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Week 4 - 10 November 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

A note of gratitude on behalf of the staff @ WBS:

Dear parent volunteers

This weekend we have our Fair of Legends - that's the one 12 November 11-2, rain or shine! I very much recognise the many hours of thinking, discussing, planning, deliberating and just plain hard physical work that goes into this 'biggest fundraising event' in the life of the school.

Many of you are also engaged in monthly pizza making, weekly sausage sizzling - donning the apron wind, rain, sun or out in the freezing cold. There are our discos - what a hit they have been this year! On the dancing, fun and frolic front, the Ceilidh must be highlighted - the great thing here is the crew this also attracts from wider than 'just us'.

We had some new initiatives this year too - the eco soaps and the very cool hoodies. Our incredibly high percentage of families who pay voluntary contributions (this actually combines to over half our fundraising budget !), plus those who provide generous extra 'donations'........... for the benefit of all.

The gift of time is precious.

The helping in the classrooms and EOTC events, the sports managers and coaches, the parents keen to help out with our environmental focus, our languages and fab events like 'Grow your Mind Day' and 'Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence' - keen to be in the mentor seat.

The enthusiasm to find out more about teaching and learning - the massive turn out to our Wellbeing workshop, learning treasure hunts, reporting, SLCs........... mini workshops, celebrations.

The time you take to let us know how things are going for your child, to work with teachers to do the best by the children, the thought and care you put into families in the community in times of need, the general 'mucking in'.

Our Parent Net reps, our people people, our networkers, our Board Members, our get our tools out and 'fix its', our designers, our printers, our doers.....our bakers.....our 'silent partners' who just actually go and do things....... silently!

I certainly feel, and I also know this is echoed from the staff, grateful to work in and be part of a community who understands the importance of contributing and why, in a school 'like ours', we can't move forward without this energy and drive from our parent volunteers.

So, in anticipation of a massive weekend ahead, please know that the WBS staff thank you all for all that you will do this weekend and have done all year in all the rich and varied hues.

We look forward to working alongside you this Sunday and the Board looks forward to inviting you to celebrate and thank you:

The Chocolate Fish, Shelly Bay
Friday 17 November,  5pm - 6.30pm

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei
Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it you will hit a lofty mountain


What 25 Experts Say About – Empathy, Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness

I am familiar with the work of a few of these speakers, who are all very highly regarded - you may want to check this out!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:
  • School Fair - 11am to 2pm on Sunday 12 November
  • Assembly - 9am on Friday 17 November
  • Parent "Thank You" from the Board - 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 17 November

Dates to Diary:

  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 22 November
  • Transition across Spaces - 9.30am to 10am on Friday 24 November
  • Senior School Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - Wednesday 29 November
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Training - Thursday 30 November
  • Senior School Extravaganza of Creativity - Evening of Thursday 30 November
  • Autahi and Tautoru's Teddy Bears' Picnic - 9.30am - 2pm on 4 December 
  • Senior School Beach Weeks - 4 to 15 December
  • Sponsored Duathlon for KidsCan - Senior School - Wednesday 6 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December
  • The Wrap - Whole School - 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday 14 December
  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Extream - Monday 18 December
  • School Closes at 1pm on Tuesday 19 December
Need to Action:
  • School Photos went home today - check your child's bag
  • Check out the "Fair Actions at a Glance" under Fair News Spot
  • Order your Pizzas by midnight on Monday 20 November
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Trainingcomplete this Permission Form by Friday 24 November.

Fair News Spot
Final Countdown - 2 days to go until the Fair

Fair Actions at a Glance

  • Take part in the infamous Fair Opening Parade. The Parade starts from Autahi at 10.45am and finishes in the courtyard.
  • Don’t forget to incorporate the “Fair of Legends” theme into your costumes for the Parade to kick off the Fair. Come dressed as your favourite legend! There will be prizes for best costumes.
  • Please minimise our use of car parks around school on Fair Day. Can you walk, get dropped off or carpool?
  • Please pop over and "like" Fair Facebook Page
  • Bring reusable bags for your purchases. Your kids could bring their PFP bags. 
  • Bring your own coffee cup and get 20 cents off at Mojo carts. 
  • Bid on Silent Auction 2017 until 5pm Saturday 11 November, then on Fair Day

Parking whilst at the FAIR
Parking will be at a premium on Fair Day! There is no parking on school grounds and the roads will be FULL!!! Please park responsibly - allow room for emergency vehicles/buses, etc, to pass! Please don't block driveways and respect our local residents. It might be a good opportunity to think about walking or biking to the Fair - unless, of course, you are working a stall and have a whole lot of stuff to BRING! Thanks to all of YOU - the support/volunteering has been amazing!

Many thanks to those who have already donated lots of lovely goodies, given us their time for a variety of jobs, chased up contacts and volunteered to work on the day.

You should have been contacted by now by either a stall holder or fair team member to confirm/check where you are working on the day. If not, and you are available to help on the day, please contact Sarah Wells (sarahwellshgl@gmail.com, 021 793 557) or Jackie Ross (027 277 1603).


