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13 November 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi
If you didn't get enough activity in Our Secret Garden Sunday, be assured it's all stations a-go-go as we head towards 18 December 1 pm!

Changes to the Education Act - consultation period until 14 December 5 pm.

For a quick glance as to what and why check out


The Ministry of Education to wanting a range of views on the following 5 proposals:
  • Making sure everyone knows the goals for education - What the goals for education should be, and how national priorities for learners aged 0-18 years could be set out.
  • Supporting school and kura boards to focus on what’s important - How the responsibilities of boards can be made clearer, unnecessary red tape can be removed, and
    boards can respond more effectively to lift student and school performance.
  • Enabling collaboration, flexibility and innovation - How resources can be better focused to get the best whole-of-community education outcomes.
  • Making every school and kura a great one - How a graduated range of responses could be developed to better support schools when difficulties arise.
  • Making best use of local education provision - How local arrangements can support choice and diversity.
An easy way is through an online submission if you are interested: https://consultation.education.govt.nz/

Some other dates to diary:

  • Data Meetings - booking are now open online. Please see instructions in the newsletter. If you are new to the school, please chat to the teachers if you are unsure what to do or what this is all about.

  • Digital Technology/BYOD Seniors 2016 Thursday 19 November 3.00 - 3.30 pm (please see information in this newsletter too)

  • Autahi Family Picnic - Thursday 19 November 4.00 - 6.00 pm

  • Mahutonga/Matariki Trip to Otari Bush - Thursday 26 November

  • Mahutonga/Matariki Fish & Chip Night - Sharing and Celebrating the Year - Tuesday 1 December 6.00 - 7.00 pm
  • Year 3/4 Sleepover - Thursday 3 December

  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm  
    at is The Wrap? This is the time for the entire community to get together to celebrate the year and have a bit of a sing song. It is relatively informal, with families sitting and singing together.
    A central focus of the evening is to farewell our Year 6 graduates and they have an opportunity to say a few words.

    The pizza ovens will be fired up and we will have some beautiful books on display with the hope of families purchasing and donating to the school library collection.  Children love seeing their 
    'Donated by ............' labels in books, or they also make a lovely 'farewell' from a Year 6 graduate!

Hope to see you at the Chocolate Fish tonight at 5.00!

Nga mihi


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:
Nikoline, Greta, Tessa, Violeta, Leola, Caleb, Sammy, Lily V., Mia, Oscar, Gina, Hunter, Reuben and Luca F.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Alex, Angelina, Hugo, Chester, George, Caitlin, Jack K., Meg, Ben, Milla and Liam S.

Welcome to...
A very warm welcome to Anastasiya, Noah, Gray, Benjamin, Sitara and Mia who have started at Worser Bay School this term. Their families are new to our school community.  And, a warm welcome to, to Archie, Emily and Zola who already have siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Year 3 and 4 Sleepover - A reminder..
We will be having a Year 3 and 4 Sleepover at School on Thursday 3rd December.
This is an opportunity for the Year 3 children to reconnect with the Year 4 children before the 2016 transition. 
There is a cost of $5.00. Please pay and give permission via WrapItUp. More information about the night will
be in the Week 6 newsletter.

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. 

It's World Kindness Day today.
Come on....... let's give and enjoy receiving!


Eastern Zones Athletics
What a great day! Find out what our students have to say about the event on our blog…

Experiment Writing
Some of us in Matariki and Mahutonga have been learning to write like scientists. We conducted an experiment using diet coke and mentos and then wrote up our findings. We discussed how important it is to be observant, as well specific and detailed with our writing. This is a great experiment to try at home and an easy structure to follow if you want to do some writing with your children.

Our Gardening Groups

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Peas and potatoes in our garden down the bank.

For our Thursday Club some of us are working on developing gardens. We have seen some really interesting gardens at other schools and in people’s backyards. We are looking for help establishing our gardens. Check out our blog to see what we are looking for. Would you like to help?

School Leavers

Children will be able to download a copy of their documents from their school Google Apps accounts using Google Takeout as a means to allow them to easily transfer a copy of all of their content from their school account to their own account.

Children will need to:

  • Log into their school gmail account
  • When they are logged in, click here: Google Takeout
  • Select what you would like to download 
  • Click on “Create Archive”
  • A file will be downloaded onto your computer

For blogs providing an alternative google account - with parent permission is the best way for transferring over the blogs. Please see Blogger Admin so you know how to do this.

