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11 March 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

This week we have had our Year 5/6s staying out at Camp Kaitoke and the Year 4s out there for a day to get a 'taster' . These outdoor experiences and staying away from home provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about themselves, their strengths, their ability to persevere, to bounce back when things don't go as intended, to share, to collaborate, to lead.... take a risk, build resilience.... the list goes on.

What we do know, and the reason why we have such a big focus on 'the whole child' and wellbeing in general, is that children need to feel safe, included, have a sense of who they are and where they fit before they are able to take risks with their learning, make mistakes, try again. A few weeks ago, I discussed the importance of praising for effort and perseverance, the hard slog, not just the outcome or what may be seen as natural talent. 

It is not wellbeing or academic, it's an AND. Children who are strong on the key competencies and achieve success, success in the widest sense of the word, are more likely to put themselves out there as a reader, as a writer, as a mathematician. While our 2015 National Standards data is impressive (see below), we have some clear areas to 'target' - boys' literacy, especially writing, and also aiming to increase the number of children working at Above. No easy feat - we are up for the challenge!

 %  Below% At% Above
 Reading Boys16.5 52.9 30.6
 Reading Girls 3.5 47.7 48.8
 Writing Boys 29.4 61.2 9.4
 Writing Girls 8.1 76.7 15.1
 Maths Boys 4.7 67.1 28.2
 Maths Girls 9.3 70.919.8

Teachers will be discussing your child's progress and achievement against the National Standards with you at two formal points this year. The first during Term 2 and the second in Term 4. Meanwhile, goal setting, reflection, blogs, seesaw, assemblies, the newsletter and upcoming parent 'Mini Workshops' and a 'Celebration of Learning' later in the term (watch this space for these events) will be providing plenty of sight into what's a'happening. .......and there's plenty a'happening here!

I hope there isn't much happening for Hamish, John, Gabrielle and our camp parents, Steve, Davey, Diane and Shelley, this weekend. You deserve to just 'be'!!! Thanks so much for your perseverance and true GRIT! Looking forward to you bouncing back Monday!

Nga mihi.

Our Principal’s Awards are currently focusing on 'Thinking' and 'Lots of Great Ideas'!

Autahi and Tautoru:   Will, Zola, Luca, Keir, Rhosyn, Angus W,  Lily V, Angus S

Celebration - Monday 14 March

On Monday, we will be farewelling Carolyn Anderson. Carolyn has been the WBS Office Manager for 11.5 years and whilst she still adores her role, she has decided to have a 'career change' and have more time to do new things.

Please join us for Morning Tea on Monday 14 March straight after Karakia at 9.10 am to celebrate Carolyn's time at Worser Bay and wish her well.


Now We are Six

We used a poem to inspire our art about how we have grown and changed since we were one. Take a look to see more.

Changing Forms

Our caterpillars are changing. We have been doing some observations and thinking like a scientist.

Donut News

We share with our classmates on a Monday. Look at our blog to find out more about our Donut News!


Our changing seasons art: see more on our blog.

Our trip to the beach to look at the rocky shore.

Have a look to see what we found out. Thank you to our amazing parents who came along to help.

Planning our own trips

Our group planned our own trip. We wanted to go to the rock pools at Princess Bay and Breaker Bay. Thank you to Jackie for taking us on the trip. Read more about our trip on the blog.

Library Day

Library Day Schedule:

Scott's base group:    Monday
Shona's base group:    Tuesday
Chrissy's base group:    Wednesday
Nicola's base group:    Thursday

Please remember your child is allowed to borrow 4 books at one time. We will be learning some library skills while we have our afternoon in the library.

Thanks, Team Tautoru

If you learned here 2016

If you learned here: The movie

We are involved in a global collaboration project called, "If you learned here". We have made a movie about Worser Bay School to introduce ourselves to the other schools around the world. You can see the 2016 videos here: https://blog.seesaw.me/ifyoulearnedhere2016/


On Thursday 17 March, Mahutonga/Matariki will be going on a trip to the Island Bay Marine Centre. The bus will be leaving at 9.10am and returning at 2.45pm. The cost is $16 for the programme and the bus. Please pay via Wrap it Up before Thursday.

Camp 2016

Watch out next week when they are back from camp!!

