VBS student makes us proud! Trip to Russia for FIFA World Cup

We are so proud of our Year 8 student Semisi Semisi who has just returned from Russia where he represented Samoa.  He was alongside young participants from 211 countries and regions of the world.

Semisi was a young journalist and you can see him doing a fantastic job in the above video.

Semisi was lucky enough to even watch the opening FIFA World Cup opening match.  This young Vaiala Beach School Student is going places!

Seki a Samoa Week 2018

Seki ā Samoa Week @ VBS
What you need to know!
All students have been put into 10 groups and will rotate around 10 different activities for the week.  Thank you to the parents who have offered to help.  The following activity times are when we will require parental help.   School starts at the normal time of 8.30am.

·         Monday, 28th May:               Activity times 10.30am – 12.30pm
·         Tuesday, 29th May:              Activity times 8.45am – 1.30pm
·         Wednesday, 30th May :       Activity times 8.45am – 1.30pm
·         Thursday, 31st May:             Shared Lunch and Mufti Day
·         Friday, 1st June:                   Independence Day March, Public Holiday
·         Monday, 4th June                 Public Holiday

All students to wear Mufti on Thursday, 31st Maywith the theme of ‘Samoa Style’.  Brush off the Puletasi or Samoan T Shirt, look sharp because we will have a school fashion parade!
Please bring a plate for our shared lunch.  We will eat at 12.00pm (do not order lunches this day). Our fridge space is limited, please bring a plate that does not require refrigeration or heating up.  Parents are welcome to join us for this celebration.
Friday:Meet beside the STA building at 5.00am(Samoa Tourism Authority opposite Catholic Cathedral, Mulivai).  All students must be in school uniform.  Please ensure that shorts are of reasonable length and all students to wear a VBS Hat.
The march is compulsory for Year 4 to Year 8 and optional for younger students.  

Thank you for your support.

Speech Competition 2018

What a wonderful event.  Thank you to all the students who entered and represented our school.
For more information click on the following link.  Samoa Observer

·         ChristineTuioti                      Technical Officer from Samoa Conservation Society
·         ElizabethAh-Hi                     Reporter from Samoa Observer
·         Dominic Forde                      Visa Operations Manager from Immigration New Zealand


Gagana Samoan
Gagana Samoan
1st  Andrina Burkhart – O le Aganu’uFa’asamoa
2nd Olive Elia – Tamaitifa’atau o loa
3rd Agnes Apelu – O la a’oaoina
Highly Commended:  Rylee Schuster – Tu ma aganuu e tatauonafaamolosia

Year 5
Year 5
1st  Charles Slaven – Junk into our Mouths
2nd  Maya Meredith – Street Vendors in Samoa
3rd  Elei Clarke – The Mau Movement
Highly Commended:  Emma Delanoue-Legarda - Mangroves

Year 6
Year 6
1st  Titus Paul – The other side of Paradise
2nd  Bella Young – Ironman
3rd  Christina Slaven – Homeless Animals
Highly Commended and Environmental Award,
 Rosaline Ah Liki – Rubbish in Paradise

Year 7
Year 7
1st  Isabella Meredith – Education in Samoa
2nd Soon-Ae Suafa – Am I a Plastic Samoan?
3rd  Isak Raccuglia - Mangroves
Highly Commended:  Kwain Auelua – My Tradition and Culture

Year 8
Year 8
1st  Harlan Mauli – If I was the Prime Minister of Samoa
2nd  Aniva Clarke – I am Samoan!
3rd  Edelphi Hunt- Samoa Independence Celebration
Highly Commended Maya B – Was does it mean to be truly Samoan?

The ‘Brave Storm Award’ is a trophy kindly donated by Cherelle Jackson. 
This award is for the first place in the Gagana SamoanCategory. – Andrina Burkhart 

We would like to thank the Samoa Conservation Society for the donation of a prize, awarded for an Environmental Speech.  Rosaline Ah Liki

Seki a Samoa Week - coming up, May 2018

During week 6 of Term 2 Vaiala Beach School are celebrating all things Samoan.

