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1 June 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

During the last holidays we had our lovely new carpet put down in the senior spaces.

Following hot on the trail:
  • $1200.00 of new non fiction books for our library collection
  • 30 mini iPads on their way to support student goal setting/reflection and a whole lot more
  • 3 intensive days of professional learning for staff in developing writers
....... and that's just in the last week!

Without your huge contribution to our 'locally raised funds', this learning and purchasing of learning resources and smartening up the environment wouldn't happen. The Fair (being the biggie), the weekly sausage sizzles, pizza lunches, discos, the inaugural Ceilidh, and a fantastic amount of voluntary contribution payments already made means we can support the achievement of the children coming to school today.

By the looks of the recently announced budget, we won't be in for any increases soon, as any increase in education spending will be going to schools with the greatest achievement challenges. So, we will continue to rely heavily on our locally raised funds. So, thanks for the ideas, for getting heads together on a winter evening and connecting as a community to support us moving forward.

You are role modelling the key attributes we are aiming to develop in our children:
  • I am powerful
  • I am connected
  • I am a thinker
  • I am a goal setter
You are also role modelling the key competencies of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework:
  • Thinking
  • Relating to Others
  • Understanding Language, Symbols and Texts
  • Managing Self
  • Participating and Contributing
If we reflect on the work of Albert Bandura, way back in 1977, around observational or social learning, he and his colleagues were able to demonstrate that learning could occur through the simple processes of observing someone else's activity. When your children observe you engaging and providing such a positive contribution, it can only be a great thing.

Have a glorious slightly longer weekend

Nga mihi

Our Principal’s Awards are currently focusing on the following:

  • I am connected... (with a focus on empathy) 
  • I can build relationships with others
  • I can communicate clearly
  • I can be part of a team
  • I can connect to my place, the environment and globally

Autahi and Tautoru
Archie, Evie, Adam, Matthias, Hadley and Georgina.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Ollie, Angelina, Orla, Alex P and Mia.

Important Health Information - Measles Preparedness

Measles is a highly infectious and serious illness. IF a student or staff member is diagnosed with measles at Worser Bay School, other students and staff will be required to have written evidence that they have either had two doses of measles vaccine (MMR) after they were 12 months of age.

Anyone who does not have evidence of measles immunity will be required to stay off school until 14 days after their contact with the person diagnosed with measles.

For more information, please read the attached pdf file from the Medical Officer of Health at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Please read the letter from Stephanie Hayes' parents about Stephanie's suppressed immunity at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Digital Tattoos

Schools and families have a responsibility to teach students the 'rules' for being a good digital citizen and all that entails. We speak of the digital tattoo, the fact that information that is shared, just like an inked tattoo, can never be fully erased. When you enrol, the school seeks permission from you as to whether we can publish images of your child in school related material, i.e. website and blogs.

Similarly, when you join Seesaw, online portfolio, you are agreeing for photos to be shared between home and school. Sometimes these photos may have a few children or teachers in them, not just your own child. Please be aware that it is our understanding, in conversation with Netsafe, that if you were to share these photos wider, you would be requiring permission.

So, please be very careful and think about that digital tattoo and the rights of the others. The school can't take responsibility for the Digital Citizenship of parents but we can bring it to your attention.

So, is this 'ink' permanent?
When you share something online, you can lose control of it. Even if you delete a photo or post, you can’t guarantee that it hasn’t been copied or downloaded by someone else. Think about how many people you are sharing with and whether they’ll be responsible with what you share. Don’t forget, it’s easy for other people to copy what you share online, change it and share it without you knowing. Many of us didn't go through schooling in this digital age and may not be aware of the need to mindful about the tap of a finger.

Whole School

The World Is My Audience

The World Is My Audience 4 is all about community. Classes from around the world contributed to this ebook.

Some students in Tautoru submitted poems about places. Autahi shared their classroom treaty and some students in Mahutonga shared their homeless poems.

You can download the book here: http://apple.co/25rtOK3


Look at me!
We dressed up and wrote our own stories about what we were! We did lots of looking out for the words we needed and then had to sound out our characters!
We are having a Coffee Connection Morning on Friday 10 June after Karakia for half an hour. It's an opportunity to connect with the Autahi parent community and one of the teachers and address anything you've been wondering about in the class. 

