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12 February 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Tama-nui-te-ra has certainly been doing good deeds for the people of Wellington, especially those that belong to the lucky school that are the guardians of Whetukairangi - us! The sun has been shining bright and long and hot and as many of you commented at the Parent Workshops - we are very grateful!

It was relatively easy to attend the Family Picnic last week - outside, relaxed, informal...... siblings welcome... it was a bit more of an effort to arrange childcare and get to the Parent Workshops this week - inside.... but still aiming to be relaxed and informal!

Some of you attended both workshops, having children in both areas. It would have been very easy to sense the similar themes as to how the school works as one unified whole. Along with the many similarities, you will have also noted how the learning and teaching develops as the children mature as they move through the school. The philosophy remains the same.

It was such a privilege to 'release' our curriculum document which sits inside the context of the New Zealand Curriculum Document. I feel extremely privileged to be leading a school where we don't take things lightly, where we don't use empty buzz words or jump all over the next 'fad'! 

Speaking of being grateful, I received a beautiful and thoughtful piece of feedback from a parent this week and I would like to share a snippet of this with you.

".........It was heart-warming to hear how considered and valued our small people are. I came away with the strong message that they do sit on top of the curriculum in terms of WBS priorities and are not squashed beneath it......last night there was a lot of mention of key phrases such as 'life-long learners' and 'skills for life' and 'confidence'. I have sat in many meetings where these phrases have been bandied about and then dropped. You  are pretty unique in that you have managed to achieve this......." 

For those of you who could come earlier, it was a great opportunity to get to understand more of the 'property story'.  This will be up on the website soon, please have a read - it's pretty exciting and has been a wonderful piece of thinking from members of our skilled parent community

So, eight days into the school year and we have had a picnic, two parent workshops and now we have goal setting meetings looming on the horizon and for a bit of a parent shindig - the first Worser Bay School Fundraiser for the year (apart from sausages that is) .....the CEILIDH. Please get your friends together and purchase tickets now - ASAP. You don't want to miss out and it's not even a taxi fare away, merely a short stroll. 

Please check out the blogs for any further followup from the workshops. Please diary the Powhiri now if you haven't already, it's only 2 weeks away and such a special community event! (See separate item.)

Well, we can't ever call this place dull!

Nga mihi.

Our Principal’s Awards are currently focusing on 'Thinking' and 'Lots of Great Ideas'!

Autahi and Tautoru:  Konrad, Emelie, Theo M., Clem.

Māhutonga and Matariki:  Sylvie, Liv, Rory and Caitlyn

POWHIRI - FRIDAY 26 February 2016, 9.10 am

At the Powhiri we formally welcome all families who have started from Term 3, 2015 and who will be starting in Terms 1 and 2, 2016. (You will be receiving a separate invite with more detail.) We would love as many or our parent community to join us at 9.10 am to welcome our more recent whanau members and also stay for morning tea and a catch up afterwards.

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!!

Traffic Note
Just a wee note about traffic hassles at the intersection at the top of Awa Road with Nevay and Seatoun Heights Roads. Please watch where you park (please do not park on broken yellow lines and over driveways and please do not reverse into driveways in dangerous spots e.g. at 4 Nevay Road into the driveway at 8 Nevay Road). The roads around Worser Bay School can be quite hazardous. Perhaps think about parking further away and walking!


Our Changing Coastline
We are very excited to have begun our Inquiry with a trip to stunning Worser Bay Beach on Wednesday. This was the first activity in Tuning in to this Inquiry.

This year the theme is ‘Change’. We will begin by exploring some of the change evident in our immediate environment.

There is a strong science focus. We are encouraging students to be observers, to look closely and carefully and to ‘look’ with all of our senses.

Coastline Walk
Next Friday (19th February) we will be spending most of the day exploring the coastline and some of the historic sites around Seatoun. We will be looking at the geology of the area, listening to and telling the stories of the past, mythical and more factual and going on with some more rock pool exploration and discovery. Students will need sturdy shoes, hats, drink bottles and lunch. If the weather permits and we have adequate adult to child ratios we will also be swimming, so pack swimwear for the trip too.

If you are available to help on the day, please email John at johnmcdougall@worserbay.school.nz

Maths Problem Solving Strategies

We have been getting stuck in to new learning in Maths. Here you can see students involved in collaborative problem solving exercises. We have been discussing and practising different strategies for solving complex problems. Some of the methods we have looked at already are Trial and Improvement (formerly known as Trial and Error) and Drawing a Diagram.

Parent Evening Workshop
Thank you for the great turn out on Tuesday night. It was very impressive considering the amazing evening and how inviting the sea looked from our view-point on the hill.

We asked, How do you see your child flourishing within the framework of our Worser Bay School Curriculum Document? We are very excited about the document which succinctly expresses our approach to learning and the philosophy which supports the emotional, spiritual, physical, social and academic growth and achievement of our children. Although the document has been available on the school website for some time, Tuesday’s meeting was a kind of unofficial ‘unveiling’. Read the responses and feedback on the blog.


