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30 October 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Alistair Campbell, spin doctor for Tony Blair is a divisive character. I listened to a podcast of him being interviewed on National Radio this week about his new book "Winners and How They Succeed": http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/201776237/feature-interview-alistair-campbell.

His belief, that people strive to win solely because of fear of losing, is at odds with the mantra we have adopted, "If you can't learn to fail, you fail to learn."  In the interview, he discusses the All Blacks which led me to reflect on whether they may be using kaizen goal setting at this moment. Please see an earlier newsletter for the explanation: http://www.worserbay.school.nz/home/updates-from-jude/friday25september2016.

Data Meetings are scheduled to start in a few weeks time. You will be asked to book electronically, and, when the system goes live, you will be emailed to let you know. For those new to the school who are unsure of what's what - please check in with your child's teachers if you need a helping hand. As I have mentioned, you will see evidence of kaizen change in the feel of the reporting this time around.

Moving into 2016, the reporting process takes a further twist and turn. In Term 1 we will start off with a "What's on top?" meeting whereby the teacher with responsibility for reporting progress for your child, your child and yourselves will have a chat about how the year has started and touch on the goals set in this next 2015 Data Meeting. This means we will not be expecting children to come back to school and undertake standardised assessment immediately. This is a much better plan. Not only does the 'summer effect' (stagnation after a long holiday), cause issues for some, the children have voiced their concerns about coming back to school and having to 'sit tests'. That's certainly not what we are after. More than that, where does that fit with our principles around the whole child or aspirations around feeling motivated and inspired!

Change is constant and the aim is for it to be well considered! In a world that is racing - I mean there is even 'speed yoga'!, our goal is to keep things as meaningful, manageable and comprehensible as possible. Coherence being the key word!

Capeoira, Pizza Lunch, Reporting, Transition Programme.... upcoming Thursday Club Afternoons.... we are finding the benefits!

You will want to diary this change:
    • What?             The Board would love to invite all parents who have helped out and supported our school to continue to thrive over 2015 
    • Where?            Chocolate Fish Cafe, Shelly Bay
    • When?             Friday 13 November
    • What Time?     5.00-6.30 pm
This is a 'family friendly' event. The Board will supply platters for adults. Drinks and food for children can be purchased by parents. If it's fine, it will be magic. Plenty of room for children to play, parents to mingle and a great opportunity for us to thank you for your energy - whether it be fundraising, helping out in class, communications, sports teams, school trips, gardening, property, cooking.... on and on.... you name it!

Enjoy the weekend, rest up - the next one will be huge!

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:
Marnie, Henry, Zach, Jessie, Maggie, Mae, Will, Eddie, Kirsty, Maddie, Katherine, Stella.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Jack H., Emma S., Emma McK., Josie, Jude, Tom, Louis.

Year 3 and 4 Sleepover
We will be having a Year 3 and 4 Sleepover at School on Thursday 3rd December.
This is an opportunity for the Year 3 children to reconnect with the Year 4 children before the 2016 transition.
There is a cost of $5.00. Please pay and give permission via WrapItUp.
More information about the night will be in the Week 6 newsletter.

Football - Years 0-3 - Reminder!
We have a couple of members of the Miramar Rangers Football Club coming in to work with all Year 0-3 children. This program will be similar to what we ran last year with Years 4-6 and was very successful and enjoyable. This is a 5 week programme and will be happening on Thursdays of Weeks 2-6. Please ensure that your child wears suitable footwear and clothing to attend these sessions. There is a cost of $5 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up which covers the whole 5 weeks.  

We will be holding our Senior Athletics Sports next week in order to have qualifications ready for Eastern Zones Athletics (Wednesday 11th November). This event will be a chance for those in Years 3-6 to trial for the upcoming Eastern Zones event. As this is a competitive event, there are specific requirements for qualification, which students will need to meet.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the weather at the moment and the busy hum in anticipation of the upcoming Fair, we intend to run events spread across the week. This will enable us to work around tides, weather and other activities that are going on within the school.

Each day your child/children will need to make sure that they have:

  • a hat
  • their own sunblock (if sensitive to school provided sunblock)
  • lunch
  • a large drink
  • clothing appropriate for running, jumping and throwing 
  • (a warm jumper is always a good precaution too) 
If you have any questions, please see your child's/children's base group teacher.


