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Newsletter: Term 4 Week 9 – 8 December 2016

Dear Parents

This is the last newsletter of the year. Although we still have a couple of significant events happening next week, it is right that we celebrate them in advance.

The end of year events held at VAS are very special. The Leavers’ Dinner is on tonight and there is an excited buzz running through the year 6 classrooms. The leavers’ activity day was held last Monday at Cornwall Park. The children enjoyed dressing up, devising a group chant and participating in all sorts of challenges. Great fun had by all!

The Carol Service is being held on Monday night and will be absolutely wonderful. The singing and readings are being practised and from what I have seen already it will be a lovely evening in a beautiful venue. Huge thanks and congratulations to the organising team of Alison Laxon, Jane Cameron, Ally Young along with all the teachers. Hours of work in preparing, practising and organising have been put into making this a lovely event.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees, Bob Weston Chair, Katie Williams, Nicky Hall, Michael Holloway, Anna Scott, Alison Laxon, current trustees and Karen Ngan and Andrew Cleland who finished their board term earlier in the year. 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 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 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.

I have already mentioned some of teachers leaving, but we have one more going. Keri Missen is returning to the corporate world and we wish her well. We have an experienced teacher starting in year 2, Lee Kang who comes to us from Epsom Normal School. Thanks also to Jane Edgar and Mary Pithey who opened the new entrant classes during this year and have both done a fantastic job transitioning the new children into 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. We also have a band of volunteers from both the parent and wider community who are an integral part of our wonderful school. Finally, a huge thanks to The Mums in Prayer for the wonderful morning tea and much appreciated messages of support.

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

Kind regards
Janice Adamson

Councillors and House Captains

All the Year 5 students and all the teachers voted for the councillors. Children voted for the house captains. We are delighted to announce the councillors and house captains for 2017 at the leavers’ assembly tomorrow morning at 9am.

Other Events
  • Leavers’ assembly – 9am Friday 9 December, parents warmly invited
  • Carol service at the cathedral 7pm Monday 12 December   See below for more information.
  • Prizegiving at Baradene on Tuesday 13 December at 1pm.
  • Friday 16 December Last Day of School School closes at 12:30pm
  • REMEMBER THE CITY MISSION CHRISTMAS TREE. – see below for information.

Dates for 2017

Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017 ~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017 ~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17


Class Parents 2017

Is communication one of your things? Are you a people person?  Do you love to coordinate activities and events 

We are looking for Class parent representatives for next year. This is a great role if you are working or at home and wanting to be involved. It’s also a fabulous way for you to get to know your child’s teacher and other parents in the class.   

Please e mail 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! 


All lost property will be displayed outside Rooms 7 and 8 on Monday 12 Dec from 2.45 – 3.15pm. Please check as there are lots of uniform and non-uniform items.

Please also check all your uniforms for clear naming: first initial or name and SURNAME please.

Happy Holidays!!

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

FOR TERM 4 2016
Click here for details on these activities.
Click here
for After School and Holiday Community Based Programmes and Activities for 2016

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 4: Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December ’16
~ Labour Day Mon 24 October ’16

Term Dates for 2017
Term 1: Wednesday 1 February to Thursday 13 April 2017
~ Waitangi Day Monday 6 February ’17
~ Good Friday 14 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May to Friday 7 July 2017
~ Queen’s Birthday Monday 5 June ’17
Term 3: Monday 24 July to Friday 29 Sept 2017
Term 4: Monday 16 October to Friday 15 December 2017
~ Labour Day Mon 23 October ’17

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 hereSave

Lunch Orders
1. ‘Daily Lunch and Catering’ ordered through ezLUNCH: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – ONLINE ORDERS ONLY
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
4. Fusion Sushi on Tuesdays and Fridays – ORDERING AT SCHOOL OFFICE – NEW!! NO SUSHI DAYS in 2017
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.

VAS School App

To download the app for free on iPhone or Android click this link.


One of our very new families needs a furnished 3 bedroomed house in the Remuera Intermediate/Grammer zone.

If you know of any such homes available please call Sylvie on 022 359 7512. Many thanks.

2017 Classes

 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.

You will notice that the Year 3 and Year 4 classes have been swapped for 2017. We have had an unprecedented number of new enrolments (7) at Year 4, all in zone, so we have put the Year 4s into the larger classrooms. As a state school we have to accept every child who lives in zone regardless of how many we already have in a particular cohort.




Table Tennis Zones 2016


150 students from Auckland schools competed this year in the Auckland Table Tennis Zones at the Gillies Ave Stadium on Thursday 1st December.
Victoria Avenue entered a full squad of 8 boys and 8 girls.
All children played between 9-15 games. It was a full on day for all.

Our boys’ team was Jackson, Alex IJ, Thomas M, Taylor, Keanu, Fonga, Dean and Thomas D.
These games were fast, furious and highly skilled. Well done boys!
Taylor,Thomas M and Keanu went through to the quarter-finals.
Keanu went further and won a bronze medal and a third equal placing.


Junior Athletics Day Friday December 2nd

Year 0 and 1: 11am – 12.30pm

Year 2: 1.30-2.30pm
Wear: PE uniform, hat, running shoes, sunblock
Bring: Water bottle

 If you are able to help supervise your child’s class as they rotate around the events please email your class teacher.

Weetbix Tryathlon Sunday 12th February 2017 – Point England Reserve
Register as a team or individual online at

Register under VAS by selecting Victoria Avenue School from the drop down box during the online registration.

Mark Haydon (parent at VAS) will be coordinating for our school. Any queries please contact [email protected]

Ukulele Festival 2016

On Saturday 3 December a group of VAS students and teachers attended the Ukulele Festival held at Vector Arena. We were part of the massed kiwileles group of over 2000 children playing their ukulele together.

Here we all are:
Charlie Barron of Room 7 wrote this about our trip:
In the weekend I went to a ukulele festival with TWO THOUSAND other people including Dylan!!! It was at Vector Arena.
First we put on our lavalavas that were blue and white. Then we got to our seats and we got to watch rock-stars because we were early.
Then we started playing. It sounded really good. When we played ‘Twist and Shout’ disco balls came down from the ceiling!

When we were done I had an ANZAC biscuit. Me and Dad called Mum and told her all about it. She was really proud of me.