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Week 6 - 2 September 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Yesterday Gillian and Suzanne were selected to talk with a group of teachers from across Wellington about the work they have been leading in the area of 'Incredible Years Teaching' or IYT for short. It's great for these two to be recognised like this.

The Incredible Years Teacher programme covers:
  • building positive relationships with children
  • proactively preventing behaviour problems
  • using attention, encouragement, and praise to turn behaviour around
  • motivating children by giving them incentives
  • helping children learn social skills, empathy, and problem-solving
  • using appropriate consequences for undesirable behaviour. 
(There is also an Incredible Years Parenting Course: http://incredibleyearsnz.co.nz/parents)

An area of professional learning for our teachers this year has been around academic and social/emotional coaching with children. The word coaching itself is interesting. The term originated in a town called Kocs in Hungary, where the 'coach' was invented. It "carried people over rough terrain". Well, children, all of us, need to learn the skills to carry ourselves........ eventually. Teachers/parents/managers........... aren't carriers but we can provide direction, nourishment and the environment for growth.

Combining coaching with our emphasis on wellbeing/positive education, our 3 key principles and the national focus to make the move from punitive to restorative practice, we are reviewing our current 'behaviour management' practices.


What rule has been broken? Who is to blame? What is the punishment going to be?


What happened? Who has been affected? How? What needs to be done to put things right?

Adapted from Jansen and Matla, n.d. (adapted from Zehr, 2002)

Are our consequences supporting social and emotional growth? What part do children's strengths play? Where are we at with our own understanding of restorative practice? It's a work in progress...... watch this space. Any thoughts for consideration, please chat with Suzanne or Gillian. It's a really interesting area of learning and there are always many perspectives.

We have 3 weeks of Term 3 to go, and talk about packed and requiring your help!
  • Celebrations of Learning - SLCs + Treasure Hunt. 30% of our children do not have a booking, these close next week. Eek - help!
  • PFP brings Sew Love: Next week - please see separate item. 
  • Tuesday afternoon 6 September is a Paid Union Meeting for teachers. Please try and help out and pick your children up at 1.00pm or let the office staff know if they need to stay until 3.00pm
  • 22 September - Year 3/4 Sleepover here at school - requires parent volunteers too. Please help!
  • 22 September is also World Character Day. If you can make a coffee at 9.00am in the staffroom, I would love to chat with you about what the focus on character strengths is all about. I will also pop the main points in a newsletter, as I realise not everyone will be able to make it.
  • The Treasure Island Fair of the Year - 13 November. Some Fair Stalls are filling up fast, some are already full, other lovely parent volunteers are looking a bit lonely. Please get onto popping your name down ASAP. This is the main fundraising/ community event that everyone get's involved in. Help out, it's fun!
Here's to a great weekend.

Nga mihi

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

I am a goal setter... (self management)
  • I can reflect on my learning
  • I can share and discuss my achievements
  • I can plan my next learning steps

Autahi and Tautoru
Evie, Yoichi, Sitara, Griffin, Leola, Luc and Zoe.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Hayley, Luca, Cody, Alba, Anatole and Alexander.

Book Your Celebrations of Learning

This time around, each area, except for Autahi, have two days set aside for these Celebrations of Learning. You will be booking in groups of 5 (children + parents) for 30 minute slots during the day. A teacher will be facilitating the group, your child will lead you through a variety of pieces of work, with prompting from yourselves and the teacher as they work with the group. On either side of the conversation, you will have an opportunity to experience a bit more of regular classroom life as well. Some of you will remember the learning space treasure hunt of 2015........ a great success! We are reinstating that, in combination with the group facilitated conversations. We very much value the children having this opportunity to articulate their learning journey, so please diary these days: 

Autahi:                         Thursday 8 September
Mahutonga/Matariki:     Monday 12 or Tuesday 13 September
Tautoru:                        Wednesday 14 or Thursday 15 September

Please follow the instructions below on how to book:

Enter the Worser Bay School Code: q8vsd
Please book a time with the area where you child is (Autahi, Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki).
Bookings will close at midday on Wednesday 7 September.

