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.
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.
- 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