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8 April 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

“We write best about what we know – and we all have stories to tell. As we greet a new class at the beginning of a new school year, we begin our relationship as coach of a team of writers. From the start we want to instil in our youngsters an expectation that we are all writers, or learner-writers, and that we all have a wealth of things to write about. We all have personal stories: pieces of our lives that are worthy of recording.”
From ‘I’ve Got Something to Say’ Gail Loane / Sally Muir

This week Sally has been working with us. With Sally, teachers have been observing each other as 'teachers of writing' and providing feedback and critique. This is expected in our profession. We need to model life long learning!

As you can see from our school-wide data and targets, writing continues to be our main 'achievement challenge' and therefore this is why it is a focus area for Professional Learning and Development. If it's what teachers do minute by minute that makes a huge impact on student achievement, then we must make these minutes count! Sally adored our learning environment and working with such an enthusiastic bunch. She can't wait to come back for her next few days with us in late May.

To quote Gail and Sally's book ....... "I've got something to say" .

If it wasn't for the focus on and motivation for fundraising from you, our parents, there would not be any writing professional learning for our teachers and therefore the support they need to keep working on our target areas would not exist. The teachers wouldn't be continuing to learn and grow and ultimately this would mean it's the children who miss out.

So, thank you so much for the lively crew who made it to the Fair 'Launch' meeting on Wednesday evening. Things are hotting up, wheels are turning and you can be expecting to read about, hear about and participate a-plenty in the coming months in readiness for the 'Treasure Island Fair' on Sunday 13 November.

It is always necessary to plan from a place of strength, to build on 'the best of'. When reflecting on what has worked well in the past, we came up with some key factors, in school speak we would call them 'success criteria'. There is a distinct flavour:
  • Collaboration on all levels
  • Feeling of community spirit, including the wider community
  • A sense of belonging and making a contribution
  • Children and teacher involvement
  • Making new connections with others and businesses
  • Recognising and learning skills
  • Making a good profit - to enable things to happen
What we quickly noticed was, it is not all about the $. It's an AND. While we certainly aim for a great profitable result, it's not the main driver at all. It's more in the social/emotional spheres that brings the true reward of getting involved.

Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your basket and my basket the people will live

Let's continue to work together and combine our resources so that we can do and be the very best we can.

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru
Aila, Emily, Charlotte, Leola, Luc and Rim.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Emma R, Daisy and Jesse.

Floorball - A couple of Worser Bay Penguins

Board Shorts

It’s been a week of meetings with the Board meeting on Monday night, and the Fair get-together on Wednesday, and lots of highlights came out of both.

Our thanks to those of you who came to the Fair get-together – it was great to see a mixture of both ‘experienced’ hands and new parents there. It was a very positive meeting and a great reminder of what we all get out of making a contribution to our very special school, and why we make that contribution. The Fair - which is already scheduled for
Sunday 13 November (mark your diaries!) - makes a very significant contribution to our locally raised funds and involves almost all of our community in some way or another, so it’s great to get planning underway this early in the year. Keep an eye out for more communications in the Newsletter and on the website.

With Monday being the first effective day of the new Health and Safety at Work Act, the Board reflected on our obligations under the new Act and the school’s policies, procedures and practices. We take these obligations seriously and are in the process of reviewing all of our policies and procedures to ensure we remain compliant. This work is being informed by the considerable amount of information provided by the Ministry of Education late last month. Health and Safety is, of course, everyone’s responsibility and we are also supporting the staff, who will be attending presentations on the new legislation in the next few weeks.

We were delighted to confirm Dennis Thompson as the Returning Officer for the upcoming Trustee Elections - which are due to happen in early June. Dennis is the recently retired Principal of Lyall Bay School and has a wealth of experience to bring to the role. A healthy election is a sign of a vibrant school community, and it’s really important that the Board is representative of all of our school community. We would encourage anyone who may be thinking about putting your hat in the ring for one of the five available Parent Trustee positions to have a chat to Jude or contact our current Chair, Andrew Wilson (021 0815-2893 or via email at andrew.wilson@foreconsulting.co.nz). The School Trustees Election Website (http://www.trustee-election.co.nz) has lots of really good information about becoming a trustee and the election more generally. Also, keep an eye out on information that will be posted on the school’s website as well.