If you are totally confused, please chat to a teacher in your area or Steph in the office and they will get you on track.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - More News

The Year 3 and 4 Sleepover is on Thursday 22nd September 2016.

6.00pm  - The children eat an early dinner at home then arrive with parents to help them sort their beds out.

Then until 7.00pm - Game on bottom court, followed by hot drinks and pikelets.

7.00pm - Parents leave

Teachers and parents staying over will organise a few activities to help with the wind down before bed!

Early Friday morning - 23 September

7.00 - 7.15am - Parents collect their children and their belongings.

After breakfast at home the children may return to school between the usual start time and 10.00am or may stay at home and start their holiday early. 


Letter from the Public Health Nurse

Please read the Letter from Public Health Nurse regarding Sore Throats and Rheumatic Fever.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Sew Love Event

All WBS students are going to have the exciting opportunity to sew their own reusable tote bags at school (Mon 5th Sep to Wed 7th Sep) with help from "Cecil", the Sew Love mobile sewing camper. Students are requested to bring a pillowcase and neck tie from home as the materials for the bag.

Cecil the mobile sewing camper and the finished creations

"Don't forgot to check the PFP blog site and sign the pledge to support plastic reduction on the Miramar Peninsula!


Back into routines and thinking about our goals. We are loving it.

We have been enjoying the time we get to do our own writing and express thoughts in this way. There have been some lovely pieces this week. Take a look.

Planting for the School Fair
It was fun to plant these today. What a great day to do it on the first day of Spring.


Peace Poems to Pakistan
Sabawoon Education Academy, Pakistan have received our Peace Poems. They are going to make a copy of the presentation for their library and the children will receive their own copies of the poems. They are currently working on some poems and drawings for us. We are looking forward to receiving those.


Jelly and Kitchen Science

We have begun our new Inquiry around change. We will turn our focus to kitchen science. This week we made jelly and fruit and wrote some instructions. Watch our video to see the experiment and what happened!

As we have been thinking about food, we thought we’d find out what people’s Favourite Foods are. Sunnyhills School in Auckland have also added theirs… Feel free to add yours too.

Find out about our egg white experiment

Performances: A moment in time
We are still buzzing and super proud of our efforts. Read some of our writing about the performance. Here are some more awesome recounts about the music festival.

Waste Education Visit
Thank you Wendy for coming in to teach us about waste. We have added to a Waste Education Padlet to share what we have learnt.


Our learning and process around the Music Festival
Please have a read to find out the process we’ve been through over the last few weeks that culminated in our performance last week.

Waste… there’s a lot of it!
Wendy from Waste Management came in to talk to us about how Wellington deals with waste and recycling. Have a look at the blog to see what we learned, and what we shared with her.

The Nature of Water
We’ve been looking at the nature of water in solid, liquid and gas states. We made ourselves into water molecules and explored the different states.

Lizard Garden
You may have noticed some delightful new plantings 
at the Awa road entrance to the school. Read about it on the blog.

No, this is not a lizard but a lizard gardener!

Kitchen Science
We have begun investigating the extraordinary everyday ingredients which we use in the kitchen for their scientific properties. Good cooks and bakers need to understand the nature of the products which they use in order to control the outcome of their cooking. Read all about it on the blog.

Heat and Sugar

How is the sugar changing?

Yeast, Baking Soda, Baking Powder!

What is making the balloons blow up?


  • Book your Celebrations of Learning nowBookings close Wednesday 7 September
  • Fair Volunteer Form - please complete the Fair Volunteer Form today. We'd love to know what you can help with for the Fair, on the day and leading up to it.
  • Stall Donations start Wednesday 7 September: Toys books and clothing to the shed
  • Other Donations required now - Sugar, full bottles for the Tombola Stall, clean label-free jars, paper bags, succulent clippings, cardboard boxes and clothing racks, wrapping paper (any style) and old party favours or butcher's paper.
  • Please pop over and like the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair
  • NZEI Union Meeting - Tuesday 6 September from 1pm. We will be keeping the school open with limited staff. However, if you are able, please collect your child at 1pm. (See below.)
  • Sew Love - Whole School - Monday 5, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September
  • School Photo Days - Wednesday 7 September and Thursday 8 September
  • Assembly - Friday 9 September
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only - Andy Griffiths at Seatoun School - Thursday 15 September. No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap It Up, please.
  • Please diary the following Fair Committee Meeting dates: Wednesdays 21 Sept, 19 October and 2 November.

