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27 November 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

".....As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin."

As I sit to write this piece I am reminded of these famous Bob Dylan lyrics and how relevant they are to our context. I found some student reports from about six years back recently. These were pre-dating National Standards when we weren't at least attempting to write in plain simple language! As I read these latest reports I have reflected on the steady changes, the focus on continuous improvement, the way we have dealt with pressures to keep the emphasis on the 'whole child', what we witness
every day and what extensive research qualifies as vital.

In the last two days I have had our cleaner, Kim, seek me out to describe how a young child saw her struggling with getting the rubbish into the bin, ran up to her and said "Do you need some help? Let's do it together!" She was mightily impressed that a
child of that age would even notice. I have also had parents in our school community, who were not brought up here, describe what they see and feel about our school.  They summed it up using the words 'heart and warmth' - I guess we would use the term 'aroha'.

We can have both. Think about two of our Strategic Goals 1. Excellence in Student Achievement and 2. Exceptional Teaching and Learning. Children cannot take risks in their learning if they don't feel socially and emotionally connected. It is never either/or. So, as I wind the clock back and now take stock of where we are at today..... I am extremely proud and say..... bring it on! Together, as a whole community, we can work with, learn from and take the best of .....these times..... that are a-changin'.

Nga mihi


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Connecting and Relating. The theme for this term is: 'I am a great collaborator.'

Autahi and Tautoru:
Jude, Luc, Theo, Cooper, Nye, Tommy, Griffin, Eddie, Hana, Alyssa and Vienna.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Ben, Louise, Rowan, Sam St., Gretel, Fletch,, Khailin and Eloise.

EOTC Programme for Years 4 - 6 only.
This begins on Monday 7 December and continues to the middle of the following week. The students will be sailing, skateboarding, mountain biking along with lots of other fun stuff! You will be informed what to bring later next week.
Cost:  $10 (to be paid via WrapItUp)

Year 3 and 4 Sleepover - Reminder
Week 8, Thursday 3rd  December is our Year 3 and 4 Sleepover.

There will be 6 adults ‘in charge’ overnight, 4 teachers and 2 parents.

The girls will sleep in Autahi and the boys in Tautoru.

The program for the event is:


Families arrive and have fish and chips etc, at the school.


Parents and siblings leave and then the Year 3 and 4 children watch a Movie.


Organised game.


Children get ready for bed.


Lights out.



Pack up and breakfast. Breakfast team arrive. Breakfast will be milk and a choice of cereals. If your children requires an alternative, please supply.

We need parents to assist with breakfast. If you are able to arrive at school @ 7am to assist, please let one of the teachers know.

The children will need to bring the following:

  • sleeping bag / duvet

  • bedroll / mattress

  • pillow

  • pyjamas

  • toothbrush and toothpaste

  • change of clothes for the following day.

Please name items.

The children will not need to bring toys or lollies. (Unless it is a special soft toy that your child sleeps with.)

The children will require morning tea and lunch for Friday.

We would like parents to bring these in on Friday morning and collect their children’s bedding, if possible.

It’s all a bit exciting! Please let us know if there will be any night time ‘things’ like bedwetting, for example, to be on the alert for.

This is an opportunity for the children to grow some independence and get together with classmates from the past who will soon be mixing and mingling in the same space again in 2016.

Nga mihi

Lost Property
Please note at the end of every second week our Lost Property is going to be taken to the Salvation Army Op Shop. So, please ensure your child's clothing is named, as Lost Property is always returned if named.  The Lost Property has been
taken today. 

Next clearance - Friday 11th December.


We looking forward to our coding event:
hourofcode.com/nz which will run on Wednesday 2nd December. 
There are 133,999 Hour of Code events happening around the world and 362 in New Zealand.

"The Hour of Code" is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104."

Penguin House Update

We are busy taking action. Louis has been inquiring into penguins as part of our inquiry, “what is in our backyard.”
Read his Penguin presentation here

December Activities
We are very busy at the beach and up at the bike park during the last two weeks of the term. Beach week has been a real highlight for us for the last three years and every year it gets better.

This year we are adding a few activities to the already exciting programme with bike riding, snorkelling and the stand-on boards. As with previous years, the success of the programme is dependent on the participation and assistance of parents.

Please add your name to the ROSTER on the day or times that you are available to help. If it is for the bike day, you
will need to bring a bike also as we will be riding up to the bike park up Nevay Road and will need some adult company.

We also need Year Six parents to take us to and from the Porirua Pool on Tuesday 8th December. Please email nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz if you can help on the day.


The Environment Group
A group of us are interested in the environment. Last week we did a Google Hangout with Room 10 at Kelburn School who have been trapping pests. Find out more on our blog.

Maori Legend Art
We read a few Maori legends -- the Creation Myth, Maui and the Sun and The Fish of Maui -- then we drew our pictures in pencil, used Indian ink to trace over the lines, and used oil pastels and dye to create beautiful backgrounds. They’re hanging up in Tautoru. Come have a look!

We have been practising our waiata for assembly “Tai Aroha”. Take a look on the blog to see our video. We are really proud of it and hope you made it to assembly to see it.


Football Fever

We are so grateful for some fine weather to get into our football. We are loving having a go at playing as a team and learning new skills.

Tuesday Club Afternoons

ICT Club

We are enjoying our club afternoons. In the ICT club we are learning to use different apps on the ipads. It is great working in teams with older buddies teaching the younger members how to use them. Take a look at what we created.

We love singing in our classroom. We have been learning a new song which we proudly sang at assembly this week. What do you think?

