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Week 4 - 23 February 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Last week we had the Education Review Team working with us. A big question for the review was whether our Curriculum is enacted or whether it sits on the shelf, a beautiful looking document - covered in dust!?

They were especially interested in our Curriculum Learner Attributes of "I am a thinker", "I am a goal setter", "I am connected" and "I am powerful".

To attempt to get beneath the surface and get a sense of whether our Curriculum was just words or authentic, the team looked through documentation with a fine tooth comb, talked with teachers and spent a good hour and a half in classrooms talking with individuals and groups of students about their learning and school life in general. Children can tell you!

If you were at Karakia last Friday, you would have heard me talk about my fears about these discussions with children after a long break and this being their first full week back at school! I sat in a 'comfy' chair in the staffroom, waiting for the 'results'. Would they remember their goals after too many swims in the sea?!

I had no reason to be concerned! The evidence showed that our Curriculum is very real, that both teachers and children demonstrate the Curriculum in action. The piece of feedback that stood out for me, and the team found unusual and actually rather incredible, was that when they asked groups of children in Tautoru what they would do if someone was upset, only one child said that they would immediately defer to an adult - the others all had an action they would take initially - for example, "I would make them laugh", "I would help them with their work". They demonstrated all Learner Attributes and what we know as Learner Agency. This is not that common in children of this age. This sense of "I can!".

We want to continue to provide opportunities for our children to grow these attributes and competencies for they are life long and will take them places. Next time your child defers to an adult for a quick fix, as tempting as it may be, please first stop and have a think about whether this is something we can expect of them to sort out and support them to do for themselves. 

This reminds me of the well known quote by Maria Montessori:

"Never help a child with a task at which they feel they can succeed."

Positive Accomplishment is one of the strong contributing factors to student wellbeing after all.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:

  • Senior Zoo Trip - Monday 26 February
  • Junior Zoo Trip - Tuesday 27 February
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 27 February
  • Eastern Zones Cricket (All Years 5 & 6) - Wednesday 28 February
  • Assembly - Friday 2 March

Dates to Diary:

  • Movin' March - Starts Monday 5 March
  • Welcome to Our Learning Space - Wednesday 7 March - 9.15am to 9.45am or 10am to 10.30am
  • Meet the Board - Tuesday 13 March (6.30-7.30pm) and Friday 16 March (9.30am - straight after Assembly)
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March
  • Year 4 Camp Visit - Tuesday 27 March 

Need to Action:

  • Senior Zoo Trip - Monday 26 February - Please pay $4.20 via Online Payments
  • Junior Zoo Trip - Tuesday 27 February - Please pay $4.20 via Online Payment
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 27 February - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Eastern Zones Cricket - Tuesday 28 February - Please pay $5 via Online Payments
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments

Important Information regarding Driving and Parking near Schools

We regularly receive phone calls from upset neighbours and the bus company because parents/caregivers have parked in such a way that the buses are unable to get through (esp. on Nevay Road), or cars are parked with their wheels on the footpath making it dangerous for children. Please help us keep our children safe and prevent these frustrating situations. 

Below are guidelines from the Wellington City Council regarding Driving/Parking near Schools:

Driving near schools
Look out for children when driving near a school and follow the directions of the school road patrols.

School road patrol
The roads near schools are always busy before and after school. When you are driving near a school remember to:
  • follow the directions of the school road patrols
  • keep alert as children are still learning about the road and may not behave as you expect
  • always be prepared to stop.
The way you park can impact the safety of children walking to and from school. It can create an unsafe environment for children crossing the road by limiting their ability to see traffic. 

Help keep children safe by:
  • parking legally - stopping clear of yellow lines and off footpaths
  • checking over your shoulder for pedestrians and people on bikes before opening your car door
  • parking a bit further away and walking the last bit to avoid congestion
If you see a vehicle parking on yellow lines or blocking the footpath, call us on 04 499 4444.

If you live near a school
Here are some things you can do to help:
  • Make sure the footpath is clear when reversing out of a driveway, or reverse in to the driveway so you can drive out front first.
  • Trim any trees or plants bordering the footpath so they don’t block access or visibility.
If you see a footpath that needs maintenance, call us on 04 499 4444

Meet the Board

Come and meet the Board! They’ll be running two informal sessions at school in mid-March – one in the early evening (Tuesday 13 March), and a morning session straight after Assembly (Friday 16 March). This is a great opportunity to share a cuppa and learn about the school’s new strategic plan, the Board’s goals for 2018, what’s on the Fundraising Calendar and how you can get involved, and any general questions or ideas you might have. Mark it in your calendar now!

Movin' March - Starts 5 March!

If you or a group of parents would like to lead a group of children (for a two week period ….or longer) to walk to school during March, can you please let John or Shona know. This also supports our Enviroschools initiative, of environmental sustainability and to promote health and healthy communities. For more information, please read the message below from the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Movin’ March is organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council and supported by our local council. Our month-long celebration of walking and wheeling to school kicks off on 5 March. Everyone can take part – even if you live further away. There’s lots of stuff for you and for your children to enjoy…!