We will also be having a Milk and Cookie Evening on Wednesday 15 June from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This is a time to come in the evening and connect with others, enjoy some milk and cookies, read a book and enjoy our inviting classroom space. The aim is to create a calm, relaxing 'just before bedtime' feel. We will have stories on for students to listen to and encourage you to bring your favourite stories to read together.


This is us using drama to show how the moon affects the tide.

Out of this World
We have been learning about how the moon and sun cause the tides to change. Read more on our blog and check out sites.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/matarikiwbs/tides to find out more information. We have also been learning a song about the solar system: Tautoru Songs

Taking Action: How can we influence positive change?
As part of our Inquiry we have been thinking about how we can take action. We want to influence positive change in the environment. We have started to brainstorm ideas about things that we can do.

Remember Poems
We wrote poems based on “Summer” by Marci Ridlon. Read these poems on our blog.

Spanish Lessons
We have a new song to practise...


Inquiry: Research Looking at Balance/Imbalance in Marine Environments

We have been working with amazing energy exploring the causes and effects of imbalance in marine environments. We have used Kina as the focus of our study. It is part of a three day Inquiry focus in which we are going through the whole Inquiry process.

Read the blog about what have we found out so far.

  • This Weekend - School will be closed on Friday 3 June AND Monday 6 June for Queen's Birthday.
  • Parental Trustee Elections - Voting closes at noon on Friday 3 June. However, if you are intending to use the Ballot Box at school, you will need to bring in your voting papers by 3pm on Thursday 2 June, as school is closed on Friday.
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Thursday 2 June (Please ensure clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are named.)
  • Please read the pdf below regarding Measles Preparedness.
  • Book your Reporting on Progress Meetings. Bookings close at noon on Friday 10 June. Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code: 98gcp.
  • Autahi Parents - please diary:
    Coffee Connection Morning - Friday 10 June after Karakia for half an hour. 
    Milk and Cookie Evening - Wednesday 15 June - 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

  • The following payments are now due:
    • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00 (Full year)
    • Voluntary Contribution by Instalment - 2nd instalment is now due - $83.75 per term (or $71.25 if you made the first payment in Term 1.)
    • Swimming Lessons - $60 - Whole School (or Pro Rata rate for those who have just started school)
    • Camp - 4th instalment of $50 is now due (for those paying by instalment)
    • Eastern Zones Cross Country - $6.50 - Only those children who have brought home the information sheet.
    • Netball - $27.75 - WBS Netball team only.
    • Any outstanding payments - Seesaw, Percussion, Football, etc. (You will have received an email reminder.)

    • Matariki Kite Making and Flying - Friday 17 June at 9.10am. Meet at school for Karakia and singing, then walk to Worser Bay Beach. Bring some kai to share with your children.
    • Matariki Programme at Te Papa - Friday 24 June (Years 3-6) and Monday 27 June (Years 1-2). 
    • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesdays
    • Sushi Lunches - Fridays
    • Term Dates 2016 and 2017.
    • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs
    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    Parental Trustee Elections

    By now you should have received the voting papers for the Parental Trustee elections. These need to be completed and returned by noon on Friday 3rd June to ensure that your vote is included. We have had a great response to the call for nominations with seven candidates seeking to fill the five available positions. The voting papers include information about the candidates and what attributes they will bring to the Board, along with how to go about exercising your right to vote. There is also a link on the school's website to the Candidates' Statements so you can view online. We strongly encourage all eligible members of the school community to review the candidates and send in their voting forms by the due date. 

    Please note that school is closed on Friday 3rd June, so, if using the Ballot Box, you will have to do so by 3pm on Thursday 2nd June! If posting your voting paper, you must use the enclosed return-addressed envelope. Your vote will not be counted unless the envelope is postmarked before the day of the election, Friday 3 June, and received by the returning officer not later than 5 days after the postmarked date. Ensure that you post it as soon as possible because New Zealand Post has reduced its mail delivery service.

    The number of candidates seeking to help the school is a great reflection of an engaged community and we thank them all for making this commitment to be involved – as has been said many times, it’s a reflection on the willingness of so many of our parents to help deliver the best possible schooling experience for our children.

