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Week 1 - 4 May 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Here we are - a whole wide landscape ahead of us and many routes and landmarks already well known, but, like any bucolic scene,...... we leave room for some flexibility, especially as we are dealing with animate objects! That's what makes life exciting!

Over the break, I finally finished a book "m Braining - using your multiple brains to do Cool Stuff" by Grant Soosalu and Marvin Oka. It's one of those books that will require a fair bit of picking up and rereading as I'm not sure my brain(s) was/were always doing cool stuff over this period! Based on neuroscience principles, the book provided understanding of ...... "the scientific basis of gut intuitions, heart-felt emotions and head based creative powers". Have a read, if you are interested in finding out more.

Amongst all the information you will read in the Newsletter, on the Blog, via teacher email, Seesaw and face to face this term, you will witness a common theme around learning about the brain, the thinking brain, the feeling brain and how we deal with emotions. We all have to deal with emotions getting in the way at times, as adults, more importantly we have an important job to do in supporting our children to understand themselves a little better - how they deal with "stuff" being key.

So, from the very first Assembly, next week, expect to start hearing a whole lot more about positive; emotions, relationships, accomplishment, purpose and health - all of the domains of our positive education model - underpinned by the deliberate use of character strengths - in the aim of creating resilient, flourishing individuals! So, keep a look out online and come along to the regular Assemblies, if you are keen to understand more. There is also the Positive Education Day coming up soon.... which, based on the couple we had last year will be good fun and insightful. That's - Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May.

Next week there will be plenty of scope for positive health with the cross country and swimming, positive relationships, health and emotion and more with the disco, Tautoru's Botanical Gardens trip will also align with many of these domains and for some it may kick start some positive purpose for some of our budding environmentalists

All of this on top of the 3 Rs and all the learning areas and competencies in our broad New Zealand Curriculum. So much to do and a whole 9 weeks to do it!

After all, to draw on ancient wisdom, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all", Aristotle.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 8 May
  • 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

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 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
  • Ceilidh - Saturday 9 June - Miramar Bowling Club

Need to Action:

  • Swimming Lessons in Term 2 - Please pay and give permission via Online Payments, if you haven't already done so.
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 8 May - Order your child's sausages 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
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments by midnight on Monday 21 May
  • Find out your Character Strengths in preparation for the Pos Ed Whānau Day on Friday 25 May.

Term 2 Swimming

This 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. 

Lessons times are as follows:

Years 1 & 2 - 12noon to 1pm
Buses leave school at 11.35am from WBS and 1.15pm 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.

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 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. The postponement date is Thursday 17 May. A call will be made early in the morning in which case an email will be sent out to all parents. 

Otherwise, and because we are always optimistic (and really tough), 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

It's Disco time! Our Emoji-themed disco is on Friday 11th May, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall in Miramar.

Dress up as your favourite Emoji – there will be prizes for best dressed. Our fabulous disco organiser, Berrin, has lots of amazing ideas, so you are in for a treat.

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.

Parent Help
It would be appreciated if each family could please bring along a plate of food that can be sold by the piece. The Disco is a great little fundraiser for our school as well as being a whole lot of fun for the kids.

If you are available to help out with setting up, selling food or cleaning up afterwards, please see attached form and let us know as soon as possible, as we really do need parent help to make the disco happen.

Parent Net Team

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May

On Wednesday 23 May, 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 21 May

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

As part of our Positive Education programme, we’d like to invite all parents and wider whānau who are able to, to join us on Friday 25 May when we will be working in Whānau groups to learn in more depth about Character Strengths. (Whānau groups are when the children are in groups with their siblings and others so that the whole school learns together.) 

Character strengths are an integral part of our flourish model. Have you checked yours out? Here's the link, if you are curious.

On the day, each group will be looking at some specific character strengths in detail. The group will then design and make a poster that will be our visual reminder of that character strength that will be put on the walls in all spaces. We will do some activities to help with understanding of that strength, and create some drama around it. We would like parents to help us manage the smaller groups that will look in depth at one character strength.

This is a great opportunity for you to work with us to learn more about the character strengths and share your knowledge and experiences. Please sign up, if you’re able to help. Thanks in advance.

