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Week 11 - 13 April 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Here we are, the final Newsletter of the term and at the end of a full week!

This term has seen more longer weekends and longer sunnier warmer days than many before! This has allowed the Inquiry around the Guardians of the Forest to take full advantage of the beautiful natural environment and remove the confines of the classroom walls for learning. When we look at our Strategic Goal of 'connecting learners', it's not just the children we are talking about here - it's also the 'bigger' people - us - the staff and parents. Teachers have been engaged in full on Professional Learning since the Teacher Only Days before the children came back this year. The main focus has been the teaching of writing (as we really aim to make shifts this year). Formative assessment practices (that's the ongoing minute by minute, day by day judgments that inform planning) and ongoing learning around Positive Education.

If it's what teachers do minute by minute that has a significant impact on achievement and schools base their existence on achievement, in the widest sense, then it's essential that we place a good deal of energy, time and resources into teacher practice. Much of our learning has involved a heavy research base, observation, coaching,  presenting, inquiring,...... roll on 3.15pm the 'other side' of being a teacher starts. Some of our teachers have benefitted from attending Conferences outside of our fair city, from connecting with other schools either online or face to face, having colleagues visit........ it's dynamic, the expectations are big, only those who are committed and passionate about what they do have the drive to keep on learning like our teachers do.

It's also our parents and wider whānau, who are in this connecting learners goal - there is no escape! We have plenty of  learning opportunities in these Newsletters, Parent Connection Points, Seesaw, Blogs, Parent Workshops, Meet the Board sessions, Goal Setting and Reporting sessions, Student Led Conferences, Rising 5s..... ParentNet Catch Ups..... Assemblies, Volunteering on trips or in the classroom, Pōwhiri... a wide variety of ways to suit different needs and work commitments. You can even learn plenty helping out with sossies or pizzas!

Next term, look out for at least one Positive Education Whānau Day, Matariki Celebrations, Progress Meetings........ as we build up to a legendary Arts Celebration in Term 3 this year. In the meantime, in appreciation of all of your support and care this term, and we look forward to keeping our connecting learners goal healthy, well rested and fed in Term 2.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up in Term 2:

  • Swimming Lessons - Permission Needed by 9am on Monday 30 April

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • First Fair Meeting of 2018 - 7.30 to 8.30pm on Tuesday 1 May in the staffroom
  • School Cross Country - Worser Bay Beach - Wednesday 9 May
  • Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Thursday 10 May
  • Emoji-themed School Disco - 6.00pm to 7.30pm on Friday 11 May
  • Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June AND Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

  • Swimming Lessons in Term 2 - Please pay and give permission via Online Payments by 9am on Monday 30 April
  • Sausage Sizzles - Order your child's sausages for Term 2 now via Online Payments
  • Botanic Gardens Trip - Thursday 10 May - Please pay and give permission under "Fees and Donations" on Online Payments
  • Emoji-themed School Disco - $5 per child - Please pay the entry fee via Online Payments by 2pm on Friday 11 May
  • Order Your Worser Bay School Hoodie Now via Online Payments by midnight on Sunday 20 May
  • Find out your Character Strengths in preparation for the Pos Ed Whānau Day on Friday 25 May.

Board Shorts

While it's hard to believe it is the final week of term when we reflect, it has certainly been an action packed term, with many activities that involved the community and visitor engagement within our school, as well as opportunities for our children to partake in activities beyond our immediate environment. We often have interested parties visiting our school, this term has been no exception with visiting principals and Ministry officials, and members of the Education Review Office, all who have been very complimentary.

There was a great parent turn out to the ‘Meet the Board’ sessions held last month, and some parents have taken the opportunity to access our School's Policies and Procedures via SchoolDocs (available via our website) and provide feedback. We are always keen to receive feedback and this is the official channel to do so in regards to policies and procedures.

The response to our Voluntary Contributions for 2018 has been very positive. Voluntary Contributions are voluntary, and we appreciate that you have the choice as to whether to pay them or not – they are, however, critical to the school’s ongoing financial wellbeing and the quality of the education the school can provide to your child(ren). If you have chosen to pay your Voluntary Contribution, we thank you.

Our school is a member of the East Wellington Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning. This Ministry of Education Initiative has the potential to network 14 local schools, and potentially many ECE services, to collaborate and share expertise to strengthen and support any child’s learning pathway and transition through the education system. Our Principal and a Board Trustee are currently attending regular meetings.

The Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning hopes to develop a communication strategy shortly that engages and informs the whole community; Boards, teachers, parents, whānau, students and external organisations. We will keep you informed when we know more.

Our Year 5 and 6 students had a fabulous 3 days at Camp and the Year 4s had the benefit of attending for 1 day and seeing what Camp Worser Bay is all about. Once again, our teachers went above and beyond to provide these opportunities and experiences to our students, so a huge thank you to all of our teachers, and to the student teachers and parents who supported this camp and contributed to making it another WBS camp success.

The Board wishes all staff, children and families a safe and enjoyable holiday break.

Term 2 Swimming - Permission Needed by Monday 30 April at the latest

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. 


Fresh and Fun Ideas for the Fair - Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm-8.30pm in the 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.

School Cross Country - Wednesday 9 May

Our annual Cross Country event is to be held on Wednesday 9th 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 this part of 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, date to be confirmed.

We have started building our stamina and strengthening our muscles for the race and will continue our training from the start of Term 2.

