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11 December 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

OK - I know what it's like right now at this time of year, so for ease and simplicity this week it's all about dates!

Wednesday 16 December
THE WRAP 5.30 pm

Friday 18 December
School finishes 1.00 pm

Here's the first few to get you sorted early:

Friday 29 January 9.00-10.00 am
Stationery Drop Off here at school. Details on how to order stationery and the requirements can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.
This is a time for you to pop in, chat to teachers and drop off the stationery before the excitement of Day 1. Teachers have a meeting starting at 10.00 am sharp.

Tuesday 2 February 8.55 am
School starts. Please go straight to the class spaces.

Wednesday 3 February
Family Picnic Fun and Games, Miramar Park, 6.00-7.30 pm
Please find details in the newsletter.

Tuesday 9 February 6.30-7.45 pm 
Parent Workshop - Senior School
Thursday 11 February 6.30-7.45 pm
Parent Workshop - Junior School
These 'workshops' will be a great opportunity for parents and teachers to chat big ideas and aspirations for the year ahead. Some of you may not have met 2016 teachers .......
pop in and say "hi" and introduce yourself any time before the end of term - they will love that.

15-25 February
Goal Setting Meetings
Online bookings will go live when school is back. As mentioned, we are making some changes. These initial meetings are nice and early and involve children, the base group teacher
and yourselves having a catch up about how the year has started, touching on learning goals and making sure all 3 parts of the triangle are on the same page!
In 2016, reporting on progress and achievement against National Standards will occur in Terms 2 and 4.

Friday 26 February 9.10 am
This is where we formally welcome all new families and staff to the school. (All families who started school during Terms 2/3/4 2015 and will be starting in Term 1 2016.)
This is a wonderful 'ritual' and the whole school community looks forward to being part of this and having a coffee/tea/tasty morsel and chat afterwards.
More details will be communicated early 2016.

Saturday 5 March 7.00 pm
Scottish Ceilidh Dance with Live Band, Schiehallian, Miramar Bowling Club
Please find details in the newsletter.

Wednesday 9 March - Friday 11 March
Seniors Camp Kaitoke
Years 5-6 Wednesday - Friday and Year 4s for the day on the Thursday. Details to come in 2016.

So, yes, as usual just a little bit going on!

This is the final newsletter of 2015. It has been an extremely rewarding year. We thank you for your partnership ....together we can!

Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.

Mauri ora!


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Connecting and Relating. The theme for this term is: 'I am a great collaborator.'

Autahi and Tautoru:
Jasmine, Hadley, Ella, Zoe, William and Stella 

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Orla, Cruz, Reuben, Max, Greer, Ari, Rim, Greer, Nick, Yasmin, Daisy, Theo, Peter and Audrey

What a year it’s been, and as the Board saw from the Student Achievement results the teaching staff took us through, we have much to celebrate! The great results only come about through a carefully planned and delivered programme and a dedicated team of teachers - we are fortunate at WBS to have both of those in place, so a huge thanks to Jude and the team for another year of fantastic outcomes.

We have seen some options for utilising the Special Projects Grant (SPG) as part of the property development of WBS and in the New Year will begin sharing and giving the community the chance to view, understand and give feedback on. It looks really exciting and a huge thanks to Travis Gray and Jeremy Perrott along with the SPG committee for the fantastic work they have done to get it to this stage.

We are coming to the end of the final term and you will likely be aware of all of the end of term activities that are underway. A big thanks to all of those who have given their time to make it enjoyable, successful and rewarding. From year 3/4 sleepovers, bike riding and beach visits to the Year 6 dinner, there are a wide range of activities underway so thanks to all of you who make it happen.

A short plug to start thinking about the Board Elections to be held next year. While more information will be coming out next year, it is important that there is a wide array of skills, backgrounds, experience and diversity so that the Board reflects all of our wonderful community. There will be plenty of opportunity to find out about how anyone can be part of helping keep our fabulous school fabulous!

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the Wrap on Wednesday 16 December, where we will once again celebrate a year’s tremendous success, farewell those who are leaving us, and take the chance to share in a little festive cheer with those you have got to know a little better as a result of the connections we make here at WBS.

The Board

Mountain Biking 14 and 15 December
As part of our senior area EOTC week we are excited to be trialling the introduction of mountain biking and utilizing the bike trails that we have in our local area.

