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Week 7 - 16 March 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

A few years ago, I completed  a Certification in Positive Psychology. It was fortuitous that this was available, possibly for the only time in Australasia, through the Wholebeing Institute which is US based.

The Residentials were based at Geelong Grammar School (aka GGS), south of Melbourne. It was here that I learned about what you get when you actively teach the science of wellbeing, what's commonly known as 'Positive Education'. Positive Education or affectionately known as 'Pos Ed' has been a key focus for us at WBS since this time. Many of you attended the Wellbeing Parent Workshop last year and were introduced to the GGS model, which we have also adopted.

Pos Ed has been a feature of GGS for 10 years now. To celebrate this anniversary, they have come up with a list of key discoveries they have made over the 10 years:
  1. Positive Education is more of a philosophy than a program. It is a way of living, a way of teaching, a way of dealing with mistakes, a way of nurturing a sense of belonging and a sense of community.
  2. Positive Education is an evidence-based, strengths-based, proactive, whole-school approach to nurturing individual and community wellbeing. It is the combination of these four elements which makes Positive Education innovative.
  3. Staff wellbeing is a vital ingredient to the success of Positive Education.
  4. Positive Education is helping us to educate the whole child.
  5. Whilst we believe flourishing is a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’, we also believe it is helpful for us to think of flourishing more from a caring orientation, rather than a feeling orientation. Our goal isn’t to feel good, our goal is to do good – to care for others, to care for causes and to care for one self.
  6. Positive Education is sowing seeds for life. Some of these seeds will germinate straight away and some seeds may lie dormant for a period of time before germinating, and some seeds may never germinate. Our goal is to sow seeds generously.
  7. Borrowing a tagline from IPEN, Positive Education is not preparing students for a life of tests, but instead is preparing students for the tests of life.   
  8. Positive Education is an ongoing journey requiring the hearts, hands and minds of one’s school community. Remember to enjoy the journey.
  9. Doing Positive Education well is really hard …. and really fun! Whilst the importance of our work is vital, we can and should ensure our work around wellbeing is playful and engaging.
  10. The four cyclical and related processes of Learn, Live, Teach and Embed are critical to the success of implementing Positive Education.
  11. It is important to remember that wellbeing is both taught and caught. It is critical for us to role-model behaviours in line with wellbeing and to consider the impact our school environment is having in helping or hindering the key elements of Positive Education.
  12. Positive Education is the science of education at its best.  
This year we are very much focussed on the Positive Relationships piece, along with growth mindset, character strengths and looking more deeply into neuroscience and the brain. 

The Wellbeing team of teachers are working towards at least 2 Pos Ed days this year, which we would love you to be part of. We will ensure we get the word out in good time. Last year we had the very impressive 'Grow your Mind Day' and 'Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day'.

Some of you will know of the work of Professor Martin Seligman. You may have come across the book 'Flourish' or 'The Optimistic Child' amongst many of books he has authored. Martin Seligman, along  with a team from  University of Pennsylvania , have trained and worked alongside GGS in this work. WBS can benefit through their altruistic pursuits!

To hear more about this field, please find a short TED TALK by Martin Seligman.

What could we do if were 10% more deliberately using our strengths each day?

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Miramar North Bush Walk - John and Nicola's Base Groups Only - Monday 19 March
  • Pedal Ready - Years 5 & 6 Only - 20 to 22 March
  • Miramar North Bush Walk - Anna and Gabrielle's Base Groups Only - Friday 23 March
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 23 March

Dates to Diary:

  • Year 5 & 6 Pedal Ready - 20 to 22 March
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 23 March
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March
  • Year 4 Camp Visit - Tuesday 27 March
  • School will be closed for Easter on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June and Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

Important Information regarding Driving and Parking near Schools

We regularly receive phone calls from upset neighbours and the bus company because parents/caregivers have parked in such a way that the buses are unable to get through (esp. on Nevay Road), or cars are parked with their wheels on the footpath making it dangerous for children. Please help us keep our children safe and prevent these frustrating situations. 

Below are guidelines from the Wellington City Council regarding Driving/Parking near Schools:

Driving near schools
Look out for children when driving near a school and follow the directions of the school road patrols.

