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18 September 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

One of the school's three Principles is Valuing the Whole Child
We place emphasis on Hauora as well as what is viewed as more ‘academic’ learning. Hauora is a Māori philosophy of well-being that includes the dimensions of:

Taha Tinana (physical well-being)
Taha Wairua (spiritual well-being)
Taha Whanau (social/family well-being)
Taha Hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being)

We value all as individuals and expect them to achieve success in many different ways.

On Monday the teaching staff gathered in the sunny courtyard after school. This professional learning meeting had a marked difference to most. Professor Abuzado AKA Cris, the lovely Brazilian Capoeira teacher and his colleague, came to talk us through the history and some initial moves. The cartwheels were impressive (from some!). For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capoeira

Next term we will have Cris with us on Fridays for 8 weeks. Feedback from the children, teachers and many of you from the small 'taster' session a few weeks back was motivating! We are excited. Not only does Capoeira tick many of these whole child/well-being boxes above, it is also something new for most of us.

Another goal this year was to open hearts and minds to the wider world beyond WBS - this also receives a big tick! We now have over one third of our children classified on enrolment as other than NZ Pakeha, in fact hailing from over 20 countries across the globe. This needs embracing and surely must contribute hugely to the Inquiry "Who is in my Backyard?". Finding authentic and ongoing ways to embed this more recently found 'multiculturalism' is a constant and a major plus for us all.

More about the other two Principles can be located on the website.


Kia ora mai.

Go well.

Nga mihi


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Connecting and Relating. The theme for this term is Manaakitanga.

Autahi and Tautoru:  
Rim, Greer W., Ridley, Adam, Lachlan, Georgina, Zoe, Mae, Rhosyn and Sol.

Māhutonga and Matariki:  
Betty-Jo, Khailin, Hanne, Gemma, Frankie, Parker, Asha, Teddy, Zoe and Liam S.

Welcome to...
A very warm welcome to Nye and Evan who have just started with us. Their family is new to the school.  

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Boardshorts 18 September 2015
A “Trash and Treasure” Disco, what a great theme to provoke the fun and creativity that Worser Bay kids are known for. Weren’t those costumes cool! Hats off to the parents and Student Council Members who put in the hard yards to create a fun, social evening, and an important contribution to our Community Fundraising. 

Talking about fundraising, the Fair Committee and Stall Leaders are hitting their stride as we countdown 7 weeks to the Worser Bay School Fair on Sunday 8 November. This is our most important fundraising event for the year. 

A school fair has been held at Worser Bay since the early 1900s, starting as a Garden Party! The Fair has become a Peninsula gathering, and one we can all be very proud of. So it’s not just about fundraising. It’s an opportunity for our community to be creative, to be entrepreneurial, and to create a special event. It’s such a buzz on Fair Day to be part of that teamwork in action.

So, keep those donations coming in, put your hand up to help out on a stall, get ready to sell your Ball Run tickets! For more ideas on how you can be involved, check out the Fair section in each week’s newsletter, and go to https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair

Phew, only 8 sleeps to go till school holidays. We know that many families have had a tough time with illness this term. Having sick children at home places an extra level of worry and stress on already busy lives. Hopefully, with Spring here and the holidays imminent, we’ll all have a chance to relax and recharge. We’d like to wish everybody a safe and happy holiday.

This term has been brimful of learning, and opportunities for our children to explore the community they live in, and for that we need to thank Jude, and all the staff at Worser Bay. We can’t wait to see what they have planned for the final term of the year – it’s bound to be action packed!

Worser Bay School Board of Trustees

The Big Shakeout is scheduled for: Thursday 15 October, 9.15 am
While we will take part in the earthquake drill at 9.15 am, this is a great opportunity to test our systems regarding emergency evacuation. This will be a bit of an unknown in reality..... phone lines will be clogged and email probably down BUT we can simulate the exercise as much as possible on this day.

Thanks to those of you who have returned your new Emergency Contact Forms. Some of you have nominated 5 'others' plus yourselves who can pick up your child/ren, some of you 5 in total. That's fine..... it was, in hindsight, open to interpretation. 5 or in some cases, 7, nominated adults go a long way towards great support in an event of an emergency. Thank you.

