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Week 4 - 26 May 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

There was a lovely article in the latest Education Gazette last week about using the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model in an Early Learning environment. This was really timely as we are using the AI approach more and more - whether it's in our conversations about staff and student strengths, curriculum review or professional learning .... opportunities abound!

This article also resonated strongly with the focus on outdoor learning. Last week our new shadehouse saw plenty of action. We are being supported by Te Motu Kairangi Restoration Group who have financed and helped to install the irrigation system. John (our John!) and Joakim (from Motu Kairangi) collected seed of endemic species and planted these with the children this last week. Seedlings will be planted in our immediate area and we are also supporting the Motu Kairangi vision which is to restore the Korowai a Tāne, Tāne’s cloak. Tāne being the God of the Forest! 

You can read the article here.

We are gearing up for Matariki Celebrations later in the term. If you are new to the school, you will soon realise that we always mix things up a bit with these celebrations and will rarely rock out the same thing! So, this year you can anticipate some planting of your own! Yes, whanau/family planting among some other activities which will soon be finalised and then revealed. Please pop aside the date: Monday 26 June 2017

If you haven't celebrated Matariki before, you can find out more about it here.

Discos, Fair Meetings, Helping with swimming, sports, trips, up and coming Ceilidh........ and on it goes. I had a parent say to me last week that she just can't believe how engaged this community is. Go us!

Ngā mihi

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

I am connected... (empathy)
  • 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
Darragh, Isabella, Keir, Luca S, Nuala and Octavia.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Bella, Eva, Lachlan, Parker, Peter and Ruby.


Welcome to Yoko and her family who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Vera who already has a sibling at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Your Feedback is Important

Our community changes frequently. With every new family joining we have new opportunities....... and every family brings new hopes, dreams and aspirations..... for their children.

It's timely to check in with you all, parents, staff and children, as to where we are at right now and if our direction needs a fresh ingredient or two to create a different flavour!

A methodology that provides a great structure is that of Appreciative Inquiry.... starting with what's already working really well and what we should absolutely keep doing. Then, thinking about 3 wishes for the future, the where we could be heading or working on further. The strengths will support us to move forward with challenges too. 

The idea is to create a Word Cloud for each in visual form that we can have for motivation around the place! In this way, we can pull the information apart to see responses from children, staff and parents separately and then also as a community, a whole. The most common words will be large and the less common words smaller - which will give us an immediate steer!

So here's what what we would love you to do from now until the end of May:

Go the Feedback form and add your comments. We would prefer your answers to be one word answers or up to three words, ie. "Creative" or "Friendly atmosphere".

As this is a really important exercise for us, we really need to hear as many voices a possible - please expect plenty of reminders!

Closes on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Cross Country 2017

Our annual Cross Country event is to be held on Tuesday 30th May at Worser Bay Beach. All students will participate in the event, from the newest new entrant to the wizened old Year 6s. The starter’s pistol will fire its first shot soon after 9:30am. The runners with the shortest legs will be underway!

The course for the younger students is not too demanding: one lap along the beach, up the track to the changing sheds and back along the grass to the finish. The rest do progressively longer circuits.

The emphasis for the day is on participation. It is also for our kids to set a goal for themselves and to run as much and as well as they can. In the name of collaboration we have been thinking about what we can do to support others. Some students have chosen to run alongside a buddy so that they can cheer each other on. Nice idea!

If the weather is extreme (probably not too hot), we will postpone the event. A call will be made early in the morning in which case an email will be sent out to all parents. Otherwise, and because we are always optimistic (and really tough), see you there with your cheering gear on.

Team Sports

Neon and Favourite Colour Dress Up Day - Thursday 1 June

Neon Day is a day that you can dress up in NEON (bright coloured clothing) or in your favourite colour! 

We are going to have some FUN!! 

There are going to be winners for the best dressed.

The whole Student Council social group are running the Neon/Favourite Colour Day and there are 4 judges who are from the social group. 