School road patrol
The roads near schools are always busy before and after school. When you are driving near a school remember to:
  • follow the directions of the school road patrols
  • keep alert as children are still learning about the road and may not behave as you expect
  • always be prepared to stop.
The way you park can impact the safety of children walking to and from school. It can create an unsafe environment for children crossing the road by limiting their ability to see traffic. 

Help keep children safe by:
  • parking legally - stopping clear of yellow lines and off footpaths
  • checking over your shoulder for pedestrians and people on bikes before opening your car door
  • parking a bit further away and walking the last bit to avoid congestion
If you see a vehicle parking on yellow lines or blocking the footpath, call us on 04 499 4444.

If you live near a school
Here are some things you can do to help:
  • Make sure the footpath is clear when reversing out of a driveway, or reverse in to the driveway so you can drive out front first.
  • Trim any trees or plants bordering the footpath so they don’t block access or visibility.
If you see a footpath that needs maintenance, call us on 04 499 4444

Sign Up for ICAS Tests 2018 - Years 4-6 Only (Optional)

If anyone would still like to sign up for the ICAS Tests, we have extended the cut off date until
Monday 19 March. Sign up via Online Payments

The ICAS tests (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) for students in Years 4-6 are coming up in Terms 2 and 3. Some of our children like a challenge and these competitions are just that. So we are very willing to organise these competitions if your child wishes to enter. Have a chat with your child and see how they feel about this opportunity. The information is not used as assessment information as it doesn't reflect the New Zealand Curriculum. 
For more information, go to: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.

We need a minimum of three students per subject.

There are six subjects to choose from. The sitting dates and prices are as follows:


Sitting Date


 Digital Technologies

Tuesday 8 May



Tuesday 29 May



Wednesday 13 June



Thursday 14 June



Tuesday 31 July



Tuesday 14 August


SIGN UP NOW for Term 2 & 3 Sports

Yr 5 & 6 Netball
If your child is keen to join a Netball team in Terms 2 & 3, please complete this Google Form by 9am on Wednesday 28 March.

Games are played on Saturday afternoons at Evans Bay Intermediate School, Tacy Street, Kilbirnie.

We will also need a coach/manager for each team, so please indicate if you are able to help. Teams are expected to wear the Worser Bay Sports T-shirt and a black skort which can be hired from WBS.

Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the season. 

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. 


Movin' March - Walking School Bus

As part of the Movin' March programme, there is a lot of interest in creating a Walking School Bus for our students. This is a community-led initiative and will need parent help for this to be successful. 

Please note that this is for the mornings only. The Walking School Bus will arrive at school by 8.45am and stop at the school gate. Children will then make their own way to their classroom.

If you would like your child to participate, please email John, Shona or Scott. We will require parents to commit to at least one walking day per week.

Kind regards
WBS Team

Movin’ March is organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council and supported by our local council. Our month-long celebration of walking and wheeling to school kicks off on 5 March. Everyone can take part – even if you live further away. There’s lots of stuff for you and for your children to enjoy…!

Walk, Wheel and WIN!...: 
Students who walk or wheel get their WOW Passport stamped and when their card is full, each student goes in the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers from On Yer Bike.  

Parents send us photos of your school journey via Facebook anytime during Movin’March. We’re giving away family passes to your favourite Wellington Wild Things destinations throughout the month and we’d love to see video or photos of your school journeys!  Or write a blog about how you may have changed your travel habits and why.  We also want to hear your stories as they can help inspire others.   

Students can also take part in our design a Poster Competition to reflect the benefits of walking and wheeling. The regional winners will receive a Panasonic Tough Camera!

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

Easter Dates
Friday 30 March )
Monday 2 April   )  No school on these 3 days.
Tuesday 3 April  )

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
  • Year 4 Camp - $65
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - $230
  • Year 4-6 ICAS Tests (optional)
  • Term 1 Mini Polo - $35
  • Term 1 Floorball - $30
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

Cara, Lucca and Zane.

Alex J, Evie, Storm and Zen.

Chris G, Coco-Inez, Griffin and Mateo. 

Senior Camp

Senior Camp is coming up at the end of March at Camp Kaitoke. The Years 5 & 6 will have a 3 day camp from Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March and the Year 4s will be joining them for the day on Tuesday 27 March.

