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24 March 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

I've been doing a bit of reading on listening lately. It's not a simple task! Carl Rogers is very well known for his work on active listening. Back in the late 1980s in the article 'Active Listening', along with Richard Farson, (an oldie but a goody!) Rogers suggests that '....... basically listening requires that we get inside the speaker, that we grasp, from their point of view, just what it is s/he is communicating with us....." 

To read more:

There is a good deal of empathy required - easy,.......surely?! 
Well, no, not always... at all.... but as Rebecca Shafir reminds us in her book "The Zen of Listening" it's never too late to relearn how to truly listen.

How often are we so busy multi-tasking we miss little gems from the children or each other?  A lot of time, important stories and information is hidden as our minds are racing onto the next thing, nodding and making the odd mmmmmmmm noise here and there just doesn't really suffice! 

Think about when we go to the movies, we generally aren't interrupted, we are absorbed, we put ourselves in others' shoes. Rebecca Shafir uses the  metaphor 'get into their movie' when thinking about how we listen. I think it's a great one when we think about what we can aim to do next time a child has a story to share, a comment to make, a suggestion.... stop and breathe! Listen. Ask questions. Find out something new about them.

Let's try and switch off the static and be really present and show genuine interest. Scratch under the surface and there may be a fabulous adventure waiting to be discovered.

Here's to a great Easter Break. See you back on Wednesday morning at 8.55 am sharp ready to roll.

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru
Addison, Archie, Gina, Evan, Jude and Violeta.

Matariaki and Mahutonga
Flynn, Perry, Lucas, Yasmin, Jasper and Isabella.

Farewell from Carolyn

Kia ora e hoa

I am leaving Worser Bay School today, having worked here for nearly 12 years.

I have enjoyed working here so very much. Worser Bay School is a magical place with an amazing vibe. The Karakia on a beautiful morning overlooking the harbour at the beginning of a school week, and the Powhiri at the beginning of a school year, especially, reflect the special feeling of this special place.

I will miss everyone - the great kids, the very friendly parents, my wonderful workmates and last, but not least, my fabulous office friends, Jude and Carolyn B. I will miss the unexpected challenges of the school day, the chats and the fun and laughter!!

However, I am looking forward to my 'career change' - learning new skills, enjoying some road trips, and spending more time with family and friends. And, of course, I will see you all around and about the 'Peninsula' and look forward to many friendly chats down by the beach, at the local cafes and of course, the supermarket!!

Ka kite ano,
Carolyn A.

Yeah for Nicola! Congratulations!

Nicola has been selected to travel to Singapore with a handful of other teachers across New Zealand in September as part of the Asia New Zealand Foundation's 'Cultural Connections' study tour.

We are very excited by this news and know that Nic will establish some strong connections with Singapore educators while she is there. In turn, this will mean our children will establish online connections with students in Singapore.

Equipping New Zealanders to thrive in the Asian Century is the key focus of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Fair Meeting - Wednesday 6 April - 7.30-8.30pm at School

We have had a terrific fundraising start to the year with the introduction of a new event - the Ceilidh, the ongoing weekly Sausage Sizzles, and we have the 2 Discos booked in on 13 May and 14 October.

With the Fair scheduled for Sunday 13 November, it’s a good time, at the end of this first term, to get our heads together and start to organise/work on this terrific event, an event that pulls the whole community together and really does require all hands on deck!

If you are new to the school, here is a bit of background to how important fundraising is to us and also where the money is being spent this year. On the website, you can find some background as to how we need to 'Balance the Books':


You can also find the budget drivers:


Each year the Board sets the budget based on the Strategic Goals. Last year we had a community meeting where there was an opportunity to input into the property planning. There were further community meetings in February this year where the property plan was discussed; and there has also been an opportunity to provide feedback on the plans when the plans were posted on the website. 

You can find the plans here:


Thanks to those of you that provided feedback around this.

Although much of this is predetermined by the Ministry of Education, as they own the buildings, we have the ability to provide extra funding, to provide more scope for the project, some of which will come out of the reserves that have been generated in recent years as the fundraising budgets have been regularly exceeded.

The plans now sit with the Ministry of Education, awaiting sign off. We will let you know when this has occurred.

The Board is anticipating that approximately 50% of the fundraising budget will be put towards this exciting project, as it will enable us to provide learning opportunities that are difficult at present, due to the limited space.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it along on Wednesday 6 April. We would love to be able to meet as many new whanau members as possible too! It's a great way to get involved, contribute and meet new people.

Below are some photos from past Fairs. If this is all new to you, these will give you a flavour. It's a fantastic event.


Worser Bay School Fair 2016 is already underway! HELP NEEDED!!

The School Fair Deli Stall is seeking help....

Any laden fruit trees or veggie gardens you can forage over the Easter break and moving forward to donate to be turned into jam, pickle or something tasty would be greatly appreciated. (To make a decent batch, around 2kg is a good start.)

