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Week 8 - 24 March 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Every year in March the school sends its Charter to the Ministry of Education. This comprises of the Vision, Values, Context, Strategic Goals, Annual Goals.... National Standards Data, National Standards Targets.......and so forth. It's a rather large tome this year comprising of almost 100 pages and has taken many, many hours of thinking and collating and analysing and planning to get it to the final stage. 

The bigger picture goals with key actions can be found below.

Strategic Goals and Key Actions 2015-2018

More can be found on the website.

We know we are there when we can:

  • the variety of ways the school and community interact
  • dynamic teaching and learning programmes
  • key competencies in action
  • excitement in the classroom and students supporting each other
  • parents understanding their child’s learning and achievement and how to best support them
  • a seamless transition through the school
  • a vibrant and welcoming environment
  • achievement being celebrated
  • a sense of guardianship by the community

Now, as staff and board members, we are closer to this document but I'm hoping that these words on a page resonate with you and yours and seem something like the school you belong to - our Strategic Goals can't be like a tumbleweed!

Definition: a plant that breaks away from its roots in the autumn and is driven about by the wind as a light rolling mass.

No thanks!!

We are wishing our teachers, children and camp parents a fabulous few days next week. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the birdsong ...........the calm?!! Remember, if all else fails "Which character strength would be important to call on right now?!"

It will be a wonderful experience and thanks in advance teachers and parents for the commitment. Sleep well.

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
Billy, Olive, Suki-lee, Konrad, Mae A, Taiga and Yoshi.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alexandra, Ben, Janne, Rico and Rim.


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

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Senior Camp - Final Information and Personal Gear Lists

Please read the Final Camp Information for details about bus departure and pick up times. See also the Personal Gear Lists below so that your child knows what to pack for camp:

Parent Workshop with Jennifer Lyons, Speech and Language Therapist

A big thank you to Jennifer Lyons, Speech and Language Therapist, for coming to share her expertise.

Thanks to all those parents who attended Tuesday’s Parent Workshop. It was great to see parents and teachers learning together. It was fabulous to learn about the ages and stages of speech and language development. We all left with a better understanding of these stages and we all have some practical and exciting strategies to encourage and develop oral language and phonological awareness (sounds in words) in our children. Thanks again.

If you were not able to make it or you want to read and learn some more, check out this link.

Grow Your Mind Day - Monday 10 April


Come and be part of our inaugural 'Grow Your Mind Day'!

We know that you have skills, interests, hobbies, even hidden talents that would be new and exciting for our children to learn more about or for them to just have a new experience. We are aiming to have little Mini Workshops running throughout the day, depending on interest from you, your friends and family.

The scope is wide, from music to cultural practices to cake decorating to photography, quilting, go carts, drawing, martial arts, hairdressing and ......and ....and.........the list goes on and on......whatever - as long as it's child friendly!

If you can help, please fill out the Google Form - Grow Your Mind Day or you can email your child's base group teacher. You also have the option to work in pairs with another parent, if you wish.

Please join us and make this a big success!

2017 Great Kiwi Science, English and Maths Competitions for Years 5-6

The University of Canterbury is offering your child the opportunity to participate in the Great KIWI English, Mathematics and Science competitions. These competitions take place annually and are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students based on the New Zealand curriculum. The competitions are administered by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) which is a not-for-profit Centre at the University of Canterbury. 

The competitions are open to all Year 5-6 students in English, Mathematics and Science. Students can enter in one or more subjects. It provides teachers, parents and students with an independent, comprehensive record of a student’s performance. The supervised online tests will take place in the last 2 weeks of Term 2. 

Keep an eye out in upcoming Newsletters for registration. 


Our Cafe 
There has been lots of great role play going on in our shop and cafe. The conversation and discussion around how to cook food, what to order, what to buy, how to unpack the shopping and how to feed the kids is pretty incredible! Have a look at our Blog for more!

Box Designs and Box Museum 
Last week we spent heaps of time being architects, designers and technicians. We made things, remade them, fixed them, painted them and then had a museum to showcase our wonderful work! Look at our Blog to see more!


Year 3: Google Apps for Education
We have been learning to use slides. We have also been thinking about how to stay safe online. We will be getting our own Google accounts soon. When we are online we need to remember to respect ourselves, respect each other and respect our environment.

Playground Games - Bean bags and Hoops

Indoor Games

Playground Games

We have been spending a lot of time outdoors working in groups to create and play new playground games. Some of us have been playing these games at morning tea and lunch with friends. We have used our creativity, teamwork and perseverance to think outside the square and share brilliant ideas.


ASB will donate $500 to WBS if....

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 $500 to Worser Bay School. 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.


  • Sign up here to sell soap or buy individual soaps for $2.50 via Wrap It Up (see below). 
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - 27 - 29 March
  • Year 4 Camp - Tuesday 28 March
  • Fair Meeting - Thursday 6 April at 7.30pm at School
  • Parent Drinks at Park Kitchen - Friday 7 April at 7.30pm
  • Grow Your Mind Day - Monday 10 April
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 12 April
  • Term 1 ends on Thursday 13 April at 3pm
  • School is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend - Friday 2 June and Monday 5 June
  • Please diary - Ceilidh - Saturday 17 June
  • Please diary - School Fair - Sunday 12 November
  • 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
    Floorball - $35
    Mini Polo - $40

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Board Shorts

Many thanks to those of you that attended the Parent Workshop with Jennifer Lyons on Tuesday evening. It was another opportunity for our community to better understand how our children develop and learn, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves and took away some valuable information on Children’s Speech and Language.

