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11 September 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Talk - The Foundation of Literacy

Wilkinson (1965) introduced the term 'oracy' as a way for people to think about the role that oral language plays in literacy development, defining it as "the ability to express oneself coherently and to communicate freely with others by word of mouth". Wilkinson noted that the development of oracy would lead to increased skill in reading and writing as users of the language became increasingly proficient - as James Britton (1983) put it so eloquently, "Reading and writing float on a sea of talk." (From Conversations by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Carol Rothenberg.)

In teacher professional development this year with Murray Gadd, this quote has been reiterated often. We can get so hung up on getting a piece of writing 'done'..... the slowing down, the exploring language, taking the time to talk.....can be rushed and, at best, fair to middling. Children (and teachers and parents) need permission to have fun with words and to take time, discover..... smell the roses!  It's not about 'filling the exercise book or churning out another GoogleDoc'!

I applaud the teachers for the open and respectful way they have approached their professional learning. There are not many professions where you are expected to discuss the fine details of your thinking and planning, share your personal goals, then teach writing to your groups while being observed by two colleagues, plus Murray, an internationally recognised consultant with a PhD in children's writing development!  Following the writing session, teachers receive explicit feedback and recommendations from their colleagues, known as 'triples',  and Murray. This occurs termly and every few weeks teachers check in with their 'triples' as to what progress they and their children are making. It is intense!

Children are expected to talk and be given plenty of opportunities to talk. As teachers we try and limit the amount we talk to allow children greater space to explore language for themselves. Stopwatches can help at times!

Will hopefully see many of you at the Disco tonight. Thanks in advance to all of those helping out - you are the treasure!

Nga mihi


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Connecting and Relating. The theme for this term is Manaakitanga.

Autahi and Tautoru:  
Lily St., Ollie, Edward, Mya, Jan, Jakob, Angus and Luca.

Māhutonga and Matariki:  
Emma C., Emma S., Danielle, Rory, Jasper, Thomas, Isaac, Perry and Oto, 

Welcome to...
A very warm welcome to Clementine, Luc, Violeta, Leola, Anatole, Eloi and Lilly who started with us earlier this term.
All these families are new to the school.  We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

The Big Shakeout is scheduled for: Thursday 15 October, 9.15 am
While we will take part in the earthquake drill at 9.15 am, this is a great opportunity to test our systems regarding emergency evacuation. This will be a bit of an unknown in reality..... phone lines will be clogged and email probably down BUT we can simulate the exercise as much as possible on this day.

Thanks to those of you who have returned your new Emergency Contact Forms. Some of you have nominated 5 'others' plus yourselves who can pick up your child/ren, some of you 5 in total. That's fine..... it was, in hindsight, open to interpretation. 5 or in some cases, 7, nominated adults go a long way towards great support in an event of an emergency. Thank you.

So what will happen on the 15 October 2015?
  • Parents will get a reminder email and text from the school office at two different times of the day leading up to the 2.30pm pick up.
  • This will allow us to check these systems at our end and also for you to double check you haven't got a new mobile number or email address lately!
  • If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you will need to contact someone on your Emergency Contact List.
  • Children will remain in class spaces at 2.30 pm.
  • Staff will be at both school entrances with lists of children's names and nominated contacts who can pick the child/ren up.
  • (If wet, we will let you know where.)
  • Parents' nominated contacts will see a staff member who will check the list and provide them with a WBS stamped piece of paper with the child's name on it.
  • This piece of paper will be taken to a staff member who is with the children in the class space and only then will the child be ticked off and able to leave.
  • We are in conversation with ECAT (After School Care) regarding their emergency systems and will let any parents whose children go to ECAT the lay of the land in plenty of time. 
As in the case of a 'real' emergency, please do not telephone or email the school. The staff will be too stretched. Just know that your child/ren will be looked after until you or a nominated contact can get to the school.

If you haven't completed the forms please do so asap. There is only two weeks of term and three days before this practice occurs.


Getting ready for the disco

We have been making a huge banner for the disco using recycled materials. The theme is ‘Trash to Treasure’ so take a close look at our banner to see what we’ve been talking about!

Our Writer's Wall

We have been writing and publishing about our rooms, streets, community, city and country. We’ve also made some beautiful maps of these places. We are all writers and have displayed our amazing work! Come have a look!

Journal writing

On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have started journal writing. This is an opportunity to write anything that we want. We can also choose who is allowed to read it. At the end of the term we will pick one that we want to publish.


Day Trip to Miramar

As part of our Inquiry into our community we went for walk into our local community to find out more about who is a part of it and how they help. We had beautiful weather and a lot of fun. A big thank you to our parent helpers who came along. Your support is very much appreciated.

Reflecting on our Trip

In the afternoon we thought about where we went and what we discovered on our trip. Please read and comment on some of of our thoughts.

Buddy Writing

On Fridays we join up with the Year 2s in Autahi for transition time. We have been doing Buddy Writing. This is when we write together and help each other with writing ideas. We also talk, listen and draw together too.