Check out our posters around the school!
By The Social Group

Autahi and Tautoru Trip to Museum of City and Sea and Te Papa

As part of our Inquiry into people and how they have shaped the past, we have organised a trip for Autahi and Tautoru students to see some museum exhibits and participate in a programme about life in Wellington years ago. 

This trip will take place on Tuesday 6 June - the day after Queen's Birthday. We apologise for the short notice of this trip.

The buses will leave school at 9.30am and will return by approx. 2.30pm.

We will need permission for your child to go on the trip, parent help on the day and a payment of $8.50 to cover costs. Please pay and give permission via Wrap It Up

If you would like to help on the trip, please email your child's Base Group teacher by 9am on Wednesday 31 May.

Your child will need a warm jacket, a hat, a drink bottle, morning tea and lunch.

Please Note:
Due to the long Queen's Birthday weekend, we will need permission and payment by 9am on Wednesday 31st May.


Playing can take you anywhere! 
Welcome to Jetstar, please take your seat, fasten your safety belt and enjoy the ride! In Autahi many of us have been exploring real life in our play as we take off on wild adventures! Have a look at our blog to find out more!

Up, up and away! 
We’ve continued on our learning about position and direction and it has connected our reading, writing, maths, playing, and art! Have a look at some of the ways we’ve been exploring directions!


Trees in our backyard
As part of our Inquiry into people and how they have shaped the past, the students in Tautoru have been generating questions and wonderings.

Many of the students have been interested in the types of trees Maori would have used in the past.

There are a number of native trees around the school that Maori used for medicinal purposes. We have spent some time walking around the school, sketching trees, and talking about their uses.

Cross Country
We have been building our stamina and power this week in preparation for the Cross Country next week. The students in Tautoru are keen to get down to the beach and get racing! We look forward to seeing parents at the beach and if you can come along on Tuesday to celebrate their efforts, it would be much appreciated.

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.


  • Craft Meeting - 2.15pm on Monday 29 May in the staffroom
  • School Cross Country - 9.30am on Tuesday 30 May at Worser Bay Beach
  • Fair Committee Meeting - 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 May in the Staffroom
  • Please fill in the Google Feedback form by Wednesday 31 May
  • Neon and Favourite Colour Dress Up Day - Thursday 1 June
  • School is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend - Friday 2 June and Monday 5 June
  • Autahi and Tautoru Only - Trip to Museum of City and Sea and Te Papa - Tuesday 6 June
  • Book your Progress Meeting - by 9am on Monday 12 June
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 June
  • Ceilidh - Saturday 17 June - Tickets are now on sale
  • Please diary - Matariki Celebration - Monday 26 June
  • Please diary - Additional holiday in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017
  • 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 - $345 
    Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
    Swimming Lessons - now due
    Autahi and Tautoru Museum Trip - $8.50 

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Progress Meetings

Please book your Progress Meetings with your child's base group teacher if you are parents in Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki.

If your child is in Autahi there is a different schedule and you will have received an email.

Last term teachers met with you and your child to discuss how the year had started and set some specific goals looking ahead. This term it's an opportunity for parents to meet with the base group teacher (without children present) to learn more about progress to date, including progress against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths. At this time, you will also receive a written report. 

Next term it's Student Led Conference time and then the Final Reporting Meeting (again without children) occurs in Term 4. 

These Progress Meetings are to be held from Tuesday 13 June until 23 June.  

Bookings will close Monday 12 June at 9am.

Please follow the instructions below:
Enter the Worser Bay School Code:  ws989

A Note from the Office

Disco Plates and Containers
We have a pile of unclaimed plates, bowls and containers sitting in the office which were left behind at the Disco. If any of these are yours, can you please pick them up as soon as possible? Thank you!

There will be no Newsletter next week due to the two short weeks.

School Closures
Please note that school will be closed on Friday 2 June in addition to Monday 5 June for Queens Birthday Weekend.
School will also be closed on Friday 25 August for a mid-term break in Term 3.

Voluntary Contribution Receipts
Thank you to those of you who have already paid the Voluntary Contribution. Remember, Voluntary Contributions are tax deductible – see http://www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/ for more information.