This will involve:

Monday: We will be having a first go at mountain biking. Constable Aaron Dan will be coming in on Monday morning to run the first steps of the programme, the bike check and safety talk. (We will not have the facilities to repair bikes.) All riders will then go through an obstacle course to ascertain their ability. This will be a fun but challenging activity. 

Tuesday: Skilled riders will be going up to the Pump Track by the reservoir on Mount Crawford. The bikes will be taken up to the track by trailer, then we will test our skill level on the Pump Track and beginners' tracks around the reservoir.

Our most able riders will descend to Miramar North via the mountain biking track and then return to school along Darlington Road then up Awa Road.

Equipment required:

A geared bicycle of an appropriate type and size

An approved cycling helmet, reflector lights, etc

Appropriate clothing for cycling, e.g. closed in shoes, hi-viz jersey, waterproof jacket, pants that they can comfortably pedal in.

Water bottle (500ml minimum) and a snack. 

Any other equipment they may require, e.g. asthma inhaler.

We can store bikes and gear overnight in Matariki and Mahutonga if needed.

We are fortunate to have a few keen volunteers who have put their hands up to help, but, of course, any further help is greatly appreciated. We will definitely need cars to help transport children to and from the venue. We have been kindly been offered the use of one trailer but one more and the ability to tow it would be ideal. If you can help, have any questions or wish to talk to us about any matter, please contact us at




Those children not participating in Mountain Biking will continue with their EOTC/BEACH WEEK - YEARS 4 - 6 only as below:
They will need bike helmets, swimwear, sunscreen, solid shoes/trainers, wetsuits, life jacket (if you have one) and a packed lunch Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Because the weather is unpredictable at best, we need to be prepared to use any opportunity we get. Please check for the programme on the Blog. 

Please ensure you have paid. The EOTC Programme costs $10 per child. Please pay via Wrap it Up.

Family Picnic 2016
We will once again be holding our annual Family Picnic on Wednesday 3rd February 2016. The event will be held at Miramar Park, 75 Darlington Road, Miramar (tennis court end) and will run from 6.00-7.30pm.

For those of you who haven’t been to one of these, this is a great chance to get together again after the summer break and have a catch up. Bring along a picnic for the family and make sure you wear some comfy clothes so that you can take part in some games.

We will also have a quick chat about the sports on offer at Worser Bay and some of the procedures for getting your child into a Worser Bay School sports team.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lost Property
Please note at the end of every second week our Lost Property is going to be taken to the Salvation Army Op Shop. So, please ensure your child's clothing is named, as Lost Property is always returned if named.  

Next clearance - Friday 18th December.


It has been a fantastic week spent in the outdoors this week. We have all really enjoyed ourselves.

EOTC run by Wellington High Students

Beach Fun


Year 3 and 4 Sleepover

Check out some pictures from the sleepover last Thursday night! Keep of fun!

Teddy Bear Picnic

We had our Teddy Bear Picnic to celebrate the end of the year.


We’ve had great fun doing soccer this term... check out the video on the Blog to see how much fun!


Art Day

We had a fantastic Art Day on Thursday. We worked on creating three different parts to one great piece of art today. Take a look to see what we did.

Getting Ready for the Wrap

We have been doing some singing. We love it! Listen to our song.


Take a closer look at our writing on the blog.

Community Notices

Rata Studios

We would like to let you know about an exciting new Music offering which will be taking place on Saturdays and during school holidays from February 2016.

Rata Studios is based at Scots College and offers specialised professional courses to children, teens and adults in focused areas of drama, music, dance, visual art and creative technologies. All our courses are taught by industry professionals, using state of the art equipment, in world class facilities, and with strong relationships with the industry.

From Weta Workshops

  • Please pay your outstanding debts by Wednesday 16 December for:
     fees for Term 4 - $35.00
    Netball fees for Term 4 - $25.00
    Football fees for all Years 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00
    And any other payments owing.
  • EOTC Programme (Years 4 - 6 only) - see information re Mountain Biking this week.
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm
  • Donate a book to our School Library - more information in 'The Wrap 2015' below.
  • Diary Family Picnic - Miramar Park, Wednesday 3  February 2016 plus other dates in Jude's Message...
  • Sausages Tuesdays and Sushi Lunches Fridays - you can order online for the whole term at Wrap It Up. (Keep in mind for 2016!)
  • Take a look at our Blogs!  www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs
  • Reminder re letter from Stephanie Hayes' parents. 

All payments via Wrap It Up please. 

