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24 June 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Next week I am off to Geelong Grammar School again. It's over a year since I had the initial 'Immersion' and started studying towards a Certificate in Positive Psychology. At the culmination of this final 'Immersion', I will have graduated. (I hope!)

This study has covered everything from change to brain research / mind + body / coaching to relationships. Next week I will be presenting my final project which is demonstrating how the material has been used in an educational setting. I will be taking a folder full of wonderful child centred examples, from goal setting/reflection to character strengths to gratitude circles to our learner attributes. I will also have examples of staff professional learning........ (I will have a heavy bag!). I look forward to having a session to discuss this work further for any of you who are interested next term.

We have a lot of interest in our school from other schools across the country as they grapple with collaborative spaces/team teaching and the expectations that the government has around schools being, what is termed, 'Innovative Learning Environments' (ILEs) which has moved on from 'Modern Learning Environments' (MLEs).

"Most schools were built between the 1950s and 1970s. The way that teachers teach and students learn has been developing since then. We want all schools to have vibrant, well connected, innovative learning environments (ILE) that encourage and support many different types of learning.

An ILE is the complete physical, social and pedagogical context in which learning can occur. We used to refer to these as modern learning environments (MLE). An ILE is capable of evolving and adapting as educational practices evolve and change. One part of creating an ILE is to modernise the spaces that teachers and students spend their time in."

(Ministry of Education)

Our school is slightly different. We feature on the cover of the book 'Open Schoolhouse' Environments for children in New Zealand by Gerald Melling, printed in 1980. In this book, there is a delightful piece ".....A kind of smorgasbord......not withstanding the wide range of herbs, garnishes and spices made available to the chefs (teachers) for the children to select from, there are a few staple ingredients to the educational meal which must be present to avoid any possibility of indigestion." This was over 35 years ago, but I guess Gerald was talking about what we refer to now as 'learner agency' .

So, soon, when I am staying at Geelong Grammar School, a boarding school, a school steeped in tradition, a school that looks completely different from ours, I will reflect again on the smorgasbord they offer. It may have a few different flourishes, but essentially it is a very similar meal!

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
Sophie, Leo, Lillian, James, Eva and Nye.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Megan, Mateo, Max, Orla, Ollie and Maddie.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Please read the Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents about Stephanie's suppressed immunity.

Wig Wednesday

A big thank you for wearing your wigs on Wednesday (see photo below). We raised a total of $506.40 for the Child Cancer Foundation. Awesome effort.

Parental Leave

There is something different about Chrissy!

Chrissy will be taking parental leave from Term 4, 2016 until the end of 2017. We are currently in recruitment mode.

The Festival of Music is Coming!

This year we are going to celebrate sound and music. Across the school we are beginning inquiries into sound in preparation for what will be another fantastic event. Please book in the following dates.

When:  Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August

Time:  5.30pm to 7.00pm. (Children in Autahi will not be required to stay for the whole time.)

Plastic Free Peninsula

Plastic Free Peninsula is a Worser Bay School community-led group wanting to make a positive impact in our local environment. We’re launching a campaign at the start of International Plastic Free Month (July) with 2 exciting events for the Worser Bay School Community. 

Movie & Pizza Night – 5-7pm, Thursday 30 June at Worser Bay School
Come, eat pizza and watch four inspirational short movies about plastic, why it’s a problem and see what we can do in our community to make a difference to this issue. Guest speakers and raffle prizes. Pizzas $5 per person - please pay via Wrap It Up by 26th June.

It’s International Plastic Bag Free Day so we’re holding a
Miramar Peninsula Coastal Cleanup

Sunday 3rd July, 10am-12pm (rain or shine)

All Worser Bay families are welcome to join Plastic Free Peninsula in cleaning up our coastal areas. Meet at Worser Bay Beach (near the Surf Lifesaving Club) at 10am; groups will spread out along the coast picking up rubbish that impacts our wildlife and environment.
  • Bring your own gloves, bags provided. 
  • Strong shoes recommended for rocky areas. 
  • Parents/caregivers are responsible for the safety of their own children. 
  • Provide your own transport if moving around the coast. 
Return bags to Worser Bay Beach by 12pm.

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 require 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 be mindful about the tap of a finger.

