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4 September 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

'Resilience is the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. 'Resilience enables you to take calculated risks and capitalise on opportunities' (Reivich, 2010)

One of the three principles is on developing 'the whole child'. This being the case, building resilience has to have a magnifying glass all over it!  All year I have been pushing the mantra, "If you can't learn to fail you....."  "You fail to learn", the children chant back. Whether it's a hiccup in the playground or wariness of being 'wrong' when attempting new vocabulary.....  it's the same deal. It's all about seeing the world in perspective, getting over it and moving forward.

If we can encourage children to 'hunt the good stuff' on a daily basis, we can support them to build greater resilience, which in turn creates a more optimistic outlook in life. By focussing on the 'what went well' at home and at school, this will increase the ability to bounce back when things aren't so great. This will, in time, start to become hardwired and therefore optimise success. 

It's not the flash trips or the best scooter, it's the 'savouring of the simple pleasures' as Neil Pasricha puts it so well in his well read book: "The Book of Awesome". He states that the 3 secrets to leading a life truly awesome comes down to: 
  • Attitude - being able to get over it when things don't go to plan
  • Awareness - being curious, seeing the world through 3 year old eyes
  • Authenticity - being you
If you are interested in his TED TALK: https://www.ted.com/talks/neil_pasricha_the_3_a_s_of_awesome?language=en

Rather than asking the question, "What did you do at school today or what happened today?", where, at most, you may get a "nothing" or "played", try asking "What went well today?", or 'What were the best things about today?", or maybe the 3 top things that happened today. I know that some parents do this as a dinner or bedtime ritual and it works a treat. 

Let's work together to build children up for coping with disappointment and challenge, let's try not to solve everything for them but give them tools to deal with things when they don't go as expected...... that's how we will build resilience, increase optimism and therefore success.

So go on, let's embrace our inner 3 year old this weekend, it's got to be good for us!

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:  
Josie, Sophia, Kaia, Caitlin, Alexander, Alex and Rico. 

Māhutonga and Matariki:  
Yasmin, Stephanie, Alastair, Hunter R., Audrey, Liam and Zoe B.

Welcome to:
A very warm welcome to Emelie, William and Alexander who started with us during the last two weeks. Emelie's family is new to the school and William and Alexander have family who are already part of the School Community.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Property Manager
We are delighted to announce that Stephanie Wilson has been contracted to the role of Property Manager for our school. Stephanie has over 17 years of Property Management experience in both the private and public sectors, and currently works as a part-time Property Manager. Having access to this experience is great news for our school as we progress our property development thinking. We look forward to Stephanie working with the Board, the teaching team and our community as we plan and implement our property development work programme.

Worser Bay School 'Trash to Treasure' Disco
6.00 - 7.30 pm - Friday 11 September, 2015
Salvation Army Hall, Miramar Avenue

  • Prizes for Best Dressed Boy and Girl
  • Prizes for Best Dancers
  • Trash Treasure Lucky Dip on the Night
  • Snacks and Ice Blocks for Sale
  • Disco Entry $5.00 per child - Payment and Permission via WrapItUp
  • Younger Siblings Welcome - No Charge
Trash to Treasure Toy Swap
In the interests of being environmentally friendly and promoting the concept of 'recycle and re-use', we are going to run a Trash to Treasure Toy Swap at our Disco on 11 September. Here's how it will work:
  • Everyone coming to the Disco brings along a toy/book/game they no longer need. 
  • Each item should be wrapped up and marked as being appropriate for either a boy, girl or unisex.
  • Items will be donated into a lucky-dip bin as you arrive at the disco.
  • Everyone who donates a toy will get a stamp on their hand.
  • At the end of the disco children with stamped hands will be able to choose a mystery lucky-dip item as they leave.
Please note, this activity replaces our glow stick sales.


We've started to explore music & dance in Tautoru... here we are playing musical instruments and matching a dance to the beat.


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We are making connections through our Inquiry. These students made a model of "our community" over the weekend and shared their model with the class. They told us about the people - a policeman and a postman and the places - the bay and our school.

We are looking to explore our community further by visiting the Miramar shops this Tuesday (8th September). As noted on our blog, we will be visiting local businesses and places of interest.