  • Mahutonga/Matariki - Island Bay Marine Centre Visit - Thursday 17 March. Please pay $16.00 and give permission on Wrap it Up before Thursday.
  • Your Voluntary Contribution is now due! The Voluntary Contribution for 2016 is $285 per child if paid by the end of Term 1 (15th April) and $335 otherwise.
  • Football - Autahi and Tautoru (boys and girls) - Please pay $5.00 by Friday 18 March.
  • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - please pay $7.00 by Friday 18 March.
  • Floorball and Mini Polo fees are now due. Please pay by Friday 18 March.
  • Percussion lessons - starting Wed 16 March for 10 weeks. Please pay $16.00 by Thursday 24 March.
  • ICAS for Years 4 - 6 - Enter via Wrap it Up by Thursday 24 March.
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Thursday 24 March
  • Have a look at Our Exciting Property Plan 2016 under Info on the website. If you have any thoughts, please email Stephanie Wilson at swilson@worserbay.school.nz.
  • Sausage Sizzle 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/blog
All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Board Shorts

Cast off ladies, form an arch, dance a set with your partner, and off you go!

If you were out dancing at the school Ceilidh on Saturday night you’ll know what that means!  If you weren’t able to make it, you’ll have heard by now what a fantastic time was had by all!  We laughed 'til our ribs hurt, worked up a sweat and some of us were mentally challenged as we strung together the side-slip for 8, ballroom turn and dosai do.

What a great addition to this year’s social calendar. By the time we’d danced with everybody there (which everybody did!), we’d connected with people across the school, and the wider community. And, had a great laugh together!

The Board would like to thank the organisers of this event for their hard work and perseverance in putting on something new. Thank you Jane, Miranda, Bridget, Johnny (and their spouses and families) – it was a huge success, and many of us are hoping you will want to do it all again next year!  No pressure!

The Board

Percussion Lessons with Andreas Lepper

Whole school - starting Wednesday 16 March for 10 weeks.

"Children('s music) must be heard ... Let's play the playground .... "

We are very fortunate to have such an experienced and highly respected musician available to work with all children. Andreas will work with small 'class' groups each week, culminating in a final concert. More info will be coming your way. Andreas is generously giving us a great school price. The children will love it! 

Please pay $16.00 via Wrap it Up by Thursday 24 March.

To see more: http://www.cecwellington.ac.nz/presenters/113-andreas-lepper

ICAS 2016

The ICAS tests (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) for students in Years 4-6 are coming up in Terms 2 and 3. Some of our children like a challenge and these competitions are just that. So we are very willing to organise these competitions if your child wishes to enter. 
Have a chat with your child and see how they feel about this opportunity. The information is not used as assessment information as it doesn't reflect the New Zealand Curriculum. 

We need a minimum of three children per subject to keep the fees at a reasonable level.

There are six subjects to choose from. The sitting dates and prices are as follows:

 Subject     Sitting Date Fees
 Digital TechnologiesTuesday 17 May $12.00
 ScienceTuesday 31 May $12.00
 WritingWednesday 15 June $23.00
 SpellingWednesday 15 June $14.00
 EnglishTuesday 2 August $12.00
 MathematicsTuesday 16 August $12.00

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24 March. Please pay via Wrap It Up. You'll find ICAS under Merchandise and you can select the subjects from the drop down box.

For more information, go to: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.


Please note that those pesky headlice are doing the rounds again. Please check and treat, if necessary. If you need professional advice, please pop into your local pharmacy.

Fundraiser for Worser Bay School

Stuck for present ideas for a lover of the great outdoors who has a birthday coming up? 

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. 

Check out the display book in the office.

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

* Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

Community Notices...

KidsCan Fundraiser
Next week a cycling group known as Fat Fathers' Club, or FFC, are embarking on a charity ride from Christchurch to Queenstown, roughly 600km over 5 days, to raise money for KidsCan. The goal is $250,000 and while they're not there yet, they are well on the way. Each rider is contributing $1,500.

This coming Tuesday, 15 March, there is a fundraising evening at iRide bike shop Thorndon Quay, with guest speakers Darren Shand, All Blacks manager, and All Blacks fitness coach Mike Anthony. See the flyer below.

