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Week 10 - 06 July 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

It won't be a surprise to you that I rate Sir Ken Robinson. I mention his name often enough! 

Recently Sir Ken made a trip down under. Unfortunately the Conference was slightly unreachable but all isn't lost as there is a very good article in the latest Metro Magazine.  This is timely for many of you who are thinking about Intermediate School and then the move onto Secondary School and where and what and how....?

In the article titled "How to choose the right school" - Education expert Sir Ken Robinson lays out the priorities to keep in mind when picking a school - and explains why learning dance is as important as mastering maths and can be found here:  How to choose the right school

The key idea from the article being that the quality of education is how curriculum, teaching, assessment, schedule/ timetable, environment and culture combine together- the balance needs to be right. When I reflect on these last 10 weeks of this term- there is not one of these elements that have been left untouched nor will be.... Every aspect requires attention and ongoing review and improvement. Mediocrity is a banned concept! There is some very interesting material in the article- it's a good short read I encourage you to give it a go.

What a great way to start Wednesday. ....wrapped up, fire burning, singing, listening to stories and a bit of a walk along the beach and up (and down!) the hill. The reflection aspect of Matariki is very special and what an opportunity to show gratitude for where we are and whom we are with and also remember those who are no longer here. Special thanks to John and Suz for the momentum and the staff for the early alarm.... the positive energy and leading a fabulous day of whānau learning. It was also lovely to have parents and friends in helping out and of course the support of Dean and Xavier from Heritage NZ and the formation of a new link that stretches across the water to Muritai School.

Half way through the school year is also a time for reflection and to review the progress against the annual goals, where we are against our targets in reading, writing and maths, what movement we have made towards our strategic direction and where the emphasis needs to go in the second half of the year. If I'm completely honest around this time my head is well into 2019. Better than living in the past I guess!

As we pull this information together I congratulate our teaching and support staff on the systems they have created and the incredible amount of learning they have done in 2 terms. When 3 pm comes the study, the planning, the analysis, the moderation, the other 'major brain power required' part of the job starts.

So to our staff - the next 2 weeks are a time for a refresh and a reboot please. We will be full on into gathering student voice for the upcoming Arts Celebration in Term 3 - 2 evenings the 22 and 23 August - before the Mid Term break on Friday 24 August. This is always a terrific experience and wouldn't Sir Ken be thrilled that the humanities are kept alive and well at WBS?! 

Find some time for a spot of dancing these holidays and see you all full of beans on Monday 23 July rearing to get into Term 3.

Ko te ahurei o te tamaiti
Let the uniqueness of the child guide our work

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up first week of Term:

  • Senior Swimming Sports- Tuesday 24 July

Dates to Diary:

  • Lost Property Clearance -
  • Friday 03 August
  • National Teacher Strike - Wednesday 15 August
  • Term 3 - Mid-term Break - Friday 24 August

Need to Action:

  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesdays - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Term 2 & 3 Netball Fees are now due - please pay $33, if you haven't already.
  • Senior Swimming Sports - payment and permission via Online Payments  (Due Monday 23 July - first day of term.)

Senior Swimming Sports - Tuesday 24 July

The annual Worser Bay Swimming Sports is coming up fast!  It is a good opportunity for our Year 4-6 students to demonstrate what they have been learning during swimming lesson alongside some competitive challenge for those who choose it.  

Please put Tuesday the 24th of July (second day of Term 3!) from 9:30-11.30am in the morning in your diary.

The competitive races include:

50m Freestyle  |  25m Freestyle  |  25m Backstroke  |  25m Breaststroke  |  25m Butterfly

We will be needing some parents to assist with giving places and recording the results.  If you are willing to help out on the day, please email John.  The event begins at 9:30am with Freestyle events and then progresses through all other events in the above order.  There may be the need to run heats for some events depending on the number of swimmers but, once underway, the races happen quickly.  We only have the pool booked for two hours so will be concluding by 11:30.

I will be sharing a google form with all students so that they can sign up to the races they are keen on.  When this is complete it will be emailed so that you will be able to see the events your child will be taking part in.

Students who chose not to participate in the competition will have a series of fun races and relays so that they can still enjoy the event. 

Children will need to bring a bag with togs, towel, energy snacks, drink bottle and a warm jersey (for between races). Goggles and swimming caps are optional.

We will be catching a bus to the Kilbirnie pool, leaving school at 9.00am. We need your permission for your child to travel by bus and there is a cost of $10.00 to cover the bus, pool hire and pool entry. 