    Reporting on Progress Meetings

    Bookings are now open for Reporting on Progress Meetings to be held from Monday 13 June to Friday 1 July (inclusive). 

    Please follow the instructions below:
    Enter the Worser Bay School Code: 98gcp

    Bookings will close at midday on Friday 10 June.

    A Note from the Office

    School Closed
    Please note that school will be closed on Friday 3 June and Monday 6 June for Queen's Birthday Weekend.

    If you are emailing the office regarding absences, please send the email to office@worserbay.school.nz (we no longer use the sitemail email address), as well as your child's base group teacher (you can find their email address at http://www.worserbay.school.nz/people). Remember to mention the reason for absence.

    Keep collecting those Yummy Stickers! 
    Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags of apples (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for our school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, Pak'n Save and participating Four Square stores. The more you collect, the more sports gear Worser Bay School will receive. Pick up a collection sheet from the office, or print out the Collection Sheets at the bottom of this Newsletter.

    Payments via Wrap It Up
    Tip: To avoid doubling up on payments, you can check what you have already paid for on Wrap It Up by going to the "My Orders" tab on the menu below. This will list all the purchases you have made in date order.

    Sushi Lunches


    Matariki 2016

    Coming up in June is our annual Matariki Celebration. This year it will be slightly different again.

    Matariki, as well as welcoming the New Year, has been a time to acknowledge Tupuna, the ancestors who have gone before us. Some Maori did this by flying kites as it was a way of connecting with the spiritual world. Some of the kites were enormous and very beautiful like the one shown.

    On Friday 17 June parents/caregivers are invited to join the whole school for kite making and flying, with your children at Worser Bay Beach. We will start at 9.10am with Karakia and singing at school and then walk down to the beach. We will finish with kai. Please bring something yummy to share with your children. 

    Please note, it will be Sushi lunch as usual. (If it's wet we will stay at school, share stories, make kites and share some kai together.)

    The other part of the Matariki programme this year will be run at Te Papa. This will be taking place the following week on Friday 24 June (Years 3-6) and Monday 27 June (Years 1-2). More information to follow.


    This 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 (see below). Lessons and times are as follows:

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

    Years 1 & 2 - 1pm to 2pm - Kath, Gillian, Chrissy and Shona
    Buses leave at 12.35pm from WBS and 2.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

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

    Years 5 & 6 - 12noon to 1pm - Hamish and John
    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. If your child started part way through Term 2, you can pay from the week you start (also on Wrap it Up under Pro Rata Swimming).

    Kia ora te whanau

    If you are one of the willing parent volunteers for swimming next term, please read the Volunteer Guidelines and get back to the base group teacher via email and acknowledge that you have read this before the first swimming session. We need to keep everyone in the community 'safe', including our parent volunteers (who we rely on so heavily!)

    Nga mihi

    Community Notices...

    Percussionist Andreas Lepper
    Andreas, who has just finished running a musical project at Worser Bay School (et al), is facilitating truly improvised, 'serious-fun' jam-sessions ... at his studio in St Christopher's Church, Seatoun ... corner Ventnor/Forres Streets.

    'Hungry' participants of all levels of musicianship will mainly make use of his vast collection of percussion - as well as brass instruments (trombone,tuba,trumpet) plus keyboards, full vocal PA, bass guitar, ukelele, violin - but are encouraged to bring their own favourite instruments (Guitar Amp provided).

    To start with, we are asking for an 'Exit Koha'. Just turn up:
    4.30 - 5.20pm            
    School Children, 6 years plus
    5.30 - 6.20pm            Parents and their children, 8 years plus
    6.30 - 7.30pm-ish      Adults only, 'after work' jam... BYO

    Sessions are limited to 20 participants.

    Furthermore we are offering:
    • Group and one-to-one lessons in Latin American Percussion. Please email expressions of interest.
    • Team-building 'TeamDrum'. For inquiries and bookings, go to: www.cluedup.co.nz/
    You can contact Andreas at andreas@teamdrum.co.nz.

    Supporting Success in your School
    If you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $150,000 or more, ASB will donate to your chosen participating school $500. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

    Weta Workshop - Part-time Job
    The Media & Communications team is on the hunt for a hands-on Publishing Manager to help with our Art of Film books and other clever publishing endeavours. Contract role. 35 hours per week. Go to:


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