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Week 8 - 15 September 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Lately, I have been reflecting on the depth of conversations I have with the teachers about student learning and the way in which we go about inquiring into practice - what's working for whom and how do we know? There are a lot of questions, there is an evidence base and research required and there is the expectation that 'we think like scientists' (even though we work in a people and relationship based industry).

When the teaching staff completed the VIA Character Survey - it is not surprising that we are heavy on the love and kindness strengths! It's hard to work with small people en masse if you don't have a decent dose of both, I guess!

Perseverence and Judgement needs to be brought to the forefront when teachers are going through their inquiry cycles. These are known as 'teaching as inquiry cycles' or TAI in our world of acronyms. At the moment, we have had a heavy focus on maths. Teachers all are undertaking an individual TAI into their maths practice. Over the last 2 weeks they have been observing each other and coaching on next steps and sharing their findings from their inquiry to date with the whole staff. This also links into appraisal processes.

Underlying our teacher inquiries, we have a focus on girls' achievement in maths and movement from at to above..... through a variety of means!

We have some great new thinking in the maths world which is starting to have an impact on our programmes. You may be interested in reading this article What is Mathematical Beauty? It's excited us!

Expectations are certainly different from 1987 when I started my career and was pretty much left to my own devices..... for years, in fact!

Speaking of the '80s, see you rocking down in Miramar tonight! That's also excited us! Thanks to the Disco King and the crew for what will be another evening of great fun for our tamariki (and many parents!)

Ngā mihi


Coming up this Week:

  • 80s Themed School Disco - tonight. Please pay via Online Payments.
  • EZ Floorball - Wednesday 20 September
  • Student-Led Conferences
  • Stall Leaders and Committee Meeting - 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 September
  • Assembly - Friday 22 September 
  • Pre-Fair Craft Sale - Friday 22 September - straight after Assembly and again at 2.30pm

Dates to Diary:
  • Parents Coffee Catch Up - Monday 25 September (straight after Karakia) at Park Kitchen
  • Junior School ASB Sports Centre Visit  - Tuesday 26 September
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - 6pm on Thursday 28 September
Need to Action:
  • Fair Volunteer Form - Please sign up to help at the Fair
  • Sign Up for Term 4 Sports by Wednesday 20 September
  • Please bring some cash with you for the Pre-Fair Craft Sale on Friday 22 September
  • Yummy Stickers - Please bring in your Yummy Stickers by Monday 25 September
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Please complete this Google Form

Nau mai Haere Mai!

Welcome to our new Positive Education tab. This will be updated regularly.

80s Themed Disco - Tonight - Reminder No Toy Swap!

See everyone at the 80s Disco tonight! Woop, Woop!

We have decided that we are going to give the TOY SWAP a miss. This is so we can enjoy all the other things that our beautiful Worser Bay Disco has - like the epic dress up theme!!! 

Come along in your best 80s costume! And please bring a plate of food that can be sold to add to our fundraising.

The cost is $5 per child. Younger siblings are welcome at no charge. Please pay via Online Payments on our website. (We do not issue tickets, however we will have a list on the door of those who have paid.)

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
As Term 4 is fast approaching, students will need adequate sun protection when playing outside:
  • We require students to wear hats which protect the face, neck, and ears, whenever they are outside and involved in school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in an allocated shaded area or inside at break times.
  • We encourage students to protect themselves with broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 (Sun Protection Factor), and by sitting/playing in the shade where possible.
  • We encourage students to wear clothing that protects the skin (e.g. long sleeve tops) when at risk of extended sun exposure, such as sports days and picnics, etc.
For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3pm
We cannot take responsibility for students who are at school before 8.30am and after 3pm.

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.

