Term 2 2017

Some important dates for Term 2. 2017
  • Monday, 15th May  -  Public Holiday for Mother's Day
  • Tuesday, 23rd May - Speech Competition Finals for Year 5-8 students
  • Thursday, 25th May - Mufti Day
  • Thursday 1st June - Public Holiday, Independence Day  (maybe Friday TBC)
  • Thursday, 8th June -  Netball Tournament for Year 5 - 8 students
  • Thursday, 22nd June - Whole School Assembly
  • Wednesday, 28th June - Parent Interviews (School to finish at 12.00pm)
  • Thursday 29th June - Mufti Day
  • Friday, 30th June - Last Day of Term 2 

End of Term 1 Assembly 2017

Thank you to all the Parents, Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles who came along to watch our school assembly on the 31st March..  You can purchase a professional filmed copy of the assembly at the school office for $10.

A special thank you to the Parent's Association for the generous gift to the Vaiala Beach Students of 10 laptops.  This will make a big difference when students are publishing work and improving their computer skills.

We did it! $1003 raised for Ele - March 2017

Vaiala Beach School would like to thank our students and community for donating to Ele's fund.
Click on the link below to read the full story as reported in the Samoa Observer.

Alex and Scott need some help lifting the box
Samoa Observer Article
Year 3 Student, Rayhan Rafid presents the money.


Ele's Fund

Vaiala Beach School would like to be a part of the Samoa Observer Fund Raising Campaign for Ele Opeloge.  Please refer to the following write up.  As Ele is from the villages of Vailima / Vaoala, we feel that it would be fitting for our school to support Ele for showing great determination and commitment and deserves some recognition for this.  We will be using the funds that we collected for the February Mufti Money which came to a total of $210.60 but if you would like to make a small contribution towards this, we will do a presentation to the Samoa Observer on Thursday 9th March.
Silver Olympic Medalist – 
Ele Opeloge
Eight and a half years ago, 28 year old Ele Opeloge of Vaoala, Samoa, competed against lifters from over 90 countries in the world at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China..
Ele finished a very creditable fourth in her weightlifting category.
What struck many of us when she returned to Samoa, is that she apologized to Samoa for having failed to bring home a medal.
Eight and a half years later, we find that Ele had no reason to apologise.
It was the second and third place getters who tested positive for performance- enhancing drugs who owed an apology to the world.
Ele has retrospectively been awarded a Silver Olympic medal which will be presented to her in Samoa in the weeks to come.
In recognition of this fact, the Samoa Observer has set up a ‘Samoa Observer – Ele’s Fund’ to honour her as the first-ever athlete from Samoa to attain an Olympic medal.
We would like to invite you all to join us in contributing whatever you are able to, as a gift from the people of Samoa and other supporters from overseas.
Our thanks to the Bank of South Pacific for waiving set-up fees for the account. The Samoa Observer is covering other costs pertaining to this project.  
Fa’afetai tele lava from the Samoa Observer!

SPREP Resources

Many of our students study environmental issues of the Pacific.  Some great resources have been created by SPREP.

Clink on the link below to learn more about the Pacific Ocean.


Fact Sheets from SPREP about the Pacific Ocean


Drama Workshop

Drama Workshop Press Release

Filet685 Productions, with project funding from the US Embassy in Apia, are running their first official Community Youth Drama Workshop, and although the age group targeted is 16-25 years of age, exceptions for younger children with a penchant for the performing arts are being made.

Creative husband and wife team Naea Asolelei To’alepai and Fiona Collins-To’alepai are excited about the upcoming workshop and sharing their knowledge, experience and training with the local youth.  The participants will get to PLAY - play with dialogue text, monologues, drama games and story-telling through movement and sound.  They will also be given some basic acting for screen and audition coaching, as well as basic lighting techniques and stage etiquette.

Naea and Fiona are hoping that through this workshop the participants will not only gain performance skills, but also enjoy the pathway of self-discovery and confidence through drama and the performing arts.
Their prior work in Samoa have included various stage plays (aloFA, Where We Once Belonged, Pele’s Stars, Frangipani Perfume), a seven-episode radio drama (Fa’atino Lou Valaauina”) and several pantomime children’s pieces (Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs, Magic Moments).

DATES/TIMES:         Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 5-8pm
                                    Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5-8pm
                                    Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 10-4pm

VENUE:                      Hi-Tech Building (Blue Building)
                                    Samoa College Grounds
                                    Vaivase Tai

Important please to book in with Fiona and Naea on 768-3486 asap if you are interested!

We promise it will be fun – come comfortably dressed – refreshments provided!!! 




Meet The Teachers - Thursday 14th February

We invite you to come along to Vaiala Beach School on Thursday the 14th February, starting at 5pm.