Planning our own trips

As part of our inquiry, we have been planning our own trips. We want to give back to the community. Read about the different trips on our blog:

Rita Angus Retirement Village Visit

Montessori Visit

St Aidan's Church Visit

Strathmore Preschool Visit

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Planting For Our School Gardens
Some of us have been very busy planting and germinating seeds. It’s exciting to see them sprouting. Which ones do you think sprouted first?


Every Monday and Wednesday morning from 9 - 9.20am we have been doing music and we have been practising a song called “Home” to perform in Assembly. Have a look on the blog for a sneak peak.

Art Day in Tautoru
On Wednesday we were artists for the day. We had so much fun and learnt new skills.
Our artwork was based on different stories. Read more on our blog.

Position and Direction
We’ve started our unit around position and direction. We’re exploring the language we use for directions. We’ve identified that we need to be really specific. Next week we’ll be directing each other to find a hidden object in the room!


Tadpole Writing

We have some new residents in Autahi who are sparking lots of observation and discussion. They are influencing our writing and we are excited to see what will happen next. Come on in and take a look!

Five Little Speckled Frogs

We are learning about subtraction using some hoppy frogs. Our frogs jump into the pool and we write down the story. Visit the blog to see more.


We are inquiring into seeds and how things grow. It is interesting to look closely and find out more. Do you have any interesting seeds at home?

  • Remember your sunhats!
  • School Photos - order by 4 November.
  • Assembly Dates: 13 November and 27 November at 9.15 am.
  • Sleepover Years 3 & 4 - Thursday 3 December - $5.00 
  • Netball Years 1, 2 & 3 - $25.00
  • Football Years 0-3 (all children) - $5.00 total for 5 weeks.
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
    (Payment via Wrap It Up please for the above.)
  • 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

Fair Actions at a Glance

Pizza for Lunch!

Thanks to a motivated group of parents and teacher, our Pizza Lunch was a huge success!


BALL RUN TICKETS – Please sell or return tickets ASAP
It is important that you get your sold stubs or unsold tickets to the office urgently. We need these in to make the Ball Run work (which is a big money earner at the Fair). Don't forget, you can pay via Wrap it Up - wrapitup.co.nz - it couldn't be easier!

DONATIONS – Sunday drop-off and sorting this Sunday
Last Sunday donation drop-off and sorting this Sunday – 1 November 10am – 12pm.

We will still be accepting donations next week on:
Wednesday and Friday
Times: 8.40-9.00am & 2.45-3.15pm, 
Location: The Shed, behind Junior Block.

If you can’t make these days, contact Vanessa on 021356968 to work something out.

SILENT AUCTION - Circulate Link to friends
Visit: https://sites.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/worser-bay-school-fair-2015---silent-auction/home to view over 80 Silent Auction items, ready for you, your family, friends, work colleagues, etc, to bid on.

Online bidding is available now, and will be up until Saturday 7 November at 5pm.

Bidding will also be available on the day of the Fair from 11 am until 1.15 pm. Good Luck!

BOTTLE TOMBOLA – We still urgently need 60 full bottles for the Bottle Tombola
Please leave your Bottle Tombola donations in the yellow box in front of the office.

We need to borrow the following items for Fair day:
  • 3 Gas BBQs
  • 10 Wheelie rubbish bins – these are so we can collect rubbish on Fair day – they will be returned to you empty.
If you can assist, please email Kelly Moore: peterandkellymoore@gmail.com

PARADE ON FAIR DAY – 8 NOVEMBER – Start thinking now
The Fair is opened by a Parade beginning at 10.45am – start thinking now about how you can incorporate “Our Secret Garden” theme into your costume. There are prizes for the best dressed boy and girl.

FLOWERS for the Garlands stall – on Fair day
We need lots of flowers for the Garlands stall. If you can bring some along on the day of the Fair we'd be really grateful!

We also need:  Lemons!

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

Community Notices
Sunday Springboard Diving
Come along to our Casual Sunday Diving lessons from 2.30-3.30pm at Kilbirnie Pool. There’s no need to register - just turn up. Casual sessions cost $5 (plus pool entry) and are held this term on Sunday 1, 8, 15 & 22 November, and 6 & 13 December. We also have a range of springboard and platform diving classes to suit all levels from recreational to competitive, and cater for all ages from 5 years up.

For more information, please visit our website
www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Maria on 021-173-6866.