  • The following payments are now due:
    • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00 (Full year)
    • Voluntary Contribution by Instalment - 3rd instalment is now due - $83.75 per term
      (or $71.25 if you initiated the payments in Term 1)
    • Miniball - Terms 2 and 3 - $35.00

    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    NZEI Teachers' Union Meeting - Tuesday 6 September

    On Tuesday 6 September from 1pm, there is a NZEI Union Meeting. We will be keeping the school open with limited staff. 

    If you are able, please collect your child at 1pm. If you are NOT able to collect your child at 1pm on Tuesday 6 September, please email your child's base group teacher by 3pm on Monday.

    Please note that the Sausage Sizzle will go ahead. We will serve the sausages slightly earlier than usual.

    Chicken Pox

    This week we have had a number of cases of Chicken Pox. Below are the details from the Ministry of Health website:
    • Symptoms appear after 2–3 weeks (usually 14–16 days).
    • Infectious from 5 days (most infectious in the last two days) before the first lot of blisters until all spots are crusted – usually 5 days after they appear.
    • Keep child home for at least 5 days and until all the spots are crusted over.
    • Please check your child/ren for itchy tummy / spots as this seems to be the first symptom. Uncrusted spots are contagious for 48 hours. Please notify the office immediately regarding cases of chickenpox within your family.

    Sports Registrations

    Thank you to those who have registered their interest for the various sports in Term 4. Once the teams are registered with the appropriate association, you can expect to receive an email from your child's coach/manager.

    WBS Treasure Island Fair - Sunday 13th November, 11am-2pm

    Donations - Clothing books and toys
    Your donations are at the heart of the success of our Fair. Why not start spring cleaning this weekend and get ready to donate from Wednesday 7 September

    We're looking for clothing, baby gear, toys/games/puzzles, books. Dig out those special retro or boutique items that we can sell for good prices. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't bring it!

    Please do not bring White Elephant/household items or anything broken or missing parts.

    Donations - when and where:
    • Days: Wednesdays and Fridays (starting 7 September) 
    • Times: 8.40 - 9.00am and 2.45 - 3.15pm 
    • Location: The Shed. This is the cream shed located in the concrete court area behind the Junior Block. 
    Anything left outside of these times and/or not at The Shed will not go to our Fair! We plan to have some weekend drop offs, dates to be announced. Thanks from The Fair Committee 

    Other donations required now include:
    • Sugar
    • Clean label free jars
    • Full unopened bottles for Tombola (we still need over 100!) 
    • Paper bags, sturdy cardboard or packing boxes
    • Wrapping paper any style and party bag presents and party bags 
    • Succulent clippings
    • Butcher's paper (large roll) 
    • Portable clothing racks required on loan for the Clothing Stall. 

    Changes to the White Elephant
    Donations for White Elephant stall goodies will be taken only on the weekend of the Fair. White Elephant donations include crockery, sports gear, household appliances and and other bric-a-brac. 

    Running of the Balls!
    Watch this space….. tickets will be issued to your child shortly. Great prizes up for grabs for the first three balls across the line. 

    Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
    A big thanks to the generosity shown by Worser Bay School families, local and national business, supporting Worser Bay School by donating items for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle. Click on the Facebook link and you will see who has donated so far. So show your support and support these businesses too. Please also like the page and share with your friends and family. 