2 DAYS TO GO – Friday 10 November


Bring along those lovely perennials and herbs which are always popular, along with natives, or any novelty potted plants. Also, any items that you may have for the garden and no longer need, like topiary frames, pots, garden equipment – anything associated with the garden.


Friday after school or Saturday between 10am and 12pm.


Our first drop-off for White Elephant (aka Trash’n’Treasure, Bric-a-brac etc) will be from Friday 10 November 3pm-5:30pm. Please take it straight to Autahi.


Bring in your lovely home baking or slices and fudge today from 3:00pm-3:30pm (or 10am – 12pm Saturday).


Early bird clothes sale from 2pm – 5.30pm in Mahutonga – all welcome to come and shop prior to the Fair. EFTPOS and cash sales. All WBS family and friends welcome.


Can you spare 30 mins of your time to help clearing some of the classrooms ready for set-up Saturday?


Saturday 11 November

10am-12pm SCHOOL OPEN

Deliver your lovely goods for Cakes/lollies and deli stalls

Indoor stalls set-up

Deliver chilly bins, extension cords, BBQs etc

Donations for White Elephant (Autahi)


Sunday 12 November

11am – 2pm

8am              Marquee set-up and outside stall set-up

                     Raid your garden for fresh flowers and   greenery for the garlands or fresh herbs for the deli

9:30am         Stall holders and teams arrive

9:45am         Stall leaders meeting in Staffroom/Collect  Floats

10:45am       Fair Opening Parade

11am-2pm    Worser Bay School Fair – RAIN OR SHINE!

2pm-4pm      Clean-up crew

5pm              Close the school.


The Fair is opened by a Parade beginning at 10.45am – start thinking now about how you can incorporate “Fair of Legends” theme into your costume. There are prizes for the best dressed boy and girl.


The PFP team will be helping manage the Fair Day waste stations. They will be using 3 separate bins so the recyclable and compostable waste doesn't become contaminated and therefore sent to landfill. A glass bin will also be available. We are going to collect soft plastics and take these to the collection point in New World.


Please try to minimise car parking around the school and be particularly mindful of driveways, yellow lines and bus stops. Can you car pool? Can you walk or get dropped off on Fair Day?


·         MOJO Coffee Cart - Get a 20c refund to people who bring along a keep cup for the coffee cart.

·         Please bring your own reusable bags for packaging your purchases in. Your kids could bring their PFP bags.


Deb Maxwell: 021 036 7467     
Sarah Wells: 021 793 557
Jackie Ross: 027 277 1603


Silent Auction - BID NOW!
Our fabulous Silent Auction is now live. Click on the link Silent Auction 2017 to see a comprehensive list of Silent Auction lots, ready for your bids.

There is a range of items including Accommodation, to Art Work, Cafes, Children’s Activities, Fashion, Memorabilia, Restaurants, Sports Activities and Wine. Thanks to our fantastic community, local and national businesses who have got behind and supported Worser Bay School.

Please share the link far and wide to family, friends and work colleagues too.

Pop your best bid on to be in to WIN!.

Rapid Raffle: What are the prizes?
There are 19 fantastic lots including cafe vouchers, movie passes, Alana Estate wine, East By West and Staglands Family Passes, Pilates, Gift and Fruit Baskets, and much more!!!

Progress and Achievement Meetings - Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki

Bookings are now open for Progress and Achievement Meetings to be held from Tuesday 21 November until Thursday 30 November (inclusive). Bookings will close at midday on Monday 20 November.

Please follow the instructions below:

Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: eqj3n

At this final meeting of the year, you will receive the written report against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths for your child. It's when teachers/parents can discuss the next steps in terms of goals. This meeting is for parents and teachers only.

Autahi - you will receive an email giving you details relevant to your child. 

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 22 November

On Wednesday 22 November, 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. Please note that orders need to be in by midnight on Monday 20 November. 

Transition across Spaces - Friday 24 November, 9.30 to 10am - ALL WELCOME

Come along to Karakia, have a cuppa and then at 9.30-ish you can pop along to your child's new space for 2018. The thinking was to especially provide an opportunity for parents of Autahi children moving to Tautoru and parents of Tautoru children moving to Mahutonga/Matariki to chat with teachers and see their children in their new spot. It's not exclusive, however, as it's also a great chance to meet different parents who have children already in that space. SO ALL WELCOME! The more the merrier really. Come and get familiar in your 2018 environment!

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
Now that Summer is approaching, students will need adequate sun protection when playing outside. 

We would encourage you to send your children to school with suncreen already applied - particularly to backs of necks, tops of ears (if wearing caps rather than wide brimmed hats), forearms and legs. We do stress that our sun protection policy states wide brimmed hats:
  • 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. We have 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
  • Mini Polo - $35
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

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

I am a thinker...
  • I have lots of ideas
  • I can organise ideas
  • I can pose problems
  • I can solve problems
  • I can question
  • I can share my ideas
  • I can think about my thinking
  • I can make my thinking visible

Autahi and Tautoru
Darragh, Gigi, Isabella, Lisa, Addison, Ben Bi, Emelie and Finn H.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alex B, Elliot, Georgina, Greer W and Lucie.


