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Week 4 - 24 February 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

In 1988, almost 30 years ago, David Lange, New Zealand's Prime Minister at the time, launched “The Reform of Education Administration in NZ – Tomorrow’s Schools”.   

This meant that the Education Department, Education Boards and School Committees were replaced by an autonomous Ministry of Education, Education Review Office and a Board of Trustees to govern each school and also a change of role for Principals.

These changes have certainly meant greater responsibility, but it has also allowed for greater influence in the direction that parents, Boards and staff have on the school's unique 'flavour' and the types of learning experiences based on the children's needs and also the resources available.

The truly wonderful Powhiri this morning is a wonderful example of one of the aims of this reform - we are talking about the Worser Bay School Community. Yes, we are all stargazers! We must travel through the heavens, like Tanenui i te Rangi retrieving the three ketes of knowledge together.

From our Curriculum Document:

"The home/school relationship is a very important feature in how we facilitate children’s development. There are many opportunities for parents to learn alongside their child, come along to Parent Workshops, and deepen understanding of the rich learning opportunities that are provided. We encourage parents to get involved in planning, to share expertise and to support inside and outside the learning spaces too. We expect to work in partnership with parents, sharing information freely and respectfully. Together we can provide optimal conditions for student success."

So, thank you for coming to the Family Picnic, for joining Karakia, for helping out with learning, for goal setting, for making an effort to come to the Powhiri and meet new whanau - the "Welcome to Our Learning Space" morning is coming up fast too. It's not always possible to find the time, but, when you can, it will be worth it!

Ngā mihi

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

I am a goalsetter... 
  • I can reflect on my learning 
  • I can share and discuss my achievements
  • I can plan my next learning steps

Autahi and Tautoru
Albie, Eliza, Eloi, Marnie, Sierra and Olivia.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Haare, Hugo W, Alex G, Griffin, Reuben, Talia, Lily Ji and Molly.


Welcome to Tom and his family who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Alfred and Amelia who already have (or recently had) siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Welcoming our new families and staff to Worser Bay School...


Important Information regarding Allergies

As in any environment, we have students with allergies, the most common being nuts, eggs and dairy.  Allergic reactions can be so severe that they may be life threatening.
This year we have a student that is severely allergic to ‘traces of nuts’ and this is a life threatening allergy. These reactions can occur and have occurred for Otto when he has come into contact with something or someone that has had or been around nuts. Otto does not need to ingest traces of nuts to have a severe reaction. It can happen by touching materials that someone else has touched. Otto is based in Autahi, however the nature and character of our school means that students work in different spaces.  
We aim to educate and work in partnership with all students and families across the school to provide a safe environment.
We continue to minimise the risk of accidental ingestion or contact with food allergens by using these key strategies:
  • Re-iterating to students - NO trading or sharing of food, drink bottles or eating utensils.
  • Ensuring students with allergies eat lunches and snacks that have been prepared at home by their caregivers.
  • Carefully managing and supervising students during eating times.
  • Washing and drying hands before and after eating.
  • Wiping down and cleaning surfaces when students must eat inside - due to bad weather.
We ask for your support to keep our school environment safe by: 
  • Avoiding eggs, muesli/nut bars, whole nuts and peanut butter/nutella spreads, etc, at school
  • Reinforcing the importance of good hand-washing practices before and after eating
  • Reinforcing our message that food is not to be shared at school.
We thank you for your continued support in keeping Worser Bay School inclusive and safe for all students. 
If you would like to find out more about this you can visit:

WBS Teaching Team 

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Dear Worser Bay School families

Stephanie is now half way through her 2.5 year treatment for leukaemia (a type of blood cancer). Her treatment is going smoothly and she is coping well.

With new families to the school and a new year it’s a good time let you know about Stephanie’s immunity. This will be a reminder for some of you but new information for others.

While receiving cancer treatment Stephanie has low immunity. Her immunity remains low throughout treatment – so it will be low for all of this year. Having low immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.

Please notify the school immediately if there is chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

By keeping the school informed, Carolyn and Stephanie in the school office can keep us updated so we can take any necessary precautions.

Many thanks for your continued support – it is really appreciated.

Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

Welcome to Our Learning Space - Tuesday morning 7 March

Come and and be part of ‘learning in action’. Your child will show you around their classroom space and demonstrate some of the daily routines - for some, this is a new space. This will also be an opportunity to celebrate the first month of learning for the year together.

Autahi session from 9.00am - 10.00am

Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki will be having two sessions: 9.00am - 10.00am and repeated 10.00am - 11.00am for those of you with children in different areas.

Sessions will start with a quick overview of learning spaces and then we will be celebrating learning through Student-led Workshops and a Treasure Hunt. There will be a teacher available to facilitate questions. If there is anything specific that you would like to know, please email John, Shona or Gillian. If it can’t be covered at the time, we can follow up with you at another time.

