slide! Bring your togs!

Fundraising for 2108
We are delighted to announce that the VAS parent community has raised almost $70,000 this year. We are so grateful for everybody’s contribution to all of the PTS and School events that parent’s have so generously supported with their time, goods and money.
This year’s funds raised will be going towards phase 1 of The Forest Project – an exciting project that aims to bring our children back to the school forest area and connect them with nature and the outdoors. Implementation of the project, including repair and partial rebuilding of the old playground will begin early next year; with native planting, putting in slides, landscaping and a creative shed to be put in place over 2019. Thank you so much to all of the VAS parents who have worked so hard this year to make our fundraising goals a reality – we couldn’t do it without you!
From the PTS Team

Proposal to Develop the Forest

Click here for playground design plan, and click here for an outline of the project.

Your thoughts on the VAS Forest Project

We’d love to hear your feedback on the Forest Project.

Let us know what you like, don’t like and how you would use the new space?

We’ll be talking with teachers and children next year about the Forest Project to see what you think.

Please email [email protected] with your thoughts.


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!

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

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.

Attendance Codes

As you will have noticed on our portal, codes are used to explain student attendance. These codes are approved by the Ministry of Education and our teachers take care to code each absence accordingly using our electronic attendance register.

Commonly used codes at Victoria Avenue School include:

Justified Absence Codes

P – Present
L – Late for class
M – Medical reasons
D – Medical appointment – eg doctor or dentist
Q – Attending off site school activity eg camp
F – Attending an off site course/class
J – Justified absence as approved by the principal

Unjustified Absence Codes

E – Explained but unjustified absence
G – Holiday during term time
T – No explanation provided

The Ministry Of Education recognises that “being present and engaged is fundamental to student achievement” so recommends that justified absences(J) are only for unpreventable events such as a family bereavement or a force majeure. Although holidays during term time are coded accordingly they are still considered unjustified absences.

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.


There has been a case of chickenpox in the school. Any pregnant women who have been at school need to be aware of potential exposure.

Homestay Required for 2018

Yu Xuan our Mandarin Language Assistant (MLA) will be returning to China in December. Yu has been a wonderful asset to our Chinese language and culture programme and we wish her well for the future.

A new Mandarin Language Assistant will start with us at VAS next year and consequently we need to find a homestay placement for her. You would receive $250 per week for her room & board. If you would be interested in providing a homestay for our MLA please let me know as soon as possible.

Kind regards
Jane Cameron

[email protected]

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.

Futsal Success

This term a newly created Year 5 Futsal team – the Victoria Avenue Fortniters participated in the Year 5/6 Auckland Futsal League.  They came first in their group and without losing a single game.  Congratulations to Samuel Enright, George Clausen, William Munro, Connor Clark, Charlie Barrqtt-Boyes, Louie Hogan and Oliver Munro.

Gifts for the Elderly – Remuera Gardens
Lucy Haydon, Isla Hebblethwaite and Nina Brown had a great visit to Remuera Gardens Home yesterday. They heard some fantastic stories from the residents and could easily have stayed longer!
The girls were engaging, positive and a real credit to the school and themselves. What a great initiative!
Thanks also to the parents who helped with this.

Dance & Cheerleading Programmes

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

Hip Hop Dancing
This week our students have been working with Caitlin from Groovit Dance School. Throughout the week Caitlin has run multiple sessions with different grades between years 1 – 6, teaching them a range of different dance routines and skills.

Over 100 students danced at the audition on Wednesday. A second audition was held today. The standard of dancing was very high and it was difficult to choose a dance crew from so many talented dancers. Caitlin helped select a Dance Crew who will compete in the Evolution Dance Competition in Auckland in 2019. Mrs Dynelle Isdale & Ms Gabrielle Brabyn have worked hard to make it happen.

Here is the link to the competition –

Over 100 students tried out at the audition on Tuesday. Former NZ representative, Ms Michelle Williams, helped select a Cheerleading Team who will compete in a Cheerleading Competition in Auckland in 2019. Mrs Dynelle Isdale & Ms Gabrielle Brabyn have worked hard to make it happen.

Here is the link to the competition  –

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

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.


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.

Click here for class prices and timetables