So, what will happen on the 15 October 2015?
  • Parents will get a reminder email and text from the school office at two different times of the day leading up to the 2.30pm pick up.
  • This will allow us to check these systems at our end and also for you to double check you haven't got a new mobile number or email address lately!
  • If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you will need to contact someone on your Emergency Contact List.
  • Children will remain in class spaces at 2.30 pm.
  • Staff will be at both school entrances with lists of children's names and nominated contacts who can pick the child/ren up.
  • (If wet, we will let you know where.)
  • Parents' nominated contacts will see a staff member who will check the list and provide them with a WBS stamped piece of paper with the child's name on it.
  • This piece of paper will be taken to a staff member who is with the children in the class space and only then will the child be ticked off and able to leave.
  • We are in conversation with ECAT (After School Care) regarding their emergency systems and will let any parents whose children go to ECAT the lay of the land in plenty of time. 
As in the case of a 'real' emergency, please do not telephone or email the school. The staff will be too stretched. Just know that your child/ren will be looked after until you or a nominated contact can get to the school.

If you haven't completed the forms, please do so asap. There is only one week of term and three days before this practice occurs.


We have been learning about equal sharing in maths. We made pizzas.
Visit the blog and tell us about where you find fractions at your house.

Using playdoh to find a half. Can you make a half at home? Tell us how on the blog.

The Earth reading group are working through a mini inquiry on animals in danger. 
They have read articles on what has caused a variety of animals to be extinct or why they are endangered. 
They have now selected an animal to investigate further and are thinking about 
how to inform others about their animal. 

Come and check out our Reading Wall in Tautoru. We have been doing some great reading responses. 
The kids are really proud of their work that is up there. 
Like our Funny Fish, our giant soup recipes and our sun bear questions.

We have been learning how to use a KWL chart in reading.
This is to help us organise what we know about something (K)
what we want to find out about (W) and
what we have learnt about (L).
In this reading group we have been looking at the white tail spider. 

The White Tail Spider.jpg


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We have been we have been thinking about Kaizen and how this can help us to improve our goal setting.
Watch our movie on our blog to show our understanding.

We have been trying to catch rats down the bank to try to make a better habitat for seedlings to germinate.
 At the moment we think that rodents and other pests are eating all the seed so things can’t grow.
 There are very few insects too. Watch out, you Rat! We are after you.
 Please leave comments suggesting ways we could do this more successfully.

Skyping Ben, who is on holiday in the UK. 




  • Big Shake Out!! - Thursday 15 October.
    Please return your completed Emergency Contact Form immediately. 
  • Year 6 - EBIS Dress Rehearsal. Please pay $7 via Wrap it Up.
  • Term 4 Netball Fees of $25.00 for Years 1, 2 & 3 are now due.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
    (Payment via Wrap It Up please for Netball and Voluntary Contribution.) 
  • Sausages Tuesdays and Sushi Lunches Fridaysyou can order online for the whole term at Wrap It Up
  • Take a look at our Blogs!  www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs


       *  BOTTLE TOMBOLA - Help us collect 100 full bottles for the Bottle Tombola.
       *  BALL RUN TICKETS - Keep an eye out for these, they are coming home soon.

From the Office…
Yummy Stickers
Please keep those Yummy stickers rolling in. We’ll be sending them off at the end of Term 3. The more we collect, the more free sports equipment we’ll be able to order. Forms are available from the School Office.

Lost Property
Please name your children’s clothing clearly - especially hoodies and jackets! If named, clothing can be easily reunited with its owner. If not, it ends up in the Lost Property bin and waits to be claimed. Unnamed clothing will be donated to the School Fair before the end of next week.

Year 6 Trip to see the EBIS Production
Year 6 pupils are attending the dress rehearsal for the EBIS School Production, 'The Science Affair', on Tuesday 22 September. The production will start at 12pm so we will be leaving school at 11.40am. There is a cost of $7 per child for the bus to and from EBIS (to be paid via WrapItUp).

Help us collect 100 full bottles for the Bottle Tombola.

Bottle of what?

Anything and everything but the nicer the better - think about winning it, would you want a bottle of fine craft beer, a glorious bottle of fancy olive oil, a bottle of sensational shampoo, bubble bath or a bottle of ketchup?

Please leave your Bottle Tombola donations in the yellow box in front of the office.

DONATIONS – Keep them coming!
We have room for lots more donations so keep them coming: clothing, baby gear, toys, games, puzzles, books and any other quality household items in good condition.

When and where:
Days: Wednesday and Friday, Times: 8.40 - 9.00am & 2.45 - 3.15pm
Location: The Shed, behind the Junior Block.

Sunday Drop-offs and Sorting:  18 October 10-12pm and 1 November 10-12pm. 

|Keep up to date on what is happening with our Fair:

Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
We are looking for donations of goods or services to go into the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle. In return we can offer you great exposure on the school website, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, fair flyer and on the day. 

Please contact Stephanie Wilson on asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire on claireandmattallen@gmail.com if you can contribute. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank You to Jewetts
Jewetts have again generously sponsored our School Fair coming up in November and have also kindly donated $500.00 to Worser Bay School as a member of the Worser Bay School community has recently sold their house with Jewetts.