School Fair - Silent Auction, Running of the Balls and Rapid Raffle

We are currently seeking donations of goods or services for the Silent Auction, Running of the Balls and Rapid Raffle for the upcoming 2016 Worser Bay SchoolTreasure Island themed Fair. So, if you have a business, or are an individual and are keen to donate your goods or services, we would love to hear from you. Historically, items that have gone well are accommodation, art, cafes, professional services, sports memorabilia, restaurants and wine. In return, we can offer you great exposure on our various websites of Facebook, Twitter, the Fair Flyer and on the day itself.

If you are keen to donate, or want to find out a bit more, please contact either Claire Allen at claireandmattallen@gmail.com or Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Claire and Stephanie

School Fair - Deli Team

Any laden fruit trees or veggie gardens you can forage over the upcoming 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 Rhubarb, Lemons, Pears, Persimmons, Tamarillos, Apples, Grapefruit, Beetroot in season now. 
I can pick up from you - please text 021 264 5866, or leave at the school office.

We are still wanting any nice jars with a lid (label removed, please) or pretty bottles you could collect at home. They will be put to good use. I am also looking for someone who can de-label jars. I have lots of jars with labels on…. does this sound like you??

A BIG Thank You for produce that has already been donated - it is hugely appreciated and has been put to good use.

Thank you,
Hannah Thornton

Many of you have asked if you can sign up grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

Yes! You can! 

They can follow the link below and sign up with their email address. 

Please make sure that you email your child’s base group teacher so that they know to accept.

The links are:
Autahi: https://app.seesaw.me/s/523-447-673
Tautoru: https://app.seesaw.me/s/429-440-634
Mahutonga/Matariki: https://app.seesaw.me/s/046-841-994


More Matariki Celebrating

We had visits from Tuatara Kids this week where we read stories and did some weaving. It was great for some of us to see our old friends and teachers, for all of us to be hosts for visitors in our space and to share in more Matariki celebrations.

Kite Art

We were so inspired by the beautiful site of all the kites flying over Worser Bay Beach that we decided to create some artworks.

Our book this week!

Here we are figuring out what word goes where. Some of us were the words and some of us had to help direct!


Capacity Investigation

We have been learning how to measure capacity using non-standard and standard units. Take a look at our learning on the blog. It has been a lot of fun and maybe you could try measuring things at home when cooking & baking!

Sound Inquiry

We are beginning to investigate sound as part of our Inquiry about "Change". We have been investigating musical instruments and materials used to create different sounds.


Statistical Investigation: How Much Do We Use?

How Much Do We Use? Read all about it on the blog.

This investigation is looking at how we use resources at Worser Bay School. 

Investigating the Recyling. How much paper have we put in the recycling this week? How was it used?

We will be sharing some of our results with you next week.

Kite Flying

On Friday we went down to Worser Bay beach and tried flying our kites. We’ve learned a few things for next year in terms of design, but what a wonderful way to celebrate Matariki together with our community - thanks to all those who came and supported us!

Wig Wednesday

We joined in the Child Cancer Foundation’s fundraiser, Wig Wednesday, with huge support from students and staff. It was a great way to practice empathy, and an opportunity for Stephanie to share some of her journey with us.


  • Years NE-2 - Matariki Programme at Te Papa - Monday 27 June
  • Capital E Visit - Mahutonga/Matariki Only. Each base group will go on a separate day.
    -  Monday 27 June - Hamish and his base group
    -  Tuesday 28 June - John and his base group
    -  Wednesday 29 June - Gabrielle and her base group
  • PFP - Movie & Pizza Night - 5-7pm, Thursday 30 June at Worser Bay School. Order your pizzas via Wrap It Up.
  • Next Assembly - Friday 1 July
    • PFP - Miramar Peninsula Beach Clean Up - 10am - 12noon, Sunday 3 July (International Plastic Bag Free Day). Meet at Worser Bay Beach.
    • Please diary: Festival of Music - Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August, 5.30pm to 7pm.

        • 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)
          • Netball - $27.75 - WBS Netball team only.
          • Miniball - $35.00 - WBS Miniball teams only.
          • Te Papa Matariki Trip - $10.00 for Years 1-2
          • Te Papa Matariki Trip - $12.00 for Years 3-6
          • Capital E Visit - $10.00 - Mahutonga and Matariki Only

          All payments via Wrap It Up please.

          A Note from the Office

          Late Arrivals and Early Leavers
          Please remember that your child needs to sign in the Absence Book at the office if they arrive at school after 8.55am and take a Late Pass to give to their teacher. Also, if they leave school before 3pm for any reason, they need to sign out (in the same book).