We look forward to sharing our learning with you.

Parent Workshop - Tuesday 21 March - 6.30pm-7.30pm

Developing Children’s Speech and Language with Speech Language Therapist, Jennifer Lyons

Our NZ Curriculum relies on oral language as the foundation for student learning. It is essential for literacy learning, and successful use of language is critical for students’ wellbeing. Almost all learning relies on oral language.

Like anything, Students’ abilities vary and they progress at different times. The level of oral language knowledge and competency of some students impacts on how they access the curriculum at any level. It is not easy for some! The English alphabet has 26 letters and 44 distinctive sounds. Some sounds are made up by 2 or 3 different letters, so how and when do you learn these?  

Jennifer Lyons will be coming to share her expertise on these areas that we often have questions about:
  • Speech and language 
  • Developing oral language and vocabulary
  • Developing phonemic awareness (the foundations for spelling)
She will be covering these areas and providing some very helpful information about what speech and language development to expect at different ages and stages. She will be giving practical tips on how we can improve all of these areas at school and home.  

“Writing floats on a sea of talk” is a favourite saying of ours - actually “All learning floats on a sea of talk”!

We hope to see you all there.


There’s a whole lot going on when we play! Have a read to find out!

The School Witch 
We’ve got a witch at school! Find out more about her! She isn’t your typical witch! 

Tautoru Treaty
We have all contributed to our class treaty. Our treaty is a promise to be respectful, inclusive, kind and caring to each other.

Bucket Fillers
We have been learning how we can be a Bucket Filler. A Bucket Filler is a person who says and does kind and wonderful things to people around them, which fills up an invisible bucket we carry around with us everyday. When our bucket is full we feel great!

Dragon Music
We have been collaborating on a musical piece for our Chinese Dragon to dance to. We have really enjoyed experimenting with different instruments and sounds to create a song for our dragon!


  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - register your interest by Monday 27 February
  • Eastern Zones Cricket - Years 5 & 6 - Wednesday 1 March
  • Welcome to Our Learning Space - Tuesday 7 March
    Autahi - 9-10am, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki - 9-10am and 10-11am
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 March. Orders due by 9am on 14 March.
  • Parent Workshop with Jennifer Lyons (Speech Language Therapist) - Tuesday 21 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - 27 - 29 March. Please complete the Google Form below.
  • Year 4 Camp - Tuesday 28 March. Please complete the Google Form below.
  • Sausage Sizzles - Tuesdays
  • Sushi Lunches - Fridays
  • Term Dates 2017 and Calendar
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs 
  • The following payments are now due:
    Voluntary Contribution - $295 if paid by 13 April 2017 
    Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
    Year 5 & 6 Camp - $225
    Year 4 Camp - $50
    EZ Cricket - $6

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Board Shorts

2017 is well and truly here, and thanks to the planning undertaken by staff in 2016, and the energy and enthusiasm that a decent break provides, it has been a smooth transition into the new school year. This can sometimes be an unsettling time for students (and parents), however, the staff have shown how good preparation for the year ahead can make this process significantly smoother.  

As we start to settle in to Term One, the Board would like to welcome back returning families and extend a special welcome to new students and their families to Worser Bay School. Welcoming new students, family and staff to the school is an important tradition at Worser Bay. So after the Wellington ‘summer’ forced the initial postponement of the Powhiri last week, it was great to see a good turnout at today’s re-scheduled event.

The Board of Trustees reconvened this week after the summer break with our eyes set on supporting the school towards a fantastic year ahead. A key action for the first meeting of the year was for the Board to elect their Chair for the year ahead. It is with great pleasure that we can report Andrew Wilson has agreed to continue as Chair for 2017 after receiving unanimous support from the Board.

In December 2016, staff shared the student achievement results with the Board.  Click here to see a Summary of WBS 2016 Achievement.

The staff and Board have approved our 2017 targets. Our goal is to have another year of exceptional teaching and learning in Reading, Writing and Maths.

One of the key roles for the Board in 2017 is to manage and maintain a sustainable financial position for the school. As a decile 10 school, Worser Bay needs more money than is provided by the Government to fund planned activities and provide additional teaching resources and support to ensure the best learning environment for our children. This means that the school is highly dependent on strong school and wider community support for local fundraising activities, and receiving your Voluntary Contributions. 

Voluntary Contributions are, of course, voluntary, and we appreciate that you have the choice as to whether to pay them or not – but they are critical to the school’s ongoing financial wellbeing and the quality of the education the school can provide to your child(ren). The Voluntary Contribution for 2017 is $345 per student, or you may pay a reduced rate of $295 per student if payment is made before the end of Term 1.  Payments are tax deductible. Further information about Voluntary Contributions is set out on the school’s website - Voluntary Contributions.