It’s hard to believe we’re nearly at the end of the first term, and we hope you’re all looking forward to a break to recharge the batteries. There’s plenty to look forward to next term, starting with a return to what will be re-carpeted classrooms – which will no doubt be a cause of excitement for the students (and staff, we hope!), and a very visible sign of the progress being made with our property redevelopment and maintenance efforts. In the meantime, enjoy whatever you’ve got planned over the holidays and travel safely if you’re heading away.

The Board

Parent Workshops

This week we also had our first two Parent Workshops around Encouraging Readers, with Tautoru's next Thursday. Feedback from our inaugural early morning half hour was very positive. Please do have a chat with the teachers about what else you would like some pointers on with how to support learning at home.


Please be vigilant - you don't want a ticket!

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 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


Drumming and Writing
We’ve been loving drumming with Andreas. We’ve been practising keeping a beat, moving on cue, following the conductor’s instructions and playing softly and loudly. We did some writing about our favourite drums and instruments.

Literacy Must-Do's
We are being responsible for our learning and we sign our names when we have finished our jobs. We can choose to do them in any order and we can also choose other things. We are all readers and writers in Autahi and it takes a lot of practice!

More Soccer!
Each week we get better and better at soccer and learn some new skills!


Rock Pools from Around the World

As part of our inquiry, we are finding out about rock pools. We would like to compare and contrast the rock pools close to us with rock pools from around the world. Can you help? Do you have relatives and friends that live close to rock pools in other places. We would love to hear from them and find out more about what is out there. You can add to this presentation Rock Pools from Around the World or email one of the Tautoru teachers.

Tautoru Kids


Surf the Sea, not the Debris!
We have been taking action as part of our inquiry. We are passionate about keeping our beaches clean so that we can look after our marine life. Read more on our blog...

If You Learned Here: Theme 3 - Our Learning
Theme 3 is about our learning. We have shared a movie of one of our drumming sessions on:
...and there are some other bits and pieces on the Padlets on our blog too.

Colour, colour and more colour…
We have been experimenting and changing colour and learning about how different artists use colour to change how people feel about their artwork. Check out our blog to see the video, writing and artwork that we have produced.


Thinking and Behaving Like Scientists

We had another close up look at Mussels today. As we observed them we noticed some amazing things. All of the creatures living in the Tidal Zone are amazing! The more you look the more you discover!

Check out our blog to see what we discovered.

Wake up your brain with...Yoga
We start most days with a 'wake up your brain' activity that we can choose. One of the regular options is Yoga. Have a look at what we’ve been up to...
Thanks to all those who came along to our Workshop on Reading. Have a look at the Worser Bay Library website for some more ideas for books to read with or to your child.

  • Parent Workshop - Tautoru parents - Thursday 14 April 8.15 - 8.45am - Encouraging Readers
  • Pizza Lunch - Thursday 14 April (Order on Wrap it Up by 9pm on Monday 11 April)
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Friday 15 April
  • Your Voluntary Contribution is now due! The Voluntary Contribution for 2016 is $285 per child if paid by the end of Term 1 (15 April) and $335 otherwise.
  • The following payments are now due:
    • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - $7 - Whole School
    • Percussion Lessons - $16 - Whole School
    • Camp - 2nd instalment of $50 is now due (for those paying by instalment)
    • Football - $5 - All children in Autahi and Tautoru
    • Floorball - $35
    • Swimming Lessons - $60 - Whole School - starting Thursday 5 May (see below)
  • School Disco - Friday 13 May
  • Sausage Sizzle Tuesdays - Order via Wrap It Up. Ordering is now open for Term 2.
  • Sushi Lunches Fridays - Order via Wrap It Up. Ordering is now open for Term 2. (Remember not to order for Friday 3rd June when school is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend.)
  • Queens Birthday Weekend - School will be closed on Friday 3rd June and Monday 6th June.
  • Term Dates 2016 and 2017
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2016 is $285.00 per student if paid before the end of Term 1 (15th April 2016), or $335.00 per student if paid after Term 1. Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz

We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and are happy to receive payment by instalment too. The lower rate ($285.00) will apply to payment by instalments started before the end of Term 1 (by 15th April 2016).  

Voluntary contributions are tax deductible – see http://www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/ for more information.

Voluntary Contribution Receipts
Voluntary Contribution Receipts can now be downloaded from Wrap it Up.