    We are still keen on a few more items for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle, so if you have a skill, a builder, plumber, electrician, architect, accountant and are keen to donate your services, we would love to hear from you. We are also keen on vouchers for anything, wine and accommodation. So please contact either Stephanie Wilson on asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen on claireandmattallen@gmail.com

    Sharing the Facebook love
    One of the benefits for businesses donating to the Fair is Social Media love back from the Worser Bay Community. Please jump pop onto our Worser Bay Facebook Page and do two things: 

    1. Like the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair

    2. Like and share the posts about our awesome sponsors. Maybe even pop over to their pages? 
    On twitter? Then pop over to and please do some retweeting. https://twitter.com/WBSFair and we are: @WBSFair 

    How to get involved with the Fair
    For those who haven’t had a chance, please click on Fair Volunteer Form link to add your name to some of the tasks. We are a small parental community and to make the day a success and, more importantly, FUN for our children, we need LOTS of help and we rely on you! Thanks to everyone who’s stuck their hand up already, but we need this completed ASAP. Please complete it today. 

    Food Stall leads still need filling and we need approximately 5 volunteers per stall and many more for set up/pack down. If you are able to help in both capacities (i.e. being on a stall on the day, and helping with either set-up or pack down) just pop your name down in both boxes - we LOVE that!

    There is a wide range of activities (no-one does everything) that volunteers can get involved with:
    • Making things (jams, baking, craft items …) 
    • Pricing and sorting things 
    • Set up the stall (labelling, arranging items ...) 
    • Being on a stall selling things (which is a lot easier than you think) 
    • Taking down stalls, giving the school a brush and tidy up 
    • Celebrating another hugely successful fair.
    Get in quick to get the job you want. If you are struggling to complete the form online, email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz and she will pop your name next to the stall you wish to work on. 

    Get growing to help the Treasure Island Plant Stall
    The Plant Stall relies on your donations of plants and garden supplies. So, if you have green fingers, you are keen to help out, or you know someone in the community who does, now is the time to start thinking about growing. 

    What can I do?

    • Donate: Seed raising mix, potting mix, medium sized plastic pots (P5 are best), terracotta pots, garden paraphernalia or garden centre vouchers 
    • Pot up: native seedlings from your garden or divide plants that can be split & potted up (especially popular: cabbage trees, flax, grasses, astelia and renga renga lily). 
    • Grow: cuttings, veggie plants, herbs. 
    • Get Creative: if you have any creative ideas for garden décor please contact us before you go into production. 

    When should I start?
    • Donations – please bring your plants to school before Fair day, 10, 11 and 12 November. Garden centre vouchers would be handy in the next few weeks so we can purchase seeds and potting mix. Other garden items are welcome anytime. In October we will need lots of potting mix so please get in touch if you have any to spare. 
    • Cuttings and potted seedlings – pot up now so they are a reasonable size by 13 November. 
    • Veggies from seed – here is a rough guide for when to grow from seed: 
    August basil, chillies
    September spinach, bok choy, watermelon, sunflowers, tomato
    Early October broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, celery
    Mid October Zucchini, peas, beans

    Remember to water and keep those delicate seedlings in a sheltered spot so they don’t get battered by the famous spring winds.

    Herbs – take cuttings or split existing plants, eg. rosemary, sage, oregano/marjoram, thyme, mint. Grow from seed, eg. basil, nasturtiums, marigolds. You could try planting up (in a nice big pot) a mixture of herbs, eg. parsley, thyme, lemon balm, nasturtium, calendula, garlic chives.

    If you would like to help, need potting mix or pots, please contact us as we would love to hear from you.
    Thanks from the Garden Team - Melanie 021 064 8731.

    Tombola Bottle Raffle
    Please donate FULL unused bottles of anything – jars of lollies, creams, shampoo, sauces, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Some donations in the past included champagne, shampoo, perfume, chilli sauce, big bottles of fancy beer, olive oils… 

    Please drop your donations up to school and pop it into the box outside the office. Alcoholic beverages straight to the office team for safe-keeping…!!!

    Key people organising the Fair
    Get in touch with the team:

    Community Notices...

    Looking for House to Rent
    A WBS family of three, with no pets, is currently looking for a house to rent in the Seatoun Heights / Seatoun area.
    Ideally, it would have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, backyard or garden.
    Rent $500 weekly.
    Please contact Sarka: 022 65 09 238

    Glove found in Autahi
    If any adults lost a black glove with a brown pattern on the back at the Music Festival, please come and pick it up from the WBS office.

