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Student Behaviour

The school has very clear expectations regarding behaviour. Aiming for full engagement in learning, an inclusive collaborative culture and strong home/school partnerships certainly goes a long way to minimising negative behaviours.


Modelling and rewarding pro-social behaviour and encouraging a ‘culture of telling’ is first and foremost.


What we do know, however, is that things never go entirely smoothly. We are in the people business and there is always an element of unpredictability! While we always focus on the positive, we also have consequences for negative behaviours. Teachers and your child/ren will be able to explain the ‘colour chart’. Although very rarely utilised, it serves a useful purpose.


It is extremely important to act on negative behaviours quickly. Most incidences occur in the playground, usually out of eyesight or hearing of duty teachers. Please help us by encouraging your child to speak up - then teachers can deal with things at the time. Please don’t wait a month for things to build up. This isn’t helpful.


It is useful to also be mindful of the use of the term ‘bullying’ and be very clear as to what it is. It has 4 defining characteristics:


  • Bullying is deliberate

  • Bullying involves a power imbalance

  • Bullying has an element of repetition

  • Bullying is harmful


In a nutshell, it is not a word to be thrown around lightly!


Developing resilience in our children, supporting them to have the ability to bounce back, to stand up for themselves, to be flexible, to show courage and make good decisions, to deal with things for themselves, to really understand who they are and what they value can never be underestimated.


Ultimately, we have one value = one rule and that is of respect.


Digital Technology at School 

Instructions for parents*

  • Please read our guidelines carefully. If there are any points you would like to discuss with the school, let your child's Base Group teacher know as soon as possible.
  • The Worser Bay School Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement was developed with the students, based on the school ‘rule’, the value of respect and learning about digital citizenship and safety on the net. WBS Cybersafety Guidelines and Agreement
  • The guidelines and agreement have been discussed at school in a way that is age appropriate. Please reinforce the messages and go through this information again at home.
  • Please sign the agreement and return it to the school. The other information can be kept at home for your future reference.
  • Starting in 2015, senior students (Years 4-6) will be able to bring a digital device to school to assist their learning. This is NOT compulsory. Students can use their own devices throughout the day for collaborative learning, web-based research and applications, including using Google Apps for Education. BYOD Agreement
*The term ‘parent’ used throughout this document also refers to legal guardians and caregivers.

Digital Portfolio - Seesaw

We use Seesaw - a digital portfolio. Seesaw gives your child creative tools to capture and reflect on their learning - in real time. Then this work is shared with you. Seesaw will give you a window into each of our classrooms and into your student’s learning process. Our students are excited to use this tool in partnership with the great things our teachers do in their classrooms.

You can download Seesaw’s Parent App for iOS, Android, or use the web to view your student’s learning artefacts. When your child adds new work, you will receive a notification to see, hear and respond to your child’s learning item. You only have access to your own child’s work and all of the content is stored securely.

Please pay online via our Online Payments link and then speak with your Base Group teacher concerning setup.
  

Homework/Home Learning

Let’s get away from homework being a stressful time. While it can still be a time to practice basic skills, homework, or home learning as we like to call it, needs to be a time for positive sharing of your child’s learning and successes. We also recognise that many children have a very full schedule after school!
Prof. John Hattie, in his extensive research about what has the greatest impact on student achievement, says….

“Homework in primary school has an effect of around zero. In high school it’s larger. Which is why we need to get it right. Not why we need to get rid of it. It’s one of those lower hanging fruit that we should be looking in our primary schools to say, “Is it really making a difference?” If you try and get rid of homework in primary schools many parents judge the quality of the school by the presence of homework. So, don’t get rid of it. Treat the zero as saying, “It’s probably not making much of a difference but let’s improve it”. Certainly I think we get over obsessed with homework. Five to ten minutes has the same effect of one hour to two hours. The worst thing you can do with homework is give kids projects. The best thing you can do is to reinforce something you’ve already learnt.” 

There are many studies that show a negative impact of ‘traditional homework’ like worksheets, on student learning and self-esteem in primary aged children.

OK, so what are the expectations?

Home learning is about practising basic skills but, most importantly, it is a time for positive sharing of the learning your child is involved in.

What happens in the Junior space?


Reading at Home

This will look different for individual children. Children will bring a reader, article or other relevant text home each day. They may read the same book over a couple of days, or revisit a text they have already read. This is to either encourage fluency, identify high frequency words, or to develop comprehension skills. In Tautoru, more fluent readers can also begin to read their own material at home instead. Please help your child to be ready for reading by ensuring their book bag is at school each day. 

Spelling

Tautoru: Each child will either have Rocket Words to learn to read (continued from Autahi) or spelling words to learn. These words will either be high frequency words or other relevant words for your child to practice at home and at school. At times, these words may come from the Essential Words list or your child's writing.