          Matariki 2016

          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. 

          Follow this link to learn more about Matariki: Matariki: Everything there is to know about it

          Monday 27 June - Years NE-2 - Te Papa Matariki Trip
          On Monday 27th June, all New Entrants and Year 1 and 2 students will be visiting Te Papa as part of the Matariki celebrations. While at Te Papa, we will be learning about Matariki and all of the things which go with it. The programme will involve our students exploring the magic of storytelling through drama, dance, and movement.

          Matariki has truly become a time of celebration for all New Zealanders and it is great that our kids get to experience this at Te Papa.

          Students will need to bring:
          • Warm clothes
          • Closed footwear for walking
          • Raincoat
          • Packed lunch and drink bottle 
          The bus leaves school at 9.15am and will return by 2.30pm. The cost is $10.00 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up.

          If you are available to accompany us, please email either Shona in Tautoru (sfort@worserbay.school.nz) or Kath in Autahi (kdelport@worserbay.school.nz).

          Capital E Visit

          Mahutonga/Matariki will be visiting Capital E in base groups to do a Sports Desk News Recording: 

          Monday 27 June - Hamish and his base group
          Tuesday 28 June - John and his base group
          Wednesday 29 June - Gabrielle and her base group

          The children will be recording a sports desk presentation like one on the news, with accountability for all parts of the production - presenters, interviewers, camera work, sound, etc. We will need parental permission for the clip to be uploaded to YouTube. There is a tick box on Wrap It Up for permissions. The cost is $10.00. 

          We then plan to spend some time in town having lunch, visiting the City Gallery and the library. If the weather is OK we might have a look at the kina sculpture on the waterfront.

          The buses will leave school at 9.10am and return by 2.45pm on each of these days.

          If you are keen to help on one of these days, please contact your child's base group teacher.


          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... 

          The Rock Academy
          Do you have musician children? Do they get bored during the school holidays? The Rock Academy holiday programme could be what you are looking for. We will be running a 3 day holiday programme in both weeks of the July school holidays.

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

          Location: St Patrick’s Parish Hall, 5 Rongotai Road, KIlbirnie
          Time: Starts at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00pm. Drop off 8:45am.
          July:  12th 13th 14th – Tuesday to Thursday
                    19th 20th 21st – Tuesday to Thursday

          Activities include:
          • Daily busking trips – The pupils get to keep the money, highly motivating and great for their confidence.
          • Group jam sessions – Learning lots of cool new modern rock and pop songs.
          • The Rock Academy’s Got Talent workshop and competition – Pupils learn how to audition, introduce themselves, hold eye contact and perform a piece to take out TRA trophy.
          • Singing lessons/exercises – Singing exercises and scales every morning.
          • Technique skills sessions – learning new riffs, licks, chords, tricks and techniques.
          • Industry workshop – Learning how to be a successful musician however ambitious they may be.
          • Solo and group song writing sessions – Pupils are asked to write and performn their own songs over the three days.
          We do book out in advance so please contact us 3 to 4 weeks before the holidays if you are interested. Contact Geoff Day on 021 565 750 or visit www.therockacademy.co.nz.

          Term 3 Swimming Lessons
          Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Kilbirnie.
          Term 3 is just around the corner... Have you booked in? Call us on 387 5655 or email 
          wracswimschool@wcc.govt.nz to discuss your needs. Don’t forget, our School Holiday Programme is great way for the kids to speed up their learning process - Boating Extreme and Rookie Guard are exciting new holiday programmes for confident swimmers looking for new challenges. Get in touch today.

          Inverlochy Art School
          The Holiday Programme is now on our website.
          Holiday Programme - optional day extension to 3.30pm.
          Due to many requests we have made optional Extended Day classes from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for both weeks. Please let us know what you think. The extra two hours is separated out so that you can attend just the usual 4 hours per day classes or add on the extra time.
          For more information, email manager@inverlochy.org.nz or phone 04 939 2177.

          Creative Writing Workshop
          School holidays are once more coming up, and this time the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden is prepared!

          Monday July 11th, 1pm-4pm
          Ages 10-15 year olds
          $10 per child
          Book tickets here: www.katherinemansfield.com

          Movie Making and Animation
          In the July Holidays, Newtown Movie School are again offering popular movie making and animation holiday programmes.

          Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 July
          Stop Motion Animation - Popular 3 days of creativity with Lego (based in Newtown)
          Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July
          Blockbuster Studios - Make a movie trailer of the next big thing (based in Newtown)

          For more information, go to: www.newtownmovieschool.co.nz
          or contact Craig Lauridsen on 021 966 277 or nms@acumen.net.nz

          Circus School Holiday Fun!
          Two weeks of circus-themed activities for all school age children (5-15yrs)
          Single and multi-day bookings available.
          9am-3pm, 11-14 & 18-21 July
          at Wellington's Circus Hub, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown

          Clay Penguin Studio 
          School holiday programmes at the Clay Penguin Studio in Seatoun:
          Monday 11 July - Sitting animals
          Tuesday 12 July - Animal bowls
          All programmes run from 9-12 noon.
          Cost: $35 includes clay, materials and morning tea. (Option to have work fired for an extra $5)
          Email:  theclaypenguin@hotmail.com for a booking form.

          Maranui Swimming Club
          Maranui Swimming Club is a fun and very affordable option for families wishing to enrol their child/ren into a swimming club. The club provides swimming tuition and coaching in a non-competitive and fun environment for children between the ages of four and 18. Club nights are from 7pm until 8pm at the Freyberg Pool on a Friday night. $85 for one child for the whole year! You are required to pay normal pool entry.

          Check out the website www.maranuiswimming.co.nz for further information. You are also welcome take your child/ren along to attend a Club Night and discuss membership with one of the Committee or Coaches.

          Harbour City GymSports
          Harbour City GymSports, situated in Haitatai Park, is running a Holiday Programme in the first week of the school holidays (Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July 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.

          Standouts: Dance, Sing and Act these July Holidays!
          Join us as we get a show on the road in 4 days!
          Tues 12th - Fri 15th July - 9am-4pm
          Tues 19th - Fri 22nd July - 9am-4pm
          6-14yrs,  St Judes Hall, Lyall Bay
          $200 per child per 4 day workshop - family discounts available.
          Email gemma@standouts.co.nz for more information.

          Hararei Holiday Programme
          The Hararei Holiday Programme will be running from 11th to 22nd of July, kids will be recommended to bring warm clothes and jackets for the duration of the holiday programme. 
          For more information and bookings: http://www.hataitai-hararei.co.nz/

          Fencing (Sword Fighting) Holiday Programme
          Where:    Baptist Church, 24 Donald McLean Street, Newtown
          When:     Wednesday 13 July and Thursday 14 July (9am – 3pm for both days)
          Fee:        $130/two days/per person
          For further information and to book a place, contact PING YUAN at nz_wfc@outlook.com or 021 059 2558.

          Artrageous Kids July Extravaganza
          July 2016 Holiday Programme 
          11–22 July (week days only) BOOK NOW
          Follow this link to view the July 2016 Schedule.
          July's regular Holiday Programme will run from 11–15 July and 18–22 July 2016 catering to children aged 5-12 years.
          Venue: Poneke Dojo, Prince of Wales Park, Salisbury Tce, Mt Cook.

          Big Kids July 2016 Holiday Programme 
          11–22 July (week days only) BOOK NOW
          Big Kids will now run for two weeks. 11–15 July and 18-22 July 2016 catering to children aged 10-14 years.
          Follow this link to view the Big Kids Week schedule.
          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, using their imagination and their creativity in a hilariously fun atmosphere.
          Venue: Vogelmorn Bowling Club 93 Mornington Rd, Brooklyn, Wellington.

          Soccer Italian Style coming to Wellington
          18 - 22 July 2016
          Professional football coaches from Empoli Football Club and ACF Fiorentina are coming to Wellington, in the 2nd week of the July school holidays, for a week long football camp. Supported by Wellington's FUSION School of Football and Auckland's TOP Flight Football Academy - the camp will provide a great opportunity for aspiring football players (7-14 years old) to upskill and learn from 2 talented Italian football coaches.
          1 week only - $250.00  
          Limited spaces - don't miss out! For more information - please visit http://www.fsof.co.nz/sis/

          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.

          Carolyn Brett,
          21 Jun 2016, 13:48
          Carolyn Brett,
          21 Jun 2016, 13:48
          Carolyn Brett,
          21 Jun 2016, 13:48
          Carolyn Brett,
          21 Jun 2016, 13:48