Children will need to:
  • Log into their school gmail account
  • Click on Design at top of page
  • Go to “basic settings”
  • Add email address to Blogger authors to invite new person. 
REMEMBER that the emailed invitation to accept the blog has to be clicked on so the new account holder can become administrator.

Children will no longer have access to their Google Accounts after the 18th December.

If you have any questions please speak with Nicola.

Following Directions In Whole Group Maths we are exploring giving and following instructions, using direction words.
Figuring out Left and Right can be tricky!

Club Afternoon!
We had our first club day and mixed up spaces! Have a look at our blogs to find out more!


Autahi Bean Sprouts
We have been doing some learning about gardening and how plants grow. We have been investigating seeds and soil.
 Our bean seeds have germinated and we have started the planting process.


Keep watching our sunny window sills for signs of our beans growing. 


Super Secret Garden Writing
We have been working on adding details to our writing. We are still making sure we have finger spaces and punctuation too! Keep up the good work.

  • Book your Data Meeting:

    Go to:  http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/

    Enter the Worser Bay School Code UFNQZ.

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    igital Technology/BYOD Seniors 2016 - Thursday 19 November 3.00-3.30 pm
    (Please see information in this newsletter.)
  • Autahi Family Picnic at Scorching Bay - Thursday 19 November 4.00-6.00 pm
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Trip to Otari Bush - Thursday 26 November
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Fish & Chip Night - Sharing and Celebrating the Year -
    Tuesday 1 December 6.00 - 7.00 pm
  • Year 3/4 Sleepover - Thursday 3 December - $5.00
  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm
  • Remember your sunhats!
  • Next Assembly: 27 November at 9.15 am.
  • Football - All Year 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00 total for 5 weeks.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
  • Sausages Tuesdays and Sushi Lunches Fridays - you can order online for the whole term at Wrap It Up
  • Take a look at our Blogs!  www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs

    All payments via Wrap It Up please. 

Data Meetings
Bookings are now open for Data Meetings to be held from Wednesday 18 November
until Thursday 3 December (inclusive). Bookings will close at midday on Tuesday
17 November.

Please follow the instructions below:
Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code UFNQZ.

At this final Data Meeting of the year, you will receive the written report against the National Standards in reading, writing and maths for your child.  It's when teachers/parents can discuss the next steps in terms of goals also.  Your child does not attend the Data Meeting.

Years 3, 2016 Digital Technologies Information (BYOD)
Question and answer meeting: Thursday 19th November in Mahutonga at 3.10- 3.30pm
Senior students at Worser Bay School are able to bring a digital device to school to assist their learning. This is NOT compulsory. If you are interested in purchasing a device before the start of school we have provided some guidance below. If you have any questions before the end of the term please see or email Hamish or John in the seniors johnmcdougall@worserbay.school.nz, hmcrae@worserbay.school.nz.

Further details:
Students can use their devices throughout the day for collaborative learning, web-based research and applications, including creating documents and presentations.

Learning with Technology
Students will need to access Google Apps 

Device Security
The security of a student owned device is the responsibility of the student
All insurance (theft and damage) should be covered by the owner of the device
A safe will be provided for device storage at school

Data Security
Devices should be protected by a private password (selected by the owner)
Virus protection must be kept up to date
Passwords or log in details should not be shared

Digital Citizenship/Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement
The Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement make it clear what the expectations are regarding
the use of devices at school
Guidance and support to students to keep themselves safe online will be provided in class.

Management and Care
Always store the device in a protective bag
Devices must not be left in unsupervised areas during the day
Devices must be fully charged at the beginning of the day

To ensure the device is functional and appropriate for learning, at a minimum, it should have:
  • a screen size of at least 9 inches (23cm)
  • a solid, off-screen keyboard that can comfortably be typed on
  • a modern web browser that works well with Google Apps
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi capability
  • at least 4 hours battery life
While this excludes smart phones and many popular mini tablets, there is a wide range of device types that should accommodate preference and budget.

Now here is a good deal…………….
The brand new Acer C730 which has recently been released to the NZ Market can be purchased at a really competitive price through the school’s ICT support, Schooled Up IT Limited. Additionally, Schooled Up IT are able to provide the guaranteed assurance of proven immediate backup should any difficulties arise.

Details:  A Chromebook, A Chrome Management License and the enrolment for school network use plus Cranium (essential Chromebook protector which gives additional strength to the screen) = $469. There is a full 1 year manufacturer's warranty & the Chromebook will be delivered, free of charge, out of the box and ready to go.

