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

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??


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!