  • Log on to Wrap it Up and click on "My Transactions".
  • When you locate the amount you've paid for donations, click on the "View" button, this will take you to a screen where you can print the Tax Receipt.
From now on, any donation payments made via Wrap it Up will receive an automated email containing the tax receipt, and you will not be required to go through these steps. If you have any queries, please contact Rachel Ebbit at Wrap it Up rachel@wrapitup.co.nz.

Swimming - Term 2 - Heads Up

Next term, the main focus for the PE curriculum is swimming. This involves every student having one weekly swimming lesson at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre for ten weeks. Because of numbers, students may be heading to the pools with different teachers from usual - more information to follow next week. Lessons and times are as follows:

Thursdays - 5th May to 7th July - 10 lessons

Years 1 & 2 - 1pm to 2pm
Buses leave at 12.35pm from WBS and 2.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 3 & 4 - 11am to 12noon
Buses leave at 10.30am from WBS and 12.20pm from the Aquatic Centre.

Years 5 & 6 - 12noon to 1pm
Buses leave at 11.30am from WBS and 1.20pm from the Aquatic Centre.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s base group teacher.

The cost is $60 per childPlease pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz.

Situations Vacant!
Are you calm, confident, proactive and enterprising? 

Are you able to commit to spending some time supporting teachers to help with child supervision and changing at the pools?

The faster we get the children organised and ready, the quicker they get into the pool, meaning they make the most of their scheduled swimming time. (Even though we are keen to develop self management, changing rooms can have a strange effect on timeliness!)

If you think that you would be able to help to make the swimming experience fun and efficient, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Even if you can select some days that you would be available over the term, the teachers can schedule you in.

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...

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels urgently 
need delivery people for the Eastern Suburbs.
1 hour a week is all you need to put aside.
Call 04 918 6014, or Bruce on 021 812 345 Monday to Wednesday, or William on 021 976 388.

Elements Rhythmic Gymnastics - FREE ‘give it a go’ class
Rhythmic Gymnastics is a mix of dance and gymnastics. It develops hand-eye co-ordination through the use of apparatus – rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. 

If your daughter loves to dance and is looking for something a little different to try, then come along and try out a free class. 
10.30 am to 11.30 am, Saturday 9th April
Anglican Chinese Mission, 30 – 50 Glenmore St, Thorndon (opposite the Botanical Gardens).

For more information about Elements and our classes, visit www.rhythmicgym.nz or email info@rhythmicgym.nz

Cashmere Avenue School (Khandallah) Fair and Jumble
Sunday 10th April from 11 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. Fun and games for the whole family, quality jumble, kids clothes, toys, an incredible auction and lots of delicious food!

Children's Cross Country
Next term schools will be having their cross country events, leading to zone and inter-zone finals. In 2016 there will also be a regional final for those who qualify, and a regional team will be selected for an inter-region event at Waikanae.

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club has been helping with gear, advice and personnel for some of these events.

The Club is situated in Alexandra Road on Mt Victoria. They invite any of our children who think that they enjoy cross country running, to come and learn and experience more.

If children play team sports on Saturdays, there is opportunity to do both, as most games are in the mornings, and running is in the afternoons!

The Club meets at 1.45pm at the Clubrooms in Alexandra Road. It’s not just for children, of course: older siblings and parents are welcome too. In fact, there is even a recreational walking group for parents who don’t feel up to running!

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre
“Are your children Safe in and around the water? Want them to learn to swim?
Bookings for our Holiday Programme and Term 2 Swimming Lessons here at the Kilbirnie Pool have now opened and spaces are filling up fast! 
Call us today on 387 5655 or email wracswimschool@wcc.govt.nz to discuss your needs and find out more”.

Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club

  • April school holidays Roller Disco, Mon – Fri of both weeks, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 
  • “Movie” theme Roller Disco, Sat 14th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Prize for best costume. 
  • Plus we have our regular Sat afternoon disco until mid-Dec, 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Costs per event: Entry $7, Blade hire $3, Skate hire $3.