Yummy Stickers
If you have been collecting Yummy Apple Stickers or Cut-Out Labels from bags of apples, please bring them to the office by Monday 25 September. We will send them off to receive a share of $200,000 Free Sports Gear for our school.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Term 3 Miniball - $40 (Click on "Fees and Donations" to see this on your child's account.)
  • Junior ASB Sports Centre Visits - $13 (Click on "School Trips" to see this.)
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Sign Up for Term 4 Sports by Wednesday 20 September

To the PARENTS of all Floorball, Netball and Mini Polo players.

If your child is interested in playing Floorball, Netball or Mini Polo in Term 4, please complete this Google Form.

This Form will close at 9am on Wednesday 20th September. Due to the high numbers of students that are keen to play, we are not able to accept players after this date.

We also require Coaches and Managers for these teams. If you are keen to help, please indicate this on the form. We really appreciate the help and support we receive from parents.

Floorball        Years 1-6
Netball           Years 1-4
Mini Polo       Years 4-6

Kind regards,
Team Sports

Eastern Zones Floorball - Wednesday 20 September

We have entered 4 teams into the EZ Floorball tournament to be held on Wednesday 20th September. You will have received an email from Carolyn if your child is playing on one of our teams.

We will be taking private transport to the event but there will still be a small charge of $3 to cover registration. Please contact John if you are able to help with transport and please pay via Online Payments by Monday 18th September.

Singing Group Performance - 22 September 

We will be heading off to the Miramar Library next week to share some of our music with the local community. We begin at Miramar Library at 10:30 and then move on to Saint Aidan’s at 11:00 for their Friday Cafe.

The singers will be singing like angels, the drummers will be bang crashing and the guitar and ukulele players will be rocking it all along.

We will walk there and back and would love your company; assisting with the walk or simply as audience. We would like the kids to contribute to the Cafe with some home baking. Scones? Slices? Sausage rolls? Anything at all would be greatly appreciated by our audience! A great opportunity for us to get our hands in the flour; a great opportunity to connect with our wider community!

See you there!

Junior School - ASB Sports Centre Visit - Tuesday 26 Sept

On Tuesday 26 September, the Junior school (Autahi and Tautoru) will be going to the ASB Sports Centre for a second time, 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 Futsal. 

The children will need to wear clothes that are suitable for exercise and bring a drink bottle and plenty of food for morning tea and lunch.

We will need parent helpers on the trip, so if anyone is keen for a day of fun and exercise, please let your child’s base group teacher know.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 28 Sept

It is nearly time for the much anticipated Year 3 & 4 Sleepover on Thursday 28 September - the last Thursday of Term 3! Thank you to those parents who have offered to stay over on the night.

The Sleepover will start at 6pm (after having dinner at home) and finish at 7am (when children return home for breakfast). Supper will be provided.

There will be 12 adults ‘in charge’ overnight, 5 teachers and 7 parents. 
The girls will sleep in Autahi and the boys in Tautoru.
Your child needs to bring the following:
  • sleeping bag / duvet
  • bedroll / mattress
  • pillow
  • pyjamas
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • a soft toy, if they take one to bed with them
Please complete this Google Form for permissions, contact details and any medical or dietary requirements. 

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.

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.

Fair News Spot

Bottle Tombola
We need 100 bottles of anything (unopened, full, not expired). Donations in the past included champagne, shampoo, perfume, chilli sauce, big bottles of fancy beer, olive oils...

Please drop your donations into the box outside the school office. (Alcoholic beverages straight to the office team, please.)

Calling Parent Volunteers!
Put your name down to be a Fair Volunteer on the Fair Volunteer Form. Help make sure the Fair is a great success. We need heaps of help from our amazing parent community including:

  • about 5 volunteers per stall, including stall leaders
  • heaps of helpers for set-up and pack down 
  • people to make things such as baking 
  • people to sort and price things. 

Sign up today for a role you want - you’ll have heaps of fun! If you can't access the form, please contact Carolyn in the office.

