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Week 10 - 7 July 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Here we are, the end of the second term of the year - half way through - plenty accomplished and plenty to come!

WOW! WOW! WOW! The Arts Celebration 2017! Can our children and their teachers put it on or what?! The thinking, the maths, the science, the technology, the creativity, the writing, the art! It was all going on. How privileged and grateful I am to be the leader of this extra-ordinary school, where everyone is committed to learning and growth, pushing boundaries and going the 'extra mile'.

Looking ahead to next term, we have some key events - Student Led Conferences....... a Wellbeing/Positive Education Parent Workshop on 22 August at 6.45pm, The Year 3/4 Sleepover, Eastern Zones Sports, Whanau groupings for another whole day event (which is always so interesting and we love!). Plus, a headsup about a Milk and Cookies night for Autahi children and parents on 6 September at 5.30pm and a Parent Connection Point for Rising 5s parents 30 August at 2.00pm.

There will be plenty of great learning opportunities within the context of POWER. Both the junior and senior teams are excited about their respective Inquiries and you can look forward to plenty in their Blogs and Newsletter pieces next term. The juniors are all about the body/science angle and the seniors finding power through their voice in terms of what they are passionate about. It's looking good and the depth and time that goes into the thinking and planning is immense.

Following on from "I am connected" and earlier "I am a goal setter"....., we now turn attention to "I am powerful" as the learner attribute which also doubles for Principal Awards. You can find out more about how all this fits within our curriculum here.

We are also looking forward to completing an internal evaluation on our maths programmes - so look out for more information in Term 3. There is a lot of new thinking and great thinking happening in the mathematics world right now. You may find this short article interesting. Jo Boaler is a bit of a favourite of our teachers!

We look forward to hosting a group of Auckland Principals and teaching groups from outside our immediate vicinity who are interested in how we work and the outcomes we  achieve for learners. 

The extra wonderful School Fair is hotting up and is always a community highlight. Please get involved - collaboration is one of our key principles at WBS after all!  Please remember you can find out more about fundraising here and here

There is another Disco to look forward to as well and I'm sure our Disco Hero is already working on the tunes!

Rust never sleeps on the school property front! There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. You can read a lot more about this in this Newsletter and expect a lot more from now as our building work is becoming more of a reality rather than a dream. Good things take time, they say, and what's that other one about patience being a .......... well... let's just leave it there! 

Speaking of property, as kaitiaki, the guardians, we would appreciate you all keeping an eagle eye on our place over the holidays, if you are up here. Feel free to grab something from the gardens too for a dinner accompaniment. The compost bins are about to get a makeover so we can anticipate the veges flourishing... in due course. Now they will be delicious roasted in the pizza oven and great power for the body!

Have a happy relaxed holiday.

Ngā mihi


  • Play and Loose Parts Meeting - 2.30pm on Wednesday 2 August in the staffroom
  • Parent Workshop on Kindo Online Payments - 9am on Tuesday 25 July and 2.30pm on Wednesday 26 July
  • Fair Meeting - 7.30pm on Wednesday 26 July in the staffroom. All welcome.
  • Parent Workshop on Wellbeing and Positive Education - 6.45pm on Tuesday 22 August
  • Mid-term Break in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017

A Note from the Office

Important Message re School Drop Off
We are still having issues with parents dropping their children off on the double yellow lines at the bottom of the Worser Bay School driveway. Please do not use the school driveway as a drop off zone. We have just had another report of a near miss on the crossing due to a car being parked there. Please help keep our children safe.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - $31
School Closures
Please note that school will be closed on 
Friday 25 August for a mid-term break in Term 3. 

Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Online Payments via our Website

The Kindo Online School Shop is our preferred method of payment for your child’s school expenses, and we encourage you to set up your family account today. It’s easy, convenient and open 24/7.

From Friday 7 July, Wrap it up will no longer be active. Parents/caregivers will need to register with our new Online Payments system. Follow the instructions here.

If you find using the Kindo platform a bit tricky, we will be doing workshops on how to use Kindo in the first week of Term 3:

Tuesday 25 July 9am or Wednesday 26 July 2.30pm in the staffroom

Staff Update

From next term we have more teaching support in Autahi, yeah! Hayley and Chris are used to working with our delightful Autahi bunch already and will complement our Teacher Aide, Tori, and Team Leader/Teacher, Gillian, beautifully. Hayley will be in Autahi on Mondays and Chris Tues-Fri. 

A bit more about Chris:
Kia ora koutou, I have been an educator for the last 40 years in a variety of roles from teacher to management, and in the Advisory. I have taught from Early Years to adults, in New Zealand and in the Middle East. I believe in encouraging active learning and life long learners, and in enhancing children's individuality and natural talents.

I am very excited to be joining Autahi next term and in working with such an awesome staff, and with the great children at Worser Bay School.

A bit more about Hayley:
I have been a part-time teacher at Worser Bay school for the last four years, covering teacher release time. I have worked mainly in the junior school and this year I am enjoying the challenge working in the senior school too.

