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23 October 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi
This week I have been at Geelong Grammar School, south of Melbourne, being immersed further in the 'science of wellbeing'. You will see from the photo of the clock tower that the school could not be more different from ours. However, beneath the physical appearance, we are very much alike. We have the desire for our school communities to flourish, 'to feel good and do good'.

Last Saturday, the teaching staff and Board of Trustees got together to confirm the direction for 2016. Wellbeing is firmly positioned within this plan. It cannot be just a focus on 'wellbeing' or academic achievement, it must be an and. They go hand in glove.

As a staff we are in a learning phase about the theory and research that sits behind a lot of the practice in this area. It's exciting. There will be opportunities to discuss this growing field a lot more in 2016 as it really is something that needs to reach beyond the school and what happens between 8.55 am and 3.00 pm.

You can expect emails flowing thick and fast regarding Our Secret Garden School Fair from now. Speaking of feeling good and doing good, here's a fantastic opportunity for us all. Please step up and get behind the biggest fundraising event on the calendars. The rewards are huge.

Let's all enjoy spending some extra time with the people we care about this weekend. If you haven't found time to listen to the TED TALK by Neil Pasricha from a few weeks ago, I really encourage you to. You will be able to find plenty of 'awesome' things and please encourage your children to add to the list!


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:
Eddie, Maddie, Nikora, Katherine, Maggie, Jessie, Henry, Zach, Kirsty, Stella, Mae, Marnie, Wil.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Emma R., Caitlyn, Milly, Anna, Isaac, Hunter, Oto.


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Fibonacci Numbers
We have been learning about Fibonacci numbers. Fibonacci numbers is an interesting mathematical idea. The Fibonacci number pattern can be seen in nature. Go to our blog post to find out what we have learnt and what we have been doing.

Storyboards for Collaborative Film Making
We have been making some crazy films based on Little Red Riding Hood. There are some significant twists in the story though. How can a sheep be incorporated into the story? What about a tomato sandwich?

Health and PE
Friday mornings are action mornings with both Capoeira and Hockey rotations happening. Check out the blog for some pictures and comments.


Community writing

Come and take a look at our me on the map community writing in Tautoru... we are really proud of it! The flip books are really cool.

Learning how to use some apps during the afternoon
We have been learning how to use an app called PicCollage to record some of our building and playing during Daily 5 time. It will help us with our reading and writing. It will also help us to remember what we have been doing during this time. Please keep looking at our blog to see how we are using this app.

Flag Design

In Maths we have been using fractions to design flags. For these flags we have used thirds.

These flags are one third orange, one third green and one third blue. We found out that 4 is one third of 12.


Jolly Hockey Sticks

We are taking advantage of the new glorious weather to get out in the sun. We have been learning some hockey basics, how to hold the stick, strike the ball, stop the ball and pass to someone. It is great fun!

J is for Jelly

This week Kath’s Sound Group has been learning about the learning J. We made jelly. Take a look at our experience.

Making Sentences
We are learning about what a sentence is. We practised putting in finger spaces.

  • Remember your sunhats!
  • Pizza Lunch on Wed 28 Oct. $5 per pizza. Order by 9.00 pm Monday 26 October if you don't want to miss out!!. 
  • Assembly Dates: Friday 30 October, 13 November and 27 November at 9.15 am.
  • School Photos - order by 4 November.
  • Netball Years 1, 2 & 3 - $25.00 now due.
  • Football Years 0-3 - $5.00 (For whole in-school programme.)
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
    (Payment via Wrap It Up please for the above.)
  • 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

Fair Actions at a Glance

The Children's Dental Clinic is visiting Worser Bay School 
23 November and 8 December 2015.

Yummy Stickers - We earned $377 (up from $$317 last year) 
for Sports Gear from our Yummy Stickers!  So, keep collecting!

Pizza for Lunch!
On Wednesday 28 October, pizzas will be available for lunch (small individual pizzas) - $5.00 each. Tomato Sauce, Cheese and Ham or Tomato Sauce and Cheese.

Please order and pay by Wrap It Up by 9.00 pm Monday 26 October.


The Silent Auction is now live!
Click on the above to view over 80 Silent Auction items, ready for you, your family, friends, work colleagues, etc, to bid on.

Online bidding is available now, and will be up until Saturday 7 November at 5pm.

Please forward the link to all your contacts - the more the merrier and more money for the school. The Silent Auction has proven to be a great earner for the school.

We are very grateful to the large number of individuals and organisations who have kindly donated items to the Silent Auction too. So, show your support, make a bid and support the sponsors too.

Bidding will also be available on the day of the Fair from 11 am until 1.15 pm. Good Luck!

– Please sell or return tickets ASAP
If you haven't done so already - return your sold stubs or unsold tickets to the office as soon as possible. We need these in to make the Ball Run work (which is a big money earner at the fair). Don't forget, you can pay online at wrapitup.co.nz - it couldn't be easier! The sooner we have them back though the better!

DONATIONS – Keep them coming!
Thanks to everyone who came to the sorting and donated on Sunday. We now have room for lots more donations so keep them coming: homewares, clothing, baby gear, toys, games, puzzles, books and any other quality household items in good condition.

When and where:
Days: Wednesday and Friday, Times: 8.40-9.00am & 2.45-3.15pm,
Location: The Shed, behind Junior Block.

If you can’t make these days, contact Vanessa on 021 356 968 to work something out.

Final Weekend Donations drop-off and sorting – Sunday 1 November 10am-12pm.

BOTTLE TOMBOLA – We still need 80 full bottles for the Bottle Tombola.
Bottle of what? Anything but the nicer the better - think about winning it, would you want a bottle of fine craft beer, a glorious bottle of fancy olive oil, a bottle of shampoo, bubble bath or a bottle of ketchup?

Please leave your Bottle Tombola donations in the yellow box in front of the office.


  • Wrapping paper any kind of paper - rolls of newsprint, old Christmas wrap - anything that can be used to wrap the prizes for the lucky dip.
  • Empty bottles with lids for oils, vinegars, cordials, etc.
  • Any in-season produce, especially lemons!

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

Community Notices

Miramar Christian School Food Fair/Gala
Saturday 31 October, 4 pm – 8pm
Yummy Ethnic Food, Garage Sale, Cake 'n Coffee, Ice-cream, Family Fun and Games!!
Something for everyone
Eftpos available.

Villa Victoria
House Tour 2015
This is your chance to have a nosey into 14 wonderful Mount Victoria homes.
You will be amazed and impressed at the variety, creativity and character that these outstanding villas contain. What a treat!

Save the date and tell your friends - Sunday 22 November 2015.

Tickets are available online https://bookaticket.co.nz/event/10/book/

Many thanks
Janine Jameson on behalf of the Clyde Quay School PTA
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