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Week 3 - 11 August 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Talk about thunderbirds are go! There are layers upon layers of great stuff happening out there! If you made it to Assembly last week, you would've witnessed an array of rather complex mathematical problems, some singing and grooving, some witty presenting...... a bit of everything to suit a range of tastes and maturity!

It's a bit like that here on a daily basis. We are dealing with so many different personalities, passions, strengths, needs - it's the word balance that comes most frequently to mind. A balanced mind, a balanced team or a balanced curriculum, balance within the community - yes, it's an important word!

Tōtika - Balance
Mahia i runga i te rangimārie me te ngākau māhaki
With a peaceful mind and respectful heart, we will always get the best results

How heartening it was to pull the Word Clouds together - thanks so much for contributing. Some of the information was processed straight away - like more notice for school trips, clarity about health and safety reporting. Some made us think about our messaging on Blogs, in Newsletters and the like - one asked for more Maths, another less PE. There were calls for thinking about before school care options, lobbying of government and more car parking. Some things we can action, others not so easy..... it's all good 'intelligence' and appreciated. 

Some feedback is more strategic - more long term and big picture around what's going well and we should definitely keep doing - The Sense of Community and The Whole Child - absolute stand outs!  What's also interesting is that some of the WWW (what's working well) also features big time in wishes for the future. So it's, yes, we like it and we want more of it, thanks!

You will find staff, parent and student voice (a lot also about food, swimming and the beach!) 

You will also find some very clear standouts about the Arts and Music especially.

Answer 1:  What is already working really well and we should definitely keep doing?

Answer 2:  What are your 3 main wishes for the future? What would you like us to start doing or improve?

I clearly see the word 'balance' all over the images.

Soon, the Board and staff will be getting together to check on our strategic direction. We will be using this information, plus what we know about best practice, what the research tells us, what the government direction is (let's wait!), what our student data tells us.... many pieces of the jigsaw.

Ngā mihi


  • Year 6 EBIS Experience - 9am on Thursday 17 August. There is no charge, however, please give permission via Online Payments.
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Please contact Shona ASAP if you are keen to help by staying over on the night of Thurs 28 Sept.
  • Assembly - 9am on Friday 18 August
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 18 August
  • 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
  • Junior School ASB Visit - Tuesday 29 August and Tuesday 26 September. More details to follow.
  • Orange Day Parade for Road Patrollers - Friday 1 September
  • Autahi Milk and Cookies Night - Wednesday 6 September
  • School Photos - Wednesday 13 September (Class and Individual Photos) and Thursday 14 September (Sports Photos)

Board Shorts

Over the last few weeks, you may have seen references to proposed changes in the Decile system used by the Ministry of Education to allocate funding. As part of the Board’s regular review of the external environment we will continue to determine what these changes could mean for us as more information about the new funding approach is clarified. So, it’s a little too early to tell what this might mean, and much more is needed by way of detail, however, we will ensure that any impacts are both understood and communicated to the school community.

Another area of particular focus has been on community engagement and revisiting where we are in this respect and what opportunities exist. While we believe this is a real strength of the school, a closer look is showing us that there are opportunities we can pursue and areas where we can improve. A key focus of this is clarifying what we mean by who our community is, what types of engagement we use, and the best ways of maintaining contact. 

If it’s not already in your calendar, make a note of the
Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop being held on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45pm at the school. This will focus on the Positive Education programme and is a chance to get an update about where it’s at and be part of the discussion. Board members will also be there to introduce you to our online School Policy site “Schooldocs”. This will increasingly become a means for our community to provide input into, and share and gather information about, our policies, which link into many of the things we do, including things such as student wellbeing.

Many of you will be involved with the upcoming Fair in some capacity and may not be aware of the importance of this event to the school. Besides being a wonderful opportunity for the school community to come together, it is a significant part of our fundraising activity that enables us to provide for our children. We are often asked about the finances of the school and one of our Board members, Andrew Dalziel, has put together an excellent summary of this which hopefully helps answer any questions you might have.

The Board

Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop - Tues 22 August

Our Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop is coming up fast on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45pm.