Walk, Wheel and WIN!...: 
Students who walk or wheel get their WOW Passport stamped and when their card is full, each student goes in the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers from On Yer Bike.  

Parents send us photos of your school journey via Facebook anytime during Movin’March. We’re giving away family passes to your favourite Wellington Wild Things destinations throughout the month and we’d love to see video or photos of your school journeys!  Or write a blog about how you may have changed your travel habits and why.  We also want to hear your stories as they can help inspire others.   

Students can also take part in our design a Poster Competition to reflect the benefits of walking and wheeling. The regional winners will receive a Panasonic Tough Camera!

Mahutonga/Matariki - Zoo Trip - Monday 26 February

This year we are joining up with the Zoo to be part of their Bush Builder program. The program works to get children to "discover for themselves the wonder of the world around them, in their own schools and homes, and to empower them to take positive action in their own communities."

The Senior students will be visiting the Zoo on Monday 26 February. They will engage in Workshops around the idea of kaitiakitanga. Then they will have some time to explore the Zoo. 

Children will need comfortable walking shoes, sunhats, weather appropriate clothing, a drink bottle and a lunchbox full of food! 

Payment via Online Payments is also permission, so please ensure payment of $4.20 is made over the weekend. It will be very difficult to ring you on Monday morning to get permission for your child to go.

Autahi and Tautoru - Zoo Trip - Tuesday 27 February

As part of our Inquiry into Conservation and the Environment this term, Autahi and Tautoru will be participating in a Bush Builders workshop at Wellington Zoo on Tuesday 27 February and we will have a chance to have a look around the zoo as well (weather permitting). 

Children will need comfortable walking shoes, sunhats, weather appropriate clothing, a drink bottle and a lunchbox full of food! 

Payment via Online Payments is also permission, so please ensure payment of $4.20 is made by Monday 26 February.

Eastern Zones Cricket - Wednesday 28 February

All students in Years 5 and 6 will be representing Worser Bay School at Eastern Zones Cricket. The event will be held on Wednesday 28 February at Kilbirnie Park from 9.30am to 2.30pm. We will be leaving school at 9am.

On the day, your child will need to wear their Worser Bay School sports t-shirt, dark shorts and appropriate footwear. They will need to bring a packed lunch, drink bottle, sunhat, sunscreen and a warm jumper. 

Children will be travelling to the park by bus. Please pay $5 and give permission via Online Payments by Monday 26 February

We are seeking at least 6 helpers for the day. Please email Nicola to indicate your availability. 

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March

On Wednesday 14 March, small individual pizzas, made in our own pizza ovens, will be available for lunch. 

All pizzas have a tomato sauce base and you can choose from three types of topping:
  • Cheese
  • Cheese and Ham
  • Cheese and Salami

Pizzas cost $5 each. Please order via Online Payments on our website. Please note that orders need to be in by midnight on Monday 12 March

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 per student. If this is paid before the end of Term 1, you may pay a reduced rate of $305 per student. We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and payments can continue to be made by instalments during the year. If you wish to pay in 2 instalments, these will be $177.50 to be made by the end of Term 1 (Friday 13 April) and by the end of Term 3 (Friday 28 September), to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay online via Online Payments.   

Tip for Online Payments:  
If paying your Voluntary Contribution in Term 1, change the amount to pay to $305 to get the $50 reduction.

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
In Term 1, students will still need adequate sun protection when playing outside. 

We would encourage you to send your children to school with sunscreen already applied - particularly to backs of necks, tops of ears (if wearing caps rather than wide brimmed hats), forearms and legs. We do stress that our Sun Protection policy states wide brimmed hats. For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

School Driveway
Please do not use the bottom of the school driveway as a drop off zone. The yellow lines are there for a reason. We have had a couple of reports of near misses on the crossing due to cars pulling in and stopping there. Please help keep our children safe.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $355 (or $305 if paid before the end of Term 1 - Friday 13 April)
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Junior Zoo Trip - $4.20
  • Senior Zoo Trip - $4.20
  • Eastern Zones Cricket - $5.00
Term Dates for 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Year 3 Google Apps For Education 
Next week, we will be setting up Year 3 student’s GAFE (Google Apps for Education) accounts. Year 3 children have been given a letter and an Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement today. Please return the agreement so that we can setup your child's google account.

ASB will donate $500 to WBS if....

If you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $250,000 or more, ASB will donate to your chosen participating school $500. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

How it works:
Mention this school donation offer to your ASB banker when you apply for a new ASB home loan. The supporting success in your school promotion is only available when you apply for a new home loan through an ASB branch, Mobile Lending Manager or by calling us on 0800 100 600.

Your new home loan application must be received, approved and then documented in a facility agreement, along with the completed school voucher, before 30 June 2018. This home loan offer is only available on loans secured by an owner-occupied residential property provided to ASB, with a minimum of 20% equity.

Once your home loan is fully drawn down, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Download and complete the school voucher to participate in the supporting success in your school promotion.