    Bagpipe Lessons with Rob Perry
    I would like to thank the children at Worser Bay School for such an enthusiastic welcome and such thoughtful questions when I came along to play and talk about the bagpipes for their Music Festival! As an experienced bagpipe teacher who began playing at around their age and has had a lifetime of enjoyment from the instrument, I thought I would mention that I have a few spaces available for tuition at my home in Rongotai. Lessons are for one hour, and are $35. A set of bagpipes is not necessary for the first 6 to 12 months, during which the pupil gets their technique established on a comparatively affordable instrument known as a practice chanter.

    For more information, please feel free to contact me on 027 214 0263, or at karenrob2110@vodafone.co.nz

    The Rock Academy - Holiday Programme
    Do you have musician children? Do they get bored during the school holidays and do they drive you (slightly) nuts? 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 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 at 8:45am.

    September: 28th 29th and 30th – Wednesday to Friday – Week One
    October: 4th 5th and 6th – Tuesday to Thursday – Week Two

    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.
    Instrument 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 well before the holidays if you are interested. 
    Geoff Day, The Rock Academy & The Singing Academy, Tel: 021 565 750 http://www.therockacademy.co.nz

    NetFit Classes
    27 September 
    Laura Langman is coming to Netball Wellington to run NETFIT Classes on 27 September 2016 at ASB Sport Centre. This is a high-energy 45 minute netball gym class which combines explosive movement with strength and power exercises to music. The classes are all based on netball specific fitness, teamwork and empowerment. All of this for just $25.

    The timetable is as follows:

    4 - 5 pm - Years 5 & 6
    5 - 6 pm - Years 7 & 8
    6 - 7 pm - College Students
    7 - 8 pm - Club & Men's players

    Numbers are limited, so you have to be in quick. To register, go to: reg.sportingpulse.com/regoform.cgi?formID=61932.

    Kapiti Island for Kids - School Holiday Programme
    28 - 30 September
    For ages 8 to 12 - Three days of nature-based adventures, exploring the wildlife on exciting Kapiti Island. Incl. ferry, DOC permits, accommodation, all food, 24-hour experienced adult supervision & guidance, kiwi-spotting tour, nature talks/walks/discovery & fun games - $395.00. Limited to 12 spaces. bookings@kapitiisland.com

    Alliance Francaise Holiday Programme
    3 October - 7 October | 5 Days - "Tale" me about Francophonie - Places are selling fast!

    For information about Term 4 classes, please go to http://www.french.co.nz/#!children/ch49

    Fencing Holiday Programme and Classes During School Term
    with Olympian Fencer and Internationally qualified Coach, Ping Yuan

        Baptist Church, 24 Donald McLean Street, Newtown
    When:     Tuesday 27/9 and Wednesday 28/9 (9am – 3pm for both day)
    Fee:         $130/two days/per person

    Fencing classes during school term in ASB Sports Centre on Mondays.
    For further information and to book a place, contact PING YUAN at nz_wfc@outlook.com or on 021 059 2558.

    Mega Garage Sale
    Saturday 10 September - 10am - 1pm
    Village Hall, 22 Forres Street, Seatoun.

    El Rancho Spring Kids' Camp
    Monday 26 September - Friday 30 September
    The theme is MYTH BUSTERS, so there'll be loads of opportunities for the kids to experiment and discover heaps of cool stuff!! This time we have FIVE great Activity Streams to choose from:

    • MYTH BUSTERS - for 11 & 12 year olds...perfect if you like experimenting and discovering crazy stuff!
    • ART & CREATIONS - a fun chance to unleash your artistic and crafty talents.
    • PERFORMING ARTS - a great stream to express yourself creatively through dance & drama.
    • HORSE CARE & RIDING - learn the basic skills required to care for and ride a horse.
    • SPORTS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - all the usual great activities, which could include water slide, archery, rifles, tubing, rock wall and more.
    To book, go to:http://elrancho.co.nz/Camps+and+Events/Kids+Camps.html

    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,
    28 Aug 2016, 16:44
    Carolyn Brett,
    28 Aug 2016, 16:44