Positive Health
Last week we went on a walking trip around Worser Bay and we worked our muscles, grew our fitness and worked on our positive self talk. We had lots of fun and didn’t give up. Have a look at our Blog to find out more about it!

We have been collecting information from our classmates and creating graphs. The graphs help us to quickly analyze our information and make comparisons. Creating graphs also helps us to come up with a question. It’s lots of fun to survey people and put their information together. Have a look at our Blog to see some of our work!


Solar Ovens
In Tautoru we were exploring Renewable Energy. With some help from Mahutonga/Matariki, the solar group made some solar ovens. The process was very interesting! Please come to our Blog for more details!


Character Description
In the last couple of weeks we have been learning about Character Description. Before writing, we got into little groups to talk about our ideas and thought about the best way to start our stories. We accepted the challenge of not starting our description with ‘I’ or ‘My’. It was quite tricky! But we used our GROWTH MINDSET!
Here are some pieces of writing about ourselves:

This is the story of me. I like green because it’s the colour of leaves and grass. But I am very very silent and shy. I really like animals but I don’t like spiders. I like gardening with my mum, I like making turtle shaped sand castles with dad at the beach. My birthday is on the 25th of May. I am from Australia. And this is how you spell my name: CLEMENTINE. 

When I am older I’m going to be a zookeeper and feed the monkeys. They are my favourite animal because they are so fluffy. My favourite colour is brown. My favourite food is chicken chips. I like to wear jeans because they are cool.
By Addison


Come to our Poetry and Drama Extravaganza!
There is a Poetry and Drama Extravaganza at Worser Bay School on Thursday 30th November.
Your child will be doing an act or a poem at the show. Come and have dinner, and be entertained. BYO Takeaways.

Where: Tautoru
When: Thursday 30th November from 6.30pm

Please come and we hope you will have a fun time. We are looking forward to seeing all of you! Check out our awesome promotional video on the Blog!

Buddies with Autahi
We have been buddies with kids in Autahi. Check out what we got up to on the Blog!

Hutt Central School sent us a game about Responsibility
Students at Hutt Central School made a game about Responsibility. They sent the game to us. We had lots of fun playing the game. Listen to our feedback about the game on the Blog.


This is us in the girls bathroom! (Our teacher made sure that there were no girls in the bathroom at the time!)

EZ Athletics
On Wednesday some of us competed against local schools in the Eastern Zone Athletics competition. It was a fun day with lots of successes and good supportive spirit from Worser Bay School and our community.

See our latest Travelling Tale!
This is a Travelling Tale named "Stuck in the Sewer" created by 5 schools from around the world. This was made by students from schools in USA, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Thank you to Isabel, Gina, Lachlan, Hugo W, Reuben and Izar for helping to write the end of the tale. 

School Computer Club
The school Computer Club happens on Wednesdays at lunch time where you can do coding, scratch, computer setup, etc. It is for Year Fours, Fives and Sixes in Mahutonga. Here's a link for the sign up sheet Worser Bay School Computer Club Sign Ups.
By Ruby

Senior School - Upcoming Events

Our Inquiry focus is around the Power of the Body and we will be exploring the provocation; Healthy Body Healthy Mind? This is going to involve quite a lot of activity and time outside of the classroom.

On Wednesday 29th November, we are going to be going to Otari-Wilton’s Bush for a solid half day of tramping, taking in the sights while testing our fitness, reviewing our knowledge of native flora and fauna. We will be asking for parent helpers for this trip, so please keep an eye out for notices as we approach the date.

As a kind of tying together of one of the Inquiry strands, children in New Zealand who experience hardship and our Health focus, we are organising a fundraising event with KidsCan. This will take the form of a Duathlon, running and swimming on 6th December. This will also fit into our beach based programme which takes place over the last two full weeks of the term, from 4th to 15th December. This will include sailing, kayaking, water safety, swimming and many other events. We have done this over the last 5 years and it just keeps getting better. We are already praying to the weather gods; take it easy on us, Tawhirimatea!

The evening of Thursday 30th November has been set aside for performances, the sharing of some of our creative writing, poems, songs and short plays, an extravaganza of creativity. I’m sure you’ll be aware that these kids love a chance to perform in front of a captive audience. 

Special events for Year 6 students to put in the diary are the Year 6 Dinner on Tuesday 12th December and the annual swimming pool trip to H2O Extream on Monday 18th December. And, don’t forget The Wrap on Thursday 14th December. Wow! We are going to be busy people!

Year 6 H20 Trip - Parent Help Needed
We will be taking Year 6 students to H20 Xtream on 18th December for an end of year fun day out. Please let Nicola know if you are able to help with this trip (drivers and people who can stay for the day to help supervise). 

Please email Nicola at nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz 

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 to your chosen participating school $500. 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 30 June 2018. 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 2018.

Carolyn Brett,
7 Nov 2017, 00:55
Carolyn Brett,
7 Nov 2017, 00:55
Carolyn Brett,
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