Once again, welcome to those of you that are new to the school, and welcome back to those of you that are returning. The Board looks forward to working with you throughout the year to empower our children to achieve success and make Worser Bay a great school community to be part of.

The Board

Sports Update

Eastern Zones Cricket - Years 5 & 6

Next Wednesday, 1st March, the Year 5 & 6s are off to Kilbirnie Park to play Kiwi Cricket against other schools in the Eastern Zone. This is a great opportunity for our kids to get out and have a go at something they might not have played before. The competition is pretty social with all sort of levels of experience being demonstrated and the emphasis is on having fun. It’s a great game because everybody, no matter how experienced gets to bowl and bat and field.

We have been working on some of the skills required: how to hold a bat, how to catch and throw a ball and how to bowl, although some of this is underarm, absolutely fine in Kiwi Cricket.

All Year 5 & 6 students have been entered in the competition this year so we are taking seven teams. We will be leaving school at 9am and returning at 2.30pm. Please ensure your children bring morning tea, lunch, drink bottle, sunhat and sunscreen. There is a small fee of $6.00 to cover the buses. Please go to Wrap It Up for bus permission and payment by Monday 27 February

Year 5 & 6 Netball

We are seeking expressions of interest for our Year 5 & 6 Netball teams for the Term 2 & 3 competitions. If your child is keen to join a Netball team in Terms 2 & 3, please complete this Google Form by Monday 27 February

Sports T-shirts

If your child needs a Worser Bay School T-shirt, please pay via Wrap It Up and then choose the correct size at the office. More information can be found on our website under Sports Shirts.

Senior Camp

Senior Camp is coming up at the end of March at Camp Kaitoke. The Years 5 & 6 will have a 3 day camp from Monday 27 March to Wednesday 29 March and the Year 4s will be joining them for the day on Tuesday 28 March.

This year we are collecting camp permissions and dietary/health requirements via Google Forms. Please follow the link relevant to your child/ren below and submit by Monday 6th March. Please also print the Behaviour Contract and return it to the office by Monday 6th March (Years 5 & 6 only). These will be available at the office too.
Payments can be made via Wrap It Up - Year 5 & 6 Camp costs $225 and the Year 4 Camp costs $50.

A Note from the Office

Nits are doing the rounds again. Please check your child's hair and treat, if necessary.

Please park responsibly when dropping off your children to school. When cars are parked on both sides of Nevay Road at school drop off / pick up times, buses are unable to get through. 

Warning - 
Please do not use the Worser Bay School driveway as a drop off zone. There was a near miss involving a young child on the footpath at the bottom of the school driveway last year. The yellow lines are there for a reason!

Seesaw - Annual Subscription 2017
The Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee for 2017 has been added to your account. This fee is $10 for 2017. Please pay via Wrap It Up. Thanks.

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 15th March, 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 are due by 9am on Tuesday 14th March.

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).

Pizza Lunches - Term 1
This year we will be having one Pizza Lunch fundraiser per month. The remaining Term 1 lunch will be on 12th April. As with the Sausage Sizzles, you can order in advance for the whole term via Wrap It Up.


Card sharks
We’ve been learning some card games to help us practice our basic facts. They’re fun to play at home too!

Ngake and Whataitai
We have been learning about Maori myths. We have read the story of Ngake and Whataitai. We have been retelling the story in our own words. 

Some of our students have used Puppet Pals to retell the story. Watch them on the Blog. 

We have also been writing about Ngake and Whataitai and have shared some of our writing on the Blog.


Mystery Skype with Auroa Primary School
Read about our first Mystery Skype session of the year on our Blog. 

Learning Languages: Our New Languages Programme
This week we have kicked off our new languages programme. Every Friday we will be working for the middle session of the day learning either Mandarin, French, Spanish or Maori.

Wake up your brain has been awesome in this beautiful weather! Sketching, yoga, boot camp and quirky circus have all done the job to make sure our brains are cranking, ready for learning!

Read about how we have been moving and grooving in Quirky Circus.

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 $250,000 or more, ASB will donate to your chosen participating school $500. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

How it works:
Mention this school donation offer to your ASB banker when you apply for a new ASB home loan. The supporting success in your school promotion is only available when you apply for a new home loan through an ASB branch, Mobile Lending Manager or by calling us on 0800 100 600.

Your new home loan application must be received, approved and then documented in a facility agreement, along with the completed school voucher, before the 30 June 2017. This home loan offer is only available on loans secured by an owner-occupied residential property provided to ASB, with a minimum of 20% equity.

Once your home loan is fully drawn down, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Download and complete the school voucher to participate in the supporting success in your school promotion.

Terms and conditions apply, see voucher. Promotion ends 30 June 2017.

Carolyn Brett,
21 Feb 2017, 14:58
Carolyn Brett,
21 Feb 2017, 14:58