Student wellbeing, or actually wellbeing in general, is being talked about, written about, thought about wherever we turn. Wanting our children to grow up resilient, adaptable, open to new experiences and feeling good and doing good has to be something we all want. It's not just a grab bag of feel good 'stuff' - there is a science behind this.

Eighteen months ago we introduced what is known as Positive Education. “Positive Education is the bringing together of the science of wellbeing with best-practice teaching to enable individuals to thrive.” We are looking forward to sharing a bit of background, the model we use and some of the outcomes we have had with you on the 22nd. 

We will hear first hand from some children, get to experience some of the activities and a couple of our parents will also be linking this with life outside school. Plus, Board members will introduce you to our Online School Policy site 'Schooldocs', many of which link in some shape or form to student wellbeing.

I'm sure you will have plenty to contribute to the discussion. It's a great chance to chat about what you do at home already in this sphere and also learn from others. That's what a community is all about. Let's grow and work together to build a strong foundation where our children can flourish.

We aren’t making a choice between wellbeing or academic pursuits as there isn’t a choice to be made!

From IPEN - the International Positive Education Network

Hope to see you there. (Hope is actually a great predictor of wellbeing and performance!)

A Note from the Office

Important Message re Bottom Gate on Awa Road
Please remember that, if your children come into school via the Bottom Gate on Awa Road, there is a child-proof gate and children may not be able to open it unaided.

School Driveway
Please do not use the bottom of the school driveway as a drop off zone. The yellow lines are there for a reason. Last term we had a couple of reports of near misses on the crossing due to cars pulling in and stopping 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. 
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Junior School - ASB Visit

On Tuesday 29 August and Tuesday 26 September, we are planning to take the Junior syndicate to the ASB Centre as part of our Inquiry into the body.... relating it to using different muscles, keeping fit and trying new things. We will be participating in sports like Gymnastics, Athletics, Floorball and Futsall. Look out for more information soon.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 28 September

It is nearly time for the much anticipated Year 3 & 4 Sleepover on Thursday 28 September - the last Thursday of Term 3! The finer details will be provided soon. We will need a number of parents to stay over and this needs to get sorted ASAP due to the regulations around safety checking, etc. The pressure is on - you wouldn't want to miss out on a major social highlight! 

If you want a head start on your holiday, children won't be expected to be at school on the Friday, which is essentially a pack up day. 

Please get in touch with Shona if you are keen to help by staying over on the night. 

Online Payments via our Website

Our Online Payments system 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.

Parents/caregivers will need to register with our new Online Payments system. Follow the instructions there.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 6 September

On Wednesday 6 September, 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 4 September. (Note the earlier cut off time!)

Sushi Lunches can now be ordered via the new Online Payments system on the Worser Bay School website.

It’s the same team, sushi, varieties and prices, just a new website for orders. Order now for the rest of term.

Fair News Spot

1)  Running of the Balls
The Running of the Balls happens on Fair Day, and involves releasing one thousand numbered plastic balls down a slope. The first three balls across the line win the fantastic prizes. We need donations of prizes for the event, which could include:
  • Providing a night’s accommodation at your holiday home (if you have one).

  • Donating vouchers or points so we could purchase an item such as an iPad, etc.

  • An item of value you have that you could donate.
If you have ideas or donations, please contact Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz as soon as possible.

2)  We also need donations of sugar for the Deli. 
Please contact Hannah Thornton on 021 264 5866, or drop sugar at the school office. 

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

I am powerful...
  • I can think about overcoming challenges
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good
  • I take action
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Autahi and Tautoru
Alessandro, Isabella, Romy, Sam, Archie, Ben Be, Jude and Phineas.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Eden, Janne, Joel, Kirsty, Oscar and Zach.


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

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Emotions and Empathy 
We have been exploring different emotions, how we can show empathy and what our strengths are. Have a look at our Blog to find out more about what we’ve been up to.

Meeting some new friends 
Part of our transition to school program is that we visit our incoming children at their ECEs. In the last few weeks we were able to do this. We also like to keep our connections strong with the different centres. We had visitors come and spend a morning with us to see what it’s like to be at school. 


Peace Week Recipe
Scott, Wanwan and their writers have been writing recipes about peace. We discussed what we thought was peaceful, the places we feel at peace, and the people that help us to feel that way.

We then created a recipe with a list of interesting ingredients and the method to create our peace delights.

