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Week 3 - 18 May 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child”, has been widely quoted. This concept of the “village” and all of the interconnected pieces, partnerships and supports is essential if we want our children to have an opportunity to build the competencies to make "I am powerful" a reality. 

I was reminded of this very thing last week when I received an email from a parent who has a child now at secondary school. 

".......Just a quick word to say a big ‘thank you’ as always to the Worser Bay Team.

We had X’s Parent teacher Interviews last night and every teacher was thrilled with her. Why? They assess the students using the SOLO taxonomy. X is scoring 7s and 8s because, thanks to her Worser Bay Experience, she knows how to transfer and apply knowledge. She can problem solve and think around ideas. We are so proud.

It is what Worser Bay does so well – create critical thinkers. Thank you!"

I thought this is a good example of how many learner outcomes may not be realised until later in schooling and life. It  also prompted me to reflect on the many people and all of the different skills and strengths supporting lovely student X to get themselves to this great place! 

I was reminded of this again last week when I overheard a teacher talk about the 'village approach required to support students with behavioural/learning challenges'. Again, when I see the complex process of pulling a written progress report together. You will receive a double-sided written report at your upcoming meetings. It seems straightforward. Simple even, maybe? What has led up to this has been a complex task involving the child, Base Group Teacher, Team Teachers, Team Leaders, Assessment Coordinator and Support Staff.... and me!  

In my previous workplace, as in many of yours, I am imagining the well utilised term of 'breaking down the silos' is probably still bandied about. 

For WBS to have a true village approach, it means that the interconnected pieces, partnerships and supports must be highly functioning. By the time you leave that Progress Meeting, you can be assured that at least 9 WBS villagers have been part of the process! There aren't any silos here.
On Wednesday, it was the first International Day of Education Support Staff Personnel and the theme ....... Making it possible.
So, in terms of 'we are powerful', I would like us to give gratitude to our Support Staff, Cloe, Christine, Carolyn and Steph - they are committed to 'making it possible'.
Please find an opportunity to show manaakitanga next time you see them or dial the school's number!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 22 May
  • Fair Committee Meeting - Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm in the staffroom
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May
  • Fair Craft Stall Meeting - Thursday 24 May at 2.40pm in the staffroom
  • Assembly - Friday 25 May
  • Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 25 May

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • 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 via Online Payments, if you haven't already done so.
  • Order Your Worser Bay School Hoodie Now via Online Payments by midnight on Sunday 20 May
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 22 May - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • 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 & 3 Miniball Fees are now due - please pay $72 by Wednesday 6 June
  • Order your Ceilidh Tickets via Online Payments by midnight on Thursday 7 June
  • Book Your Progress Meetings now.

Please Read this Letter from the Parents of Stephanie Hayes - 11 May 2018

Dear Worser Bay School families

Our daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) in 2015. In April she finished her 2.5 year treatment plan. This was a major milestone and we are very relieved to have treatment behind us. She now starts ‘surveillance’ during which she will be monitored regularly. We still need your help and support around illnesses and immunity. Please read on.

Dave and I are very grateful for your understanding and concern during her treatment. Thank you for keeping a close eye on your family’s wellbeing and keeping your children away from school when they were sick. This certainly enabled Stephanie to attend school most of the time - and kept our worries in check.
Stephanie still has low immunity – and this will continue through winter and spring. Her cancer treatment wiped out all her immunity to illnesses she was vaccinated against as a baby – and she cannot be re-vaccinated until she has normal immunity levels again. It takes time. She will probably start having vaccinations in August / September. Lowered immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.
Please notify the school immediately if there is chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

As always, many thanks for your ongoing support. We very much appreciate it.
Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

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

Progress Meetings

Please book your Progress Meetings with your child's base group teacher if you are parents in Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki.

If your child is in Autahi there is a different schedule - watch this space!

Last term teachers met with you and your child to discuss how the year had started and set some specific goals looking ahead. This term it's an opportunity for parents to meet with the base group teacher (without children present) to learn more about 'whole child' progress to date, including progress against the NZ Curriculum levels in Reading, Writing and Maths. At this time, you will also receive a written report. 

Next term it's Student Led Conference time and then the Final Reporting Meeting/written report (again without children) occurs in Term 4. 

At the end of these upcoming meetings teachers will be asking you a couple of quick questions around reporting. With the demise of National Standards it now means that schools have more freedom in what is reported. Whilst the Government is doing more work around this, we have pretty much stuck with the status quo for now but see this first meeting as a great time to start the conversation about what matters most. Of course you will have a variety of opinions and we will throw them all in the mix during this year, see what legislation may come our way and go from there. 

These Progress Meetings are to be held from Tuesday 5 June until 15 June. 

Bookings will close Tuesday 5 June at 9am.

Please follow the instructions below:
Go to: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: zru6v

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.

First Fair Committee Meeting - Come One, Come All! - Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm

We are having our first Fair Committee Meeting for 2018, and we'd love to see some new faces and have some new people on board. 
We have a number of people in their final year/years at Worser Bay so we have some gaps to fill! If you are keen to be involved, we'd love to have you. 

