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Week 7 - 9 September 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Honesty, Zest, Perseverance and Bravery are the character strengths that all fall under the virtue of 'Courage'. When I have asked children about the strengths they needed to call on while they were singing on stage at the Michael Fowler Centre, performing 14 times over 2 evenings in the Music Festival or representing the Eastern Zone in the Interzone Swimming Sports this week.......... bravery, zest and perseverance have all been front of mind for them. (Obviously, honesty hasn't been required!)

Courage isn't just needed when children are doing something remarkable, courage is required in everyday activities. Whether it's speaking up with a friendship issue or taking a risk with a piece of writing. Courage engages the heart and the mind, both the interpersonal and the intrapersonal.

This week and over the next week there will be a lot of talk about goal setting and reflection as you attend the SLC and celebrate learning and all it encompasses!

A ton of research places Perseverence as a one of the key strengths in terms of life 'success' and overall wellbeing. Reframing setbacks as learning opportunities can boost this strength as people persist towards goals. Let's encourage our children to do just that. I have written about Angela Duckworth's work on GRIT before. Some of you may have even already taken the 'GRIT TEST' - quick and easy just 10 questions...


I found an article recently about Grit that took my eye as the opening paragraph discussed friends... who have worked in education with adolescents for over 40 years.... talked about a lack of grit, about a growing concern among teachers that kids these days are growing soft. The article is short and covers a range of things from courage, resilience, goals, perfection...... You may enjoy it:


So, two weeks of school before the break. I'll leave with a quote I love and have enlightened the teachers with in this weather:

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” - Albert Camus

Enjoy the 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, Finlay, Georgina, Oliver E and Rim. 

Matariki and Mahutonga
Max, Greer T, Molly A, Hugo M, Charlie and Janne.


Welcome to Sasha whose family is already part of our school community. 

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover

Thursday 22nd September starting at 6pm (after having dinner at home) and finishing at 7am (when children return home for breakfast).

There will be 12 adults ‘in charge’ overnight, 4 teachers and 8 parents.
The girls will sleep in Autahi and the boys in Tautoru.

Your child needs to bring the following:
  • sleeping bag / duvet
  • bedroll / mattress
  • pillow
  • pyjamas
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • a soft toy if they take one to bed with them.
Please fill in this Google Form with your permission and contact details.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Sew Love Event

It's been a Plastic Free Peninsula sewing extravaganza this week with WBS students making their own reusable shopping bags. With the expert help of Sew Love and the sewing camper van, Cecil, we've managed to make nearly 200 bags! Despite the aching limbs of the parent helpers, we've had heaps of fun supporting students to craft their own funky and unique PFP tote bags out of an old tie and pillowcase. Thanks SEW much to all the supporters and helpers who made it happen!

For more plastic reduction info, and to help support the PFP campaign, please sign the pledge on our blog site: www.plasticfreepeninsula.wordpress.com



Celebration of Learning
Wow! We were blown away by how everyone was able to share and explain their learning and goals on Thursday. Those character strengths of bravery and were really on display as each child, shining through as some who were not always so confident took the lead to show their parents all they have been involved in over the last 2 terms. I wish we could have given a Principal Award for being goal setters to each one of them, as they all really are!

Sound Inquiry Story
We have been reflecting on our learning. It has been a wonderful journey. 

Count On
We have been learning to find the biggest number and count on from it. Here we show you how.


Mystery Skype with Fergusson Intermediate School
We did a Mystery Skype with Fergusson Intermediate School on Friday. Read some of our thoughts on the blog. We had to do a lot of thinking about questions that we could ask to guess their location. Here is what we came up with. Thank you to our helpers from Matariki and Mahutonga. We’re looking forward to our next #MysterySkype.


Spanish Restaurante: We have been learning how to order food in Spanish. 

Some of our students have been choosing to learn Spanish during their Golden Time. Muchas Gracias to Maria for teaching the language. We will be attending a Spanish Fiesta at Island Bay School with some of their students who have also been learning Spanish. We have put together some clips so that we can practise how to introduce ourselves in Spanish: How to introduce yourself in Spanish

If your child is coming to the Spanish Fiesta at Island Bay school on Friday 16th September. We will leave school around 1.40pm and leave Island Bay at 2.45pm, to be back by 3pm. We will need $3 towards the cost of food for the Fiesta. Please pay and give permission via Wrap it Up and let Nicola (nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz) know if you can drive students to and from Island Bay on the day. 