This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child's teacher for 2017.  All teachers will introduce themselves and afterwards you are welcome to visit your child's classroom.  This is an informal and friendly chance to have a quick chat to your child's teacher and a great opportunity if you are new to the school to meet other parents.

Welcome to 2017

School commences on the 30th January, 2017.  Our school day begins at 8.30am.
A warm welcome to all our new families and a special welcome back to our families that have already been a part of our school community.
Teachers;  Scott (Yr 7 ) Annie (Yr 8 ) Tala (Yr 2 )  Alex (Yr 4) Lorraine (Principal) Imeleta (Yr 3) Trish (Yr 1) Naretta (Yr 5) Jodie (Yr 6) Alovale, Miss Angelphine and Mrs Katie (Pre-School)


The End of 2016

The last day of school will Friday 9th December and a reminder that school will finish at 12.00pm.

The school office will be closed from Monday 19th December and will reopen Monday 16th January. 2017.  Term 1 starts Monday 30th January.

We thank you for your support and we wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday period.

Farewell to Tanya, November 2016

On the 7th November, 2016 we hosted a very special assembly to farewell Tanya 
Southgate.   Tanya has worked at Vaiala Beach School for the past 11 years.  She returns to New Zealand with her daughter Amelia.  Tanya has been the School Administrator and is often the first person of contact for our new families.  Tanya has created many new systems for the school and we appreciate all her hard work and commitment to the school.  On behalf of all the staff, parents and students we wish the very best for Tanya and Amelia and thank them both for being such significant people and making Vaiala Beach School a better place.  





Our Olympic Hero - Brandon Schuster, August 2016


It was a special treat for the year 7 and 8 students who had the privilege of an Olympic Athlete visiting them and answering their many questions.

Brandon Schuster, who just happens to be an ex-VBS student spoke about his experience at the Rio Olympics where he competed in the 200m freestyle event.  Brandon shows that hard work and commitment can lead to great things - even the Olympics.  At only 18 years of age he now has a new goal of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.  The students enjoyed asking Brandon all about his Olympic journey and also his coach, Suzie.

Thank you Brandon and Suzie for taking time out of your bust schedules to inspire our students.

Who will be the next Vaiala Beach Student to compete in the Olympics??

Skyeye

Look at the VBS school field from a new angle.  This great shot was taken by a drone camera and has prompted discussions with the students about this technology and satellite images.  
It is also a useful teaching resource with regards to measurement and working out the area and perimeter of the school field as well as mapping skills.
This wonderful image was kindly taken by Skyeye.  It is great to see this sort of technology being used in Samoa.  

Introducing Scientist - Analei

Analei is a year 8 Scientist.  She researched all about pimples and if natural or man-made products are best to cure them.  Analei though that natural products would be better.  Was she right?  Yes, she was.
Analei discovered it is dangerous to use man made products especially toothpaste as this can make your pimples worse.  So her suggestions are Garlic, Cucumber, Oats, baking Soda, Tea tree oil, plain yoghurt and eggs.

Great job Analei!

Introducing Scientists- Angela and Nira

Angela and Nira love plants!  These young scientists worked hard on their project.  The girls are both Year 5 and this project took them 4 weeks to complete.  Their experiment concluded that plants do better with light.  It was great to see the girls bring the plants they grew for this experiment so we could see for ourselves that yes, plants really do need light.  Malo Lava!

Introducing Scientist - David

David is a year 5 Scientist who wanted to know if it is possible to form a cloud in a bottle.  He had to do plenty of research about weather and find out how clouds are formed.  David found out that clouds are important and we need them!  Well done David!

Introducing Scientist - Joshua H













Joshua displayed his project in such an original way – it actually looked like a tree, with all his information hanging off like branches.  He researched about the effect of sunlight on plants.  He wanted to show that plants can grow in the dark but will eventually die.  What a wonderful project Joshua and many people admired your display!

Introducing Scientist - Soon-ae


Soon-ae is a year 5 Student.  Her Science Fair project showed which material burns the fastest.  Soon-ae researched the difference between paper, cardboard, wood, fabric and polyethylene.  Using an old pot she carefully burnt and timed how long it took before there was just ashes in the pot. 

With Global warming a problem, Soon-ae has shown that burning materials takes time , so think of other ways to get rid of rubbish! great work Soon-ae!

Introducing Scientist - Frank

Frank won the most original award for the year 5 section.  Frank is now an expert on the PH Scale and is familiar with words like acid, base and neutral.  He wanted to know what house hold liquids are acidic, neutral or basic.  He then had to get a red cabbage to carry out this experiment.  Well done Frank you carried out the Scientific method and showed your results.  What an interesting project.

