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4 December 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Planning for 2016 really winds up from half way through Term 3. The calendars tend to blend. Our calendar is certainly full, there is no denying that! I'm not sure about you... but I'm having to check, double check and then check some more that I am at the right place on the right date at the right time!  

A transition programme has been underway all term. Today in transition, your children worked with, or, if they didn't work with, were told which teacher would be the one 'who takes their roll' and, for parents, the key reporting person.

Shona Fort will be our new Team Leader/teacher in Tautoru next year. We are excited to have Shona joining us. You will find a small intro from her in the newsletter. Nicola will also be joining the junior team, while Gabrielle joins the senior team

Autahi: Kath, Gillian

Tautoru: Shona, Chrissy, Nicola, Scott

Mahutonga/Matariki: John, Hamish, Gabrielle

Suzanne continues in her leadership role, providing support to teachers with a focus on priority learners, special needs, assessment and Reading Recovery. Hayley will also be continuing to provide release across the school.

Carolyn A will only be with us until Easter next year when she has decided to have a 'career change'. Carolyn B, Christine and Tori all remain in their vital support roles. Carolyn A's role will be advertised late January. You also know that Danny will be leaving to take up study and pursue something different and also Anita who is aiming for a part time teaching role.

Another change for next year is the introduction of the Seesaw app. Some parents have been trialling this this term and the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
Think of a digital portfolio that you can hook in from the comfort of your workplace or home. The 'Learning Journal', as we have known it, will disappear and this electronic version will take over: http://web.seesaw.me/learn-more/

This will be an additional part of the Stationery List, and will be set up through Wrap It Up. Stationery details, with the whats and hows, will be provided before the end of the year.

This is the penultimate newsletter for the year as we won't have one coming out the last day of term. Plenty to keep us occupied before then! Like what we witnessed this week. Rust never sleeps!  And, what a week... poetry/plays/music... what an expression of so much of what our school stands for - expression, creativity, individuality, collaboration, inclusivity. Yes, learning can be fun! Your feedback this week just totally reinforces this and, of course, it wouldn't happen without a highly skilled team of teachers!  As if Tuesday wasn't enough, many of these teachers came back for more... in fact a whole night more on Thursday night at the sleepover. Thanks to the teachers and parents who stayed over. It's a huge undertaking, especially so at this time of the year!

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:
Olivia, Gray, Yoshi, Molly, Emily, Chris, Matilda, Eden, Clara, Ollie, Pippa and Alastair.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Alex, Jack M., Hunter, George, Jude, Asha and Blake.

From Shona...
My name is Shona Fort and I am very excited to be coming to work in the Junior Syndicate at Worser Bay School. As a past pupil, parent and teacher at Worser Bay, I feel like I am returning to a very familiar place. I live locally and many of you may have seen me out walking, running, biking or having a swim at one of our gorgeous local beaches. I look forward to meeting you all.

From Gabrielle...
Hello everyone, I’m Gabrielle Meech and I’m very much looking forward to joining the teaching team at Worser Bay School for 2016. I retrained as a teacher in 2014 and have taught at Island Bay School since the beginning of Term 2 this year. I live locally, have three daughters, teach yoga and used to be a corporate lawyer and Playcentre mum (at different times!). I’m looking forward to working with your children next year and exploring the special environment you live in with them.


Year 6 Trip to Porirua Pool, Tuesday 8 December
The Year 6 students will leave school at 9.00 am. Parents will be driving them out to the pool. They will leaving Porirua at 2.30 pm to arrive back by 3.00 pm. Payment and permission via Wrap It Up - $2.50 by Monday 7 December, please.

Your child will need to bring: togs, towel, goggles, morning tea, lunch.

Parent help needed - please email Nicola:  nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz.

Year 6 Dinner, Thursday 10 December
We are looking forward to sharing dinner with our most amazing Year 6 group who are sadly leaving us. The theme for the evening is "Celebrities and Dream Jobs", two themes which will no doubt keep the mood of the evening whacky!

Everybody has chosen something to bring and will be sharing the details with the Kitchen Hands at home. 

It is a great opportunity to dress up, share some good food, play and celebrate a wonderful year of learning and fun. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm.

Parents are warmly invited to come to the staffroom for refreshments and a catch up.

Year 6 Book
At the dinner we will hand out copies of the Year 6 Book - a precious memento of their time at Worser Bay School. The cost of the book is $15. Please pay for this on Wrap it Up by Monday 7 December.

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! 

Please ensure that all students in Mahutonga and Matariki are ready to participate in the EOTC/Beach Week activities. They will need bike helmets, swimwear, sunscreen, solid shoes/trainers, wetsuits, life jacket (if you have one) and a packed lunch every day except Tuesday. Because the weather is unpredictable at best we need to be prepared to use any opportunity we get. Please check for the programme on the Blog. The EOTC Programme costs $10. Please pay via Wrap it Up.


Hi all,

As the end of 2015 is rapidly approaching at breakneck speed, we would like to take a moment (while we still have one) to send a big thank you to all the parents who have helped with sports at Worser Bay this year. In particular, a massive thanks must go to our parent coaches and managers for all the time and effort they put in. Without them our students wouldn’t be able to have all those great learning experiences that come with being part of a team, giving things a go and being physically active. So, thank you!

