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Week 10 - 6 April 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

In 2017, our children came to school from 27 different early childhood learning centres or home care arrangements. That's some number when we think about the range of experiences our children arrive with. Some have been in more free play environments, others very structured, others with experiences facilitated by parents, in home nannies, a little bit of everything....... the combinations are endless.

Resourcing the Rising 5s, the Transition to School programme has been strongly supported by the Board and gone from strength to strength over many years. When we add up and see the number 27, it reinforces the need for this programme more than ever. The opportunity for parents to get to know more about the learning priorities and expectations of our school is promoted by holding 'Parent Connection Points' at Rising 5s as well, a chance for some Q and A without the children, a rare moment!

Autahi, our New Entrant space, is on a slightly different reporting cycle than the rest of the school. You will get plenty of information from the teachers about this. Gillian Cowie will be joined by a second teacher, Carl Pynenburg, from Term 2. Carl has already been working extensively across the school and will be a familiar face to many already. Nau mai, Haere mai, Carl!

For parents in Tautoru and Māhutonga/Matariki, you can expect Progress Meetings next term around Week 7. Look out for exact timings in the Newsletter as you will need to book online. These written and verbal reporting sessions with your child's base group teacher are without the children. Behind the scenes there will have been a hive of activity as sometimes a number of different teachers are involved in the writing of one report, so plenty of rich chat happens along the way. This is the beauty of an environment like ours - teachers will see and hear things differently. Working collaboratively they form a 'whole' view and test each other's thinking.

The first part of the written report, the top box, holds the gold. This is where teachers will be specifically discussing the learner attributes, character strengths and competencies. This is where you should be able to feel more of the 'essence' of your child. Progress against the curriculum expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths to date will also be shared.

A huge thanks to our camp teachers and parents. A very smooth operation and a great opportunity for children to give things a go and overcome challenges. The outdoors certainly is a terrific context for building resilience and pushing through...... It's not a new message, but you may be interested in this recent article about Early Childhood Educators and Researchers discussing this.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April
  • Pedal Ready - Friday 13 April - For those Year 5 & 6s who haven't done the Pedal Ready programme yet.
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 13 April

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2 for all students
  • First Fair Meeting of 2018 - 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday 1 May in the staffroom
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June AND Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 10 April - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April - Please pay and give permission under "Fees and Donations" on Online Payments
  • Provide feedback on our Home Learning policy via SchoolDocs up until Friday 13 April
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 11 April - Order your child's pizza by midnight on Monday 9 April via Online Payments
  • SIGN UP NOW for Year 3-6 Miniball in Terms 2 & 3 by 9am on Monday 9 April

SchoolDocs - Policies and Procedures

As part of our termly review cycle, parents are reminded that they can provide feedback on our Home Learning policy via SchoolDocs up until Friday 13 April. You can check out our Home Learning policy here and you can check out our full policy reviews list for 2018 here.

You can find the login details here.

Fresh and Fun Ideas for the Fair

Tuesday 1 May - 7.30 - 8.30pm 
School staffroom

The School Fair is scheduled for Sunday 11 November this year – this is a fantastic school event that pulls the whole community together and is the school’s single largest fundraising opportunity.

Although November seems like a long way away, we need to start organizing the Fair now!

But first we need get some new fresh ideas to make the Fair even better than previous years. If you have got some ideas for new stalls/activities, ways to improve the layout or flow of the Fair or suggestions to make this year’s Fair the best yet, then we want to hear from you!

We would love to see as many of you as can make it along on Tuesday 1 May (7.30pm in the school staffroom). We would especially love to be able to meet as many new whānau members as possible too! It's a great way to get involved, contribute and meet new people.

SIGN UP NOW for Term 2 & 3 Miniball

Year 3 - 6 Miniball
If your child wishes to be part of a Worser Bay Miniball team, please complete this Google Form by 9am on Monday 9 April.

For those of you new to the sport, Miniball is a modified version of basketball played on a smaller court with lower hoops and a smaller ball. There are two age grades: Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. 

Each team needs a squad of 7 players, a referee and a parent coach/manager. Please indicate if you are able to assist. 

Games are played at ASB Stadium Kilbirnie and are 30 minutes long:
* Years 3 & 4 play on Wednesdays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm 
* Years 5 & 6 play on Mondays between 4.00pm and 5.30pm 

Miniball Leagues run for 12 weeks:
* Years 3 & 4 - 9 May to 8 August (Exclusion Dates: 11 and 18 July due to School Holidays)
* Years 5 & 6 - 30 April to 6 August (Exclusion Dates: 4 June due to Queens Birthday, 9 and 16 July due to School Holidays)

Practices tba. The cost will be approx. $75 (depending on the number of players)

Please ensure that your child can commit for the whole 12 weeks. Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the term. 


Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April

Tautoru has secured places on Tuesday 10 April for workshops at the revamped Discovery Garden run by the Botanical Gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the new Discovery Spaces as part of our Inquiry “Kaitiaki o te Ngahere - Guardians of the Forest". We will learn about what plants need, our connections to plants and how plants support us.

We will be going in three groups and two sessions:

Session 1 
Groups 1 & 2 - 9:30 am - 12.30pm

Session 2
Group 3 - 11.30 am - 2.30pm

What to bring
Jackets, hats, morning tea, lunch and drink bottle.

Each base group will need 3-4 parents or adults to help support us with the trip. If you are able to come, please email your base group teacher as soon as possible.

There is a cost of $8.50 per child. Payment and permission can be made via Online Payments (under Fees and Donations).

Please Note: If you have ordered Sausages for Tuesday 10 April, please cancel them.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 11 April

On Wednesday 11 April, 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 9 April

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 per student. If this is paid before the end of Term 1, you may pay a reduced rate of $305 per student. We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and payments can continue to be made by instalments during the year. If you wish to pay in 2 instalments, these will be $177.50 to be made by the end of Term 1 (Friday 13 April) and by the end of Term 3 (Friday 28 September), to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay online via Online Payments.   

Tip for Online Payments:  
If paying your Voluntary Contribution in Term 1, change the amount to pay to $305 to get the $50 reduction.

A Note from the Office

Queen's Birthday Weekend
School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June and Monday 4 June.

Sun Protection
In Term 1, students will still need adequate sun protection when playing outside. 

We would encourage you to send your children to school with sunscreen 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. For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

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 - $355 (or $305 if paid before the end of Term 1 - Friday 13 April)
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Term 1 Floorball - $30
  • Year 1-4 Netball - $29
  • Tautoru Botanic Garden Trip - $8.50
  • Term 2 Swimming Lessons - $70
Term Dates for 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Lost Property
Please remember to check the Lost Property Box regularly. Unnamed items are donated to the Salvation Army fortnightly if they are not collected. (We endeavour to return named items to the students.)

Home Loan Offer with ASB...

$500 gets donated to Worser Bay School 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. 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.

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

Leo K, Violet and Willow.

Anneke, Eva, Leo, Nicolas, Oli, Sasha, Suki-lee and Zola.

Eden, Hunter R, Lachlan, Mitchell, Joni and Raffy.

Swimming - Term 2

Next term, the main focus for the PE curriculum is Swimming. This involves every student having one weekly Swimming Lesson at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre every Tuesday for 10 weeks, starting 1 May 2018 and finishing 3 July 2018. Due to numbers, students may be heading to the pool with different teachers from usual - more information to follow. 

Lessons times are as follows:

Years 1 & 2 - 12noon to 1pm
Buses leave school at 11.35am from WBS and 1.30pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 3 & 4 - 11am to 12noon
Buses leave school at 10.30am from WBS and 12.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 5 & 6 - 10am to 11am
Buses leave at 9.30am from WBS and 11.20am from the Aquatic Centre. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s base group teacher. 

Please pay and give permission under "Fees and Donations" on Online Payments by 9am on Monday 30 April 2018.

Situations Vacant! 
Are you calm, confident, proactive and enterprising? 

Are you able to commit to spending some time supporting teachers to help with child supervision and changing at the pools? 

The faster we get the children organised and ready, the quicker they get into the pool, meaning they make the most of their scheduled swimming time. (Even though we are keen to develop self management, changing rooms can have a strange effect on timeliness!) 

If you think that you would be able to help to make the swimming experience fun and efficient, please let your child’s teacher know by Monday 30 April 2018. Even if you can select some days that you would be available over the term, the teachers can schedule you in. 


King of Ing 
We have been exploring the “-ing” ending and have been kings in the classroom. We are noticing “-ing” words all the time. Have a look at our Blog to see some of the amazING work we’ve been doING!

Parent Connection Point
We had a Parent Connection Point a few weeks ago. It was a great opportunity to get parents, new and old, to meet, share some feedback around the start of school and get information around the programme and our priorities. Have a look at the Blog to see some of what was discussed!


Visual Maths: Showing our thinking on a number line
We have been using our Inquiry as a context to explore addition strategies. Some of us have been learning how to use a number line to show addition with tens and ones. On our Blog, you will see how number lines can help us explain our thinking as well as re-check and correct our answers when we make a mistake.


We are sure if your child went to camp, you would have heard LOADS about it already! See what we got up to camp and read some of our poems about it.

Pedal Ready - Friday 13 April
All those Year 5 and 6 students who haven't joined in with the Pedal Ready programme yet will be doing so on the last day of term, Friday 13 April. They will need to bring their bikes, if they have one, (we have some extras if they don't have one) and their helmet.

Cross Country
We have Cross Country coming up next term so we did some HILL TRAINING this week. The holidays are a really good time to get some practice in. 

Growth Mindset Messages in Maths
If students have a Growth Mindset in Maths, it grows their Maths brains. Growth Mindset messages need to be reinforced at home and at school!

Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, says that when students are in a fixed mindset they see that effort means that they are dumb. When students are in a Growth Mindset they understand that the effort and difficulty will help them to get smarter. This is when their brains grow as they are making new connections and they are "really, really learning".

She says that praising student intelligence and talent is harmful. This puts them in a fixed mindset. It makes them afraid of challenge and less resilient when they make mistakes. If they have a fixed mindset, they only care about looking smart.

It is very important that parents and teachers praise the effort, the strategies that students use and the persistence that they show. This gives students a Growth Mindset. This helps students to overcome obstacles and stick with challenges when they are struggling.

We need to make sure that we are all using Growth Mindset messages in Maths (and also in other areas of the curriculum too).

These last few weeks, we have been really proud of our students who stuck with the challenge of designing their own "Greener Worser Bay School".
Stephanie Williams,
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