We are very grateful to Jewetts for their fantastic and ongoing support of Worser Bay School. So if you are thinking of selling, please consider Jewetts - mention Worser Bay School and when the sale is successful Jewetts will donate $500.00 to our school. What a fantastic local partnership!!!

Community Notices

PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie October Netball Fun Holiday Programme – registrations open!
Open to girls and boys in Year 3-8 and run in the second week of the holidays at the ASB Sports Centre, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington.
Week 2: Mon 5th to Fri 9th October. 
As we’ve reached the end of the netball season, our programme shifts to focus on some off-season skill maintenance combined with the chance to try some new sporting activities for variety and cross-training benefits and above all have fun in the process! 
Two options: 
Mornings Only – 9am to 12pm incorporating a variety of netball-specific activities and games. Cost: $100 for the full week or $30 per single morning. 
Full Day - Netball-specific activities in the morning from 9am to 12pm followed by the chance to try alternative activities from 12pm to 3pm. Cost: $180 for the full week or $50 per single day. Take advantage of our discount rate of $10 off for siblings from the same family if attending for the full week. 
To register online: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?formID=51732

PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie Kids’ Netball Comp – registrations now open!
8-week competition held at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie. Year 5&6 games on Wednesdays starting 21st October and Year 7&8 games on Thursdays starting 22nd October 2015. Open to boys and girls - school teams welcome and also a good opportunity for individual friends to compile their own team and have some fun. 
Game times: 4.00pm, 4.40pm or 5.20pm. Duration: 32 minutes total - 4 x 8 minute quarters. Cost: $285 per team plus umpire fee of $8 per week or $64 up-front. 
You organise your team & let us organise the rest - ball, bibs, umpires & prizes provided! Player of the Day awards are presented after each game. To register online: https://reg.sportingpulse.com/v6/regoform.cgi?formID=52579

Don’t have a team of your own? No problem – email games@netballwellington.co.nz and let us know what age you are and we’ll do our best to find you one!

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club
is holding a holiday programme to introduce children to Track & Field athletics. It will be provided at 2 levels: 3 to 8 year olds and 9 to 13 year olds. The programme will run between 10.00 and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays (29 September and 1, 6 and 8 October) and will be held at Newtown Park.
For further details, or to book places, please e-mail ghenry@actrix.co.nz or phone or text 0274 425 439.

Children’s Club Athletics will be held from 11.30am every Saturday for the next 2 terms, from 17 October.

Eastern Suburbs Junior (Boys and Girls) Cricket Registration
Registration Day at Eastern Surburbs Cricket Club Rooms, Kilbirnie Park.
Saturday 19 September 2015  9 am-12 pm
or www.eastsjuniorcricket.co.nz

Meet Andy Griffiths
Best selling Australian author, Andy Griffiths, will be at The Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie Plaza, on Thursday 1 October, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm to meet his readers and sign copies of his books.

A limit of 2 books each, plus any new purchases, due to time constraints.  All welcome, no charge, but expect a queue.

The Rock Academy
September/October School Holiday Programme
We are pleased to announce our music school holiday programme will be running in both weeks of the October school holidays in Lyall Bay. If you have a young singer or musician in your brood and you want them out of the house for a few days, give them to us and we'll send them back to you full of inspiration, musical ideas and confidence. Activities include:
Daily Busking Trips, Group Jam Sessions Acoustic, Singing Lessons/Exercises, Technique Up Skill Sessions
Industry Work Shops, Solo and Group Song Writing Sessions
Week 1 Wednesday to Friday. Set 30th Oct 1st and 2nd 2015
Week 2 Wednesday to Friday Oct 7th 8th and 9th 2015.

Our holiday programme starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm.
There are only 8-10 places available each week so be in quick!

Please visit: www.therockacademy.co.nz for more inspiration.

Nanny Share Opportunity - Eastern Suburbs
We are looking for a local family interested in a nanny-share arrangement.
We have a wonderful nanny looking after our almost 6 yr and 2yr old - full time Monday to Friday. We are fine with sharing for all or part of the week. She is an extremely good nanny – very reliable and hardworking, loving, kind and patient with the kids.

Please call Emma on 021 837 966, if interested.

YMCA Camp - Kaitoke 
184 Marchant road, Kaitoke, Upper Hutt
Open Day - Saturday 31 October 2015, 10.00 am - 2 pm
Gold Coin Donation
Everyone welcome.

PREFAB - Little Chef
Let your Little chef make you dinner or bake treats during the School Holidays at Prefab's
daily Cooking Classes

To book and see the menus, visit pre-fab.co.nz.