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15 August 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Recently I came across an article, 'Your Phone vs Your Heart' by Barbara L Frederickson and it certainly rang little alarm bells from me. I thought it may resonate with many of you too.....

In summary the research focussed on learning skills for cultivating warmer interpersonal connections in daily life. Basically, the more attuned to others you become, the healthier you become. Neuroscience is a fascinating area. The final paragraph in the article poses a challenge: "So, the next time you see a friend, or child, spending too much of their day facing a screen, extend a hand and invite them back into the world of real social encounters. You'll not only build up their health and empathic skills, but yours as well. Friends don't let their friends lose their capacity for humanity." To read the full article (it's short!)

For those who braved the crazy weather on Tuesday night to come to the Future Focussed Education session with Mark Osborne, thank you, and your child/ren would thank you (if they realised!). Yes, technology was big in the conversation and as Mark reiterated it can be dangerous as well as potentially save us. It's all about the way we use technology. Mark discussed the soft skills, the interperson-al, creativity, originality and the ability to solve challenging problems that will provide our children with 'the edge'. So, what does that look like for our school? What does that look like at home? That's where we need to put our heads together!

Yes, we need to learn from the past BUT in the words of John F Kennedy:

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

Hope to see you at Tuesday's workshop about developing the concept for the new build. Last Tuesday set the scene for us beautifully.

Nga mihi


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Connecting and Relating. Awards for this term are for Active Learning, Perseverance!

Autahi and Tautoru: Caleb, Yoshi, Taiga, Lily, Oscar, Nick, Yasmin, Megan, Max, Clem.

Māhutonga and Matariki: Jude, Ben, Josie, Jack H., Hunter, Alexandra, Cody.

Worser Bay School Contract Property Manager Position

Experienced Property Manager required to plan and imple-
ment our 3 - 5 year property development and maintenance programme. Our ideal candidate will have a background in managing property development and/or construction/building projects; have existing industry relationships; and understand building codes, Ministry of Education, and council requirements. Communication and relationship management skills are key, practical building/trade skills would be highly desirable but not essential. Estimated at up to 10 hours a week we are looking for someone who can be flexible, matching contracted hours to the work requirements.

Please download full details of the role from our website

www.worserbay.school.nz or contact us on (04) 939 7281.

Applications close on Wednesday 12th August 2015.

Please email your application, headed ‘Application for Contract Property Manager Position’, to Carolyn Anderson,

sitemail@worserbay.school.nz, or post to Worser Bay School, 168 Seatoun Heights Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022.

ANZ futureFERNS Netball programme – TERM 4

A new netball programme is being established by Netball New Zealand for Years 1-3 (including Year 4 from 2016).

Modified netball games have now been introduced to support fundamental and basic skill development. The programme will be played on Saturdays from (17 October) at the EBIS netball courts. Year 1&2 from 11am and Year 3 from 12:30pm. The sessions are 45mins-1hr and are a combination of skills development and a game.

To make this work, we need active involvement from parents. The fees for Term 4 are $25 per child.

For further information please refer to http://www.mynetball.co.nz/futureferns/home.html or have a chat

to Deb Maxwell (0210 367467, deb.maxwell@yahoo.com).

Actions at a Glance

  • Yellow Fair Volunteer Forms - Please return these to the office as soon as possible
  • Brainstorming Meeting re New Non-Teaching Space - Tuesday 11 August, 6.45 - 8.00 pm.
  • Senior Trip to the Film Archives & Te Papa - Friday 14 August
  • Year 6 EBIS Visit - Monday 17 August
  • Disco Heads Up!! - Friday 11 September
  • Miniball Fees of $35.00 for Term 3 are now due.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due. Payment via Wrap It Up please.
  • 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
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