  • Please read an important letter from Stephanie Hayes' parents.  (In this newsletter.)
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Fish & Chip Night - Sharing and Celebrating the Year - 
    Tuesday 1 December 6.00 - 7.00 pm
  • Year 3/4 Sleepover - Thursday 3 December - $5.00
  • EOTC Programme (Years 4 - 6 only) starting Monday 7 December - $10.00
  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm
  • Football - All Year 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00 total for 5 weeks.
  • Mini Polo fees for Term 4 are now due.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
  • Sausages Tuesdays and Sushi Lunches Fridays - you can order online for the whole term at Wrap It Up.
  • Take a look at our Blogs!  www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs

All payments via Wrap It Up please. 

Letter from the Parents of Stephanie Hayes 

Dear Worser Bay Parents

Our daughter, Stephanie, is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia (a form of blood cancer). She is now back at school and doing well. This letter is to make you aware of her disease and to ask for your help.

During the course of her treatment she has a lower than normal level of immunity. This makes her more susceptible than others to illness. In particular, chickenpox, measles and the flu can have serious implications.

Please contact the school without delay if your child comes into contact with or develops chickenpox, measles or the flu. The school needs to inform us straight away so we can take appropriate action to protect Stephanie.

Please feel free to to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your support.
Cath Peebles and David Hayes

Head Lice
Head Lice are back on the scene again.  Please be alert and treat if necessary.  Ask your pharmicist if you need advice.

Term Dates for 2015 and 2016

Term 4 ends Friday 18 December at 1.00 pm

Term Dates for 2016
Term 1 - Tuesday 2 February to Friday 15 April
Term 2 - Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July 
Term 3 - Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September 
Term 4 - Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December 

Additional Holidays in 2016
Waitangi Day - Monday 8 February
Easter - Good Friday, Easter Monday and Tuesday (25-29 March)
Anzac Day - Monday 25 April (in school holidays)
Queen's Birthday - Friday 3 June and Monday 6 June
Labour Day - Monday 24 October

Seeking support on a couple of local issues:

An active parent has initiated a discussion on traffic issues with the Wellington City Council and we now seek your support by also contacting the WCC.  By doing this, some action may be taken!
  • School Crossing Signs:  Large signs installed in Awa, Seatoun Heights and Nevay Roads alerting the driving public to the fact there is a school in the location. Similar ones have been installed near other school crossings in the area.
    Ring Anna Blomquist - Case No. 2403759
  • Nevay Road:  Yellow 'no parking' lines to be painted on the Miramar side of Nevay Road. There is a serious congestion problem in Nevay Road, especially at school pick up and drop off times, and school events. The bus is unable to get through and if there was an emergency, an ambulance would be in a similar situation.
    Ring Lindsey Hill - Case No. 2403757,

Years 4 - 6 had a great trip to Otari yesterday:

Community Notices

Hataitai Hararei
The Hararei holiday programme (Hataitai Hararei, based in Lyall Bay) is offering a pre-Christmas service for busy families
from 21 - 24 December. We will be taking care of the children with a range of activities such as going to the beach for a swim (kids should bring their togs and a change of clothes every day), relaxing with movies afterwards and more.

We will also be having the January holiday programme from the 11 - 30 January. Kids should bring their togs and spare clothes for the duration of the holiday programme as we will go to the beach as often as possible (sunscreen and shade are provided). We will also go on outings and visit our local parks, and spend time making art and crafts.

For further information, booking forms etc., check out our website at www.hataitai-hararei.co.nz, or email hataitai.hararei.enrol@gmail.com.

The Singing Academy and The Rock Academy
The Singing Academy and The Rock Academy combine to announce their music school holiday programme running
during the December and January holidays in Lyall Bay.

If you have a young singer or musician in your brood and you want them out the house for a few days, give them to us and
we'll send them back full of musical ideas, confidence and inspiration.

It really is an amazing experience.  Short Video Promo:  https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=hwRAsz8xpc4

Activities include:
  • Daily Busking Trips
  • Group Jam Sessions Acoustic
  • Song Writing
  • Industry Work Shops
Times: 9am to 3pm

Dates:  December 21st, 22nd and 23rd - 2015. Mon, Tues, Wed.
            January 26th, 27th and 28th - 2016. Tues, Wed, Thurs.

There are only 11 places available so please be in quick!

Geoff Day, Director - Teaching Coordinator
The Rock Academy & The Singing Academy
021 565 750  www.therockacademy.co.nz

Newtown Movie School
In the Summer Holidays, Newtown Movie School are again offering popular movie making and animation holiday programmes.
Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 January
Stop Motion Animation - Popular 3 day workshop of animation and creativity with Lego.  (Based in Newtown)

Thursday 21 January
iPad Movie Director - Bring your own iPad and we'll show you how to make stop motion movies.  (Based in Newtown)

To see movies make by children at past programmes or for more information go to www.newtownmovieschool.co.nz
or contact Craig Lauridsen 021 966 277 or nms@acumen.net.nz

School Holiday Computer Classes
For ages 5 - 16. Minecraft, Create 3D Games, Program with Python and Java, Web Design and Animation, Video Film and Edit, Build a PC and if young the Discovery Computer Class. For further information call 499 2211 or www.grandtraining.co.nz.

Standouts Peforming Arts Holiday Workshops
Dance! Sing! Act! & get a show on the road this summer
Dec - Mon 21st- Fri 23rd 9am- 4pm daily (3days)
Jan - Tues 12th- Fri 15th Jan 9am-4pm daily (4days)
Tues 19th - Fri 22nd 9am-4pm daily (4days)
St Judes'Hall Lyall Bay. $160 (3day)/ $200 (4day) per child + family discounts available.
Email gemma@standouts.co.nz or ph 9072929 for more info.