This week, ‘Seki a Samoa’ will be filled with activities and hands on learning experiences.  This special week ties in with our Term 2 school wide unit of We are Samoa - O la’u Aganu’u.

The whole school will be put into 10 groups and over 2 and a half days rotate around all the 10 activities.  We have a range of activities from Art, Food, Games and Siva.

To make this week successful we are asking our school community for their expertise, ideas or to borrow some resources.
We would like to borrow/donate:
·         Wooden Elei Printing Blocks, a range of sizes and designs. 
·         Koko Pods
·         Potato or Rice Sacks

It would be helpful to have some parents help that week as the students rotate around the activities.  Please complete the form below if you are able to help.

At the end of the week, on Thursday 31st May, we will celebrate the end of Seki a Samoa with a shared lunch and fashion show which we invite our school community to.

On this day students will share some of their creations and learning from the week.  This day will also be a special Mufti Day called Samoan Style.  Students will parade their Samoan outfits.

If you would like to contribute or have a talent that you would like to share with our students that is connected to Seki a Samoa then please complete the form at the end. 

Overview of Seki a Samoa Week

28th May, Monday – 2 Activity Rotations
29th May, Tuesday – 4 Activity Rotations
30th May, Wednesday – 4 Activity Rotations
31st May  Thursday – Mufti Day ‘Samoan Style’ – students to parade their outfit followed by   School shared lunch, all welcome
1st June, Friday – PUBLIC HOLIDAY  VBS Marching on Independence Day Parade

Independence Day March
To celebrate this great country we all live in, Vaiala beach school will be marching on Independence Day, 1st June 2018.

We want all students from Year 4 to Year 8 to participate.  For our school to be fully represented, we need to have full participation in the march.  This is also part of our Social Science topic.  Please encourage your child/children to march and have a sense of school and country pride.  Younger students from Year 2 up may like to participate and are welcome to join our march.

We hope to have a good turn-out of VBS senior students.

More details to follow about where we will meet and the time.

Term 2, 2018

Talofa Lava,

A warm welcome back to Term 2.  We hope you all had an enjoyable time with your children.  We have several new children starting at VBS and we welcome them and their families to our school community. 

A special thank you to Leticia Retzlaff who covered in Room 4 during Term 1.  We welcome back Tala Malaki as the Year 4 teacher who has returned after her maternity leave.  Congratulations from all the school community on the arrival of her and Nik’s baby daughter, Sophia.

We have a very busy and exciting term ahead.  Some important dates this term to note on your calendars.

Mon 23rd Apr             First day of Term 2
Tues 24th Apr             Digital Technology Classes held at school (Yr 5-8) run by Victoria University
Thurs 26th Apr           Mufti Day (please bring a gold coin to go towards the PA’s new playground)
Fri 4th May                  Due date for the Term 2 fees
Tues 8th May              Soccer Tournament at Tuana’imato Soccer Fields (Yr 5-8) More info to follow
Thurs 10th May            Soccer Tournament at Tuana’imato Soccer Fields (Yr 1-4)
Fri 11th May                 Teacher’s Only Day
Mon 14th May               Public Holiday Mother’s Day
Tues 22nd May             Senior Speech Competition Finals (Yr 5-8)
Mon 28th –Thurs 31st May       SEKI A SAMOA WEEK.  A celebration of all things Samoan!  Fun
activities for all students held at School.
Thurs 31st May            Mufti day – Theme ‘Samoan Style’
Fri 1st Jun                    Public Holiday – Samoa Independence
Wed 27th Jun              Parent Interviews and distribution of School Reports
Thurs 28th Jun            Mufti Day
Fri 29th Jun                 Last day of Term 2

This Term all students are participating in a school wide inquiry learning unit which celebrates all things Samoan – We are Samoa, O la’u Aganu’u (My Culture).   This will be a build up to week 6 when we will have rotation of activities for our students to participate in.  More details to follow.