Any device that is purchased from Schooled Up IT will qualify for a Chromebook replacement, loaned by them, until a device requiring repair, under warranty, is returned to the student.

Queries and orders can be sent to: chromebooks@schooledupit.co.nz

Thanks and Silent Auction

Well, what a fabulous fair we had - thanks so much to all of you who helped in so many ways to make the day what it was - the vibe was amazing AND community engagement spectacular! So a huge thanks to you all, we really couldn't make it happen without you!

As always our Silent Auction was very successful and we are so very grateful to the large number of sponsors who kindly donated their gorgeousness to make it what it was! We had a record number of lots in the Auction this year and the majority WENT! We do have some of the gorgeousness left though ... so we are putting it out there for one last chance to put your bid in and WIN!

Bidding starts NOW and will close next Wednesday the 17th of November at 8.00 pm.

Here are the available lots:

Lot 3 The Tin Hut. Accommodation to the value of $150.00 in an iconic Wairarapa Hotel.
Lot 6 Belinda Griffiths. Art Work. “Keepsake” (photo on web site)
Lot 9 Di Conway. Art Work. (photo on web site)
Lot 11 Di Conway. Art Work. (photo on web site)
Lot 19 Sarah Lynn Photography. Art Work. (photo on web site)
Lot 21 Inspire Photography. $300.00 voucher, $150.00 to a family portrait sitting and $150.00 towards a purchase.
Lot 32 Orchestra Wellington. Two tickets to 6 Pathetique on 5 December 2015.
Lot 45 Peeled Banana. One term of fees (fitness/dance classes).
Lot 46 The Acrobatic Design. Four x 60 minute body sculpting classes.
Lot 59 Century 21. Thinking of Selling? $1,200.00 of advertising.
Lot 67 Bike Barn. Fantastic package of bike gear from the Merida Range (jacket, teeshirts, cap and drink bottle)
Lot 71 B Thump Sports. Great Technifibre Tennis Racquet (suitable for a child) and set of tennis balls.

To view the lots in more detail, please click on the link https://sites.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/worser-bay-school-fair-2015---silent-auction/home

Have a look, make a bid, every dollar made benefits the children of Worser Bay in so many ways!

Thanks for your support and good luck with your bids!

Results of the Ball Run
1st Prize  -  Patu Maxwell, New Plymouth (947)

2nd Prize  -  Veitch/Kings-Lynne (404)

3rd Prize  -   Glenn Stanley (768)

Congratulations to you all!

Community Notices

Guitar Lessons Term 1 2016 with Geoff Day
3.30 - 4.00 pm on Tuesdays after school in the WBS Library.
Bring your own guitar.  $250 a term ($25 per lesson).
Please call:  Geoff on 021 565750  

Wellington Fencing Club
The club is committed to popularizing the sport of fencing, to giving more young people opportunity to experience fencing and to fostering the emerging fencing talents of New Zealanders. Also our head coach Ping who is an international qualified professional fencing coach and her students have gone on to achieve both national and international success in different age group.

Come and join fencing, in the process to have a FUN during the summer holiday.
Where: Baptist Church, 24 Donald McLean Street, Newtown
When: Tuesday 26/1 and Wednesday 27/1 (9am – 3pm)
Fee: $130/two days

For further information and to book a place contact PING YUAN at nz_wfc@outlook.com or 021 059 2558”

Come and be a part of the Cigna Kids' Waterfront Fun Run on Wednesday 16 December at Frank Kitts Park. Personalised race bibs, certificates, spot prizes and a Cigna Carnival including a BBQ, face painting and much more. Races for pre-schoolers through to Year 8. First race starts at 4.30 pm. Only $7 to enter at www.athleticshub.co.nz/events or contact Jo Murray for more info at jo@athleticswellington.org.nz. Enter before 8 December for your personalised bib and certificate and the chance to win spot prizes.

Sand Castle Competition - Scorching Bay 29 November.
For the last three years Dive & Ski HQ in Petone have run the 24 hour Dive Challenge at Scorching Bay.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and sponsorship for the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard.
This year we would like to get the wider community involved with some great prizes available.
On Sunday 29 November we will be running a Sand Castle Competition from 12pm until 2pm along with other attractions.
The Wellington Volunteer Coastguard will have a mock rescue display for the public.
Mitre 10 Mega Petone have kindly donated a Bouncy Castle, and there will be a Sausage sizzle.
Each activity has a $2 cost attached with all money going to the Wellington Volunteer Coastguard.