Please pay this via online payments where there is also a tick box for permission.  (Due Monday 23 July - first day of term.)

Deli Items Needed for the Fair

Nau mai haere mai

Now that our fair planning is well underway, there is going to be a lot of information coming out over the next few months, so, as always if there is something you would like more information about, please have a chat to one of the Parent Net Reps – Jackie, Sonja and Tiso

The Deli stall is always a big hit at the school fair, with delicious sauces, pickles and jams (and much more) proving popular each year. 

We would love to have as many people as possible on board to help make these wonderful items - if you need some inspiration take a look at some of the ideas listed below. If you're interested, we can provide you with recipes of our well loved favourites!

Lemon curd
Grapefruit marmalade
Beetroot relish
Caramel sauce
Chocolate sauce
Lemon cordial
Date and lemon chutney
Preserved Lemons
Hot chocolate powder
BBQ sauce
Pizza/pasta sauce
Rhubarb and ginger jam 

So why not gather some friends together and make an afternoon or evening of it over a glass of wine! If this is something you'd like to get involved with, please fill in the attached google form. 

We are also looking for someone to lead our fabulous Deli stall, if you would be keen to do this alongside Hannah Thornton who has led this stall for a couple of years, please let us know by emailing parentnet@worserbay.school.nz 

Parent Net Team
Jackie, Sonja and Tiso.

From the deli team...
Thank you to the who have offered to make items for the deli, the more the merrier!
Another great contribution would be produce.... over the holidays keep your eyes peeled for laden fruit and vegetables that friends and family may have in their gardens and are willing to donate for our fair.
Lemons, limes, rhubarb, grapefruit etc
Thank you for you help 

To Park or not to Park - that is the question! 
Please park legally every time you come to school.

A Note from the Office

Prevent the Spread of Common Winter Illnesses
With winter approaching, take a look at the Ministry of Health’s website for information about how you can prevent the spread of common winter illnesses such as flu and colds at our school.

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 2 & 3 Netball - $33
  • Senior Swimming Sports - $10
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.)

Cross Country by Greer and Theo

We represented Worser Bay School at Eastern Zones Cross Country.  This is made up from all the schools in the Eastern Suburbs and I came 9th (Greer Wilson) and I came 2nd (Theo Maitland). Eastern Zones was very slippery and uphill most of the way. We were both very glad to finish the race and both very proud of ourselves. 

Then we went to Interzones Cross Country and we had lots of fun.  Interzones is made up of schools in Eastern Suburbs, Western Suburbs, Northern Suburbs  of Wellington At Interzones we represented both Worser Bay School and the Eastern Suburbs. Interzones was a very hard and wet track and we had to persevere because it was a hard race with tougher competition. 

I (Greer) came 33rd at Interzones and I (Theo) came 3rd. We were both very delighted with our results.

At Regionals I (Theo) represented Worser Bay School and Wellington.
The top ten go through to Nationals. I am not old enough to get through to Nationals so it is the end of my cross country journey this year.

Kia kaha you two - we are proud of you and you were/are powerful!!

Well Done Worser Bay School Community

... and a BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU from Jessie!
88 pairs of pyjamas were donated last Friday to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation who were extremely pleased with donations. They have now reached 3,000 pairs – WOW!

Stair Climb - raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation

Stephanie (and Anna and James) are participating in the Dean Gifford Memorial Stair climb on Saturday 28 July. It is held at the Majestic Centre (Wellington's tallest building), on the corner of Boulcott and Willis St.

Emergency crews from police, fire and ambulance (including the police dog squad, police dive team, ambulance staff carrying stretchers, fire fighters carrying oxygen tanks etc) participate in the event and raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Last year the event was a big success and many people supported Stephanie and her 'Stephanie Hayes Superstars' team.

This year the organisers have agreed to let Steph bring some friends to do the climb with her (28 floors)! She would love to have some Worser Bay students (and/or more staff!) do it with her. It is suitable for year 4-6 students.

The event is on Saturday 28 July from 4-6pm.

The event is not open to the public. It's a unique opportunity for Worser Bay School staff/students to participate, collaborate and compete in something new, something different and most of all fun!

Could you please put this information in the newsletter this week? (including my email and mobile) so anyone who is interested can get in touch with me? I can take it from there (climbers have to register and will be asked to make a donation via the fundraising page).

Home Loan Offer with ASB...

ASB Home loan offer!
Thanks to ASB for a recent $500 donation to the school via the Home loan offer!!  These funds will be put to good use!