Here is a link to one of the Give A Little pages set up for the event:
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Little Sprouts Easter Country Fair

The incredible Little Sprouts Easter Country Fair is back - one week before Easter – on Sunday, 20th March - from 10 am until 2.00 pm.

This wonderful fair is at the Battle Hill Farm Forest Park in Pauatahanui and there is so much to do for young and old. Last year 3000 people attended and enjoyed a truly amazing day.

The Fair features quality craft, plant and art stalls, delicious hot food, baking, sweets, jams and preserves, local produce and mojo coffee, jazz music and even classic cars - including ferraris, corvettes, hot rods and more.

Plus all the fun of a true country fair - Clydesdale cart rides, fire engine rides, llamas, pony rides, air castles, driver a digger, country games, magicians and facepainters, a quiet zone for young children, Easter craft and Easter Bunny and MUCH more… PLUS a fabulous children's scavenger hunt!

Entry to the fair is FREE and scavenger hunt tickets are on sale NOW for only $7.50 per child with a prize bag for EVERY ticket holder and special golden egg prizes for 1 out of every 10. Last year tickets sold out in only TWO WEEKS, so get in quick!

Order your scavenger hunt tickets and find out more at www.littlesproutseastercountryfair.co.nz/

Every cent from ticket sales and all proceeds from the Fair go to the Little Sprouts Charitable Trust to help give all babies the very best start in life!

You can even sponsor tickets which will be given for free to families in real need via our charity partners (like the Neonatal Trust, Women's Refuge, Barnardos, Red Cross, and many many more).

We can't wait to see you there, at this truly special event for a great cause.


Musikgarten Foundation Family Movie Fundraiser

Musikgarten Foundation Family Movie Fundraiser 'Oddball', Sunday 20 March, 2016 at 5pm 
Light House Cuba, 29 Wigan Street, Wellington City.
$20 a ticket & includes a free goody bag & glass of lemonade at the cinema.
Tickets available from Sonia on 388 5260 and sonia@musikgarten.co.nz

Artrageous Kids

Easter Tuesday Artrageous Fun Day - Tuesday 29 March 2016
Just because we parents have to work Easter Tuesday doesn't mean the kids shouldn't have some fun! We will be providing a wild and wonderful artrageous session. Messy play, construction, Painting. your imagination is where it is at!
Venue: Poneke Dojo, Prince of Wales Park, Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook, Wellington

Artrageous April Holiday Programme - 18–22 April + 26–29 April 
April's regular Holiday Programme will run from 18–29 April 2016 (excluding weekends and Anzac Day, 25 April) catering to children aged 5-13 years; it's going to be FUN! 
Venue: Poneke Dojo, Prince of Wales Park, Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook, Wellington

Artrageous Big Kids April 2016 Holiday Programme  - 18–22 April 
Our BIG KIDS week is aimed at children aged 10-14 years. Providing them with a space, focused adult attention and loads of resources. This programme is tailored to draw out older children’s interest in creating art and using their creativity by themselves and collaboratively. 
Venue: Vogelmorn Bowling Club, 93 Mornington Rd, Brooklyn, Wellington

Wellington Fencing Club

Come and join fencing during the school term, to learn this fun and great sport.

Fencing is the sport competition of physical strength and stamina; of the brain; of courage; of patience. Through fencing training, can development of self-control, self-confidence, coordination and agility.

Where:  ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie
When:  Mondays: 2/5 - 4/7
Fee:  $150/per term
Age requirement:  Over 6 years old

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

Camp Kaitoke

The school holidays are nearly upon us and that means that camp is nearly here. 

YMCA Camp Kaitoke is running our regular Y-camps from 17th April to 22nd and the 26th to the 29th April 2016.

As usual we will be running our adventure packed Y-camp this April for 2 weeks, so come along and try out our extreme adventure activities with our camp staff these coming school holidays.

Bookings are now open. You can book online and find more information on prices, dates and what’s involved at

The Parenting Children Course

For those parenting 0-10 year olds.
Starts Tuesday 10 May at 7.30pm
St Anthony's, 66 Falkirk Avenue, Seatoun
To enrol, call Ruth on 027 670 0365 or Kim on 022 242 6288.