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19 February 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields true glory." Francis Drake

Goal setting is not a simple business. Are we talking about a long term goal, an immediate goal, a simple goal or a complex goal? Is this goal extrinsic or intrinsic? Is it able to be supported between 9.00 am - 3.00 pm, or does it also require guidance from home, or both home and school? And, on it goes.........

What the research does tell us, is the huge importance of striving to achieve really meaningful outcomes to be at our best. Motivation and persistence are key. We need to support children to embrace opportunities, deal with disappointments and maintain effort. Not give up!

We talk about GRIT. Duckworth et al's (2007) work on grit emphasises that no great accomplishment is achieved without persistence and effort. We must also be mindful of what we praise. In a nutshell, Mueller and Dweck (1998) found that praise for intelligence or ability actually leads to decreased motivation and effort, whereas praise for hard work and effort led to increased motivation and persistence, regardless of the outcome. So it really needs to be "You worked so hard!", rather than "You are so clever!"

It certainly makes me stop and think about what feedback I give to the children. As a staff we have been discussing the research and checking in with each other and ourselves as to what messages we give. Oh yes, there is always plenty of learning going on!

The Goal Setting Meetings have got off to a great start, the home school partnership is reinforced nice and early in the year and, as you will recognise, we, as key adults in the children's lives, need to be in sync with each other.

Speaking of being in sync - I'm hoping you have rallied the troops and purchased those tickets for the Ceiladh - the first school fundraising event of the year. Book a babysitter, mix and mingle, and enjoy a bit of a jig! Remember, it's about hard work and persistence! You won't be praised for ability! (See details in the separate newsletter item.)

Look forward to seeing you all at the powhiri next Friday.

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru:  Jakob, Kate, Hunter T., Ruby. 
Māhutonga and Matariki:  Alyssa, Joel, Theo B.


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!!


Football - Years 1 - 3 (Autahi and Tautoru)
With all this fantastic warm weather we are excited to get outside and learn some more sports skills. This term we will be continuing the Football program we participated in last year in Term 4.

We have a couple of members of the Miramar Rangers Football Club coming in to work with Years 1 - 3. This program will be similar to what we ran last year with Years 1 - 3 and was very successful and enjoyable.

This is a 5 week program and will be happening on Thursdays between March 3 - March 31. Please ensure that your child wears suitable footwear and clothing to attend these sessions. There is a cost of $5 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up.

To all Netball Players  - Years 1 - 4
Games start this Saturday, 20 February. It is at the same time every Saturday from 12.30 to 1.30pm at EBIS. Please arrive early enough to allow the players to warm up and discuss strategy! Good luck to everyone.

Team Sports


Pest Trappers
Would you trust these guys?

Do you like peanut butter? Well, if you do, make sure you don’t put your nose into this box; you might get it squashed in a trap!

We have been gifted four trapping boxes by the staff at Zealandia so that we can try to eradicate all of the pests harming native habitats.

What's Growing in the Garden?
All this hot weather is good for growing zucchinis!

Or are they marrows? What shall we do with them? Leave a comment on our blog with your suggestions.


The Magic Box
Some of us have been reading "The Magic Box" poem by Kit Wright. We put our own ideas into our very own magic box. Watch the movie to see what our first ideas are...

George the Giraffe has been having a great time in Tautoru. Check out his blog: http://georgethebluegiraffe.blogspot.co.nz/

WOW wall writing
Scott’s writing group have been enjoying the views and getting inspired by the beauty of our environment.

Come into Tautoru and check out our WOW wall.



Watermelon Experience
We had some tasty watermelon this week. We used it to explore descriptive language. It was also lots of fun!

Class Treaty
We read the Tree House Treaty and came up with our own Happy Class treaty to have the best class in the world!

Trip to Worser Bay Beach Rock Pools

On Tuesday we are planning our initial trip to the beach to do a scavenger hunt in the rock pools. We need some parents to help guide groups and supervise. Please let Kath or Gillian know if you can help. Thanks.