Voluntary Contribution Receipts can be downloaded from Wrap it Up. Log on to Wrap it Up and click on "My Transactions". When you locate the amount you've paid for donations, click on the "View" button, this will take you to a screen where you can print the Tax Receipt.

To stop sickness from spreading, it is important for you to keep your child at home when they are ill, and not let them go to school. Here are guidelines from the Ministry of Health regarding Gastroenteritis (viral):
  • Symptoms appear after 1–3 days
  • Infectious while vomiting and diarrhoea last, and up to 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Keep child home until well and for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
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!

Calling All Crafters...

It’s that fun time of the year where all our crafters get together to inspire each other with ideas of what to make for the School Fair in November.

If you are into any craft at all, or have any ideas that you think might sell well, please join us in the staffroom at 2.15pm on Monday 29th May.

Any questions, please feel free to email me: jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz

Worser Bay's Fabulous School Fair

Fair planning has started! We are having our first FAIR COMMITTEE Meeting on Tuesday 30th May at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.   

We need your help, skills and expertise! We are always looking for fresh ideas and faces to join the committee in a range of ways – whether to help with comms, organising marquees, or asking businesses for donations, etc. If you think you may be able to help, or would like to give something a go, please come along and find out what it is all about. We cannot make this a successful Fair without the help of the school community.  

DELI – we need a bunch of enthusiastic people to put their hand up to help with making our beautiful deli produce. Recipes and ingredients will be provided… we just need your time and energy to make these fantastic products which are a great seller on Fair Day! 

We want to get started on making this delicious deli produce soon, so we would also like DONATIONS of crabapples, quince, lemons, limes, rhubarb, apples, pears and, looking ahead, tamarillos. Ideally, we'd like to source these from within the school community to go with our sustainable eco-friendly ethos, but if you have access to good quantities of these from elsewhere, please let us know!

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing as many of you at the next meeting as possible. We would LOVE this to be our best Fair yet, and would just LOVE a BIG team to make it happen. It really is s fun project to be part of and a fantastic event to run - the children love it, we love it and it is such a great way to be part of the fantastic vibe that is our School!

Many thanks!

Worser Bay School Ceilidh

It's that FUN time of year again when we have what is becoming an annual tradition for the Worser Bay School and the WIDER community - our Ceilidh.

Last year it was so much fun and people are still reminiscing over the fun that they had!  Tickets are now on sale via Wrap it Up so get purchasing - invite as many friends as you can along - we want this to be our biggest and best one yet! 

For those of you who don't know, a Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish folk music and traditional dancing. The band will lead us though the dances and there will be folk there who have danced before, so if you have never been to a Ceilidh before, now is your chance. It's the best fun you can have with tartan on!

Date: Saturday 17th June
Time:  7pm - 10.30pm
Place:  Scots College Hall
Cost:  $35 (includes light supper and snacks)
Cash bar
Live Scottish Band

Tickets bought via Wrap It Up can be collected from the school office on Fridays only after school drop off or school pick up.

Families from the wider community can purchase their tickets via Parent Net. Please email: parentnet@worserbay.school.nz.

So, let's make this happen and let's make it BIG! We are all so looking forward to it and can't wait to see all of you and more there!

The Ceilidh Team and Parent Net

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 14 June, 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 13 June.

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 2
This term, we will once again be having one Pizza Lunch fundraiser per month. The remaining Term 2 Pizza Lunch will be on 5 July. As with the Sausage Sizzles, you can order in advance for the whole term via Wrap It Up.


Message from the ICT Student Council: Clean Our Ocean Scratch Competition

You need to make a game. The theme is ‘Clean Our Ocean’. The aim is to program the diver character to save the fish by collecting the rubbish. 

Send finished entries to Nicola: nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz

DEADLINE: End of Term 2

Carolyn Brett,
23 May 2017, 15:37
Carolyn Brett,
23 May 2017, 15:37
Carolyn Brett,
23 May 2017, 15:37