Plant Stall - Call for Growers
Got green fingers or want to get your children involved in gardening? Start growing plants from seed now in time to sell the plants at the Fair. Seeds could include basil, chilli, spinach, bok choy, watermelon, sunflowers. Or you could try growing a terranium or two to contribute to the Plant Stall? This is a great activity for kids to be involved in.

If you don’t want to grow anything, you could always donate potting mix, small to medium plastic or terracotta pots, or garden centre vouchers.

Contact Melanie Haycock if you have any questions.

Silent Auction
This year we are changing the format of the Silent Auction. This year, bidders will be able to see the dollar amount of bids online (bidding prior to Fair Day). On the day, bidding sheets will be on display in the Silent Auction room.

This will give bidders a chance to see what the latest dollar amount of the bid is and gives an opportunity to bid higher to secure the item.

The Silent Auction team are excited about the new format and look forward to receiving online bids (usually two weeks prior to Fair Day) and on the day.

Fair Committee

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
Eliza, Eva, Kate, Elliot, Freddie, Konrad and Lakham.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Bethen, Caitlyn, Charlotte Ba, Chester, Izar and Teddy.


Welcome to Storm who is new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Raffle Tickets to Fund More Traps

Do you care about the environment? 

Can you help?

Did you know that rats, mice and stoats are killing our native birds. Soon there will be none left. Our Worser Bay School trapping team is here to help! We want to put down more traps in the Bush at our school.

Buy a raffle ticket to help us fund more traps… at only for $5 each… and you go into the draw to win a “Good Nature” trap valued at $200. 

Raffle tickets will be on sale until Friday 22nd September (no sales on the weekend). Buy a ticket from outside Tautoru from 8:30-8:55am mornings and 2:45–3:05pm afternoons.

The raffle will be drawn out of a hat at our next Assembly (22nd September).

Thanks for your time,
The Worser Bay School Trapping Team

Pre Fair Craft Sale - Friday 22 September

The Crafters have been making Tote Bags from generously donated fabrics and are going to have a sale day on Friday 22nd September. The bags are $10 and will be for sale straight after Assembly and again from 2.30pm. Please bring cash.

We will also have some of our gorgeous craft items for sale, as we know many of you don’t have the time to shop on fair day, and may want to get in early and tick off some Christmas presents.


We are learning maths in all kinds of ways! We are looking for patterns in numbers and practising to explain our thinking and working out. Have a look at the Blog to find out more!!

Family Story Evening 
Last week we had a great turnout for our Family Story Evening. We had popcorn, listened to different parents read stories to the class and practised some mindfulness! It was lovely! Thanks to all those who made it!


Te Reo
We often start the morning asking questions to each other in Te Reo Maori. The Karakia helps us to focus on the day ahead and speaking in Maori gives us an opportunity to ‘grow our minds’. We have been using Te Reo Maori to ask each other how they are feeling, the weather, along with the date. The Blog has videos of students in action.

Literacy Mini-Inquiry - Animals
The Plasma literacy group have started their own inquiries into animals and how their bodies differ to humans. They have generated a number of questions and are now researching to find answers to their questions. Check out the Blog for what they are investigating.


Fractions and Oranges!
We have been learning about fractions! What do they look like? What can we add together? How many pieces can we cut an orange into? Lots of exciting questions in Maths!

Inspirational People Portraits
Our students have been writing biographies about people that inspire them. These people have used their power to influence positive change. Our students have created portraits to represent their inspirational person. Check out more on our Blog.

Maori: Hongi me te Mihi
It is Te Wiki o te Reo Maori and just another week of Maori for us. Read about it on the Blog.

We begin the session with a hongi, everybody greets each other.

Student Led Conferences
Today we kicked off our Student Led Conferences (SLCs). Students shared their learning with parents while others led workshops. The workshops were designed to showcase some of the things that we do in Matariki and Mahutonga. The students led workshops around yoga, bootcamp, drawing, art, number talks, maths, drama, inquiry...

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10 Sep 2017, 14:11
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