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Week 8 - 23 March 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

If you were in Assembly last week, you would have heard me read a comment from one of our seniors straight after a standardised Maths assessment. They said "Today I used a growth mindset in the PAT Maths test. When I came to a hard question I persevered and found my way around feeling negative and did my best. I also found understanding a few questions hard and I tried my best to understand."

I often wonder what it would have been like to go to school at a time when mistakes are welcomed, where understanding how connections are made in the brain, where 'if you can't learn to fail, you fail to learn' is celebrated. As I was deemed a good reader, when I wasn't working independently in a workbook (never marked),  I spent every reading session with another child reading on our own in the library! In my head it was for the entire Standard 4 (Year 6) but maybe I'm exaggerating. There appeared to be no expectation that I could go further or deeper in my learning. Out of sight....... out of mind!

Education has changed in so many ways within a world that has changed in so many ways. It needs to remain relevant and future orientated, while maintaining a strong human element. I often talk of the head and the heart... it's not an either or.

In author Paul Tough's book, "How Children Succeed: Confidence, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character", he talks about the growing evidence that inner resources count more....... .than anything else.  I have a copy if anyone wants to borrow it. 

Character strengths are actively taught in classroom programmes, highlighted and drawn upon. As a staff, we acknowledge and call on each others' character strengths daily. You will see them clearly identified in our Positive Education model in last week's Newsletter piece. One of the commonly used free tools for adults is the VIA (Values in Action) Survey. This has been widely researched and used across all cultures. I know that some parents have also been interested in undertaking this survey.

There are many, many strengths - these 24 serve as a great start. My top 5 being humour, leadership, creativity, social intelligence and love....... I deliberately engage these daily - especially in times when I need greatest resilience.

I wonder what growing up may have been like if I understood myself at a deeper level earlier, instead of spending a year alone in a library?! (Well, according to my memory!)

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - Monday 26 March - Please arrive at school at 8.15am for an 8.45am departure
  • Year 4 Camp Day Visit - Tuesday 27 March - Please arrive at school at 8.15am for an 8.45am departure
  • School will be closed for Easter on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April AND Tuesday 3 April

Dates to Diary:

  • Parent Coffee Catch Up at Scorch-O-Rama - Friday 6 April - After Karakia
  • Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April
  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2 - Look out for timings and costs in next week's Newsletter
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June AND Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

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. 


Tautoru Botanic Gardens Trip - Tuesday 10 April

Tautoru has secured places on Tuesday 10th 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

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.

Movin' March - Walking School Bus

Moving March Walking Bus
Our Moving March Walking Bus is under way. Many kids are already making their way to school on the Waewae Express but we are encouraging more people to, literally and figuratively, ‘get on board’. 

Leaving the Depot!

Whether you are walking like these students, or choose to be Pedal Ready and ride your bike, they are all good initiatives. We are serious about sustainability and this is an important part of the Big Picture. And, what’s good for the health of the planet is also good for us!

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please contact either Scott or John (our Enviroschools Coordinators) or simply add your name to the Google Form.

Happy walking everyone!

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!

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

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 5 & 6 Camp - $230
  • Term 1 Mini Polo - $35
  • Term 1 Floorball - $30
  • Year 1-4 Netball - $29
  • Tautoru Botanic Garden Trip - $8.50
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

Chloe, Ethan and Jimi.

Ethan, Konrad, Romy and Sabine.

Katherine, Liam, Matthias and Orla.


Due to Camp and Professional Learning for staff, there will not be Karakia on Monday. We will try for Thursday, weather dependent, as Principal awards will be building up nicely no doubt!

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.

Here is the Camp Information, Personal Gear Lists and Final Details in digital format:

Please pay and give bus permission via Online Payments, if you haven't already done so.





In appreciation of our Camp Teachers and Parents! 

Thanks in advance for your commitment to 'going the extra' and your willingness to  provide rich and powerful learning opportunities for our fortunate tamariki!

A resilience building experience for all! I'm sure the Easter break will come at a perfect time.

Tēnā rawa atu koutou


Linking Play and Literacy
We have been reading stories that use position and direction words in the last few weeks and it has inspired us to create things using that language. We did some weaving and sewing talking about going in and out and over and under and then we created mouse obstacle courses talking about over, under, around and through. Have a look at our Blog to see more!

Observing like a scientist
We have been doing really careful observational drawings, trying to document what we see the way scientists do. It’s hard to draw what you see rather than what you know! Have a look at our Blog to see the process and our final outcome!


Growth Mindset and PE
We have started a PE rotation this week focused on using a Growth Mindset to learn new small ball skills. Some of us have been learning how to bounce, catch and throw tennis balls to a partner and some of us have been learning how to play hockey! All of us have had to use perseverance, self-regulation, zest and sometimes humour. We have really enjoyed getting out there and getting our bodies moving and hearts pumping.


Positive Relationships and Digital Citizenship
Our Year 3s have been buzzing because AT LAST they have their very own Gmail accounts! Along with a Gmail account, comes lots of discussion and learning about Digital Citizenship and how to keep safe online. A big part of our discussion has been focused on how we can build positive relationships through the use of digital technology. Head over to our Blog to see what we have been up to.



Why our school needs a bird feeder
In Inquiry, we have been developing areas of the school to make them more ‘green’. This is an informative piece of writing about why a bird feeder would help, not only our school, but also our ecosystem.

’How To’ videos!
Check out some of our HOW TO videos that we made to help others in the school. We got to choose what we made them on. They are about:
  • The Inquiry model
  • Keeping the safe tidy
  • How to treat others with Kindness
  • What a good team looks like

Into the Bush at Centennial Reserve
We spent an AMAZING day in the bush at Centennial Reserve on Monday.

Nest building for the fat Kereru

We have been observing closely!

Read about it on our Blog.

Learning to Cycle Safely with Pedal Ready
Many of our Year 5 and 6 students have worked to complete Grade One of the Pedal Ready programme this week, learning to be safe and confident bike riders.

Skyping with Auroa School
On Wednesday, we Skyped our friends at Auroa School in South Taranaki. We talked about the year and what we have been doing recently. They have been doing athletics and lots of other work. They have something called Harold the Giraffe. They are learning about a Growth Mindset and we are too. They have had a good start to the year and we are looking forward to Skyping with them more and learning together.
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