Term 2 School fees
Invoices for Term 2 have already been sent out by email on Friday 06 April.  Please advise the office if you did not receive your invoice.  Due date for the Term 2 fees is Friday, 4th May 2018.

May we also remind you to use the bank deposit method for payment of all fees, using your child’s name as payment reference.  Bank Account Details:  ANZ Acc No.4031570, Vaiala Beach School.

School Drop off
A friendly reminder to take care when parking and dropping children off before school.  There have been incidents with parents reversing in cars and not seeing students walking.   The teachers no longer park in the middle of the turning bay so this area can be used as well as down below the field.  If you do require coming into the school to drop your child off, please park either down by the field or in the parking bay.  The safety of our students is our priority.

Please ensure all students are at school before 8.30am so they are ready to start their learning and be mindful that students are to be picked up at 2.00pm and all students gone by 2.30pm unless they have an after school activity.


End of Term 1 2018

School will finish on Friday, 6th April at 2.00pm.
We wish all our students a very happy holiday filled with family time.

Term 2 commences on Monday the 23rd April.  Thank you to all our parents for your support.

School Renovations, March 2018

It has been a very busy time around school with lots of construction work happening.  The finished result is a new concrete wall and drainage system behind from Room 2 to Room 7. 
This new upgrade will prevent future flooding in classes during heavy rain.  Before the work it was just dirt and mud and nowhere for the water to go but now with the new drainage system we won’t have any more problems with flooding.

There is also a new wall by the court, look out this could be the next school mural site!
Thanks to all our teachers and students who were very patient during this upgrade!  

Global Money Wise Competition 2018

Vaiala Beach School Students taking out 10 of the 20 prizes.  
Congratulations to 10 of our students who recently were awarded prizes by the Central Bank of Samoa.  The theme for the art competition was "Smart Spending = Brighter Future".

For more information visit this link.
Money Wise Compettion, Samoa Observer

Thank you to Central bank of Samoa and BSL for the prizes.

Term 1 Update 2018

05 March 2018

Talofa Parents, Guardians & Caregivers,

We are already half way through the term.  The students have settled back well to school especially our new students to the school.  Thank you to parents who ensure the students are arriving at school by 8.30am and are picking up their children promptly between 2 and 2.30pm.   There are too many students who are arriving at school after the morning bell.  This is disruptive for the teacher and students often miss out on notices and the start of lessons.  Late arrivals are recorded by the teacher.  Unless a child has tutoring or an after school activity they must be picked up by 2.30pm.

For our families that are new to Samoa it is useful to know that when the Samoan Flag is being raised or taken down it is a sign of respect to stop and stand still and look at the flag.  We now have students who blow a whistle when the flag is being raised and taken down to help us be aware that this is happening.  We appreciate our parents doing the same so students can follow your good example.

New Playground:
The Parents Association are working on their next project to construct some new areas of play for our students.  The first plans have been drawn up and the next meeting will focus on the best way to get the materials for this playground.  If you have any ideas or contacts please come along on Tuesday 13th March, 5.30pm at The Curry House.

Vaiala Beach School is now on Facebook @VaialaBeachSchool  Please like our page and share with your friends and families.  If we have not heard back from you saying that you do not want your child’s image online we will assume that it is ok.  Please advise the school if this is not the case.  Facebook will be an added but not only form of communication and we will continue to email newsletters.

Communications Survey:
 Thank you to all parents who completed the survey about best ways to communicate.  We received some good suggestions and are looking into these.  Please remind your child that in the event of a natural disaster to remain at school as they will be supervised until all our students are picked up. 

Yr 5 and 6 Cricket Tournament:
Tuesday 6 March.  All Year 5 and 6 students to be dropped at the Cricket Oval ground at Tuanaimato by 8.30am.    Please remind your child to apply sunscreen and wear a hat.  Refreshments will be available courtesy of the Cricket Association but please be advised there will be no cafeteria to purchase food.   The tournament is expected to be over by 2.30pm.