Kitchen Science

We have been getting into our Kitchen Science Inquiry. Students have been curious and exploring food and change in many different ways. Here are some of the things that we have been doing:

Eggciting Eggsperiment: We have been learning to make predictions.

Sugar Crystal Experiment: We have been learning how to make predictions. See our Observations here.

We have been so impressed that students have continued their learning at home too: See Scary Slime.


See some of our learning for multiplication and division.

See some of the shape creatures that we have been creating.

This is pizza fractions.

Our reporters, Jupiter, Thomas and Edward, have been finding out more about PFP and the Sew Love caravan. They have created a survey that they would like you to complete. Please follow the link above.


Turning cream into…

We’ve been doing more kitchen chemistry experiments, this time learning a little about fats and what happens to butter when you shake it hard. The photo is pretty blurry as the shaking was very vigorous!

Learning Treasure Hunt: A Sneak Preview
Nau Mai Haere Mai! Welcome to our Learning Treasure Hunt!

We are inviting our parents/caregivers in to see all that goes on on the classroom on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September. There will be a rich assortment of activities being run and managed by students.

Interzone Swimming

Congratulations to these two, who made it through to the Interzone Swimming Championships on Tuesday. They both represented the school in an outstanding manner and had a great experience. Please read their blog post for further details.

What could this Target represent? Read the blog to find out.

Andy Griffiths at Seatoun School
On Thursday 15th September, all children in Years 4-6 will be walking down to Seatoun School to see Andy Griffiths. We will be leaving WBS shortly after 9am.

Children can bring along a maximum of 2 books each to get signed.

There is no charge, however please give permission via Wrap It Up.


  • 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 - Wednesdays and Fridays: Toys books and clothing to the shed
  • Sorting and Donation Days: Sundays 25 Sept, 16 Oct, 6 Nov, 10am-12noon
  • Other Donations required now - Full bottles for the Tombola Stall, succulent clippings, cardboard boxes and clothing racks, wrapping paper (any style) and old party favours and party bags, and brown/butchers' paper.
  • Please pop over and "like" the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair
  • EZ Miniball - Wednesday 14 September (Only if your child has brought home a notice)
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only - Andy Griffiths at Seatoun School - Thursday 15 September. No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap It Up, please.
  • Yummy Stickers - please bring your Yummy Stickers to the office by Monday 19 September.
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 22 September
  • School Disco - Friday 14 October
  • 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
    • EZ Miniball - $3.50

    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    'Outer Space' Disco

    The next WBS Disco is coming up on Friday 14 October 2016, so lock in the date. This will be a fun night for all the children and we encourage them to dress up in our ‘Outer Space’ theme.

    We’re a school of ‘Stargazers’, so this is great opportunity to don your astronaut suit, fire up your rockets, get celestial and sparkle like a star! There will be prizes for the best costumes and the best dancers. 

    Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar Ave
    When: 6.00-7.30pm, Friday 14 October 2016
    Entry Fee: $5 per child, WBS students only. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no charge. Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz

    We'd appreciate each family bringing along plate of food on the night for us to sell at the supper table. We will also have ice blocks for sale, and, due to popular demand, we're doing another Toy Swap. This is where each child who attends brings an unwanted toy (wrapped) to add to the toy box. At the end of the night, the children who donated a toy get to take one from the box. The goal is for us to recycle and reuse things we've grown tired of.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Pizza Lunches / Sausage Sizzles

    Our last Pizza Lunch raised a total of $488.30. That brings us to a grand total of $1748.45 so far this year. A big "Thank You" to all those parents who have made it happen. 

    We are keen to keep up the momentum of monthly Pizza Lunches and are hoping to have another one on Wednesday 21 September. However, we can't do it without parent help. If you would be available to help on that day, please email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz by Wed 14 September.

    Thank you, too, to all our dedicated Sausage Sizzlers who have raised a grand total of $3421.39 to date.

    And last, but not least, thank you to everyone who supports our fundraising efforts by buying sausages and pizzas for their children's lunches.

    Chicken Pox

    We have had several cases of Chicken Pox recently. 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.

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

    Fair Movie
    Our Fair Committee is looking to make a short video starring some of our students to help advertise our School Fair in November. The video will be recorded at school one afternoon before the end of term and we hope to get together ten or more students who would be willing to read a short script. The reading will then be edited into a movie which some of our talented parents have offered to help film and edit! The short clip would be put on our Fair Facebook page, Twitter and our website. There will be a consent form for parents to sign to allow kids to participate.

    The sign up form will be a the office from Monday. If you are happy for your child to be part of the movie, please have them sign up at reception.

    Donations - Clothing, books and toys
    Please bring your clothing, baby gear, toys/games/puzzles, books donations to school now. 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 broken or dirty things). 

    Donations - when and where:
    • Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
    • 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. 

    Sorting and donation weekends coming up: 
    All hands on deck, please, to help with the following sorting and donation weekend days:
    • Days: Sundays 25 Sept, 16 Oct, 6 Nov
    • Times: 10.00am - 12noon
    • Location: The Shed. This is the cream shed located in the concrete court area behind the Junior Block. 

    Running of the Balls - Tickets on sale from Wednesday...
    The prizes have been sourced, the tickets have been printed for this iconic event that wraps up the end of the fair. Tickets will be sent home with your child on Wednesday 14 September. Three fantastic prizes up for grabs for the first three balls across the line.

    Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
    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

    Please 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. 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:
    • 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. 

    Contact the Garden Team - Melanie 021 064 8731 if you want to get involved.

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

    Community Notices...

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

    Worser Bay Life Saving Club

    Hararei Holiday Programme
    The Hararei Holiday Programme will be running from 26th September to the 7th October for the spring holidays. We will be doing many spring based activities as well as Halloween themed activities during the second week. 
    For more information and bookings: http://www.hataitai-hararei.co.nz/

    Clay Penguin School Holiday Programme
    Thursday 6 October: Swinging animals
    Friday 7 October: All things Halloween
    All programmes run from 9-12 noon.
    Cost $40 includes clay, materials, morning tea and firing of work.
    Clay Penguin Studio, 13 Hector St Seatoun.
    For a booking form email theclaypenguin@hotmail.com

    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

    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

    PK Softball Club Junior Registrations
    14 September 2016 - 6.00pm - 7.30pm
    Poneke Softball/Rugby Clubrooms, 3 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie
    Ages 4- 17
    For more information, go to: http://www.pksoftball.org.nz/

    Newtown Movie School- Movie Making and Animation Holiday Programmes
    Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 September
    Stop Motion Animation - Popular 3 days of creativity with Lego (based in Newtown)

    Thursday 29 to Friday 30 September
    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 021 966 277 or nms@acumen.net.nz

    Standouts - Drama, Dance & Singing Holiday Workshops
    Week 1: Tues 27th-Fri 30th Sept 9am-4pm daily
    Week 2: Tues 4th-Fri 7th Oct 9am-4pm daily
    Is your small human a drama queen/king?
    Have fun, gain confidence and experience every part of getting a show together in 4 days!
    St Judes, Lyall Bay. 6-14yrs $220 per child per 4 day workshop (family discounts/subsidies available)
    Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT!
    Email gemma@standouts.co.nz or phone 907 2929

    Renouf Spring Holiday Tennis Camp

    Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club
    Sept/Oct School Holiday Roller Disco
    Mon – Fri of both weeks, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.
    Entry $7, Blade hire $3, Skate hire $3.

    “Scary” theme Roller Disco
    Sat 22nd Oct, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Spot prizes. 
    Entry $7, Blade hire $3, Skate hire $3. 

    Both events are organised by Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt.
    Plus we have our regular Sat afternoon disco till mid-Dec, 3.00 – 5.00 pm 
    Entry $7, Blade hire $3, Skate hire $3.
    www.skatewellington.org.nz   skatewellington@yahoo.co.nz   Rink phone: 04 939 0507

    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

    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,
    4 Sep 2016, 15:34
    Carolyn Brett,
    4 Sep 2016, 15:34