Year 3: GAFE (Google Apps for Education)
Some students in Year 3 have been logging into their Worser Bay Google Accounts for the first time. Students have taken home our Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement and have discussed how to be a good digital citizen with their parents or caregivers. Staying safe on line runs through everything that we do when using digital technologies. 

We have been doing yoga each morning to start our day! Check out our video.

Parent Evening
Thank you for coming along last night.

Homework for parents: Follow your child’s class blog and comment on the posts. 

You can watch a snippet of the day in Autahiand/or Tautoru

If you need the link for your child’s Seesaw account, give any feedback or have any questions, please email Nicola nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz

There was a question about Seesaw and privacy. Here is the answer:

“You retain full ownership to your Content. Seesaw does not claim any ownership rights to your content, nor will it ever be shared outside of the service without your explicit consent (see our Privacy Policy for more detail) and you can download your Content at any time. However, you are also solely responsible for your Content. You indicate that you own or have the necessary rights to all of your Content, and that use of your Content does not infringe, misappropriate or violate a third party's intellectual property rights, or rights of publicity or privacy, or result in the violation of any applicable law or regulation.

You are always in control of your Content, and can delete it, remove it, or download it from the Service at any time.

If you delete an item from a journal, it is automatically deleted from our servers and cannot be recovered. You can request that we delete entire accounts and all data at any time.”


Morning Message
This week we all got to see some amazing photos of baby birds in a nest outside one of our classmate’s window!

Graphing our Strengths
We graphed which qualities we think we possess. Lots of people in our class said we listen to each other!

Senior Buddies
This week our senior buddies came to read to us. We really enjoyed it. 

  • Book your Goal Setting meeting now.  
  • Powhiri - Friday 26 February 9.10 am
    This is where we formally welcome all new families and staff to the school.
  • Pay your $7.00 for Seesaw.  See below.
  • Please read and take note of an Important letter from Stephanie Hayes' parents. See below.
  • Scottish Ceilidh Dance with Live Band, Schiehallian.
    Saturday 5 March 2016, Miramar Bowling Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
  • Sausage Sizzle 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/blog

      All payments via Wrap It Up please.


      Dear Worser Bay Parents / Caregivers

      Thank-you for taking the time to read this letter. Some of you will be aware that our daughter,
      Stephanie, is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia (a form of blood cancer).

      Throughout her treatment Stephanie 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.  By taking this action Stephanie has a better chance of staying
      well and she will be able to attend school as much as possible.

      This year Stephanie is in Year 4 and she is in Gabrielle’s base group. Because many children at
      Worser Bay School have older and/or younger siblings, and illnesses can quickly and easily spread
      from one person to another, this information and request is relevant to all Worser Bay families.

      Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

      Thank you for your continued support.
      Cath Peebles and David Hayes

      Last year we trialled Seesaw. Seesaw gives your child a place to document their learning, be creative and also learn how to use the technology. When there are updates, you are notified. All student content is private, safe and secure.

      Feedback from the trial was a huge win win for all! The parents loved it and felt really present, up to date with the learning and had specific things to talk about at home, always a bonus!

      This year, Seesaw will be used in place of your child’s 'Learning Journal'.

      Payment is $7.00.  Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz..

      Fundraiser for Worser Bay School

      Stuck for present ideas for a lover of the great outdoors who has a birthday coming up? 

      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. 

      Check out the display book in the office.

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

      * Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

      Community Notices...


      Have you booked in? Call us on 387 5655 or email wracswimschool@wcc.govt.nz to discuss your needs. Don’t forget Boating Extreme, Rookie Guard and Youth Squad are exciting new programmes for confident swimmers looking for new challenges.

      Miramar Community Creche Inc. has an opportunity available for a new part-time Financial Administrator, to start immediately or by mid-March at the latest. 

      The purpose of the position is to provide effective, timely and accurate financial services and management support, to allow for and inform sound decision making by crèche management and advisory committee. 

      The position focuses on payroll and invoicing systems, banking activities, payment of PAYE and GST and reporting and budgeting. 

      The ideal candidate will: 
      • Hold an AT/CA/ACA qualification or equivalent experience. 
      • Have an ability to develop systems to provide financial monitoring, budgeting and reporting. 
      • Demonstrate experience in managing MYOB, payroll, accounts payable and receivable. 
      • Display the attributes of good judgement, tact, honesty and integrity. 
      • Understand the community philosophy of the crèche. 
      • Provide contact details for three referees (at least one should be a current or previous manager). 
      For further information, please call me on 04 380 6547 10am-2pm or email miramar.creche@xtra.co.nz for a job description and an employment application form. 

      Tracey Edwards, Centre Manager 
      Miramar Community Creche

      MSP Junior Rugby

      Registrations open. Register online at www.msprugby.co.nz or come to one of our registration events at MSP Gym next to St Pats College Artificial Turf:

      Sunday 14th Feb, 11am to 1pm, 
      Wednesday 17th Feb, 5.30 to 7pm
      Sunday 28th Feb, 11am to 1pm. 

      Not sure? Find out more at our free Junior Rugby Carnival on Sunday 14th Feb 11-1pm at St Pats College Artificial (check our website for details).