Some of the jobs we do on the Committee are:

Comms - getting the Fair messages out there using the School Newsletter, Facebook, etc.
Infrastructure - booking gazebos, bouncy castles, BBQs, etc, organising their pick up and drop off.
People and Resources  - getting people on-board, whether to help on a stall, or lead a stall, etc.
Donations -  being at the shed before or after school for 15-30 mins so that people can drop off their goods for the Fair.
Business Relationships - going out to local businesses to see if they will support the Fair, getting donations for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle, etc.
Procurement - making sure we have all the bits and pieces needed for the Fair (e.g. cutlery, pricing stickers, food, etc)

You won't be left on your own - we are looking for people to join existing teams. So whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we would appreciate any help you can give us. 

So, come along on Tuesday 22 May at 7:30pm in the staffroom. If you want to have a chat with anyone first, feel free to contact Deb on 021 036 7467 or deb.maxwell@yahoo.com or Jackie  on 027 277 1603 or ross.maitland05@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Craft Stall for the School Fair - Thursday 24 May at 2.40pm in the Staffroom

Anyone who is crafty is welcome! The more the merrier......We will meet at 2:40pm on Thursday 24th May. We will have examples and ideas and will be looking for any new ideas you may have. For more information, contact Shanon Peters at shanonpeters2@gmail.com

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

Worser Bay School Ceilidh - Saturday 9 June

It's that time of year again when we have our annual tradition for the Worser Bay School and the WIDER community - our Ceilidh.

Tickets are now on sale via Online Payments - so get purchasing - invite as many friends as you can along - book your babysitter - we want this to be our biggest and best one yet! 

For those of you who don't know, 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. It's the best fun you can have with tartan on!

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

Tickets bought via Online Payments can be collected from the school office on Fridays only after school drop off or school pick up.

Families from the wider community can purchase their tickets via Parent Net. Please email: parentnet@worserbay.school.nz

So, let's make this happen and let's make it BIG! We are all so looking forward to it and can't wait to see all of you and more there!

The Ceilidh Team and Parent Net

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.

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 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 2 Swimming Lessons - $70
  • Term 2 & 3 Miniball - $72
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.)

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?

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 K, Lucca, Maisie and Shuyang.

Anastasiya, Clementine, Hanna and Lisa.

Ella, Hana, Nela, Nuala and Olivia.

The Emoji-themed Disco

What a fantastic night! Once again, our children loved the Disco. Big appreciation to our parent volunteers and our Disco King!

We raised a total of $1285. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

Lost Property from the Disco
A bag full of books and activities was left behind after the Disco. If this is yours, please pick it up from the school office.


News Books 
We are creating our own news books. Every Monday we add some new personal news into our books. This gives us opportunities to talk and present our personal experiences and to practise our writing and then we will have a culmination of our exciting news stories! Take a look at our Blog to see our news stories from this week!

Positive Health: a closer look at swimming! 
Swimming is our main area of P.E. this term and is helping us to cultivate and grow our positive health. It also helps us to unpack our emotions when thinking about how we feel when we go to the pool and what strengths we need to use. Take a look at our Blog to see some of our amazing thinking and writing about our swimming.


Trip to the Botanical Gardens
Last week we visited the Discovery Gardens as part of our Inquiry, ‘Kaitiaki O Te Ngahere’. We had a fantastic time exploring the different uses of plants and “digging in” at the Edible Gardens. Check out our Blog to find out more!


Singing...Great for Building Positive Emotions
We have been focusing on identifying, experiencing and building positive emotions in Tautoru. Did you know that singing, and listening to or playing music are some of the ways you can boost your wellbeing? Singing and music help you to release endorphins - which are associated with feelings of pleasure, and oxytocin - which can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Head over to our Blog to find links to songs we have been learning and some fun warm ups!

From the Inside, Out! 
Being able to identify and understand our emotions makes us powerful. Our focus during our Positive Ed. morning was on identifying the things that make us feel certain emotions. Please read our Blog to find out more about our learning around emotions.

This week we also learned how to ask kei te pehea koe? (how are you feeling?) and answer with a variety of different emotions in Te Reo. 



Goodnature Traps: Inspiration for our own Inventions

At the end of the last term we had Josh from Goodnature come in and talk to us about their traps and the process that they went through to get to the stage that they are at now.

When he was here, he told us all about how their trap works and what barriers they had to overcome.

As well as that he showed us a slide show of all the different prototypes and design ideas, to inspire us to come up with our own ideas, and questions.

After the presentation we got an email from Josh talking about how he thought we were really welcoming and how he had a blast!

Now we are coming up with our own design ideas and making our own prototype testing and improving.

Thanks, Josh!
By Zach J

Performing Plays on Puppet Pals
On Monday some of us read Play Scripts. We used Puppet Pals to read our stories. Our next steps are to write our own plays and record our own stories... 

Eastern Zones Netball Tournament
On Wednesday our two Year 5/6 Netball teams competed and had fun at the Eastern Zones Netball Tournament. Everyone did a great job using their character strengths. We all set goals before starting the day around how we can show 'Mahi Katoa'. Mahi Katoa is something we say in the Karakia about working together. 

We have been learning to give, receive and respond to feedback.

How do we know that what we are doing is meeting our goals? How do we know what to do to develop our work in writing or in any other field?

Feedback: a Learning Experience!

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.

Stephanie Williams,
14 May 2018, 15:18
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14 May 2018, 15:18
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14 May 2018, 15:18
Stephanie Williams,
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