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Week 9 - 31 March 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

There was plenty of opportunity to see children experiencing new things and testing themselves at Camp Kaitoke this week! There are many stories.......... about the child who was 10% more brave on the second attempt at abseiling, the child who mastered the flying fox (although way out of their comfort zone), the child who demonstrated very clearly that they could handle their emotions a whole lot better than a year ago on Camp...... yes - stories galore! This is what an experience like Camp can do. Camp can increase GRIT.

Oh yes! I've talked about the concept of GRIT many times, and will many more times to come, as it's such a relevant topic. I've also mentioned Angela Duckworth too. Angela defines GRIT as a child's "perseverance and passion for long term goals......". Mounting research on GRIT suggests that your child's ..."ability to work hard, endure struggle, fail, and try again may be the key to determining long term success and happiness".

I came across a parenting article "What is Grit, Why kids need it and How you can foster it" by Jenny Williams. In this, it states that "kids are not able to just spontaneously grow up to be gritty people without being supported in that".

Camp certainly provides a great opportunity, but opportunities exist everyday. It's up to us as educators and parents to shine a light on these times, for the children's benefit.

Kia ora rawa atu to our gritty staff John, Gabrielle, Nic and Anna, our camp parents Steve, Deb, Steve, and on Tuesday David, Cath and Lesley.
We were so sorry that Gabrielle fell ill, John sustained a bad physical injury which saw them both needing an early exit....... which was hard for them both.
So to Hamish, our extended whanau member, ehara koe i a ia! Lucky you were there, that you are still 'a big part of us' and were happy to roll out the sleeping bag!

Here's to a serene weekend!

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
Isabella, Ella Mac, Rhosyn, Leo, Chris and William.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Stephanie, Henry, Greer W, Alba, Hayley and Violeta.

Teacher Aide Position - Fixed Term for 2017

We seek a motivated and capable person to join our committed team. This is a fixed term, part-time position from mid May to 19 December 2017, 14 hours per week, Mon-Thurs, term time only. 

This Teacher Aide position involves working closely with teachers to provide additional support to children in mainly Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Full information and an application package are available on our website: www.worserbay.school.nz

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 Play
There has been so much interesting and diverse learning going on in our play these last few weeks. We have been delving into mathematical, scientific and technological concepts. It’s been pretty amazing! Have a look at our blog to read more about it!

Look at Me!
We have had a wonderful time exploring the story "Look at Me" and creating our own little worlds, stories and shows from it. Have a look at how we connect our reading, writing and creating in Autahi!


International Friendship Day
Some of our children played an important role in the Worser Bay School International Friendship Day movie. Schools around the world have been making movies about their country and school. You can watch the movies.

Powerful Tautoru Superheroes
We have been creating our own powerful superhero in art. Our superheroes will accompany a piece of writing we have been working on this week, where we have reflected on the ways we have been powerful this term.

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.


  • Fundraising Soaps - last days to buy, $2.50 each via Wrap It Up before 12noon on Wed 5 April
  • Fair Meeting - Thursday 6 April at 7.30pm at School
  • Assembly - Friday 7 April
  • 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
  • Please diary - Swimming Lessons - Term 2
    Years 1 & 2
    - Thursdays at 1pm (10 lessons)
    Years 3 & 4 - Fridays at 10am (9 lessons - exclusion on 2 June)
    Years 5 & 6 - Fridays at 12noon (8 lessons - exclusions on 2 and 16 June)
  • 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
    Floorball - $35 due by Monday 3 April
    Mini Polo - $40 due by Monday 3 April

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

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

Joining Worser Bay School
If you are in zone - we would love to hear from you if you have a child turning 5 in the second half of 2017, or early 2018, who would like to attend Worser Bay School. If you know of any other children living in zone who would like to come to Worser Bay School - we'd also like to hear from them too!

To check our geographical zone - see Joining our School.

Thank you.

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

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!

Last days to buy these sweet-smelling soaps! Selling for $2.50 each, the 80g boxed ecostore soaps are excellent value and $1 from each soap goes 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. Choose from 3 fragrances: Lemongrass, Pear, Grapefruit & Mint.

Purchase via Wrap it Up. Samples of each fragrance are available to smell in the office :)

Swimming - Term 2 - Heads Up

Next term, the main focus for the PE curriculum is swimming. This involves every student having one weekly swimming lesson at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre for between eight and ten weeks. Because of numbers, students may be heading to the pools with different teachers from usual - more information to follow next week. Lessons and times are as follows:

Years 1 & 2
Thursdays - 1pm to 2pm - 4 May to 6 July - 10 lessons
Buses leave school at 12.30pm from WBS and 2.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 3 & 4
Fridays - 10am to 11am - 5 May to 7 July - 9 lessons (exclusion on 2 June)
Buses leave school at 9.30am from WBS and 11.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 5 & 6
Fridays  - 12noon to 1pm- 5 May to 7 July - 8 lessons (exclusions on 2 and 16 June)
Buses leave at 11.30am from WBS and 1.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s base group teacher. 

More information regarding costs will follow. 

Situations Vacant! 
Are you calm, confident, proactive and enterprising? 

Are you able to commit to spending some time supporting teachers to help with child supervision and changing at the pools? 

The faster we get the children organised and ready, the quicker they get into the pool, meaning they make the most of their scheduled swimming time. (Even though we are keen to develop self management, changing rooms can have a strange effect on timeliness!) 

If you think that you would be able to help to make the swimming experience fun and efficient, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday 2nd May 2017. Even if you can select some days that you would be available over the term, the teachers can schedule you in. 

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).


We had a great time, the sun shone, there was lots of fun and memories created together. We drew on many character strengths for the challenges we faced.

Carolyn Brett,
26 Mar 2017, 13:54
Carolyn Brett,
26 Mar 2017, 13:54
Carolyn Brett,
26 Mar 2017, 13:54