Give a little back this Christmas....
Vicki Holben (Edward's mother) is organising a collection of non-perishable food items for the St Aidan's Foodbank
Monday - Thursday next week.  There will be a box in the School Office for your donations.  Thank you!!

Please come early to secure a spot, lay out your picnic, pour a beverage and find some time to peruse a delightful selection of books that will be for sale to donate to our school library collection. Give a donation of $20, choose a book and a named bookplate will be inserted in your selected book. A great way for the Year 6s, especially, to contribute a lovely new book to our library. (You can pay via Wrap it Up before the Wrap.)

Now, I had mentioned the possibility of pizza, once undertaking a feasibility study - wipe that and please BYO!

We will start at 5.30 pm sharp! Please also find the selected Christmassy songs that we will sing altogether at the end of this newsletter. You may like to start practising!


Our online ordering of students’ stationery has been very successful, so we have teamed up with OfficeMax MySchool again for 2016!

Benefits for you:
  • You receive competitive prices direct from the supplier.
  • Save time by avoiding busy retail stores.
  • Free delivery on orders over $57.50.
  • Order early and have plenty of time to cover your books.
  • Your child will start the year with the correct supplies.
  • Every dollar spent with OfficeMax MySchool will earn us School Rewards.
So, for 2016, you can order online at: www.myschool.co.nz/worserbay using your credit card. Simply select your child's Year Group and follow the instructions on the website. Website orders over $57.50 qualify for free delivery.

Delivery must be to your home or place of work – not to the school. You can also ring your order through and pick it up from OfficeMax at an agreed time that works for you.

To order by mail order and/or pay by cheque, all you have to do is go to www.myschool.co.nz
and, when you get to the checkout, click on the Mail Order Form button. This will build a customised mail order form for you to print. Stationery lists will be online by Monday 14 December, and everything on the list is a must for 2016.

There are additional products available, that’s up to you. If your child already has a book bag and pencil case, this does not require purchasing again.

Please note:
  • Orders can be placed from Monday 14 December.
  • Orders must be received by Office Max prior to the 17 January to guarantee delivery before school starts.
This year our stationery drop off time is Friday 29 January from 9.00-10.00am, so you can pop in, if you would like to, say “hi”, catch up on holidays and get the books in the right place. Teachers will be in a meeting from 10.00am, so please stick tightly to this timeframe.

Year 6 Dinner!

Term Dates for 2015 and 2016

Term 4 ends Friday 18 December at 1.00 pm

Term Dates for 2016
Term 1 - Tuesday 2 February to Friday 15 April
Term 2 - Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July 
Term 3 - Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September 
Term 4 - Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December 

Additional Holidays in 2016
Waitangi Day - Monday 8 February
Easter - Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday (25-29 March)
Anzac Day - Monday 25 April (in school holidays)
Queen's Birthday - Friday 3 June and Monday 6 June
Labour Day - Monday 24 October

Fundraiser for Worser Bay School

Stuck for present ideas for a lover of the great outdoors this festive season?
Buy a copy of New Zealand's Backcountry Cooking: Great recipes for trampers, campers and the outdoors by Paul and Rebecca Garland. Potton & Burton will contribute $7.20 to our school.

This fantastic cookbook hot off the press, is co-written by local parent Rebecca Garland.

Order now to receive the discounted price of $35.99 (RRP $39.99) and free delivery within New Zealand.

To contribute to this fundraiser, order your copy of New Zealand's Backcountry Cooking online at http://www.pottonandburton.co.nz/store/new-zealand-backcountry-cooking
and enter the discount coupon WBS15 at the shopping cart. Place your order by 18th December to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.

There will be a copy of this book on display in the office from the end of the week. So get in behind your school and tick something off your Christmas list!

Any queries contact Autahi parent Kyla on 920 6622 or 021 208 2750.

* Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

Coming up 2016!
Saturday 5 March 2016
Miramar Bowling Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.  

Dust off your sporran, find some tartan, and bring your friends!!  

Adult Only event. Tickets $35 p.p. via Wrap It Up from the beginning of next year.

It's easy and it's fun. 

See Jane, Johnny or Bridget for more information.

Christmas Songs for the Wrap:

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Mārie te pō, tapu te pō,
Marino, marama,
Ko te Whāea, me te Tama,
Tama tino, tapu rā,
Moe mai i te aio,
Moe mai i te aio.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history! x3
Like the All Blacks. He

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero aсo y felicidad.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero aсo y felicidad.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart.