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Week 1 - 14 October 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Welcome to our second summer term for 2016 and what a gloriously smooth start to it too!

I have a bit of a fixation at the moment about multitasking or more about attempting to limit it. In the break I came across an article titled "Our brains are evolving to multitask," not! The ill-usion of multitasking by Allan Goldstein.

Some key points from the article:
  • Through Allan's work in the growing area of Mindfulness - Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) he has come to believe that what we refer to as multitasking does not exist and that the level of our ability to perform tasks suffers as we shift our attention from one task to another. Basically, all the evidence from neuroscience is proving that there is no such thing as multitasking!
  • Neuroscientists conclude that our brains do not process tasks concurrently, we are not performing tasks at the same time but instead are switching back and forth between them with some of us in an unfulfilled state of partial attention.
  • The complex multitasker is in a continuous state of overstimulation.
I'm thinking about what this means for the children and the full on environments they are often in. When we think about screen time these days, it's often more about how many screens are on at any one time? Is there such a thing as a quality conversation with TV on? How we create space for our children and ourselves? What are modelling? What about....here's the biggy - what about going offline for specified periods of time, like the 'old days'? Eek!

I've been attempting to stick to one thing at a time since Monday. To be honest, it's not working brilliantly, but the good thing is I'm aware of when I am not paying full attention to the task and when I am emailing while on the phone, when I am glancing at a text while talking to a staff member and ......at the same time listening into a child's conversation plus mentally checking off my to do list....... all at once.......... so it's a start.

If you would like to read the full article:


On that note, I will try hard to be 'fully present' on the disco entrance tonight!

Thanks so much in advance to all of our parent helpers who will be making this Outer Space Disco a wonderful experience for the children and also supporting our 2016 fundraising target of 100k!

Here's to an engaging, stimulating (but not too much multitasking!) term.

Ngā mihi

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

I am powerful... 
  • I can think about overcoming challenges 
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself 
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good 
  • I take action 
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Autahi and Tautoru
Anastasiya, Eddie, Fülöp, Pippa, Izar, Nye and Evan.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Elliot, Hayley, Jan and Mia.


Welcome to Beatrix, Octavia, Caspian, Pyrenees and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Nuala and Bethen and their family who have just returned to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Welcome, too, to Susie in Tautoru

A note from Susie...
Originally from Christchurch I moved up to Wellington for my first teaching job at Lyall Bay School. I have spent most of my time teaching Year 3/4 and have really enjoyed it. My first week at Worser Bay School has been fantastic! I am enjoying work in a shared space and looking out at the incredible views. I look forward to getting to know the children in Tautoru and their family over the term. 

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Turn your New World Little Garden into a big garden

As a long time supporter of The Enviroschools Foundation, Mother Earth has always been passionate about getting kids outdoors and into gardening.

This year, one lucky school will have the chance to create or develop a garden worth $5000.

The winning school’s garden will be installed by the Mother Earth Task Force, a special team of hard-working, enthusiastic builders and gardeners. The Task Force will work with the winning school to design and install a new garden or make your existing one bigger and better.

How to enter:
  • Purchase any Mother Earth product from New World between 12 September and 16 October. 
  • Photograph the New World receipt.
  • Email your photo of the receipt along with the name of the school and town and your contact details to littlegarden@motherearth.co.nz
  • Every school is eligible.


Making up Games
We have been creating our own games. We made up a PE game. Have a look to see more about it.

With it being spring and all we have started our new inquiry into change looking at plants. How do they change? What do they need? Where do they grow? We have lots of questions and lots of ideas!

Seed Pods
Have a look at our blog to see what we’ve been exploring!

Here are some nice, short videos by the UK’s Ruth Miskin called “top tips for parents” about the following topics:
  1. Saying sounds correctly
  2. Linking sounds to letters
  3. Two letters, one sound
  4. Practise, practise, practise
  5. Putting sounds together to make simple words
  6. Tricky words
  7. Reading books
  8. Using pictures
  9. Writing letters
  10. Read to your child as much as you can


Welcome to our new teacher, Susie. Welcome to our 4 new students too!

Message from Shona, Scott, Nicola and Susie:
This term we are continuing our Kitchen Science Inquiry and then moving on to an Inquiry around plants. We are keen to get the children growing various things, so the New World promotion is very timely. If possible, would you please be able to send one free Seedling Kit along to school for your child to grow. Thanks to some generous parents, we do have plenty of spares, so don’t worry if you haven’t got any to send along because there will definitely be one for everyone.

We would also appreciate it if you have any spare empty plant containers that we can recycle and use for growing some other plants.

And if anyone lives nearby, and has a garden that they are happy for the children to look at, it would be lovely for some groups to see a garden in action.

As part of our kitchen science inquiry we have begun investigating healthy snacks. On Tuesday we tasted a variety of foods and rated them on how healthy they were and tried to guess the ingredients.

Congratulations to Liam who had his drawing published in the Toitoi Book - A Journal for Young Writers and Artists.

*Becoming* an illustrator *by Liam*

My teacher at art class (Stephanie Woodman) told me about this Toitoi thing.

It was when you had to submit a few drawings that you felt proud of.

That's when I told mum and dad all about it. They said that I could give it a go if I want to.

So then I start drawing some random stuff, and find some awesome drawings from the past.

I ask mum and dad if these drawings are good, they said “yup, they look good’’,

But that’s just the start of it. There's heaps more to go.

A few days later it was art class again. Stephanie Woodman asked “Did you submit to the Toitoi”? “Yup, I did” I said quite nervously. “Oh,good,because the whole thing is full of kids now, around 180.” “180 kids’’ I whispered to myself.

Weeks had passed and I was still waiting for the answer - will I win or will I fail? I wondered.

After school mum drove me and my sister back to our house.

On the way mum said to me "I have a surprise for you”, “a surprise, please mum can you tell me”, “sorry but no”.


We arrived back home. Dad had the computer ready. “Why do have the computer ready”? I asked, “you'll see” said dad. Dad passed the computer to mum,”are you ready” mum said. “Yes”. She said

Dear Liam, 180 people have submitted for this but you, you were the one who was chosen to become an illustrator for Toitoi magazine. Your story is called Rugby in the mud. From Charlotte.

A note from Chrissy. Add to our Padlet to let us know how much you weighed when you were born.


Eggs Eggs Eggs, Making Mayonnaise!
We are preparing to present what we have found out during our Kitchen Chemistry Inquiry. Some people have been continuing experiments to complete their work. If you would like to find out how to make mayonnaise, watch the short movie on the blog.

Transition: Working with Year 3, 4 and 5
We have been working in groups with the Year 3, 4 and 5 students. The Year 6 students have been working together too.


    • School Disco - Friday 14 October - $5 per child
    • Fair Donation Day - Sunday 16 October, 10am to 12noon. Come to The Shed. We also need Volunteers to help sort.
    • School Photos - Order by midnight on Sunday 16 October for Earlybird pricing. (Refer to Carolyn's email for the access code.)
    • 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.
    • Other Donations required now - Lemons for lemonade and full bottles for the Tombola Stall.
    • Please pop over and "like" the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair
    • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 19 October - Please order by 9am on Tuesday 18 October - no later!

    • 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)

      All payments via Wrap It Up please.

      'Outer Space' Disco

      Come along to our 'Outer Space Disco' tonight, Friday 14 October. 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 Lunch - Wednesday 19 October

      On Wednesday 19th October, small individual pizzas will be available for lunch. All pizzas have a tomato sauce base and you can choose from three types of topping:
      • Cheese
      • Cheese and Ham
      • Cheese and Salami
      Pizzas cost $5 each. Please order via Wrap It Up. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday 18th October - no later.

      The pizzas will be handed out by area (Autahi, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki), therefore it is important that you order under each child's name separately (if you are ordering for two or more children).

      A Note from the Office

      Joining Worser Bay School
      If you have a child (or know of any other children) turning 5 in the second half of 2017 who would like to attend Worser Bay School, we would love to hear from you. In zone or out of zone enquiries are welcome.

      Yummy Stickers
      Thank you to everyone who collected Yummy Stickers this year. Thanks to your help, we can now order $435 worth of Sports Gear for our school. This is $58 more than last year. Let's see if we can do even better next year.

      Here are our previous results:

      2012 - $146
      2013 - $316
      2014 - $317
      2015 - $377
      2016 - $435

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

      Important Fair Reminders!

      Our Fair needs as many volunteers as possible to make this lovely, traditional, fun filled event happen - so jump on board and join the fun! We are all part of a big team and we work together.
      • Donations of Clothes, Books and Toys - Wednesdays, Fridays and this Sunday 16 Oct!
      • Please ensure you have put your name down for one of the Fair jobs.
      • Get your Running of the Balls tickets sold, pay via Wrap It Up and return stubs to office.

      Fair Volunteer Form

      Please, please, please, (if you haven't already) get your name down next to a stall on the  Fair Volunteer Form. For those who haven’t had a chance, please click on Fair Volunteer Form link to add your name to some of the tasks. If you have trouble filling it out, simply email Sarah at parentnet@worserbay.school.nz 

      Stalls that still need help with are:
      • Food stalls!
      • Games (for kids, which is very popular) desperately need helpers. Leader is in place. 
      • Deli stall sales people (no making required, just selling) 
      • Rapid Raffles
      • Pizza Team
      You won't be doing anything on your own there are always good leads, good teams and good people behind you!

      Donations - Clothing, books and toys

      We have a donation and sorting day this Sunday 16 October 10.00am - 12.00pm.

      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 

      Donations days:
      • 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!

      Sorting and donation weekends coming up:

      All hands on deck, please, to help with the following sorting and donation weekend days:
      • Days: Sunday 16 Oct, 6 Nov
      • Times: 10.00am - 12.00pm 
      • Location: The Shed. This is the cream shed located in the concrete court area behind the Junior Block.

      Running of the Balls

      Hopefully you have been busy selling Running Of The Balls tickets. Please return the sold ticket stubs to the Office as soon as you can. You can also drop cash to the office, or for convenience buy the tickets via Wrap It Up.

      If you are unable to sell the tickets please return them to the office so they can be reallocated.

      We need to have all stubs or unsold tickets returned before the Fair, so please action before Wednesday 19 October at the latest.

      We really appreciate you taking the time to sell tickets and help raise money for the school.

      Fair Organising Team

      You can get in touch with the Fair organising team by contacting Deb at deb.maxwell@yahoo.com!

      Community Notices...

      Lost Property
      Blake has lost his large new grey Adidas hoodie. If you find it, please bring it to the office.

      Nevay Road - Walking School Bus
      Every school day starting Tuesday 18 October
      Departs corner of Nevay and Glenville Rds at 8:20am, the Nevay/Napier/Taipakupaku intersection at 8:30am, to be at school by 8:50am.
      Please contact Elinor on 027 404 9144 or
      the.armstrongs@hotmail.com to include a stop at your house or for more information! Please let me know if your child will be coming along so that we can be sure of meeting up.

      Seatoun Arts & Crafts - Exhibition and Sale
      Village Hall, Forres Street, Seatoun
      Friday 14 Oct, 7pm-9pm
      Saturday 15 Oct, 10am - 5pm
      Sunday 16 Oct, 10am - 4pm

      Miramar Hot Shots Tennis - Starts Friday 14 October at 3.30pm

      Miramar Tennis Junior Club Days, Fridays 4.30pm-6pm
      Starting 14th Oct for all juniors past beginner level
      There will be Rutherford Tennis coaches running drills, courts available for interclub team practice, and courts for casual games.
      It’s a relaxed and fun environment.
      Visitor Fee $5 for non club members (reimbursed if you join the club) and 2 week free trial for tennis newbies, so bring friends along.
      Check website on Fridays 4pm for cancellations: www.miramartennis.org.nz
      Parents are encouraged to bring rackets down and have a hit, or hang around on the balcony for a bit of Friday night socialising.
      Enquiries to Kath Jones, Kathryn@joneslong.co.nz, 021 921 204

      1st Assembly Open Day - Workshops for all Ages

      Wellington Waterfront Runs for Kids
      Athletics Wellington is partnering with Cigna and Sport Wellington to bring you the Cigna Kids Waterfront Fun Run on the afternoon of Thursday 20 October. Starting and finishing at Waitangi Park there are different distances for all age groups from preschoolers through to Year 8s. Cigna race packs and spot prizes for those who per enter this week. The Cigna team will be there running the Cigna Carnival with face painting a sausage sizzle and popcorn to support Achilles International NZ.

      Only $10 to enter. For details, go to www.athleticshub.co.nz/kids-fun-run

      Worser Bay Life Saving Club - Open Day
      Sunday 16 October from 12.30pm to 2.00pm
      IRB rides and sausage sizzle!
      For more information, go to worserbaylsc.org.nz or email Lorraine Boennic at the_bionics@hotmail.com.

      2017 Scots College Year 7 & 8 Sports Scholarships
      These scholarships are awarded to students new to the College and entering at Years 7-8 who display all-round excellence in sport. Deadline of application is Friday 28 October 2016.

      For more information, head to: http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/admissions/scholarships/#msscholarships

      If you have any questions regarding the scholarships, please call Mrs Sharon Hedges on ph 04 803 0592 or email 

      The next Plastic Free Peninsula beach clean-up at 10am on Sunday 30th October includes an underwater clean-up! Come and help Wellington Underwater Club process the rubbish that they pull from beneath Miramar Wharf - there will be sea critters to rescue and the chance to see what makes its way underwater from land. Please join our closed facebook page "Miramar Peninsula Coastal Clean-up" or blogsite (plasticfreepeninsula.wordpress.com) for more details or speak to Sophie Williams or Jess Baiden at school pickup.

      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,
      9 Oct 2016, 17:02
      Carolyn Brett,
      9 Oct 2016, 17:02