Positive Education 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
  • 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.)

Sushi Lunches - delivered every Friday. Place your order via Online Payments on our website.
Orders are accepted up until 9.00am on a Friday morning. A full menu, prices and allergy information can be obtained from 
Online Payments.

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 powerful... 
  • I can think about overcoming challenges
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good
  • I take action
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Chloe, Gigi, Haru and Zane.

Fülöp, Jack, Lakham and Morten.

Ben Bo, Molly, Nick and Stephanie.


Welcome to Otto and his family who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Maisie, Soma and Willa who already have siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Welcome, too, to Leah and Nik, our Student Teachers for three weeks. 

Education Summit 2018

You may be aware that the the Government is holding two Education Summit Events in May. One in Auckland and one in Christchurch. Taken from the website, it states: 

"The Summit events are part of Kōrero Mātauranga, a national conversation about education, which was launched by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, on 23 March. This represents the Government's desire for a more collaborative approach to education.

The goal is to bring together the wider community and the education sector to achieve shared ownership of a vision for the education system for the future.

This process will set the direction of travel and agree shared priorities across the whole system – from early learning, schooling and tertiary through to lifelong learning."

All New Zealanders are encouraged to be part of the conversation. As part of this, there is an opportunity for everyone that is interested in New Zealand Education to complete the survey here. The four questions you will be asked to respond to are:

Education Conversation Survey Questions
  1. If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
  2. What does a successful student of the future look like to you?
  3. What will they need to know and be able to do?
  4. What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?

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.

Worser Bay School Ceilidh - Saturday 9 June

Coming up this term is our annual Ceilidh (Scottish dancing with a live band) - a fundraising community event for the school.

A Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish folk music and traditional dancing. The band will lead us though the dances and there will be folk there who have danced before, so if you have never been to a Ceilidh before, now is your chance. 

Date: Saturday 9th June
Time:  7.00pm - 10.30pm
Place:  Miramar Bowling Club
Cost:  $40 (includes light supper) 

Tickets will go on sale SOON – watch this space.
Tell your neighbours, work mates, friends (adults only).
The best fun you can have with tartan on!
Book your babysitter!


Positive Emotions 
We have been exploring emotions and thinking about how our faces look when we are feeling different ways. We have also been exploring colours and thinking about which colour represents which feeling for us. Have a look at the Blog to see our work!

SPCA Visit 
We were so lucky to have a visit from the SPCA with some furry friends this week. It really got us thinking about how we can keep animals safe and be thier kaitiaki and how we can keep ourselves safe around the animals as well! Have a look at our Blog to see more! 


This week we started working on the Statistics strand in Maths. We are learning to gather, group and display data, and make statements about it, using words like more, most, less and the same. We made some graphs using lunch boxes, book bags, ages, cards and some dragons that have many different characteristics. The dragons are fun and we are looking forward to doing more Maths with them. Have a look at our Blog for more information.


Character Strengths
This week in Tautoru, we have been talking about Perspective and Perseverance and unpacking what these two character strengths mean for us. We talked about how we need to use perseverance when learning a new skill and we read the book “What Do You Do With a Problem?” by Kobi Yamada, and talked about how important it is to use perspective to try to look at a problem as an opportunity to learn something new. Have a look on the Blog to find out more and read some of our stories we wrote using different perspectives.


What is Aroha?
In Mahutonga/Matariki, we are looking into what Aroha means and how it affects our Power. We found out that "Aro" means mind and "Ha" means life.

We brainstormed what Aroha means and these are some of the ideas we came up with:
  • Powerful
  • Breath of Life
  • Caring
  • Respect
  • Happiness
  • Being Helpful
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership

Thinking like an Inventor
The next stage of our Inquiry is to become designers and inventors. We know that inventors need to have lots of ideas to get their best ideas. 

We thought "outside of the box" and thought of inventions for combining shoes and a vacuum cleaner. 

Our next steps are to design something to help the forest... Watch this space!

Library Day
Come to the Library after lunch on Wednesday 16 May for a fun book time. Organised by the Library Group in the Student Council.

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