Camp Information and Permission Forms were sent home in printed form. Here is the digital format:

Please return the Kaitoke Permission Forms (Years 4-6) and WBS Camp Contract (Years 5-6) to the office on Monday 19 March, if you haven't already.

Payment and bus permission can be made via Online Payments - Year 5 & 6 Camp costs $230 and the Year 4 Camp costs $65. Please pay and give bus permission by Tuesday 20 March.

We have changed the time that the bus leaves school so that we can fit in more activities at Camp. 


We have been exploring Maths in a number of ways. The focus for us has been not on getting the “right” answer, but rather explaining our thinking and how we see things. We’ve noticed that people see things in very different ways and this allows us to see that often times there are many “right” answers. Have a look at our Blog to see more.

Our Learning Scavenger Hunt
We had our Learning Scavenger Hunt last week and it was wonderful. We got to lead our parents in a day in our shoes. Have a look at the Blog to see a bit about what we did!


Kids Led Learning
Our Learner Attribute for this term is “Thinking” and there has been lots of that going on in Tautoru again this week. During Kids Led Learning we have been able to make marble runs, build castles, create our own joke or riddle books, do some buddy writing and design mosaic art. There has been lots of thinking, sharing, negotiating and creating going on!

The Lion and the Little Red Bird
We have been listening to the story of The Lion and the Little Red Bird. The story is all about making new friends. It tells us that being kind and smiling helps us make new friends, even if we can't speak the same language. It tells us that our body language, what we say and how we act are all important when we want to make and keep friends. We are going to try to remember this when we are working and playing together.

Have a look at the video of the story here.


Football Tournament
A Student Council group have been working behind the scenes creating a Football Tournament for Morning Tea and Lunchtime. It started on Monday and has been a very exciting playtime activity. There have been loads of supporters and players. 

Throughout the year, there will be many more lunchtime activities run by the Student Council's Creative Entertainment group. Look forward to lunchtime Art, Jump Jam, Sketching and other sports activities.


Sketching in Wake up the Brain
Sketching is a quiet and concentrated Wake Up The Brain that is available every morning in Mahutonga. We work on different skills and rules to try and stick to, in order to improve our sketching. 

This is a sketch of Jabba’s palace from Star Wars.

Bioblitz at Zealandia
A small group of us were able to visit Zealandia with other schools and take part in a Bioblitz where we used the app iNaturalist to take photos of plants, birds and other living things which we either identified if we could or left for volunteer experts to identify.

Growth Mindsets in Action
After a chance to show the teachers what we know in Maths, we talked about how the students had used growth mindsets to help them.

Zoo Trip: Bush Builders
Last Friday we went to Wellington Zoo for the launch of our Bush Building programme.

We went to 3 different workshops:

We are all Connected

We learnt that plants and animals play different roles in helping each other. We know that we have a role in this and kaitiakitanga is important.

Mindful Nature Trail
Students worked as a team to mindfully move through nature and discovered what makes New Zealand's bush unique. We also met a Weta and we had heaps of questions!

Positive Change at the Zoo
We learnt what Wellington Zoo is doing for biodiversity. We make choices to create our ecosystem. We need to reduce human impact on our city. We went on a short walk outside of the zoo and were introduced to some native plant species. We also did some weed busting!

We met a kunekune called Parker. We were amazed that it almost became extinct and has made a come-back due to kaitiakitanga.

Also, watch our movie trailer on the Blog.

Otari Bush Visit with Enviroschools
The School Council Environmental Group spent the day on Wednesday at Otari Bush. It was a fantastic day of learning! Read all about it on the Blog.

Thanks to Arihia, our Enviroschools coordinator, Micheline and the amazing staff from Otari and the Botanical Gardens.

Miramar North Bush Walk and Activities

On Monday 19 March and Friday 23 March, we will be spending most of the day doing bush based activities in our local bush at Miramar North.  Joakim will be supporting us in our learning, taking the opportunity to observe the bush ecosystems closely.

Nicola and John's base groups will be going on Monday 19 March, Anna and Gabrielle's on Friday 23 March.  Please email your child's base group teacher if you are available to accompany us on either of these days as we will be walking from school.

Your child will need to bring a warm jacket, good walking shoes, morning tea and lunch.

Please give permission via Online Payments. Although there is no charge for this, you still need to "purchase" it so that permission comes through to the office.

Senior Team
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