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6 November 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

He aha te mea nui o te ao.
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.
Maori proverb

This whakatauki could not be more fitting to describe the feeling leading up to OUR SECRET GARDEN Fair this Sunday. Without the motivation and energy of the 'people', the aspirations we have for our children and school itself could not be what they are.  

Primary schools have a six year window to set children off on a great path. It's at Primary School where you, as parents, also have the most scope to contribute and be part of making things happen. When we think about fundraising it's totally about parents making it happen for all to benefit. It's selfless. Without your hard work, our teaching staff would not have the opportunities or the time to learn, we would be understaffed, technology would be scant, support staff thin on the ground..... So, in anticipation of what will be a terrific day for our school, let's also celebrate what it feels like to be part of such a supportive, thoughtful and caring community.

Two more sleeps to go!

I hope lots of you can make next Friday at the Chocolate Fish!
  • 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!

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:
Jan, Ella, Eleanor, Ruby, Mateo, Mya, Edward, Finlay, Alba, Alexander.

Māhutonga and Matariki: 
Sam Sh, Parker, Hugo, Asha, Sylvie, Sophia, Liam S.

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.


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Whose Role is to Care for the Elderly?
We have been working on research for our own Inquiry projects. We were interested in finding out about the disabled and the things we can do to help them. We are planning to use this information to make a movie. If you have any ideas of the things we could film and people we could interview, please leave a comment on the blog or contact us via our teachers' email.

We have been focusing on Athletics, leading up to the Athletics Eastern Zones. See our blog posts at:
Sprinting, Vortex, Quoit Throwing

Anna, Hayley and Chanel have been inquiring into endangered species in New Zealand. They are keen to carry out a statistical investigation and have put together a survey. Fill out the Survey on our blog.

Parent Information Letter - Year 5 ONLY

Earlier this year, we received a letter from the Ministry of Education with a request that our school take part in the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. This is an international research study that looks at primary school students' reading achievement and attitudes towrads reading. The study is run every five years and this time about 50 countries will take part.

We have expressed our willingness to participate in this study. The work involves our Year 5 learners completing a reading test and then a questionnaire about themselves.

The test date is Tuesday 10 November and will run from 9.15 - 11.00 am (including a number of breaks).

The children involved should be encouraged not to feel anxious. The papers are to be returned to the PIRLS Research team in Wellington. They will send certificates out to the children who take part.

The data is confidential and will not be published, nor will any information about individual students, teachers and schools be identified. The school will not use these results for any purpose other than the research aspect for which it is intended.

Feel free to ask your child's teacher any further questions you may have about this research.

Many thanks,
Hamish, John and Nicola


The Magic E

We have been reading about the magic ‘e’ and how it changes words like mad to made, slid to slide and mop to mope. When it is at the end of a word it makes the vowel go from a short to long sound, it makes the vowel say its name.

We hope you like the poem? We put a lot of effort into it.


This week, in sustainability, we have been finding out about water. Water is important because it helps plants grow and they would die without it. You can set up a watering system at home by using a plastic bottle to put in the ground next to the plants and drip feeding them. You can also put a timer onto your garden hose so that you don't waste water. We found out that the Maori word for water is 'wai'.

We have been writing postcards from different perspectives. This week we chose a toy, blanket, iPad, computer, etc, and we wrote letters to ourselves. Some are very, very funny! Come into the classroom and take a look.


Reflection Time

We have been learning to reflect on our learning. We are taking the time to share at the end of our learning time something we are proud of.

Thursday Football

We got some sunshine today and have enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with the Miramar Rangers.

Maths Measurement

We have started a measurement unit this week. We are doing lots of activities to explore language to do with measurement, such as taller and shorter.

  • School Fair - Sunday, 8 November 11am - 2pm
  • Parent "Thank You" at the Chocolate Fish - 13 November, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
  • Remember your sunhats!
  • Assembly Dates: 13 November and 27 November at 9.15 am.
  • Football - All Year 0, 1, 2 & 3 children - $5.00 total for 5 weeks.
  • Sleepover - Years 3 & 4 - Thursday 3 December - $5.00 
  • 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

Board Shorts November 2015 Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Following the Board’s meeting on Monday, we would like to thank everyone in our community for their ongoing support in the build up to the school’s main fundraising event for the year, this Sunday’s ‘Our Secret Garden’ Fair. Many people are working incredibly hard and it is deeply appreciated. We would also like to thank all of you in anticipation for turning out to make Sunday a very special Worser Bay day! 

We are delighted to invite all of you who have helped out and supported our school in many different ways in 2015 to the Family Friendly Celebration at the Chocolate Fish, Shelly Bay from 5 – 6.30pm next Friday 13 November. The Board will supply platters for adults. Drinks and food for children can be purchased by parents. Please come along for a drink, a bite to eat with friends, and a pat on the back in appreciation of all the contributions. 

Andrew Dalziel was co-opted onto the Board of Trustees at the meeting. With Board of Trustee elections set for June next year, it’s important we pass on knowledge and create a smooth succession. If you are thinking you might like to serve on the Board and want to know more, then feel free to chat to any of us about what’s involved – but, please, wait until after the Fair!

The Board also discussed next year’s action plan at Monday’s meeting, and agreed on the purchase and fitting of a new carpet for Matariki and Mahutonga which will take place over the holiday break.

The Fair is this Sunday, 8 November at 11.00 am - come along, bring family and friends - rain or shine!

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 closes at 5pm on Saturday 7 November.

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

Contact Olive Mulcahy on 021 038 5331.

Plant Stall
Bring in plants and anything associated with the garden between 10-2pm on Saturday, so that the team can set up on Sunday morning.

Cake Boxes
Return your full cake boxes to school with your yummy cakes/fudges/cookies, etc, between 10-2pm on Saturday. Please write on the box what is in the baking.

The Fair is opened by a Parade beginning at 10.45am – Dress up as something related to “Our Secret Garden”. 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!

Bum Bags
If you have any spare bum bags that you could lend to the Rapid Raffle team, this would be appreciated. Please bring them along to the Saturday set-up between 10-2pm.

Most importantly:
Come along to the Fair on Sunday, bring your family and friends - rain or shine! And have fun!

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

Some more shots of the Juniors' Football Programme