I have been teaching for 20 years, in between taking time out to have a family.

I love working at Worser Bay and the variety of learning and teaching experiences it offers. I am looking forward to working with Gillian, Chris and Tori in the next two terms in Autahi.

We also have some news from Chrissy which I'm sure won't come as a total surprise for those who have been in 'the same boat'. It's not a "see ya around maybe", it's a "see you sooner than I thought but not so much!"

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

This is a quote from one of my favourite movies "Annie" and certainly rings true for me when I say farewell to my lovely school on the hill with the beautiful view.

In June 2012, I received a call from Jude to say that I had been offered the teaching position at Worser Bay School and could start in Term 3 of 2012 in Tautoru. I was standing in Palmers with a very heavy pot and almost dropped it from excitement. After 83 job applications, Jude and the Board had decided to take a chance on me, and I was thrilled, more than thrilled and, of course, I accepted. Skip ahead 5 years and I find myself in June 2017, 5 years later reflecting on my time at Worser Bay. The skills I have learned, the people I have connected with, the professional development I have gained and the community that I belong to are all a part of who I am today.

I simply want to say thank you, thank you to my co-workers who are now my dear friends, you the parents who were and still are supportive of me and my journey, Jude who took a chance on me when no one else would and continues to support me but, most importantly, our students who, without them, I would not have had continued passion for my 'job'.

Hopefully, I will still see a lot of you as I will be taking up relief work at Worser Bay in the future and, of course, I will make sure I continue to support my most favourite event of the year - the School Fair!

Farewell but not goodbye... 

Love, Chrissy

PS. Following on from this note, Chrissy is actually relieving from next term! 

From 2018, Shona is going to be more solely focussed on where she finds the most joy - classroom teaching. With Shona's impending change of role, combined with Chrissy's resignation, this has meant we will be on the search for another excellent teacher with leadership capability ready for a new challenge and where they will have plenty of scope for learning and growth. Please help us get the word out! 

Worser Bay Junior School Team Leader 2018 - Permanent Position 1 PMU 1 FTMU

Like our whole child philosophy, we have the same approach to developing leadership, as a ‘whole person’. As a leader in the junior team, you will have opportunities galore for taking learning to another level. With your passion, energy and laughter combined with an inquiring mind, you will thrive working at our place.

Please write to us describing why you are the person for the job. Attach your CV and Application form, which can be found on the front page of our school website, along with a letter providing greater detail. www.worserbay.school.nz. Applications close 4pm on Friday 4 August, 2017. Please send applications to our Office Manager, Steph Williams, at swilliams@worserbay.school.nz with the Subject: "Application for Vacancy". Or send a hard copy to 168 Seatoun Heights Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022. School visits strongly encouraged.

Property @ WBS

Plans finalised for the SPG space, a new shade house, new planter boxes, new bark, sand and stones….. these are just a few of items that have been completed/under action @ WBS….
  • SPG Space
    Incorporates a new front office, staffroom, meeting room and Principal’s office. In addition, the existing staffroom will be turned into a multi-purpose space for children and staff to use. The possibilities for this newly created space are endless. Drawings have been costed and plans are now being finalised ready for tender. For further information, click on the attached link which provides background to the discussions with the community on the space and plans where the space will be located.

  • New Shade House
    This has been constructed along the fence line of the top playground. The shade house is a fantastic learning experience for the children.

  • New Planter Boxes. Constructed along bottom grass, the plants are now easier to maintain and are thriving.

  • Bark, Sand and Stones. New soft fall bark has been a great addition to both playground areas. New sand is in the sandpit ready for the summer and new stones for the ever popular pizza oven area.

  • Autahi Leak. For those who have children in this area, you will be aware that in heavy rain the cloak bay and some areas of the class are prone to leaking. A meeting has been held with an Architect to provide a solution for this area and we are currently awaiting a proposal.

  • In addition to the above, less glamourous and less visible work has also been completed, ie. clearing all the storm and sewer drains, new sump, new filters for the heating system and water blasting.

What’s up next…..
  • New rugs for Autahi.

  • Construction of five new compost bins on bottom grass.

  • Website and Newsletter updates on Property @ WBS.

Pizza Lunch

On Wednesday 9 August, small individual pizzas, made in our own pizza ovens, 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 Online Payments on our website. Orders are due by midnight on Monday 7 August.

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).

Fair News Spot

The next Fair Meeting is on Wednesday 26 July at 7.30pm in the staffroom. All welcome.

Help prepare for the Fair
There is a dedicated group of Fair organisers running parts of the Fair. The Fair isn’t until November, but they are already busy, busy, busy! They would love you to offer your skills, talents, or simply your time and energy in any way, small or large. Here are some of the different opportunities to help out:

1. Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle

Would you like to promote your business and give something back to Worser Bay School? We are seeking items to be bid for at the Silent Auction and as prizes for the Rapid Raffle at the Fair. This could include artwork, restaurant or café vouchers, wine, or professional services, such as private tutor, accountant, architect, builder, plumber, or physio. In return we can offer you and your business great exposure on the Fair Facebook page, Fair Flyer, and on the day.

