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20 November 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

.......We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyse bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savouring what went well.

For sound evolutionary reasons, most of us are not nearly as good at dwelling on good events as we are at analysing bad events. Those of our ancestors who spent a lot of time basking in the sunshine of good events, when they should have been preparing for disaster, did not survive the Ice Age. So to overcome our brains’ natural catastrophic bent, we need to work on and practice this skill of thinking about what went well. (Martin Seligman)

With this in mind, I set to work this week seeking responses to this question from children. By the end of the first day I had a range of responses from learning a new song, eating a delicious strawberry muffin, making a new friend, achieving a reading goal, the weather being warmer....... Yes, it's often the smallest things that make a difference, when we are anticipating the answer will be more profound!

At the moment you will be either waiting for a data meeting or attending one. Please keep the What Went Well (WWW) firmly in place. Focus on what your child is good at, what their strengths are, all their great qualities, the progress they have made and please don't dwell on the fact they may still be forgetting full stops! 

In Maori mythology, Tanenui i te Rangi travelled through the heavens to retrieve the three ketes (baskets) of knowledge:

“The basket of life's challenges.”
“The basket of life's triumphs.”
“The basket of growth and development.”

Learning is certainly a journey!

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:
Evan, Mia, Rhosyn, Keir and Sammy McK.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Joel, Zoe, Hanne, Perry, Molly, Alexandra, Cody and Hunter

Welcome to...
A very warm welcome to Joey whose family is already part of the Worser Bay School Community.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Year 3 and 4 Sleepover - Further Information

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 have 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. Next clearance - Friday 27th November.


Year 6 Porirua Pool Trip
We are planning on going to Porirua Pool on 8 December. We are waiting for confirmation from the pool. Please let Nicola know if you are able to drive to or from the pool on that day.

Friend Poems
In Matariki and Mahutonga, we have been writing poems about our buddies. Read some of them on our blog. We also read some friend poems at last week's assembly.

Comparison Poems
Others of us have been writing comparison poems using strong verbs and adverbs.

Finding Guests for the Insect Hotel


We went on a trip into the bush to find some insects for our Insect Hotel. We had a great adventure and found some amazing insects and huge spiders. Come and check out the Insect Hotel which will be in the fairy garden from next Monday. Read more about it on the blog.

Otari Bush Visit  (Years 4 - 6):
Just a quick heads up on the planned visit to Otari Bush on Thursday 26th November. We are going to investigate a piece of beautiful local bush which has many of the species of Flora and Fauna we have been learning about all year. We will also take the opportunity to have a picnic lunch. 

The bus leaves school at 9.15 am, returning just before 3.00 pm.  $7.00 to be paid by Wrap It Up.

School Leavers 

Children will be able to download a copy of their documents from their school Google Apps accounts using Google Takeout as a means to allow them to easily transfer a copy of all of their content from their school account to their own account.

Children will need to:

  • Log into their school gmail account
  • When they are logged in, click here: Google Takeout
  • Select what you would like to download 
  • Click on “Create Archive”
  • A file will be downloaded onto your computer

For blogs providing an alternative google account - with parent permission is the best way for transferring over the blogs. Please see Blogger Admin.

Children will need to:
  • Log into their school gmail account
  • Click on "Design" at top of page
  • Go to “basic settings”
  • Add email address to Blogger authors to invite new person. 
REMEMBER that the emailed invitation to accept the blog has to be clicked on so the new account holder can become administrator.

Children will no longer have access to their Google Accounts after 18th December.

If you have any questions, please speak with Nicola.



Gardening Groups
This week in our Tuesday afternoon gardening groups we planted some plants in the garden boxes. We planted basil, mint, peas and some beans.

We also researched some edible plants to find out what plants suit what climates and what is the best time of the year to plant them.

Club Day Ways of Working
This week in the Team Building and ICT club we came up with our agreed ways of working and how we can be successful in a team, then one of the small groups used their newfound ICT skills to make a piccollage to capture our ideas!

Storyboards for writing


Danny and Scott’s writing groups have been looking at fairy tales. We have discussed how these stories are written from different perspectives. Our goal is to write a letter to a character in a fairy tale telling them another side of the story.


We are Readers

We are learning to be super readers at school. We are trying hard to match our fingers to each word as we say it. To practise remembering a word we like to mix and fix up letters that are in it.

Each day we read in a small reading group to help our reading get better and better.


We are loving doing our own writing at the moment. Each day we are trying hard to write independently and practise what we learn to do in our guided writing groups.

  • Football - All Year 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00 total for 5 weeks.
  • Mini Polo fees for Term 4 are now due.
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Trip to Otari Bush - Thursday 26 November - $7.00
  • 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
  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm
  • Remember your sunhats!
  • Next Assembly - 27 November at 9.15 am.
  • 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. 

Please note:  Beach Week (Years 4, 5 & 6) and Year 6 Activities costs will be advised next week.

Term Dates for 2015

Term 4 ends Friday 18 December

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,

Thank You to Hellers 'Sausages for Schools' who donated 720 sausages to the School Fair.

The sun shone for the Autahi Family Picnic yesterday at Scorching Bay.
What an afternoon!
 Autahi Family Picnic

Community Notices

Clay Sculpture Holiday Programme
Clay Penguin Studio, 13 Hector Street, Seatoun
Tuesday 26 January - Making masks
Wednesday 27 January – Animal whistles

All programmes run from 9 am - 12 noon.
Cost $35 includes clay, materials and morning tea.
(Option to have work fired for an extra $5)
Email Nicola Dench for a booking form

Christmas Events Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers for Three Fun Christmas Events for Wellington Children's Hospital.

Johnsonville Christmas Parade Saturday 5th December 10am - 12pm:
Kids & Adults needed to join HOSPI and walk in the parade and collect for Children's Hospital.

Capital City Motors "Go FurtherUR Community" Test Drive Event:
Sunday 6th December 10am - 3pm, Odlins Plaza, Wellington Waterfront (see: whf.org.nz)
This is a cool event where Capital City Ford will donate $50 for each test drive taken in the new "self-park" Ford cars! We need 5 or more volunteers to help out on the day by either walking around with a collection bucket, or helping us man the BBQ. You only need to give us an hour or two of your time for this one - or more if you love cars!

Wellington City Parade Saturday 13th December 12.30 - 2.30pm:
Kids & adults needed to help us collect money and walk in the parade with HOSPI and assorted SuperHeros!

Contact either melissa.mcnulty@ccdhb.org.nz or sara.ellis@ccdhb.org.nz if you'd like more information!


Pre-Christmas Holiday Programme
The programme from 9-15 December 2016 will be tailored for older children of intermediate age, although children of any age 5-14 are welcome. We will be focusing on having fun, playing with art ideas and techniques and allowing the kids to wind down from a big year. From 16–23 December our focus will be on all ages and Xmas gift, decorations and card making will be a big theme. 

January 2016 Holiday Programme  
January Programme will run from 11-29 January 2016 catering to children aged 5-13 years. It's going to be FUN!

NEW! Artrageous Kids Enterprise Project 18–22 Jan
We are trialling a new programme that some of our regular attendees have encouraged us to put together, aimed at children aged 10-14 years. This programme is aimed at developing children’s interest in creating art to sell. Learning how to develop their skills and complete creations to a finished product. This idea has come from children wanting to develop their talents beyond the home audience. If the children, on completion of this event, would like to sell their creations, we will organise and support them to have a stall at a craft fair in Wellington.

www.artrageouskids.co.nz, email: admin@artrageouskids.co.nz