Please keep an eye out for Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Quinces, Crabapples, Pears, Figs, Zucchini, Basil and Tomatoes in season now. I can pick them up from you. Text me on 021 264 5866 or leave at the school office.

Also, if you have any nice jars with lids (labels removed, please) or pretty bottles you could collect at home, they will be put to good use.

And if anyone would like to help make jams, relishes, vinegars, etc. during the year please let me know; some help would be awesome!

Thank you,
Hannah Thornton


Guess what happened this week?

We were very excited about an event in our room this week. Take a look to find out more.

Thinking like a Scientist

We did some colour experiments this week. It was great to use our observation skills to find out.


Minecraft Coding

Our Year Three students have been learning how to code. They have been using #hourofcode and working through the Minecraft activities. Students have been problem solving and applying their Maths knowledge. Great collaboration!


In maths we have been looking at using non-standard units of measurement to measure our hands, feet, and other objects in the class and around the school.

We have used blocks, toys, and other objects to help us measure.


What to do with zucchinis? Write about them


After last week’s zucchini and pizza dough experimentation, this week we wrote in groups on the chrome books about it. Check out our writing!

Trip to Shapeshifter Exhibition


A small group of students were lucky enough to visit the Shapeshifter Sculpture Exhibition at the Dowse museum. They were really captivated by what they saw and have big plans.

  • School will be closed on Tuesday 29 March as part of the Easter Break.
  • Diary Parent Workshops (see below)
  • Fair Meeting - Wednesday 6 April - 7.30-8.30pm at School
  • 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 if you have net yet done so.
  • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - please pay $7.00 if you have not yet done so.
  • Floorball and Mini Polo fees are now due. Please pay if you have not yet done so.
  • Percussion lessons have already started. Please pay $16.00 asap.
  • ICAS for Years 4 - 6 - Spelling and Writing
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Friday 15 April
  • 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.

Please Note: There won't be a newsletter next week - an email will be sent with any reminders.

We are trialling something new and fresh!

Our first in a series of 'Parent Workshops' is coming up soon. The intention is to have a number of short, sharp and focussed sessions over the year. Each workshop will have a different theme around ways to support your child's learning at home. The first workshop 'flavour' has been selected by teachers, but, please, if you have any thoughts about topics for followup workshops, chat with your child's teachers.........

Please diary:

Thursday 7 April    8.15-8.45 am - Mahutonga/ Matariki parents - Focus on encouraging readers

Thursday 7 April    2.15-2.45 pm - Autahi parents - Supporting learning in this transition to school period

Thursday 14 April   8.15-8.45 am - Tautoru parents - Encouraging readers

Percussion Lessons with Andreas Lepper

Whole school - already started - Wednesdays 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 if you haven't already done so.

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

ICAS 2016

We still need a couple more children who are keen to sit the Spelling and Writing ICAS tests to bring the numbers up to the
minimum of three children per subject to keep the fees at a reasonable level. Therefore, we have extended the deadline until after Easter. Please enter via Wrap It Up by Wednesday 30 March. You'll find ICAS under Merchandise and you can select the subjects from the drop down box.

 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

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

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 Tautoru parent,  Kyla, on 920 6622 or 021 208 2750.

* Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

Community Notices...

Weta Workshop - School Holiday Programme
Let Weta Workshop take your child through a journey of movie magic work with our school holiday program. Workshops are open featuring drawing, sculpting, make-up and more! Don’t miss out, book now online at http://wetaworkshop.com/visit-us/workshop-tours/tour/school-holiday-programme.

Weta Workshop
The Finance team at Weta Workshop is looking for a part-time Accounts Admin Assistant to join them working on the payroll and accounts payable side of things.

Are you, or do you know anyone who is looking to work part-time (20-25 hours per week) and has a minimum of:

  • 2 years payroll experience including experience with Accpac, MYOB or other payroll packages
  • 2 years accounts payable experience.

If so, please email Georgia (georgia.flood@wetaworkshop.co.nz) for a full job description, or to apply send your cover letter and CV to Georgia.

Applications close
Monday 28th March.

The Rock Academy
The Rock Academy will be running a three day holiday programme in both weeks of the April school holidays.

This is perfect for any budding young musician - give them to us and we'll send them back to you full of inspiration, musical ideas and confidence. 

Activities include:
  • Daily Busking Trips (They keep the cash - one of the highlights!)
  • Group Jam Sessions Acoustic
  • Singing Lessons/Exercises
  • Technique Up Skill Sessions
  • Industry Work Shops
  • Solo and Group Song Writing Sessions

Please visit: www.therockacademy.co.nz for more inspiration.

Week 1 Tuesday to Thursday, 19th, 20th and 21st April
Week 2 Tuesday to Thursday, 26th, 27th and 28th April

Holiday programme starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm each day.

There are only 12 places available each week and we frequently book out
so be in quick!

Renouf Tennis Centre