  • Sports and Student Council Photos - Tuesday 15 September
  • Class, Individual and Sibling Photos - Wednesday 16 September
  • Big Shake Out!! Please return your completed Emergency Contact Form immediately. 
  • Yellow Fair Volunteer FormsPlease return these to the office as soon as possible 
  • Term 4 Netball Fees of $25.00 for Years 1, 2 & 3 are now due.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
    (Payment via Wrap It Up please for Netball and Voluntary Contribution.) 
  • Sausages Tuesdays and Sushi Lunches Fridaysyou can order online for the whole term at Wrap It Up
  • Take a look at our Blogs!  www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs


From the Office…
School Photograph Days - Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September
The school photographs will be taken on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September by Inspire Photography.

On Tuesday 15 September photographs of all 2015 Sports Teams and the Student Council will be taken. All sports team members MUST wear the WBS sports t-shirt for their photos. (No WBS sport t-shirt, no photo.)  Coaches and Managers
welcome to come along.

On Wednesday 16 September Class, Individual and Sibling photographs will be taken. If siblings do not attend Worser Bay School (e.g. under 5) they need to be here at 8.30 am.

Click on the link below for further important information.

Yummy Stickers
Please keep those Yummy stickers rolling in. We’ll be sending them off at the end of Term 3. The more we collect, the more free sports equipment we’ll be able to order. Forms are available from the School Office.

Lost Property
Please name your children’s clothing clearly - especially hoodies and jackets! If named, clothing can be easily reunited with its owner. If not, it ends up in the Lost Property bin and waits to be claimed. Unnamed clothing will be donated to the School Fair towards the end of the term.

Year 6 Trip to see the EBIS Production
Year 6 pupils are attending the dress rehearsal for the EBIS School Production, 'The Science Affair', on Tuesday 22 September. The production will start at 12pm so we will be leaving school at 11.40am. There will be a small cost for the bus taking them to and from school (to be paid via WrapItUp).

Bake Sale for Zealandia and the Soup Kitchen
We are going to have a Bake Sale next Wednesday at morning tea to fundraise for Zealandia and the Soup Kitchen. We will be selling a variety of sweet and savoury treats for $2 each. So to all those mums and dads out there, don’t bother making morning tea next Wednesday, just give your child some money to spend at our Bake Sale. All money raised is going to a good cause!


Congratulations, Emma!

We entered the ko wai ō tātou tīpuna competition and Emma’s entry was a runner up in the Year 5-6 age group category. Read more on our blog!

Singing at St Aidan's Church

We are starting to think about the taking action part of our inquiry, “who is in our community”. Twelve of us went to St Aidan's Church on Friday and we sang to the people in the community during Friday cafe. Check out our singing on the blog.

Homeless and Refugee Poems

We have been thinking and writing about people less fortunate than ourselves.  


Helping in the Community

Our students have been making plans to visit and help different groups in the community. It is interesting to think about the value we get from giving as opposed to taking. We would be interested in any of your ideas. Please leave a comment on the blog.

Boot Camp

Each day there is a consistent crew of us heading down to bottom court to do Boot Camp or Kids Crossfit activities. We do this as part of our wake up our brain activities.


Sunday Donations Drop-offs and Sorting

  • 13 September 10-12pm (this weekend)
  • 18 October 10-12pm
  • 1 November 10-12pm. 
Please come along this weekend and help sort and price as much stock as possible. The more people the quicker it is done. 

Donations – Keep them coming!
We have room for lots more donations so keep them coming: clothing, baby gear, toys, games, puzzles, books and any other quality household items in good condition. 

Drop-off Days: Wednesday and Friday, 8.40-9.00am & 2.45-3.15pm. Location: The Shed, behind the Junior Block.

|Keep up to date on what is happening with our Fair:

Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
We are looking for donations of goods or services to go into the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle. In return we can offer you great exposure on the school website, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, fair flyer and on the day. 

Please contact Stephanie Wilson on asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire on claireandmattallen@gmail.com if you can contribute. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank You to Jewetts
Jewetts have kindly donated $500.00 to Worser Bay School as a member of the Worser Bay School community has recently sold their house with Jewetts.

We are very grateful to Jewetts for their fantastic and ongoing support of Worser Bay School. So if you are thinking of selling, please consider Jewetts - mention Worser Bay School and when the sale is successful Jewetts will donate $500.00 to our school.  What a fantastic local partnership!!!

Community Notices
Found - Red Snapper Card outside the school on Thursday 27 August 2015.
Please ring Worser Bay School Office if you think it could be yours.

CPAS has a choice of three different Holiday Block courses this coming Sept/Oct break.
Something for the acting/drama kids, the martial arts/Capoeira kids and the musicians/drummers amongst you.
I can be contacted any time and all the info you need is found via this link.


Learn to Sail
Monday- Friday: 28 September- 2 October - Morning and Afternoon sessions.
Please contact Jonathon Bacon for booking details.
0274415148 or jbacon@jpb.co.nz
All details on www.wbbc.org.nz

Soccer Fun for Boys & Girls Aged 2-12 Yrs
Join the fun 8-week Grasshopper Soccer program – Term 4 Starts Sunday 25th Oct at Evans Bay Intermediate School.
Classes are age specific with fun activities each week aimed at having fun learning all the skills of soccer.
Call Now To Enrol or Enquire
Dave 021 144 8701
Contact: dave@grasshoppersoccer.co.nz www.grasshoppersoccer.co.nz

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  • Photograph Day - Important Information
Carolyn Brett,
9 Sep 2015, 20:24