Looking ahead we are already getting requests for children to be placed into teams for the 2016 seasons. We appreciate that a lot of you are trying to juggle and organise a variety of after school activities, but unfortunately we are unable to accommodate these requests. We cannot guarantee what sports we will be able to offer in 2016 and in what format they will happen next year.

Our next chance to get together to discuss sports will be the Annual Sports Picnic on Thursday 4 February 2016 (tbc). This will be a great chance to catch up, have some fun and look at the sporting year ahead.

Next year we are going to trial using Parent Net as a way to advertise sports. We will also be introducing a junior sports coordinator as a point of contact for junior parents. They will be assisting when creating teams, as they will have a better view of student friendships and dynamics.

Term 4 is usually the term that we would enter into the Eastern Zones Miniball Competition for Years 5 and 6. However, with the Eastern Zones Football being added to the calendar as a late catch up event, we have ended up with two Eastern Zones events a week apart. The Miniball Competition day falls right in the middle of our planned EOTC/Beach Week and is on our back up day for our activities day with Wellington High School. We have already entered a Miniball team into the Regional Sports Fest this year. Football, however, has been cancelled for the past three years. Therefore, we have made the decision to attend the Football Tournament and not the Miniball Competition this year.

Have a great break over summer and look forward to another fabulous sporting year in 2016.


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 11th December.


Porirua Pool Trip - Year 6, Tuesday 8 December 2015
As an end of year treat, Year 6 students will be going to Porirua Pool. See above.

Hour of Code Event
We have run an “Hour of Code Event” at Worser Bay School. Events are taking place all over the world to encourage people to try coding. We have enjoyed problem solving using Hour of Code: Star Wars Blocks and we have also been teaching the juniors to code too:

Tautoru Coding

Oh, what a night!
After a year of some exciting and sometimes intense learning, we decided to have a fish and chip night to have a bit of fun! Please look at: poems we shared prior to the show and some highlights for the evening! Thank you to everyone for coming.


Maths groupings to 20
We’ve been practising our groupings to 20 and making up stories to go along with them. Take a look at our Blog and watch the video…


The Earth reading group have been working together to create trailers using i-movie.


Maths Rotations
We have been having fun with our maths rotations this week. Take a look.

Puffer Fish Art
Check out all our super art.

  • Please read an important letter from Stephanie Hayes' parents.  (In this newsletter.)
  • EOTC Programme (Years 4 - 6 only) starting Monday 7 December - $10.00
  • Year 6 Trip to Porirua Pool - Tuesday 8 December - $2.50
  • Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - Thursday 10 December 6.00 pm
  • The Wrap 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 5.30 pm
  • Donate a book to our School Library - more information in 'The Wrap 2015' below.
  • Purchase Year 6 Year Book (Year 6 only) - $15.00
  • Football fees for all Years 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00
  • Floorball fees for Term 4 are now due - $35.00
  • Netball fees for Term 4 are now due - $25.00
  • 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 come early to secure a spot, lay out your picnic, pour a beverage and find some time to peruse a delightful selection of books that will be for sale to donate to our school library collection. Give a donation of $20, choose a book and a named bookplate will be inserted in your selected book. A great way for the Year 6s, especially, to contribute a lovely new book to our library.

Now, I had mentioned the possibility of pizza, once undertaking a feasibility study - wipe that and please BYO!

We will start at 5.30 pm sharp! Please also find the selected Christmassy songs that we will sing altogether at the end of this newsletter. You may like to start practising!

Seesaw: Online Learning Journal

We have been trialling Seesaw for four weeks at Worser Bay School.

Seesaw is a new way we’re sharing what your child is learning at school. Seesaw gives your child a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. When there are updates, you can be notified. All student content is private, safe and secure.

Next year, Seesaw will be used as your child’s Learning Journal. Payment will be on WrapItUp at the beginning of next year.

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

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

Fundraiser for Worser Bay School

Stuck for present ideas for a lover of the great outdoors this festive season?
Buy a copy of New Zealand's Backcountry Cooking: Great recipes for trampers, campers and the outdoors by Paul and Rebecca Garland. Potton & Burton will contribute $7.20 to our school.

This fantastic cookbook hot off the press, is co-written by local parent Rebecca Garland.

Order now to receive the discounted price of $35.99 (RRP $39.99) and free delivery within New Zealand.

To contribute to this fundraiser, order your copy of New Zealand's Backcountry Cooking online at http://www.pottonandburton.co.nz/store/new-zealand-backcountry-cooking
and enter the discount coupon WBS15 at the shopping cart. Place your order by 18th December to ensure pre-Christmas delivery.

There will be a copy of this book on display in the office from the end of the week. So get in behind your school and tick something off your Christmas list!

Any queries contact Autahi parent Kyla on 920 6622 or 021 208 2750.

* Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

Coming up 2016!
Saturday 5 March 2016
Miramar Bowling Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.  

Dust off your sporran, find some tartan, and bring your friends!!  

Adult Only event. Tickets $35 p.p. via Wrap It Up from the beginning of next year.

It's easy and it's fun. 

See Jane, Johnny or Bridget for more information.

Christmas Songs for the Wrap:

Silent Night

Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Mārie te pō, tapu te pō,
Marino, marama,
Ko te Whāea, me te Tama,
Tama tino, tapu rā,
Moe mai i te aio,
Moe mai i te aio.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
"Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you'll go down in history! x3
Like the All Blacks. He

Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero aсo y felicidad.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero aсo y felicidad.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart.