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15 April 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Welcome to the grand finale for Term 1. It's been a cracker!

The climate has been not only enjoyable but also allowed for so many outside learning opportunities that were snapped up enthusiastically. Our big overarching concept being Change provides plenty of scope for Inquiry. This has ranged from the rocky shore to life cycles to colours to climate change to friendships to feelings to food states to........ you name it, it's almost possible!

Our dedication to embedding positive education principles has been relentless! This was touched on briefly at the Parent Workshops at the start of the year. You will certainly be hearing more about the why and the what and the how over the next 2 terms as the teachers learn more and develop programmes, with your input. Next term we will also be highlighting NZ's first anti bullying week 16-20 May as well, which has strong links to health/wellbeing/positive education .

Change has come in many forms. We had initial Goal Setting Meetings, Seesaw has been introduced as a way of strengthening the home/school chat and support, and our 'reporting cycle' has been altered to more accurately reflect timely assessment and making of OTJs against the National Standards. You can look forward to Teacher/Parent discussions around student progress from 13 June for a couple of weeks. At this time, you will also receive a written report. We will let you know when the school interview system is ready to go a month or so in.

Teachers have had the first week of professional learning with Sally Muir, have already started using some new techniques and are looking forward to ongoing learning with Sally next term. There's plenty of opportunity for you to get involved next term too. Following on from the early morning workshop idea of recent times, we will be having another in the near future, we have Matariki Celebrations to sort - this year it will involve a trip to Te Papa and some family design and make! Watch this space!

Then, of course, we also need your support to run the upcoming Disco, contribute in a multitude of ways to the Treasure Island Fair prep - now that's a biggy! We have upcoming Board elections, we have our big property plan in awaiting sign off from the Ministry of Education, we have new carpet being laid over the hols in the seniors, we have..... a fabulous percussion performance scheduled for the Assembly on 27 May. We have accomplished so much this term, let's not forget the soccer, the WBS sports teams, the Eastern Zones events, the camp......., the weekly sausage sizzles, the Ceilidh, the pizza lunch, farewells, welcomes, the stunning powhiri... and..... and......... and.....

And have so much to look forward to in the next wee while. Please take some time to just 'be' these holidays.
In the words of Maya Angelou, "This is a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before." I'm sure we can stretch the day into a longer break!

See you well rested and ready for another great term of learning, for all of us.

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru
Gray, Will S, Noah, Louie, Nikora, Hadley, Blaze, Edward, Raffy and Nela.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Greer W, Henry, Blake, Sam St and Louise.

Enjoying the pizza lunch on Thursday. Thank you to all our parent helpers.


Congratulations to the Blackhawks who were winners of their grade. It's been a great Floorball season.

Autahi and Tautoru with their Football coaches, Col and Saul.

Sports Wrap Up
What a wonderful and successful Term of sports we have had at Worser Bay. Thanks to all of our parent helpers, coaches, managers and taxi drivers. Without you we wouldn’t be able to offer our children all of the opportunities that we do. Next term we start afresh with Miniball and Netball (registrations closed), not to mention a few school and Eastern Zones events thrown in there too. Please check the Sports Booklet on the website for further information Sports Booklet 2016. Remember, if you have any further queries regarding sport, please contact the relevant sports coordinator. 

Years 1-3: Scott McGregor smcgregor@worserbay.school.nz
Years 4-6: Hamish McRae hmcrae@worserbay.school.nz

Worser Bay School Fair 2016 is already underway! HELP NEEDED!!

It’s time to start planning and making items for our fabulous craft stall.

We would love some new people to join us, it’s not just sewing, we need help with knitting, crocheting, making pom poms and cutting and sticking paper, and we would also love to hear your ideas of what you think people would love to buy.

If you would like to be involved, please email me at jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz or catch me at school.


Deli Stall
Any laden fruit trees or veggie gardens you can donate to be turned into jam, pickle or something tasty would be greatly appreciated. (To make a decent batch, around 2kg is a good start.)

Please keep an eye out for Plums, Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, Quinces, Crabapples, Pears, Figs, Zucchini, Basil and Tomatoes in season now. I can pick them up from you. Text me on 021 264 5866 or leave at the school office.