  • Your Voluntary Donation 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.
  • Seed Packets coming home today - please see WCC letter below.
  • Mahutonga/Matariki - Please return your Camp forms and make payment by Monday 29 February.
  • Autahi and Tautoru (boys and girls) - Please pay $5.00 for the five week Football programme.
  • Pay your $7.00 for Seesaw.  See below.
  • Have a look at Our Exciting Property Plan 2016 under Info on the website. If you have any thoughts, please email Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz.
  • Lost Property will be taken away next Friday (26th) and every second Friday until the end of term.
  • Scottish Ceilidh Dance with Live Band, Schiehallian.
    Saturday 5 March 2016, Miramar Bowling Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
  • 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
  • Support Team Wellington Football Team on Sunday.  See Community Notices.

      All payments via Wrap It Up please.

      Kia ora from the Wellington City Council:
      We are delighted to provide a pack of “Growing Neighbourhoods” seeds for every primary school aged child at your school. These will be coming home today. 

      Each seed packet also contains a neighbours’ card for families to record their neighbours’ details to keep in their wallet in case of an emergency. There are two seed mixes – salad and stir-fry. Both have been selected as easy to grow in either pots or a garden and are suitable for Wellington’s conditions. We hope your students enjoy growing their own yummy fresh vegetables with their families.

      We are distributing these seeds as part of a wider Growing Neighbourhoods project which includes Local Food Week from 13 - 20 March, wellington.govt.nz/localfoodweek, and Neighbours' Day Aotearoa on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March, wellington.govt.nz/neighboursday.

      We would love to see photos of the vegetables your children grow from these seeds. If using social media, please tag these photos with #wellynextdoor and #localfoodweekwellington. Or they can be e-mailed to 

      If you would like to know more about events planned for Local Food Week or about urban agriculture projects, you can contact Sarah Adams, Community and Neighbourhood Advisor at sarah.adams@wcc.govt.nz. If you are interested in Neighbours' Day Aotearoa or about other neighbourhood and community resilience projects please contact Angela Rampton at angela.rampton@wcc.govt.nz.

      Last year we trialled Seesaw. Seesaw gives your child a place to document their learning, be creative and also learn how to use the technology. When there are updates, you are notified. All student content is private, safe and secure.

      Feedback from the trial was a huge win win for all! The parents loved it and felt really present, up to date with the learning and had specific things to talk about at home, always a bonus!

      This year, Seesaw will be used in place of your child’s 'Learning Journal'.

      Payment is $7.00.  Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz..

      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...

      Team Wellington Football Team
      "I am currently on the board of Team Wellington football team who compete in the National League ASB Premiership. We are potentially having our last home game at Dave Farrington Park next Sunday 21st February. We would love to encourage all Wellington Regional public to support their local side, particularly the families of our local schools, in achieving their goal of winning the national title. We expect this game to be pivotal to where Team Wellington will be placed for the finals playoffs as we currently lie third by 1 point.

      Our long term aim is to encourage more community support and equally give back for that support. Your school will be rewarded with a donation of the gate takings. Essentially for every paying adult that attends the game (under 15’s are free) we will give back $2 to the school of their choice. Please ensure families are aware they must indicate the school to be donated to when purchasing gate tickets."

      Kerrin Manual
      Team Wellington


      The Rock Academy
      is looking for a new office assistant. 3 hours each week preferably on a Thursday morning.

      Tasks include:

      1. Basic Payroll
      2. Database up-keep on Excel
      3. Invoicing from 'Wave', cloud based software. Very similar to Xero.

      The work is at our Lyall Bay premises. I would prefer someone that lives in the south-east suburbs of Wellington.
      • Must have own laptop. 
      • Pay negotiable.
      • Must be experienced with Excel, basic invoicing programmes and have good communication skills.

      Please contact:
      Geoff Day
      Director - Teaching Coordinator
      The Rock Academy & The Singing Academy
      021 565 750


      Inverlochy Art School - Art Classes After School
      Inverlochy has Children's Art Classes including Young Artists 6-10 years old, Intermediate Artists 10-12 years & Cartooning for Kids. We also have Creative Sewing classes for 12 years old and up. Please see our website www.inverlochy.org.nz or email: manager@inverlochy.org.nz Telephone: 04 9392177.  Late starts possible, please call.

      Music Classes - Wellington Music Centre
      Enquiries - phone: 027 4897979