If you are keen, please contact Mell Clarke at mellclarke@hotmail.com or Janet Ford at janet.ford@xtra.co.nz or Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen at claireandmattallen@gmail.com

2. Calling all crafters

Our craft team would love new members. If you enjoy any type of crafting, or you would like to come to one of our evenings to cut, glue and chat over a glass of wine, please contact Jackie at jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz or 027 277 1603.

3. The Deli needs you!

We need to start gathering produce and making yummy deli treats to sell at the Fair. Could you help us out in any of the following ways:
  • Do you know anyone who could donate produce to us (eg. lemons, limes, onions, etc)?

  • Could you help us make deli items such as chutneys, jams or viniagrettes? We can provide you with the recipes.

  • Do you have any clean 400g and 200g jars with lids without labels?

If you think you might be able to help in any way, please contact Hannah Thornton on 021 264 5866, or drop produce/jars at the school office.

If you have any general questions about the Fair, or want to ask about ways you could help out, please contact our Fair Project Manager, Deb Maxwell on 021 036 7467.

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

  I am connected...
  • I can build relationships with others
  • I can communicate clearly
  • I can be part of a team (collaborate and contribute)
  • I can connect to my place, the environment and globally

Autahi and Tautoru
Eva, Aila, Ella B, Ella M and Yoichi. 

Matariki and Mahutonga
Anatole, Charlotte Bl, Lucas, Pippa, Ridley, Thomas, Violeta and Zach.

Please Read this Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents


As we have been working towards the Arts Celebration, it is good to keep in mind all of the processes that have gone on in the making of all of our artworks and all of the fantastic learning that comes along with that. Have a look at our blog post around process over product!

Loose Parts
In this blog post you can read about the idea behind loose parts and see ways in which we are using our loose parts in Autahi. It’s pretty exciting how everyday things can transform through our imaginations! 

Maths Buddies
We are Maths buddies in Mahutonga. Today we went to Autahi and did number bonds to ten with them. We taught them how to + and - to ten in different ways. Some examples are 8+2=10, 7+3 = 10, 4+6=10 or 2 +8=10
By Isabel, Megan, Charlotte and Lily S

Thank you to our great Maths Buddies. Brain science tells us that teaching something to someone else helps the learning to stick. 

We are using Seesaw to make our learning visible.


Collaborative Maths
We have been tackling lots of maths problems together in Tautoru. We love starting off a maths session by posing and solving a different problem every day. With our buddies we try and come up with at least three ways (strategies) to solve the problem.

Arts Celebration
What a wonderful way to end a term, celebrating and appreciating all our wonderful artists and their creativity. Please head to our blog to see a few photos of our artworks. It was great to see so many of you on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Thank you so much to all of our lovely parents who gave us a hand in the lead up to the Arts Celebration.


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Quick Write: Respect
Have a look on our blog to see some of our “Quick Writes” about our school value, Respect.

Water Safety at Kilbirnie Pool
These photos are of some of our Year 5 and 6 Water Safety Group. Water is an essential part of the Kiwi identity and our students spend a lot of time at the beach, fishing off the rocks, sailing, kayaking, swimming and other water activities. Water Safety lessons are a great way to teach our students how to stay safe in and around water.

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Celebration of the Arts


What special nights! We loved sharing our visual art, sculptures, poems, movies and the process to make them with everyone who came along. Have a look at some of what was on offer… 

You can watch Lucas, Thomas and Zach’s Windy Wellington movie on the blog: Windy Wellington Movie

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Creativity in Maths
Some of our students were inspired to write their own multiplication songs this week and made them into Puppet Pals Movies: Multiplication Puppet Pals

Some of us wrote a “Quick Write” about Sid the Snail. We had 10 minutes to include as much shape vocabulary as possible. Read some on our Blog.

Loose Parts, Spare Parts, Parts Aplenty! Check out the Video too.

Now that we have an array of bits and bobs to get creative with in the playground we are needing to urgently come up with a storage solution! Worser Bay School and storage tend to be antonyms!

The Pupil Activity Leaders (PALS) on the Student Council are working with children and teachers (and aiming for some interested parents too!) to get things up and running successfully. There is a lot to think about - practicalities, health and safety, usability......

Please have a look at this Short Video for inspiration and if you would be keen to get involved, especially helping brainstorm storage solutions, please contact the PALs via Nicola: nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz. Thoughts so far include - a number of large flexi tubs, a purpose-built shed, small container????

Thank you to the parents that got in touch with Nicola about play and loose parts. Also, thank you to everyone who brought in loose parts for us to play with. We are enjoying playing with them.

We will have a meeting with all interested parent supporters to discuss where to next on Wednesday 2 August at 2.30pm before pickup, in the staffroom.

Thank you
Alexandra (on behalf of the PALS)

Carolyn Brett,
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Carolyn Brett,
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