$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)

Leo, Maisie, Charlotte

Jonty,  Zola,  Sasha, Tigerlily

Mateo, Taiga, Emelia, Edward, Greer, Georgina,

Haere Mai - Welcome

Welcome to Charlotte who has a sibling at Worser Bay School. 
Nau mai Haere mai.  Welcome the the Worser Bay whānau.

Tem Bradley and Sarah Purdy will be joining the support team from Term 3. We are excited about increasing our crew of Teacher Aides for the benefit of all of our children (and providing extra hands, heads and hearts for our teachers, which they will love.)

Joining Worser Bay School

If you are in zone... we would love to hear from you if you have a child turning 5 in the second half of 2018, or early 2019, who would like to attend Worser Bay School.

If you know of any other children living in zone who would like to come to Worser Bay School, we'd also like to hear from them too!

To check our geographical zone - see Joining our School.

Thank you


Educational Review Office Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the New Zealand government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services. Our School's latest ERO report was recently released, and can be found here ERO Report.

The Board would like to congratulate the teachers, and in particular Jude and Suz on a great report. The report recognises the great work of our teachers, the focus of our curriculum and the positive learning environment that has been created. This paints a very positive picture of our school and also some clear next steps.  Next term the Board will look at how we can recognise our staff for the great work that they have done and continue to do on a daily basis.

Board member resignation 

It's with great sadness that we announce the resignation of Janet Ford as an elected Board member. Janet has resigned due to a change in personal circumstances and as a Board we would like to thank her for her contribution over the last two years. She will be missed!

Janet's resignation leaves a space for an elected member.  The Board is currently made up of four elected members and three co-opted members. After much discussion and given:
The next board election will be in less than a year; and
If we hold an interim election to fill the vacant position the school will have to fund it (returning officer etc); and
The relatively large size of the current Board
The Board has decided not to fill the elected position - rather we will wait until the election to fill the position. However if you wish to be involved (with an eye on next year’s elections) please feel free to contact any of the Board members.

A heads up on teacher strike action

As you may or may not have seen in the news there will be a nationwide teachers’ strike on Wednesday 15 August. The school will be required to be closed on the afternoon of the 15th August from midday. This may increase to a full day strike and we will know early next term. The purpose of this note is just to give you a heads up and for you to start to think around child care for that date. 

Finally, we hope you enjoy your holiday break and look forward to seeing you all back for the start of term 3.

The Board


For the last few weeks we have been exploring different activities to practise mindfulness. We have been spending some time on Tuesday mornings with our buddies in Tautoru to have a go at finger knitting, beading, yoga and colouring. 

Check us out trying some of the activities on our blog.

Last Wednesday we had our annual mindfulness evening. It was an opportunity to come together as a community and share stories, mindfulness techniques and wear pyjamas to school. To take a quick journey into mindfulness and why it is important for everyone come and check out our blog.


Counting the beat.

We’ve begun to learn about beat, rhythm and ways that we can create small sets of music in small groups. We’ve done some drumming, rākau stick patterns and music appreciation as well. This week some of us put together a small musical Mexican wave using sets of four beats.  Have a look in our blog for more details about our musical explorations. 

Wellbeing Wheel

What I can do to help increase my wellbeing and keep my Thinking Brain strong? What can I do every day to help me relax and feel well? This term we have learned many different ways to relax, activate our body and help our Thinking Brain stay strong like listening to music, finding places to relax, making positive relationships, and tapping into our creativity. We've we made our Wellbeing Wheels to help us think of small ways to relax and feel great that we can use every day. Have a look in our blog for examples of the different ways we will be practising our wellbeing.

Matariki Whānau Day

After a wonderful morning starting at the beach and watching the sunrise, we had a whānau group rotation. There were many activities like weaving, dance, art and making Māori musical instruments.Here are some people making porotiti and koauau. Have a look in our blog for more photos.


Matariki Celebrations on the Beach 

Read our posts by Evan, Nell and Angus on our blog.

On Friday we visited EBIS. We were welcomed with a powhiri then had some former students from Worser Bay School - Betty, Isaac and Jasper, talk to us about EBIS and what they like about it.We also were able to join in and experience some of the speciality areas they have - technology, food, art and science. It was a great day and full of fun.

We worked with buddies to weave stars. We used wool and paper plates. We knew it would be tricky so we discussed what Character Strengths we could use to overcome these challenges. Some of the ideas were judgement, perspective, kindness, bravery, perseverance and zest.

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