As Jude has mentioned above, our Charter has now been shared with the Ministry of Education. This is a really important document as it sets out the framework – through our Strategic Goals and Key Actions – that makes sure we are constantly focused on the achievement of the whole, and every, child.

One of our responsibilities as a Board is to ensure we have the best possible learning environment for our students. A significant portion of this is enabled by the physical infrastructure of the school. The buildings, the classroom spaces, the library, the breakout areas, the outdoor learning spaces and the opportunities we have to soften the lines between indoor learning and education outside the classroom.

As many of you will be aware, we are currently planning the building space made possible as the result of a Special Project Grant (SPG) received from the Ministry of Education which recognised our sustained role growth. The biggest caveat being, it must be used for non-classroom space. Our school has classroom space challenges, it is no secret. So how do we use the SPG to provide relief in those areas that need it most?

In late 2015 we engaged Mark Osbourne (from Core Education) to lead a workshop for parents on Future Focussed Learning and how a school environment can support this. We then invited you, our community, to an ‘ideas gathering’ evening for the SPG. We were thrilled with the very enthusiastic response, and the outputs from this meeting remain on our school website if you are interested in having a look. Common themes were: a multi-use space for noise or quiet, a community space, a central hub for the school, and a space that did not encroach on our already limited outdoor space. Worser Bay School has always been progressive. Our current buildings were designed by Gerald Melling, an architect who was at the forefront of modern learning teaching environments. The SPG space must be sympathetic to and embrace Gerald’s original concept, as it makes an important contribution to the very special nature of the school.

With all this in our toolkit we tendered for and engaged Wright and Gray Architects to develop the initial concepts. Their concepts were very well received by all who attended the feedback sessions held in 2016. We are now in the detailed design and costing phase, and look forward to engaging you all on the journey over this coming year that will deliver more diverse spaces for our teachers, parent community and, most importantly, our children. Exciting times ahead.

We appreciate that some of our newer families were not here while the SPG concept was taking place, so if you would like to familiarise yourself with the SPG content on the website.

The SPG project is part of, and links in with, our 5 and 10 Year Property Plans and our Outdoor Learning Plan – so progress is being made on a number of fronts! Keep an eye out for our very own Shade House to propagate the seedlings which will be planted in the planter boxes that were refurbished and relocated over the summer break. The Shade House is currently under construction and, like the planter boxes, is being built with help from members of our engaged community!

As is always the case, the funding provided by the Ministry of Education allows us to do the bare basics, so there will be plenty of opportunities in the coming years to get engaged and make a contribution to enable us to develop a physical environment that truly meets the needs of the school and ensures our children can continue to thrive.

A big thank you from The Board.

Fair Meeting - Thursday 6 April - 7.30 - 8.30pm at School

The School Fair is scheduled for Sunday 12 November this year – this is a fantastic school event that pulls the whole community together and is the school’s single largest fundraising opportunity.

Although November seems like a long way away, we need to start organizing the Fair now!

But first we need get some new fresh ideas to make the Fair even better than previous years. If you have got some ideas for new stalls/activities or suggestions to make this year’s Fair the best yet, then we want to hear from you!

We would love to see as many of you as can make it along at 7.30pm on Thursday 6 April. We would especially love to be able to meet as many new whanau members as possible too! It's a great way to get involved, contribute and meet new people.

A Note from the Office

Queens Birthday Weekend
Please note that school will be closed on Friday 2 June in addition to Monday 5 June for Queens Birthday Weekend.

Floorball and Mini Polo
Floorball and Mini Polo fees are now due. If your child is playing either of these sports, they should now be showing on your Wrap It Up account. If not, please email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz. Payments are due by Monday 3 April 2017.

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!

We’re trying something a little different with a fantastic ecostore ‘Good Soap’ Fundraiser. Selling for $2.50 each. The 80g ecostore soaps are excellent value and $1 from each soap will go to Worser Bay School. If you haven’t tried ecostore soaps before, they’re beautiful to use, free of nasty chemicals and have a lovely fragrance. There are 3 fragrances to choose from: Lemongrass, Pear, Grapefruit & Mint.

Individual soaps are also now available for school families to purchase via Wrap it Up. Samples of each fragrance are available to smell in the office. :)

It's not too late to help us sell them to your friends, family, neighbours or workmates. Please sign up here and we’ll be in touch shortly with all the resources you need.

Pizza Lunch

On Wednesday 12th April, 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 11th April (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).



Tane: Art Gallery Part One
Tane: Art Gallery Part Two

Gabrielle and Nicola's base groups have been inspired by our Inquiry learning and have produced these artworks based on Tane. Check out some of our art on our Blog.

John and Anna’s base groups have been doing a different kind of Tane art. We used Korus and colours to represent our learning journey, similar in some ways to Tane’s.

This week in writing, we described our naughtiest pets and the horrible things they have done. Our aim was to use lots of descriptive words to show the story, rather than to tell the story. Check some of them out on our Blog!

Check out our Amazing Sculptures made from Recycled Materials
We spent the day on Tuesday making these sculptures for the CubaDupa Street Festival this coming Saturday. The festival is going to be zero waste, so to emphasise this message, all bins will be covered. Recycling bins will be available and the rubbish bins in the whole Cuba Street area will be covered by sculptures! Some of them ours.


We have been writing poetry based on Hone Tuwhare’s poem 'Rain'. Most students wrote about the wind or the ocean. We hope you enjoy our work!

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