School Fees:
Thanks to all the parents who have already paid their school fees.  Cheques only will be accepted at the Office.  We encourage payment by direct credit please.
Please also note that any fees not received by this Friday 9th March will result in your child’s withdrawal from school until the fees are settled.   Any exception needs to be agreed to by the Principal.

Lunch Menu:
Please note that the “Wraps” are no longer available on the Lunch Menu starting today Monday 5th March until further notice.

DTP (Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertusis) Vaccination Follow-Up for 5 year olds:
Please be reminded that the Ministry of Health DTP Vaccination follow up for 5 year olds will take place this Friday 9th March at 9.30am.  We ask parents to ensure that the forms are returned by Tuesday 6th March 2018.

Please remember to contact the school if you have any concerns or comments.

We are now on Facebook! February 2018

With the recent Cyclone Gita, the school email sysytem and phones were down.  This has made us review other ways to communicate with our school community.  If you are a user of Facebook you may want to like our page.

VBS Facebook Page

Meet The Teachers, Thursday 8th February 2018

We have an excellent team of experienced teachers at VBS for 2018. 

We welcome our parents/caregivers/new families to an informal Meet The Teachers evening on Thursday at 5.00pm.

The format of the evening is relaxed.  We all meet together on the court at 5.00pm where teachers will introduce themselves and you will hear information about the school.

This is followed by teachers returning to their classrooms where you can pop in and have a look around and if you haven't meet your child's teacher yet, this is a great opportunity to meet them.

Remember that if you can't make the evening, parents and caregivers are always welcome to come into the class between 8.00-8.30am.

Welcome to 2018 at VBS

A very warm welcome to our new students and families who are joining VBS for the first time in 2018.

Welcome back to everyone else and we hope you have had a wonderful break.

A friendly reminder that school commences at 8.30am, Monday 29th January.

The school office will be open all next week. 

Merry Christmas!

The staff at Vaiala Beach School wish all our students and families a very Merry Christmas.  We thank you for your support over the year.

The school office will be closed from Friday the 21st December and will reopen on Tuesday the 16th January 2018.

 A friendly reminder that school commences for 2018 on Monday 29th January.

Until then have a safe and enjoyable break.

Fa'afetai Lava Samoa Football Federation, November 2017

Vaiala Beach School were very lucky to receive today 10 soccer balls from Football Samoa
 Our students just love to play soccer so this gift to the students is a real bonus.  A special thank you to Isak in room 6 and his sister Stella in room 3 who did a special presentation to the school of the soccer balls.

Athletics Day, November 2017

Congratulations to the Green House who finally won the trophy.  Congratulations to all the students who participated and for the parents and staff who helped with making the day run smoothly.

Student wins Gold

Congratulations to Ayrton Hodson, a Year 8 student at VBS who recently traveled to American Samoa to compete in the Pago Pago Harbor Optimist Sailing Regatta.  Ayrton won first place in the Junior Section.

Great Job Ayrton, we might see your name in years to come racing in The America's Cup!

Term 4 2017

Welcome back to school and to the final term of the school year. We hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. A warm ‘Talofa lava ma Afio Mai’ to our new students who join our school this term: Kapiolani, Tumua and Kaueli Kaisamy, Henry and Billy Crewes, Jarvis and Matilda Every, Aika and Yuka Tanaka, Whitney De Beer, Imogen and Avalon Myer. We welcome you and your families to our school community. We are looking forward to a fun and productive term ahead.

SCHOOL FEES Thanks to all the parents who have already paid their school fees. A reminder that school fees are due no later than Friday 20th October 2017. As per the Vaiala Beach School handbook, any fees not paid by this date will incur a 10% late fee. We encourage all fees to be paid directly to: ANZ Account No.4031570, Vaiala Beach School. Please put your child’s name as reference of payment for easy identification. As this is the final term, please also note that any fees not received by the end of week five (Friday 10th November 2017) will result in your child’s withdrawal from school. Any exception needs to be agreed to by the Principal and in writing.

