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28 August 2015

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

As Mark Osborne said in his session a few weeks back, "Technology has the potential to be dangerous and also potentially save us". It's all in the way we use it.

I recently came across an article on our ability to be easily distracted. We can spend whole evenings with a phone in hand, browsing aimlessly with one eye and the other on TV. Outcomes from a recent Microsoft study suggest that today's digital lifestyles are having such a detrimental impact on concentration levels it is leading to 'cognitive failures' left, right and centre! In fact, one study suggests multitasking, such as texting or emailing while supposedly taking part in a complex discussion with colleagues can mean a loss of an average of '10 IQ points' (whatever that looks like!).

Now distractability can be a good thing. Day dreaming can lead to the most creative ideas and can be seen as a virtue: 

It's the overloading the brain with the mindless browsing that is cause of concern. The call for 'non digital breaks' is strong. It was so funny seeing the looks on the faces when the staff all went for a brisk walk around the playground before Monday's meeting a couple of weeks ago, move, breathe, get energised...... yes, we have to model it!

Andy Puddicombe of Headspace fame, AKA Mr Mindfulness, sums it up well: "If we are simply replacing being completely obsessed by not using technology we are still obsessed...... it's the mindful use of technology that's important."

This reminded me of some great tips from parents for parents that we put out in the newsletter a couple of years ago. You may find them useful too:

5 things

1: Laptop where you can see it + Key passwords with us. 
    We are the parents, we don't let them leave the house on their own and so we don't let them wander around the Internet on their own.

2: Know the neighbourhoods they're visiting.
    We give them free access to WBS known systems - ("school")

    We give them access to the ones we are comfortable with - ("A home" + "their mate's place")

    We get them to explain why for new stuff - "Because my mate is on it" is now known as a - ("new part of town")

3: Screen time is screen time.
    TV + PC + mobile = the same thing.
    Can do it any where, any time - yay OR boo!  

4: Keep safe, what does that mean online.
   "On the Internet no-one know's you're a dog"

   Never EVER pass on your own name, address (Wellington), age or Dad's bank account details.
   AND never tell anyone the same about anyone you know (siblings, parents, family, friends ... anyone).

   The key is what they do at their mate's house, not in yours.

5: Creative place
   Not just consumers but make it do what they want.
   Blog, write, photo, video - the tools are there.

Nga mihi


Our Principal’s Awards for this year focus on the overall theme of Manaakitanga - Care and Respect.

Autahi and Tautoru: Theo, Lily, Alex, Orla and Hana.

Māhutonga and Matariki:
Meg, Louise, Anna, Emma, Takehisa and Louis.


On Thursday 15 October 2015 at 9.15 am, we are taking part in this annual event. To maximise the opportunity we will also be having an Emergency Evacuation practice. This means that you will need to collect your child/ren or arrange for them to be collected by one of your emergency contacts at 2.30 pm on this day.

We have been advised by the Emergency Management team that it is best if you have at least 5 contacts, with 4 at least being relatively local. As a consequence, our enrolment forms have been altered to allow space for this.

We recognise how difficult it can be for families that have just moved to the area or to the country. However, we have nearly two months to make sure we have all the information we need.

What you need to do at this stage is:
  • Complete the form that has been sent home via email asking for five emergency contacts. 
  • Return this form to school and we can then update your emergency details. 
Explicit instructions for the event will be provided closer to Thursday 15 October. This is a perfect opportunity for us to test our systems.

In Te Reo Maori this week, we have been learning about how to say places and things in our community. We have learnt that waka is the Maori word for car, taraka is the Maori word for truck and school is kura. 

This week in writing we have been writing character descriptions about people in our community. We have written about chefs, police officers, vets, doctors, fire fighters and pilots. Please come in a read them. They will be displayed in Tautoru next week.


We have had a great week in Autahi this week with lots of new learning happening. It has been great seeing our Inquiry into Our Community come through in children's explorations, such as in block building. Please look out for information about our trip next week on ParentNet and on the blog. 

Another busy week in Autahi - exploring blocks and creating a snake trap!  Matching dice patterns and numerals.

Community Notices

Flawless Cleaning

Are you tired of endless housework? Are you too busy to do the cleaning?
Give Flawless Cleaning a call as they have reliable cleaners available.

Ring Mereana on 027 978 6201  

PKJuniorsSoftball/Teeball Registrations

Date and Time: Wednesday,16 September 2015 from 5.00pm

Where: Poneke Softball/Rugby Clubrooms, 3 Kilbirnie Cres, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Ages: 4- 17

Contact Details: pkjuniorsoftball@gmail.com
Website: http://www.pksoftball.org.nz/


  • Big Shake Out!! Please return yor Emergency Contact Form by Friday 4 September.
  • Yellow Fair Volunteer Forms - Please return these to the office as soon as possible 
  • Disco Heads Up!! - Friday 11 September 
  • Miniball Fees of $35.00 for Term 3 are now due.  
    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!

If your child is interested in playing Floorball in Term 4, please register by 4.00 pm, Wednesday 2 September, to Hamish Mcrae (hmcrae@worserbay.school.nz). It will be played on a Tuesday afternoon between 3.30 and 6.30 pm at the ASB Indoor Sports Centre. Children from Years 1-6 can play! It is a whole lot of fun! Please make sure you register before this date - we won't be able to take any late registrations due to its popularity! It fills up fast and once the teams are formed, there is no room for movement!

From the Office

Please let the school office know:
  • When your child is ill or going to an appointment so won't be attending school.
  • When your child is going to be away from school on holiday
Also, please ensure your child reports to the office and signs the Late Book if he/she arrives after 8.55 am.

It is imperative to keep us informed of absenteeism in case an emergency situation arises at school.

Mahutonga/ Matariki

Poet Shout Out
Over the last few weeks we have met all sorts of incredible people, each with their own amazing story to tell. We have been writing poems from these people’s points of views, using their ‘voice’, trying to understand what it must be like to live through these experiences.

Kid President: Manaakitanga

Our focus is Manaakitanga, so we watched the Kid President's "20 things you should say more often". This will (hopefully) encourage us to say nice things to each other. We have posted questions as padlets.

Miniball: Sportsfest
On Tuesday we had a group of students taking part in the inaugural Wellington Regional Sportsfest. Unfortunately, the weather meant the Hockey and Football were cancelled. The Miniball, however, went ahead and was a great experience for those involved. Thanks heaps to Anna and our parent helpers for all your support!

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