Terms and conditions apply, see voucher. Promotion ends 30 June 2018.

Our Principal’s Awards are currently focusing on the following:

I am a thinker...
  • I have lots of ideas
  • I can organise ideas
  • I can pose problems
  • I can solve problems
  • I can question
  • I can share my ideas
  • I can think about my thinking
  • I can make my thinking visible

Chloe, Jimi and Leo K.

Charlie, Finn H, Lillian and Tigerlily.

Alastair, Kirsty, Rim, Ruby and Theo.


Welcome to Haru who already has a sibling at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your learning and development.

At the Powhiri today, we welcomed all the new children, families and staff to WBS. We had been practising the songs and haka during the week, and the practice certainly paid off. It was a very special morning. Thanks to all those parents who joined us.

Heads Up - 'Welcome to Our Learning Space' - Wednesday 7 March

We will be having two 'Welcome to Our Learning Space' sessions on the morning of Wednesday 7 March. This is when you see the 'learning in action', get to join in the fun and have a chance to ask any questions. Come along to one of our sessions.

Session times are:

9.15am to 9.45am and 10.00am to 10.30am

Your child will show you around their classroom space and demonstrate some of their learning and daily routines.  Some of you were able to get to know your child’s learning space and teaching team through our Transition Morning in Term 4 2017. For some of you, this may still be a new space to explore, so please feel free to pop in and say 'hi' if you haven’t had a chance to catch up yet. 

This will also be an opportunity to celebrate the first 6 weeks of learning for the year together.

In the meantime, if you have any specific worries about your child's learning, please contact the base group teacher and make a separate appointment to chat privately. 

We hope to see you there. 


Reading and Writing in Autahi
Our reading and writing is very closely linked each week and is connected to provocations we have out around the room that children can choose to do in their discovery time. Having the links between the reading and writing gives us many opportunities to see, write and say the words we are learning in multiple contexts and helps us make the connections in our brain. Have a look at some of the amazing learning we’ve been doing in literacy and discovery time recently!

We have been learning all about Manaakitanga and how we can make others feel good. We have been reading and writing stories all about friendship, kindness and empathy and have been coming up with ideas of ways we can be kind to others. Have a look at our Kindness Coupons we made for our friends and family!


Chinese New Year
Last week was Chinese New Year. Emelie and her Mum explained to us what happens at Chinese New Year. They told us about some of the things they make at home. We had the opportunity to make Chinese lanterns and dragons. Have a look on the Blog and see some of the activities we got up to.

We are learning what we could do to be kaitiaki of our school and community. This week we have thought about all the living things we have at our school and now we are thinking about what we need to find out so that we can care for these things. Here are some of the questions we came up with:
  • How can we help trees go?
  • What bushes grow around us?
  • What grows in the bushes?
  • What predators are around the peninsula?
  • How can we get rid of the predators?
  • What can we do to look after birds?
  • Where do birds live?
  • What do they eat?
  • What plants do they need?
  • Who are their predators?
There is lots of thinking going on in Tautoru this week, which is great, because that is the focus for our Learner Attributes this term.

Do you know what is so great about the playground at WBS? There are boys AND girls playing very skilfull and collaborative games of football regularly on bottom court.

And the creativity is surprising every day!


Questioning about Questioning!
As part of our Learner Attribute "I am a Thinker", we are focussing on what makes a really good question. As we feel we develop our questioning ability, we can move our avatar up the Maunga. The Maunga represents our learning journey through a particular Learner Attribute. We are focussing on questioning within "I am Thinker". Will anyone be at the top of the Maunga? Does the Maunga even have a summit?

We have been working closely with the Worser Bay Boating Club. Read some of our poems that will be on display there shortly:
Poems from Worser Bay Boating Club

Watch Waterslide Chaos: Travelling Tales
This is our first Travelling Tale of the year. This Travelling Tale was created by 5 schools around the world. It started in the USA then it was passed onto a class in the Netherlands then Canada, Ethiopia and finally to us here in New Zealand. Thank you to all of the students who helped to create this.

Learning about the Powhiri
We have been learning about the different stages that happen during the powhiri. Do you know what they are?

EZ Cricket and Trapping Workshop Coming up Next Week!
Next Wednesday all of our Year 5 and 6 students will be playing Cricket in the Eastern Zone Tournament. It is a great day in which all of our kids get a taste of the Eastern Zone competitions. They get to meet a whole lot of new kids, practice their growth mindset skills and even play some Cricket! This year we have entered 8 teams, 3 in the competitive grade and 5 in the social! Kids are looking forward to it!

We are seeking at least 6 helpers for the day. Please email Nicola to indicate your availability. 

Please pay $5 and give permission for your child to travel by bus to Kilbirnie Park via Online Payments by Monday 26 February.

One of last year’s teams

Trapping Workshop
We are hosting other schools in the Miramar area on Wednesday next week who are interested in making their schools predator free.

Successful trappers from 2017

Carolyn Brett,
19 Feb 2018, 16:58
Carolyn Brett,
19 Feb 2018, 16:58