Organised by Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt
www.skatewellington.org.nz   skatewellington@yahoo.co.nz   Rink phone: 04 939 0507

Little Dog Barking
Little Dog Barking presents two family shows these April school holidays:

  • Guji Guji is suitable for ages 2 - 10 years old - presented at BATS Theatre 19 - 23rd April, Lower Hutt Little Theatre 28th April & Kapiti Playhouse 29th April - 10am & 11.30am. 
  • Duck Death and the Tulip is suitable for ages 2 - 102 at BATS Theatre 19 - 23rd April @ 6pm. 
For BATS Theatre bookings www.bats.co.nz and other bookings info@littledogbarking.co.nz or 021 042 1851. For further information, see www.littledogbarking.co.nz.

Harbour City GymSports
Harbour City GymSports, situated in Haitatai Park, is running a Holiday Programme in the first week of the school holidays (Monday 18th April to Friday 22nd April 2016)

Each session runs from 9am – 3pm (early pick up option of 1pm) for children aged 5 – 12 years.

Please email us on office@hcg.org.nz or phone 386 4443 for more information and a registration form.

KidzStuff Theatre - The Kiwi Gingerbread Man
16 to 30 April
Monday - Friday 11am & 2pm, 
Saturday - 11am
4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria
Tickets $10 each, Under 2s free.
No show on Anzac Day.
Tel: 385 0292 or book online at www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz.

Capital E
Our Autumn 2016 newsletter is hot off the press, and we are so excited to share with you and your families everything that is going on at Capital E these school holidays!

Enter Capital E’s evolving cardboard world, BoxOpolis, watch the ordinary world become extraordinary in Shu’s Song at the Hannah Playhouse, then get creative with Out of the Box in OnTV. Explore MediaLab’s cutting edge technology with Raspberry Pi: Fresh from the Oven and Your Virtual Reality.

For more information, go to www.capitale.org.nz
 or phone 913 3724. 

All Star Cheerleaders
Looking for something exciting and active for the kids to do these holidays? All Star Cheerleaders have you covered!

We are running our popular school holiday programme again this April:
When: Monday 18th - Friday 23rd April
Where: All Star LEGACY Gym
Location: 62B Diana Drive, Glenfield
Cost: $40/day or $150 for the week
Aftercare available for $10/day

Attendees will get to rotate through dance, stunt, tumble and craft along with many other fun activities. Age is taken into consideration so there are fun and engaging stations for everyone!

We have a qualified teacher on site, assisted by our experienced Level 5 Elite Team.

At the end of each day, the kids will perform a mini routine to show their parents the new skills they've learnt.


For more information, or to register, go to /www.allstarcheerleaders.co.nz/home/school-holiday-programmes/.

City Gallery - Upcoming Events

ANZ Family Day
Saturday 16 April, 11am-4pm | Free

Get the school holidays off to a creative start with a day of free, fun art activities for the whole family. Take a turn in front of our green screen and put yourself in the movies, check out a collection of short films from Square Eyes Film Foundation, create a 'warped' family portrait with our distortion mirror and join us for a kid-friendly exhibition tour. There will be prizes and giveaways. Click here for more info and timetable: http://citygallery.org.nz/events/anz-family-day-0

Cloud Workshop with John Reynolds
Saturday 23 April, 1.00 – 4.45pm | Free

City Gallery is hosting the first Cloud Workshop in Wellington. Cloud Workshop is an artist-led art workshop for bereaved kids (aged 5-18). It offers solidarity, fun and creativity. The workshop is run by Deborah Smith, an Auckland-based photographer and teacher. She's been running these since 2008. The April workshop is led by artist John Reynolds (his work is currently on show in City Gallery's exhibition Julian Dashper & Friends). 
More info here: http://citygallery.org.nz/events/cloud-workshop-john-reynolds

Artsight School Holiday Programmes
Saturday 18-28 April, see Artsight for details.

Artsight are running a two week April school holiday programme. There are a number of classes including drawing, painting and 3D model making. 
Check www.artsight.co.nz for timetables, bookings and costs.

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.

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

Child Care Positions
The YMCA After School Care Centres based at local primary schools are looking for people to join our team. We have several positions available that are suitable for people interested in part-time hours in a meaningful position, helping provide a safe, fun, learning environment for children. More information about the positions (including hours of work) is available on our website www.ymcagreaterwellington.org.nz.

We have positions available at Mount Cook Primary School, and Te Aro Primary School. We are looking for a mix of Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors and Leaders and the hours available vary from 4-25 hours a week, Monday-Friday.

Applications from parents or caregivers of children attending our centers are welcome and free after school care may be available for the children of our staff.