You can support your child’s spelling at home by:
  • encouraging them to write these words on a whiteboard, chalkboard, in the sand, with magnetic letters, etc.
  • write them on card and play games with them.
  • look for them in their reading.
  • and, most importantly, encourage them to use them in their written work.
Autahi: Children in Autahi have a Word Rocket. This is a list of 5 new words each week for your child to practise reading. These high frequency words are taken from the readers they are reading that week. The focus is on students being able to instantly recognise the words, not to have to spell them. These words are checked each Friday. The words that your child has got correct will be highlighted in green. The words that they need to continue to practise will be highlighted in pink

You can support your child’s spelling at home by:
  • encouraging them to make these words on a whiteboard, chalkboard, in the sand, with magnetic letters, etc.
  • write them on card and play games with them.
  • look for them in their reading.
A little bit more background on developing spelling knowledge and skills
As children begin to acquire a store of automatically recognised words, simple spelling activities and short word lists are introduced. These are the words that they are likely to use often. These will include:
  • High Frequency Words
  • Words that have a similar pattern
  • Words from the students' writing that they can almost spell
  • Words that are of high interest to the students
From known to unknown
Opportunities to consolidate learning by choosing texts or activities that build on what they know is important. Children can draw upon their own existing knowledge to help them with unknown words, eg. "mall". If the child knows how to spell the word "all" they can work out how to spell the word 'mall' due to their existing knowledge of both the high frequency word and their letter-sound knowledge.

Teaching and learning sequences such as these shows children how much they already know about sounds, letters, and words and how they can draw on this knowledge in their independent writing.

(From Teaching Writing in Years 1-3 - Building a Strong Foundation, Pages 13-14 2012, Ministry of Education) 

Making Links to our Inquiry and Learning at School

We encourage parents to connect and follow the Class Blogs. This is a great conversation point at home. We would love to have you and your child comment on their learning from home.


What happens in the Senior space?


In the Senior space the expectations of home learning is similar to those in the Junior space, however, the emphasis begins to change as the children become more independent. 

We strongly encourage the discussion, reflection and questioning at home around our Inquiry. It is essential to build and reinforce the home/school partnership to ensure children make connections with what they learn at school to the wider world. The discussion you have with your child around the ideas and concepts we are investigating is the richest homework possible. Please check out our Blog to find out what we are doing so that you can keep up to date. 

Most of our students are connected on Google Apps and continue to work at home independently on things which they are interested in or passionate about. These children are doing homework because they want to keep their head in something that they are interested in.

Some children require further support. The Base Group teacher will discuss how best to support your child at Data Meetings.

We recommend the following websites for supporting the learning of basic skills.


Basic Facts

It is essential that Year 4 students become fluent with the recall and accuracy of basic facts. They must know them off by heart and, in order to do so, need to learn them by rote at home. 

Number Knowledge and Strategies
All students need to be reading at home. This could be reading independently or might involve sharing a book with a sibling or parent. This is still a rich literary experience and can be nice time together. Some students will be bringing a reader home from school regularly.

It is important to keep up with current affairs, children could use the Kiwi Kids site for their home reading.

Karakia and Student-led Assembly

Our School Karakia was created by our school community, with the majority of ideas about what is important to us coming from the children. The school comes together to begin and end each week with the Karakia, remembering the importance of supporting each other as we learn together. This is also a special time for celebrating and acknowledging achievements. 

Please join us for Karakia every Monday and most Fridays (not an Assembly day) just after 9am in the courtyard.

Student-led Assemblies are usually held at 9.10am every second Friday. Check out the Calendar for the dates and come along!

Our School Karakia

E tau nei ki runga i a tātou katoa te wairua aroha
Settle upon us the loving spirit

kia ngākaunui tātou ki te hāpai i ā tātou mahi katoa
to enable us to work together

i roto i te hari me te koa me te aroha anō o tētahi ki tētahi
in joy and with respect toward one another

kia pūāwai tātou katoa.
so that we all grow and blossom together.

Whakakahangia tātou kia mahi tahi kia manaaki,
Also strengthen us to work together to nurture and

kia tiaki i tō tātou kura, tō tātou hāpori, ā tō tātou taiao hoki.
look after our school, our school community and our environment.

Mauri ora!
Life force!

Library

Click here to access the Worser Bay School Library Catalogue.                              

Welcome to the School Library, an integral support for classroom learning at Worser Bay School. Trained student librarians work with our Library Assistant, Christine Cross, to ensure the Library runs smoothly and is adaptive to learning needs and student interests.

On this page, you can view the latest recommended resources that link to current class topics; see what books your child has out and what may be overdue; and keep up to date with useful website links on the Library Research Portal.

Need to Know

10 Key Facts
  1. School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3pm.

  2. Children usually arrive from 8.30am. (The school cannot take any responsibility for students in the school facilities before 8.30am or after 3.00pm.)