Introducing Scientists - Sierra and Tahlia

These Year 5 Scientists were placed third with their entry about Floating and Sinking.  They researched if the size of boats with different lengths, widths, height and volume would hold more weight.  The girls said this project was challenging at times.  These young girls could be future engineers and we hope they don’t forget their time at Vaiala Beach School - where it all started!

Introducing Scientist - Timara

Timara, a year 5 Scientist wanted to find out if hot water freezes faster than cold water.  She enjoyed completing this experiment and had lots of fun.  Her experiment included getting 1 cup of hot water in a bowl and then 1 cup of cold water.  She then placed the bowls in the freezer on the same shelf.  Now this is the interesting part, the bowl with the hot water froze faster.  Why?  You might ask, well Timara will be able to explain to you all about the Mpemba effect.  So next time you are filling up the ice tray, use hot water and you will have ice faster.  How interesting!!

Introducing Scientist - Isabella

Isabella is a year 5 Scientist who investigated if everyday items like vinegar and baking soda will be enough to blow up a balloon.  This experiment showed that a chemical reaction is formed and it is enough to blow up the balloon.  You could try this at home by putting the balloon over a bottle with the vinegar and baking soda inside the bottle.  Isabella went a step further and had some fun with food colouring and liquid soap which then showed the normally invisible gas.  Malo Lava Isabella!

Introducing Scientists - Juno and Jade

Juno and Jade are both Year 5 students.  They wanted to prove if what they saw on Google and You-Tube about a Potato powering a clock was really true.  The Scientists made the clock and it worked!  This led them to further research that most other vegetables can also be used for batteries.  The best fruit is a lemon.  Fantastic effort girls!

Introducing Scientist - Cruz

Are all apples created equal?  Cruz a Scientist in the Year 5 class wanted to find out if red apples are toughest or is it green?  His experiment sounded fun as he had to go outside and throw the apples against a wall.  He had to take care he was using the same amount of force behind each throw.  Cruz had to count how many pieces the apple was split into after the throw.  What apple do you think was the toughest, well maybe Granny Smith Apples should be called Super-Granny Smith Apples because Cruz proved that the green apples are the toughest.

Introducing Scientist - Mahinarangi

Mahinarangi is a year 5 student and she really enjoyed completing her Science fair project.  She had a rather fun experiment to do which was going to test if water can actually ‘walk’.  Mahina had to take great care with this experiment and be careful not to spill the food colouring all over the table!  Maybe you could try this experiment at home, you will need 7 glasses, 6 paper towels and food colouring.  It does look like fun!

Introducing Scientists - Jonathan and James

These two Year 5 students picked a real fun topic.  They wanted to see which paper plane design flies further.  They had to research different paper plane designs and then follow the instructions carefully to make them.  The boys picked the Dart Plane, Arrow Plane and the Moth Plane. James and Jonathan remind you to pick up a topic that you are interested in as it makes the Science Fair fun.  

Introducing Scientist - Arthur Joseph (AJ)

AJ is a Year 5 scientist who needed to use a timer for her experiment.  He was curious to discover the length of time that it takes for ice to completely melt.  He placed ice inside, outside and the microwave.  AJ researched about temperature and found out that temperature is the measurement of how hot or cold something is.  AJ presented his results using graphs.

Introducing Scientist - Eve

Can you imagine having to count out 1,200 popcorn seeds?  Eve can because she had to do it!  Eve wanted to know where the best place to store popcorn seeds is.  She placed some in the fridge, some in the freezer and then left some in the cupboard.  The good thing about this experiment was she then had to taste the popcorn.  During her research she found out that each popcorn seed has a small drop of water stored inside.  During her experiment she discovered that the best place to store popcorn seeds is actually not the cupboard like most people think but the fridge.  How interesting!  

Introducing Scientist - Ake

Ake did a wonderful job with her project.  This young year 5 student has a long drive to school every morning from Lalomanu but she doesn’t let that stop her learning.  Ake was awarded Highly Commended for her great project.  She presented her findings and the clear photos on her display showed her experiment.  Congratulations Ake, you should be very proud of your effort at the Science fair.

Introducing Scientist - Joshua G

Joshua is a year 5 Scientist who researched chemical reactions.  He wanted to know what mix of vinegar and baking soda make the most carbon dioxide.  To do this he needed a balloon, vinegar and baking soda.  Joshua did a wonderful job showing his results, first in a table and he then transferred this information into a graph.  He had to measure the circumference of the balloon.  What a great effort Joshua, I wonder what topic you will pick next year!