A quick reminder we still require parent helpers to make this trip possible. Thank you once again to those parents who have already offered to help.

We practise our looking words so that they become 'knowing words' that we can just read and spell whenever we need to. Our looking words are also called our rocket words. As Murray Gadd said at the Term 2 Parent Writing Workshop, we all need to work together to help our kids learn these.

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Community Notices

Found - Red Snapper Card outside the school on Thursday 27 August 2015.  
Please ring Worser Bay School Office if you think it could be yours.

Clay Sculpture Holiday Programme - Clay Penguin Studio
13 Hector Street, Seatoun
Monday 28 September - Whose house is this?
Tuesday 29 September - Halloween candleholders
All programmes run from 9-12 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

ArtrageousKids Holiday Programme.
Our fabulous, arts based holiday programme is back for both weeks of the upcoming holidays. It runs Monday to Friday, from 28 September to 9 October. We focus on encouraging every child's creativity in a fun and supportive environment.
The cost is $69 from 8.30am to 3.15pm with after care available up to 5.15pm for an extra $15.
For more information about ArtrageousKids, how to book and to see the amazing schedule go to www.artrageouskids.co.nz or contact us at admin@artrageouskids.co.nz

September – October 2015 (tailored to children aged 7-14 years)
For the upcoming school holidays Weta Workshop are opening the doors to give kids a look at what goes into making movie magic.
Let Weta Workshop take your child through a journey of movie magic with our school holiday program. Workshops are open featuring drawing, sculpting, make-up and more!
Available to purchase on our website.

  • 'Trash to Treasure' Disco - Friday 11 September - that's next Friday! 
  • Heads Up - School Photographs coming up - Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September
  • Big Shake Out!! Please return your completed Emergency Contact Form immediately. 
  • Yellow Fair Volunteer FormsPlease return these to the office as soon as possible 
  • Miniball Fees of $35.00 for Term 3 are now due. 
  • Voluntary Contribution 2015 now due.
    (Payment via Wrap It Up please for the Disco, Miniball 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

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 2.30
    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 three weeks of term and three days before this practice occurs.


From the Office…
School Photograph Days - Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September
The school photographs will be taken on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th September by Inspire Photography. Photographs of all 2015 Sports Teams and the Student Council will also be taken. All sports team members will need to wear the WBS sports t-shirt for their photos. Look out for more information in next week’s newsletter.

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 towards the end of the term.


Grandparents Day
We are having a special Celebration of our Learning on the last Thursday of the term in which we are inviting Grandparents, special friends or Uncles and Aunties to come in and have morning tea with us. This will run between 9:00-11:00 on the morning of Thursday 24 September.

'Who Cares About The Elderly' Documentary
We have been making a documentary to share our learning around our inquiry ‘Whose job is it to look after the elderly?’.

We have been given 150 plants by the Wellington City Council and so will be furiously planting while the ground is still nice and damp. We are aiming to do this on Friday the 11th. It would be great if any of you have a spare hour or two to come up and join in the fun, have morning tea or lunch with your kids.

Mini Water Polo Comp T4, 2015 - Team Registration
We are looking for interest in the Mini Polo League due to start in Term 4. For this to happen we really need a squad of 9 players.
Mini polo is a modified version of water polo played in the 1.2m pool for years 4-6. Swimming confidence is a necessary. Please check out the introductory clip below if you wish to get more of an insight into the game.

Click Here For The Rules Of The Game

Games are played on a Friday between (3.30 - 6.30pm) with practices held at 7-8am on Wednesday mornings, at Kilbirnie Aquatic centre.

WHERE: Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre (WRAC), Kilbirnie

LEAGUE DATES: 30 Oct, 6th Nov, 13th Nov, 20th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, (7 Weeks).

If you are interested please send an email to hmcrae@worserbay.school.nz by Wednesday the 9th of september.
Any queries please don’t hesitate to make contact.

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Click below for the following:
  • This week's update for our Amazing School Fair!
  • Evans Bay Intermediate Production - 'The Science Affair'
  • Creative Writing Holiday Workshop
  • What's on at Capital E in the upcoming school holidays.
  • Girl Guides 2016 Jamboree Movie Fundraiser
  • Worser Bay Boating Club 2015 Season

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