We hope to see you there with your cheering gear on.

Team Sports

Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Thursday 10 May

The postponement date for Tautoru's Workshops at the revamped Discovery Garden run by the Botanical Gardens is Thursday 10 May. 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. Please pay and give permission under "Fees and Donations" on Online Payments, if you haven't already done so.

Emoji-themed School Disco - Friday 11 May

The next WBS Disco is coming up on Friday 11 May. Get excited, because the theme is THE EMOJI DISCO!!!!  

That means you can dress up as ANY emoji! Maybe it's the happy face, the sausage, the moon!!! Anything, really!! 

Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar Ave
When: 6.00-7.30pm, Friday 11 May 2018
Entry Fee: $5 per child, WBS students only. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no charge. 

Please pay via Online Payments by 2pm on Friday 11 May.

We'd appreciate each family bringing along plate of food on the night for us to sell at the supper table. We will also have ice blocks for sale.

A ParentNet email will be sent out very soon seeking parent help for the night.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whanau Day - Friday 25 May

On Friday 25th May we are going to be having our next Pos Ed Whānau Day. We would love parents and whānau to come in and support us all, so please save this day if you'd like to come and join us. We'll be focusing on looking in more depth at character strengths.

If you haven't already it, this could be a great time to see what your character strengths are and reflect on how they help you - take the free quiz here.

We'll be in touch early next term to see who can help out.

The Pos Ed Team

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.

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
  • 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

Mackenzie, Rayyan and Zoe.

Inigo, Liora, Louie and Mae A.

Kate, Molly S, Otto, Stella and Theo.

Worser Bay School Sweatshirt/Hoodie - Available by Order - Limited time only!

Worser Bay has its very own, beautifully designed, branded hoodie!  

There is an option to add your child's name to the lower back of the sweatshirt - makes for easy identification of child and hoodie!!

Kids Hoodie (Unnamed):  $50
Kids Hoodie (Named):  $57.50
Kids Sizes are:  S, M, L, XL     
Sample sizes are in the office.  

This year, zip up hoodies are available for adults. If you wish to order, please order under your child's name.

Adult Hoodie (Unnamed):  $55    
Adult Hoodie (Named):  $62.50
Adult Sizes are:  S, M, L, XL
Sample sizes are in the office.  

These are available only by Order via Online PaymentsOrders will close at midnight on Sunday 20 May.

Profits go to the school as part of our annual fundraising.


Growth Mindset
We have been learning all about having a growth mindset and what the difference between a growth and fixed mindset is. We are learning that trying new things, making mistakes and practising all help us to learn. Have a look at our Blog to see more!

Letter Formation and Writing in Autahi
We have been working so hard all term learning our letters, the sounds they make, what they look like and how to write them! Have a look to see some of the resources we use to help us and some of our practice so far!


Collaborative Collages
We have been using our creativity and curiosity to zoom in and sketch native insects, birds and plants we have been learning about through our Inquiry, Kaitiaki O Te Ngahere.

Some of us collaborated on big pieces. When all of our artwork was complete, we combined our art and made collages of our work. Pop by and see if you can spot some of our native animals. Visit the Blog to see more photos of our beautiful artwork.


Building Positive Relationships
Over the last few weeks, a Character Strength we have been focusing on is Gratitude. We started by thinking about what the word 'gratitude' actually means... thankful, grateful and appreciative of things people may have done for us. We have all been able to think of people we are grateful for! Sharing these special people with each other and reflecting on what we are thankful for makes us feel really positive, happy, fortunate and loved. All wonderful, positive emotions!



Problem Solving: I am a thinker!
Students have been working on problem solving in Maths. You may have seen some of these on Seesaw. Our big focus is explaining our thinking and justifying our answers. Please continue these conversations at home…

After Camp, our students made up their own problem solving activities for each other. We also sent these to Room 3 at Auroa School to solve. Students at Auroa School have made some problems for us. 

Take a look at our Blog to read some of our problems about camp and Auroa School’s problems. You can also see the thinking process that we have been working on. 


Character Strengths
We have been talking about what character strengths are and how we can use them. You can read some of our ideas on our Blog.

Emoji School Disco
Now, you may be all like "WOW, THERE'S NO DISCO ON!! (SAD FACE EMOJI)".

but... guess what? I'm here to tell you about...

   *drum roll*


Now, you may be like, how am I going to make that!!!??? Well, there's so many different emojis in the world! You could be a paint easel, a tree, or, best of all, A TACO! WOOH!

If you're about to bite, then here's your answer:

yes, you can be the sausage emoji!

Also, no, you can't come at midnight.

Now here's all the discos details:

Salvation Army Hall, Miramar
When: Friday 11th May, 6.00pm - 7.30pm, Week 2 Term 2

Peace out. 
by Charlotte Bl


What Good Writers Do
We have been writing about what good writers do. Have a look, you might get some great ideas!

What is Problem Solving?
Problem Solving comes in all shapes and forms. What do we think problem solving is? Do you agree with us? Post a Comment on our Blog with your answer!

Postcards from Mangere School
School Kit sent us some stationery from Warehouse Stationery. We wrote metaphors on postcards to describe our whānau. See these on our Blog.

You can see the postcards that Mangere sent on our classroom display. Come into Mahutonga and have a read!

Thank you to these students for creating the display. 

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