Introducing Scientist - Oliver

Oliver, a year 5 student researched all about gravity.  He found out that gravity is a force pulling together all matter (which is anything you can touch).  He then dropped from the veranda -  a rock, water and stuffing in empty milk cartons.  Oliver needed some help here from Dad to record the amount of time it took for each carton to land.  Hopefully there wasn’t anyone walking under the veranda when Oliver went to drop the rock!  What an interesting topic Oliver.  Well done!

Introducing Scientist - Olive

How you ever wanted to remove rust?  Well Olive asked which acidic liquid can remove coin rust better in three days.  She compared distilled white vinegar and Coca-Cola.  Olive had to research all about PH levels.  She even found out that phosphoric acid is put in Coca-Cola to give it that tangy flavour.  Olive did a marvelous job on this experiment.  She took photos of the coins and display board was awesome.  Olive found out that Coca-Cola removed the rust the fastest.  Thanks Olive, I think you have inspired people to rethink about drinking Coca-Cola as if it can remove rust from a coin then imagine what it is doing to your insides!

Introducing Scientist - Dess

















Dess is a young scientist who is year 5.  Dess made a wonderful project all about Plants needing sunlight to grow.  His experiment took him 7 weeks to complete.  What was really great about this project was that he displayed it in such an easy way to follow.  His project was very eye-catching.  The judges thought so and he was  awarded 2nd place in his section.  Malo lava Dess!

Introducing Scientist - Aine

Aine, a Year 5 student was the winner of her year group.  Aine proved that it is possible to weigh smoke!  Aine thought that you could weigh smoke by burning 20 cigarettes without filters and subtracting the weight of the remaining ash from the weight of the cigarettes before they were burnt.  Aine was very precise with her measurement and even conducted her experiment with very very sensitive scales (the ones real scientists use!)  So there you have it, yes you can actually weigh smoke!



Introducing Scientists - Tawanavanua and Edward.



 If your watch stops working you might want to make a sun dial.  That is what Tawa and Edward created as they wanted to find out if it is possible to tell accurate time using just a shadow, the sun and the sundial.
They discovered that yes, it does work and had fun in the process.  Congratulations this project was awarded Highly Commended.   

Introducing Scientist - Isla

Isla wanted to know if it was possible to reduce the amount of sugar in a cake recipe and still make an edible cake.  She had to make three cakes and all the students in the class had to taste and rate the cakes.
Isla concluded that it is possible to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet and still enjoy a yummy cake treat - we like the sound of that!  
So next time you are baking a cake, remember you can reduce the sugar and it will still taste yummy.
This fantastic project was awarded third place in the Year 7 section.

Introducing Scientist – Tyler.

Tyler, a year 8 scientist thought he would he have some fun and build some rockets..well almost like a rocket.  Soda Geysers was his topic.  If you want to try this experiment at home make sure you have some fizzy drink and the secret ingredient- two packets of Mentos.  Tyler has a tip for you though, don’t use the fruit flavoured mentos. Well done Tyler, highly commended in the year 8 section.

Introducing Scientist – Aomalu

















Aomalu was awarded Highly Commended in the year 7 section with her project about heat transfer.  Aomalu thought that Aluminium would transfer the most heat.  After the experiment Aomalu discovered her hypothesis was incorrect and it was actually copper!  This was a time consuming project and Aomalu spent around 20 hours working on it.  Time well spent Aomalu as your project was so informative and interesting.  Well done!

Introducing Scientists – Melody and Makarika

We all know it is good if plants are given water, but what about fizzy drink and will this affect their growth?  Well two young Year 7 scientists wanted to research this topic.  The girls came across a scientific glitch which was the seeds did not grow, but was this because fizzy drink was given – maybe.  Both girls enjoyed the process of setting up the experiment and look forward to future science fair projects.

Introducing Scientists - Analei and Amelia

Well done to these two year 8 students.  They were the only students who went that extra bit further and entered two projects.  This one was a joint effort about if labels tell the truth about sugar content.  Both girls found the project fun, hard and a little challenging and it was a good glimpse into what high school will be like next year for them!  Their project was awarded 3rd place.  Excellent effort girls!

Introducing Scientist – Ariinui


If you have wanted to buy a very cool lava Lamp but can’t find one in Samoa, well now you can follow this young Scientists instructions and make your own.  Ariinui found out that oil and water have different weight and different density.  Oil is going to stay on top of water because it has a lower density.  This project won the most original in the year 6 category.  Ariinui you could always get into business and sell these amazing lamps at Lynns Supermarket!!

Introducing Scientist – Alexia


Alexia won the year 7 category.  She is a young scientist who investigated if killing soil micro-organisms affects plant growth.  It was interesting to find out that micro-organisms have a positive effect on plants.  Alexia admitted that the hardest part about this project was remembering to water the plants!  Well we are sure glad she did remember or else there wouldn't have been such a great project to admire.    Congratulations Alexia on winning first place!