Also, if you have any nice jars with lids (labels removed, please) or pretty bottles you could collect at home, they will be put to good use. 
And if anyone would like to help make jams, relishes, vinegars, etc, during the year, please let me know; some help would be awesome!

Thank you,
Hannah Thornton


St John’s Visit
We learnt a lot when the paramedics from St John’s Ambulance came to visit.

The Helping Circle
Look what we have been doing in writing time.

Facts to 5
We are learning the number bonds to 5. Check out more on the blog.


If You Learned Here: Our Reading
Theme 4 of "If You Learn Here" focuses on reading. We have made a short movie about books that we like to add to the project. Find out more: http://ifyoulearnedhere.weebly.com/

St John Visit

Today Danny and Max from St John Ambulance service came to remind us what to do if we ever have to ring 111.

We also learned how to pack, wrap and raise when somebody is bleeding.

Naughty Animal Writing

This is our helping circle. We read our work to one another to see if we need to make changes. Our buddies can help us. We listen to our buddies so that we can get ideas for writing. We can make changes if we need to and we learn more about language. Read some of our writing on the blog.

Some Art… see more on our blog using the links below.

Symmetrical Aliens

Alliteration Bugs

Purple Crayon Art


What to do in an Emergency
St John’s in Schools came in and taught us about how to help in an emergency. We even learned how to do CPR. Do you know what DRS ABC stands for?

We continue to explore and experiment with percussion instruments. It is a lot of fun and we are looking forward to more next term. Take a look.

  • Your Voluntary Contribution is now due! Final day for the discounted amount of $285 is Friday 15th April.
    Otherwise, it's $335.
  • The following payments are now due:
    • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - $7 - Whole School
    • Percussion Lessons - $16 - Whole School
    • Camp - 2nd instalment of $50 is now due (for those paying by instalment)
    • Football - $5 - All children in Autahi and Tautoru
    • Floorball - $35
    • Swimming Lessons - $60 - Whole School - starting Thursday 5 May (see below)
  • School Disco - Friday 13 May
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Friday 13 May (Please ensure clothing and lunch boxes are named.)
  • Sausage Sizzle Tuesdays - Order via Wrap It Up. Ordering is now open for Term 2.
  • Sushi Lunches Fridays - Order via Wrap It Up. Ordering is now open for Term 2. (Remember not to order for Friday 3rd June when school is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend.)
  • Queens Birthday Weekend - School will be closed on Friday 3rd June and Monday 6th June.
  • Term Dates 2016 and 2017
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2016 is $285.00 per student if paid by Friday 15th April 2016, or $335.00 per student if paid after 15 April. Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz

We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and are happy to receive payment by instalment too. The lower rate ($285.00) will apply to payment by instalments started by Friday 15th April 2016.

Voluntary contributions are tax deductible – see http://www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/ for more information.

Voluntary Contribution Receipts
Voluntary Contribution Receipts can now be downloaded from Wrap it Up.

  • Log on to Wrap it Up and click on "My Transactions".
  • When you locate the amount you've paid for donations, click on the "View" button, this will take you to a screen where you can print the Tax Receipt.
From now on, any donation payments made via Wrap it Up will receive an automated email containing the tax receipt, and you will not be required to go through these steps. If you have any queries, please contact Rachel Ebbit at Wrap it Up rachel@wrapitup.co.nz.

The Rocky Shore Disco

Grab your seaweed, driftwood and starfish - it's time to party! 

Our first 2016 Disco takes place on Friday 13 May (6.00 - 7.30pm) at the Salvation Army Hall on Miramar Ave. We'd love to see the whole school dressed to impress in their finest Rocky Shore costumes. As usual, there will be prizes for the best dressed and best dancers.

We'd appreciate each family bringing along plate of food on the night for us to sell at the supper table. We'll also have ice blocks for sale and - due to popular demand - we're doing another toy swap. This is where each child who attends brings an unwanted toy (wrapped) to add to the toy box. At the end of the night, the children who donated a toy get to take one from the box. The goal is for us to recycle and reuse things we've grown tired of.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Swimming - Term 2

Next term, the main focus for the PE curriculum is swimming. This involves every student having one weekly swimming lesson at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre for ten weeks. Because of numbers, students may be heading to the pools with different teachers from usual (see below). Lessons and times are as follows:

Thursdays - 5th May to 7th July - 10 lessons

Years 1 & 2 - 1pm to 2pm - Kath, Gillian, Chrissy and Shona
Buses leave at 12.35pm from WBS and 2.20pm from the Aquatic Centre. 

Years 3 & 4 - 11am to 12noon - Nicola, Scott and Gabrielle
Buses leave at 10.30am from WBS and 12.20pm from the Aquatic Centre.

Years 5 & 6 - 12noon to 1pm - Hamish and John
Buses leave at 11.30am from WBS and 1.20pm from the Aquatic Centre.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s base group teacher.

The cost is $60 per childPlease pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz.

Situations Vacant!
Are you calm, confident, proactive and enterprising? 

Are you able to commit to spending some time supporting teachers to help with child supervision and changing at the pools?

The faster we get the children organised and ready, the quicker they get into the pool, meaning they make the most of their scheduled swimming time. (Even though we are keen to develop self management, changing rooms can have a strange effect on timeliness!)

If you think that you would be able to help to make the swimming experience fun and efficient, please let your child’s teacher know by Tuesday 3rd May 2016. Even if you can select some days that you would be available over the term, the teachers can schedule you in. 

Kia ora te whanau

If you are one of the willing parent volunteers for swimming next term, please read the Volunteer Guidelines and get back to the base group teacher via email and acknowledge that you have read this before the first swimming session. We need to keep everyone in the community 'safe', including our parent volunteers (who we rely on so heavily!)

Nga mihi

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 Tautoru parent,  Kyla, on 920 6622 or 021 208 2750.

* Offer expires at the end of April 2016.

Community Notices...

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels urgently 
need delivery people for the Eastern Suburbs.
1 hour a week is all you need to put aside.
Call 04 918 6014, or Bruce on 021 812 345 Monday to Wednesday, or William on 021 976 388.

Wellington Basketball
3 Day Holiday Hoops Camp 
Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st April.
Sign-In's from 8:30am and ending 3pm each day. Run by Troy McLean and his staff of excellent coaches!
For more information please download the flyer below:

Girls' Basketball Camp
We've teamed up with Wellington's premier Women's basketball team The Capital Flyers and Kenny McFadden to bring young girls an opportunity to participate in a one off Girls' Basketball Camp!
Monday 18th April 9am to 3pm. Sign-In's from 8:30am!!

Primary Miniball League 2016
Year 5 & 6 begin Monday 9th May, Year 3 & 4 begin Wednesday 11th May!

Kiwi Hoops Coaching Course 
Monday 2nd May. Course starts at 6pm and runs for 2 hours. It is perfect for new or up-skilling coaches!

Children's Cross Country
Next term schools will be having their cross country events, leading to zone and inter-zone finals. In 2016 there will also be a regional final for those who qualify, and a regional team will be selected for an inter-region event at Waikanae. 

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club has been helping with gear, advice and personnel for some of these events.

The Club is situated in Alexandra Road on Mt Victoria. They invite any of our children who think that they enjoy cross country running, to come and learn and experience more.

If children play team sports on Saturdays, there is opportunity to do both, as most games are in the mornings, and running is in the afternoons!

The Club meets at 1.45pm at the Clubrooms in Alexandra Road. It’s not just for children, of course: older siblings and parents are welcome too. In fact, there is even a recreational walking group for parents who don’t feel up to running!

Kid's Cross Country Series - Come along and have some fun
Athletics Wellington is again running the Kids Cross Country Series over the winter months at various venues around the Wellington region. Venues are Upper Hutt, Karori, Petone, Tawa and Mt Victoria. Races for preschoolers through to Year 8s. Take part in all five events and receive a competitors medal and Shoe Clinic drawstring bag at the end of the series. This event has grown in the past few years with up to 600 kids taking part, so come along and have some fun. 

For more information or to enter, go to https://www.athleticshub.co.nz/our-programmes#kidsxcountry or email jo@athleticswellington.org.nz or phone 021 976116.

Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre
“Are your children safe in and around the water? Want them to learn to swim?
Bookings for our Holiday Programme and Term 2 Swimming Lessons here at the Kilbirnie Pool have now opened and spaces are filling up fast! 
Call us today on 387 5655 or email wracswimschool@wcc.govt.nz to discuss your needs and find out more”.

Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club

  • April school holidays Roller Disco, Mon – Fri of both weeks, 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 
  • “Movie” theme Roller Disco, Sat 14th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Prize for best costume. 
  • Plus we have our regular Sat afternoon disco until mid-Dec, 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Costs per event: Entry $7, Blade hire $3, Skate hire $3.

Organised by Upper Hutt Roller Skating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt
www.skatewellington.org.nz   skatewellington@yahoo.co.nz   Rink phone: 04 939 0507

Little Dog Barking
Little Dog Barking presents two family shows these April school holidays:

  • Guji Guji is suitable for ages 2 - 10 years old - presented at BATS Theatre 19 - 23rd April, Lower Hutt Little Theatre 28th April & Kapiti Playhouse 29th April - 10am & 11.30am. 
  • Duck Death and the Tulip is suitable for ages 2 - 102 at BATS Theatre 19 - 23rd April @ 6pm. 
For BATS Theatre bookings www.bats.co.nz and other bookings info@littledogbarking.co.nz or 021 042 1851. For further information, see www.littledogbarking.co.nz.

Harbour City GymSports
Harbour City GymSports, situated in Haitatai Park, is running a Holiday Programme in the first week of the school holidays (Monday 18th April to Friday 22nd April 2016)

Each session runs from 9am – 3pm (early pick up option of 1pm) for children aged 5 – 12 years.

Please email us on office@hcg.org.nz or phone 386 4443 for more information and a registration form.

KidzStuff Theatre - The Kiwi Gingerbread Man
16 to 30 April
Monday - Friday 11am & 2pm, 
Saturday - 11am
4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Victoria
Tickets $10 each, Under 2s free.
No show on Anzac Day.
Tel: 385 0292 or book online at www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz.

Capital E
Our Autumn 2016 newsletter is hot off the press, and we are so excited to share with you and your families everything that is going on at Capital E these school holidays!

Enter Capital E’s evolving cardboard world, BoxOpolis, watch the ordinary world become extraordinary in Shu’s Song at the Hannah Playhouse, then get creative with Out of the Box in OnTV. Explore MediaLab’s cutting edge technology with Raspberry Pi: Fresh from the Oven and Your Virtual Reality.

For more information, go to www.capitale.org.nz
 or phone 913 3724. 

Inverlochy Art School
Term 2 Classes start Monday May 9th.
Term Two is on the website here - please book early.
NEW classes include
Pattern Making for Fashion & Clothing design.
Look out for our new Weekend Classes, 
Landscape Painting with Niki Phillips which is on for 8 Sundays throughout the term.
Other Weekend workshops are HERE.
There are still places available in our junior School Holiday Programme.

City Gallery - Upcoming Events

ANZ Family Day
Saturday 16 April, 11am-4pm | Free

Get the school holidays off to a creative start with a day of free, fun art activities for the whole family. Take a turn in front of our green screen and put yourself in the movies, check out a collection of short films from Square Eyes Film Foundation, create a 'warped' family portrait with our distortion mirror and join us for a kid-friendly exhibition tour. There will be prizes and giveaways. Click here for more info and timetable: http://citygallery.org.nz/events/anz-family-day-0

Cloud Workshop with John Reynolds
Saturday 23 April, 1.00 – 4.45pm | Free

City Gallery is hosting the first Cloud Workshop in Wellington. Cloud Workshop is an artist-led art workshop for bereaved kids (aged 5-18). It offers solidarity, fun and creativity. The workshop is run by Deborah Smith, an Auckland-based photographer and teacher. She's been running these since 2008. The April workshop is led by artist John Reynolds (his work is currently on show in City Gallery's exhibition Julian Dashper & Friends). 
More info here: http://citygallery.org.nz/events/cloud-workshop-john-reynolds

Artsight School Holiday Programmes
Saturday 18-28 April, see Artsight for details.

Artsight are running a two week April school holiday programme. There are a number of classes including drawing, painting and 3D model making. 
Check www.artsight.co.nz for timetables, bookings and costs.