  3. Morning break is at 11.00am - 11.40am and lunch from 1.00pm - 1.40pm.

  4. Student-led Assemblies are usually held at 9.10am every second Friday - come along. Dates are in the Newsletter and on the Calendar. Similarly, please join with us at Karakia every Monday and every other Friday morning just after 9.00am.

  5. Worser Bay School does not have a uniform.

  6. No child is permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless this has been arranged between the school and a parent/caregiver.

  7. Children must not bring money, valuable or ’attractive‘ items to school.

  8. Terms 1 and 4, children must wear a hat that shades the face, ears and neck. We also have sunblock in every classroom.

  9. Wheels Day is every Wednesday.
    Students are invited to bring scooters and helmets. No helmet, no scoot!

  10. Whetūkairangi - Star Gazer
    The school was established in 1897, on a historically significant pā site. The Ngai Tara tribe called the pā Whetu-kairangi (star gazer) to convey the idea it was located on high ground, from which only the stars and sea might be seen.


Payments via our Online System

Our Online Payment system is available from our website wherever you see this logo. 
You can make all your school payments at once - 
  • Voluntary Contributions, 
  • School Trips, 
  • Sports, Sports T-shirts, 
  • all events, 
  • Lunches, 
  • Everything!
Once your child starts school, you can register an account in 3 easy steps at Online Payments. If registered, click here.

Sports

Our children love giving it a go. Physical Education and general fitness are highly valued at our school. As well as regular fitness and games, our Physical Education programme caters for all ages and stages. We have a range of sports teams that regularly compete outside of school and we embrace interschool competitions. Contact Scott or John at sports@worserbay.school.nz.
Check out our Sports Shirts.

Stationery

Once again, we have teamed up with OfficeMax MySchool for ordering school stationery.

Benefits:
  • Stationery lists online
  • You receive competitive prices direct from the supplier.
  • Save time by avoiding busy retail stores.
  • Free delivery on orders over $46.
  • Order early & have plenty of time to cover your books.
  • Your child will start the year with the correct supplies.
  • Every dollar spent with OfficeMax MySchool will earn us School Rewards.
To order online using your credit card, go to www.myschool.co.nz/worserbay.
Simply select your child's Year Group and follow the instructions on the website. You do not need to enter a student ID.

Delivery must be to your home or place of work – not to the school. You can also ring your order through and pick it up from OfficeMax at an agreed time that works for you. 

There are additional products available, that’s up to you. If your child already has a book bag and pencil case this does not require purchasing again.

Student Council

The Student Council at Worser Bay involves all students in Māhutonga Matariki. We want students to be active in developing ideas which enhance the school. There is a practical element to this, with all students working at least once a week in their Student Council groups on selected projects.

Each group is led by a smaller group of leaders; people who have put themselves forward to represent the ideas of the group and take responsibility for realising their plans. The groups currently include ICT, Library, Social Committee, PALs, Gardens, Pest Control and Choir. Students will continue to set up groups and subgroups as the year progresses in response to their perceived needs.

Sustainability

Definition
Sustainability is the ability to be supported, upheld or maintained. In relation to the environment it is something that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In relation to us, it is engaging in and maintaining practices with cultural, environmental, physical and emotional awareness.

Vision
Worser Bay students are connected and active learners. They know that their actions have an impact on themselves, others and the wider world. They value and respect diversity and also acknowledge the place of Te Ao Māori as part of what makes New Zealand unique. They have a sense of responsibility to uphold the school’s core value of Respect. Respecting themselves, each other and the world around them.

What does this look like in practice?
  • People work collaboratively, are reflective of our bi-cultural heritage and the diversity of their community. They ensure that students are all involved in sharing decisions in order to become confident, connected, actively involved, life-long learners.
  • Programmes focus on learning about the interaction between people and the environment and developing attitudes and behaviours for a more sustainable future. Through taking action, students discover why sustainability matters and how to make sustainability a reality in their school and wider community.
  • Sustainable Practices are part of school culture instigated by students and staff to make a more resilient community for the future.
  • A Place is created where students and their community work together willingly to reduce their impact on the planet for future generations to enjoy the diverse and beautiful world we live in.
Sustainability is a key principle in the New Zealand Curriculum and an area we have been building up over the last couple of years. It's so much more than purely environmental issues.

People, place, culture, language, sharing, growing, preparing, cooking, eating and learning together, are vital components as we move towards achieving the vision. The gardens, composting, worm farm, beach clean ups, 'down the bank' cleanups, cooking opportunities around the corner, have all been part of this wider outdoor learning/sustainability plan. Insect mounds and weta hotels shouldn't be too far off.

If you are keen to get involved, please contact John in Māhutonga Matariki.