Students Returning in 2018 Thank you to those who returned the letter confirming children returning in 2018. Most classes for next year have now reached capacity and we still have a high demand for places. Please advise the school as soon as possible should your plans change and your child/ren will not be returning.

New Relieving Teacher Please join us in welcoming our new reliever, Ella Bartley, to our school. Ella will be relieving for Leticia in Room 5 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 1.

Sports Shirts & Hats Sports shirts and hats are a must here at school. Fitness lessons are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hats are very important, especially with temperatures starting to climb once more. Students who do not have a hat will not be allowed to play outside during break times.

Year 8 Exams The Year 8 SPECA exams will take placefrom Tuesday 24th October – Friday 27th October.

School Athletics Day This will take place on Thursday 9th November 2017. Details to follow.

Year 1-4 Fun Day This year’s Fun Day for our Junior School will take place at Robert Louis Stevenson School. Date TBA.

Term 3 Assembly DVDs These can be ordered and paid for through the school office. We have ordered 40 copies. Subsequent orders will depend on the number of requests received.

Disaster Management Plan We are in the process of implementing a more robust Disaster Management Plan for the school. This will involve aligning our plan with the emergency processes put in place by the government, ensuring all parents have access to our plan, and holding regular emergency training and drills with the students.In the meantime, we wish to reassure you that in the event of a natural disaster all students will be required to remain at school, where they will be under the school’s care and supervision, until they are collected by an authorised parent or caregiver. Please talk to your children about your own disaster management plan and discuss how you can prepare.

US Embassy Grant Thank you to the US Embassy for generously awarding our school with a grant to upgrade our school security. With this grant, we can look forward to the building of new and more secure fencing around our grounds, cameras and alarms which will help minimise the risk of criminal damage to our school property, and keep out unwanted animals.

Gisborne Intermediate School Visit A huge thank you to the families of our Year 6 and 7 students for providing such an amazing shared lunch for our visitors. They really enjoyed their stay with us and presented our school.

Samoa Observer Writing Competition - 2017

Apaula Tafea, yr 8 winner, Alexia Slaven, Yr 8 2nd Place, Rosa Meredith Yr 7 winner,  Mahinarangi Warren, Yr 6 3rd place.

Congratulations to 4 students who were all placed in the Samoa Observer Writing Competition.  VBS also won $200 for the most entries in English.  

Read more about this competition here

Special visit from Gisborne Intermediate, New Zealand - September 2017

Vaiala Beach Students hosted a visiting group of Year 7 and 8 students from Gisborne Intermediate.
This was a wonderful morning where the VBS students led activities and friendships formed.  Gis Int were very generous with the many resources they generously donated to the school.  We hope to host them again in the future.

Colour Fun Run, September 2017

On the 1st September the Parent's Association oganised a Colour Fun Run held at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
This fundraiser was a huge success with well over $14,000 raised.  We are looking forward to seeing a playground for our students with this money.

Thank you everyone who helped make the day so successful.

End of Term 3 notices, 2017

Thank you to all of those who helped with the Colour Fun Run last Friday. Just a reminder to please bring in any sponsorship money, if you haven’t done so already. The PA will inform you of how much was raised once it has been counted. Also, a big Thank You to the PA for initiating this fundraiser to help the school. 

Parking Some drivers are blocking the carpark by coming up to school and leaving their car parked on the driveway. It is important that we keep the free flow of traffic on the driveway. If you wish to park and come up to the school, then you will need to park at the bottom of the field and walk up. This is in the best interest of your child’s safety and that of all the other children. Also, where there are ‘No Parking’ signs, please do not park your car there as it stops the free flow of traffic. 