What Time Is It?
In Maths we have been investigating time. We have been learning to read a clock and have been using our fraction knowledge to identify when it is half past or on the hour.

We have also been working on different activities to understand the difference between a second, a minute and an hour. 

We are exploring how long a minute is and actually activities we can do in 1 minute.
We are seeing how many times we can write our name in a minute.

Here are some links to help out from our Blog:

Hip Hop Tick Tock

Telling the Time


LEARN: An acronym for keeping healthy
At Worser Bay School, we promote Positive Health as part of our well-being programme. We have begun to think about this during "Wake up the brain" and in our goal setting. We are learning to use the acronym "LEARN".

Read some of our LEARN goals: Positive Health Blog Post

New Zealand Peace Week: Learning about Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Peace Week celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand - 30 Years Nuclear Free! 

About Schools’ Peace Week
The Peace Foundation New Zealand started Schools' Peace Week in 2000 as our contribution to the United Nations Decade of the Child, to educate people of the consequences of nuclear war and to campaign for a world of nuclear weapons. The date of Schools’ Peace Week commemorates Hiroshima Day on 6 August, and Nagasaki Day on 9 August. The event has become increasingly popular in New Zealand and abroad each year and students are engaged in various activities which promote peaceful practices in our schools and communities. By making small changes, we are able to empower people to create a safe world based on justice and human rights as well as to build a sustainable environment and peaceful relationships. This year Schools' Peace Week is being held from Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August. The theme for 2017 is “Nuclear Free”.

For more information go to: 

We learnt what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Reading Links

We generated some research questions. You can read these and some quick writes on our Blog.

This is us researching about what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Nuclear Free New Zealand Debate
We explored WHY New Zealand is Nuclear Free and the different arguments that support and oppose New Zealand remaining Nuclear Free NZ.

We had a 'moot' that New Zealand should STAY Nuclear Free. Moot is a technical debating term for something that we are going to debate about.

We arranged different statements into two groups. Whether the statement supports NZ remaining Nuclear Free, or whether it negates that NZ should stay Nuclear free (allow Nuclear power).

It was awesome to practise having an opinion about something but backing it up with why we think the way we do and what effect it has on more people than just ourselves. 

This Week in Inquiry
We have continued our focus on peace by brainstorming different ways we can Take Action to create peace in our world. Look out for our different actions we start to take - we are pumped about making change and raising awareness!

Year 6 Only - School Options for 2018

Miramar Christian School - Open Evening
You're invited to Miramar Christian School's Open Evening on 15 August at 6.30pm. We invite you to come and learn about our school and how it might be a good fit for your child's upcoming Years 7 & 8. We have excellent teacher/student ratios, a values based curriculum, affordable fees and fun extra-curricular activities. Students and teachers will be available for tours and questions. All are welcome! For more information, please go to www.christian.school.nz.

Evans Bay Intermediate School - Year 6 EBIS Experience
On Thursday 17 August at 9am, our Year 6s will be picked up from Worser Bay School by bus to visit EBIS. There is no charge for this, however, we will need permission for them to travel by bus to and from EBIS. Please give permission via Online Payments on the WBS website.

Also, the EBIS School Open Day (9am-2.55pm) and Evening (6.30pm - 8.00pm) will be on 
Wednesday 30 August for all parents and students to see EBIS in operation.

Scots College - Explore Year 7&8
Explore Year 7&8 offers your son a wonderful opportunity to take part in a stimulating and action packed day in the Scots Middle School. Your son will get to experience the wide range of subjects our Years 7&8 are taught, including Robotics, Science, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education and more, all taught by specialist teachers. For more information or to register, click here.

Date:     Friday 18 August
Time:    9am-3pm
Where:  Scots College
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Open Morning
Parents of Year 6 girls are invited to come to the Marsden School Karori Open Morning on Friday 18 August between 8.45am and 12pm. This is a good opportunity to see the school in action and learn about the programmes and opportunities for you daughter. Enrolments for 2018 are now open. For more information or to register, click here.
Carolyn Brett,
6 Aug 2017, 15:45
Carolyn Brett,
6 Aug 2017, 15:45
Carolyn Brett,
6 Aug 2017, 15:45