Uniforms and Hats Just a reminder that all children must wear the correct school uniform and Vaiala Beach School hat. Milk Cartons Over the next week and a half, we ask that if anybody has any Anchor Milk cartons if you could please wash them out and bring them to school with your child. Assembly

 Just a reminder that our end of term assembly is in Week 10 on Wednesday 20 th September. The assembly will start at 12.45pm sharp. 

Athletics A reminder that school athletics will now be held on Thursday 9th November and the wet day is Wednesday 22nd November. 

Term 4 Invoices Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers who paid their Term 3 fees by direct credit or cheque. This makes our administration job much easier. Term 4 invoices will be sent via email on Wednesday 20th September. We will also give your child a hard copy. The due date for Term 4 fees is Friday 20th October. Fees paid after this date will be subject to a late fee. 

New Staff Member A warm welcome to Leticia Retzlaff who is our new Year 5 teacher. 

Students Returning in 2018 A letter will be going out today asking you to confirm if your child/ren will be returning in 2018. We will send this out via email and hardcopy. Could you please return this to us by Friday 15th September. Please also confirm if you receive school newsletters and correspondence by email. 

Tennis Competition

Vaiala Beach School with our tennis greats!

Science Fair 2017

The Science Fair was a huge success.  Congratulations to all our winners.   Read more about it here Samoa Observer

Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
1st Place
Niko Vaitupu
‘Can your Taste Buds do the job alone?’
Joshua Hansell and Cruz Hodson
‘Magnets Under Water’
Aniva Clarke
‘The best way to make plastic bags decompose’
Alexia Slaven
‘Can you build your own water filter?’
2nd Place
Ormond Sua
‘Static Charge’
Eve Meredith
‘Which is stronger, plastic bags V’s Woven basket?’
Dante Samau
‘Which is the best soil to plant sweet corn?’
Abraham Tagi
‘Can Pure Silver Metal kill bacteria and keep milk from spoiling?’
3rd Place
Christina Slaven
‘Can you invent a Solar Cooker that can cook marshmallows?’
Tahlia Freijah
‘Less is Best, what is the best amount of time to mix a cake mixture?’
Giada Rossi-Wall
Fast Food Burger, will it deteriorate the same as a homemade burger?’
Apaula Tafea
‘Growing Crystals, What substance grows the best crystals?’
Highly Commended
Ruttiana Samau, Saamiya Cleverley,
‘How to get rid of ants’
Dess  Fiti
‘How to best store bananas’
Rosa Meredith
‘Which soap kills the most bacteria?’
Viona Curry
‘Which drink has the most electrolytes?’
Highly Commended
Tamalesi Nailovolovo
‘Best Soil to plant veggies’
Ryan Saunders
‘Creating the Curve’
Leata Fesili
Eat with your eyes, does food have to look good to taste good?’
Isla King
‘Reducing drag, How much difference does wearing a racing suit make in swimming competitions’

Highly Commended
Brianna Tagi, Mailla Hatier, Sheila Ah Kuoi
Can copper act as barrier to African Snails?’
Sierra Keil and Isak
‘Freezing in the name of Science’
Benjamin Mauga
‘Can a dog’s saliva help heal your cuts faster?
Galo Long and Agnes Taufua
‘Is coral affected by natural disasters?’
Highly Commended

Ella Saunders
‘Foam Forever, what is the best way to decompose an 8oz foam cup?’

The Environment AwardElla Saunders (Trophy donated by the Anderson-Jackson Family)

 Most Original Exhibit:  Elizabeth Rasch  - What makes a Fidget Spinner spin the fatest?

Health Award:   Simona Mei – Ear Candles, do they work?

Physics Award:  Aiko Yoshida – Measuring Viscosity

Nutrition Award:  Georgio Keil – What Take away hot chips are the greasiest?

Principal’s Awards as selected by Lorraine Williams
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
·         Eli Kapu
·         Olive Elia
·         Richard Saili
·         Melody Salesa
·         Erich Retzlaff
·         Azariah Fabricius

·         Caleb Pogi, Nicholaj Hermansen and Harlan Mauli
·         Aomalu Elia and Melina Pue