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18 March 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Our Year 6 students leave Worser Bay School connected, curious and confident thinkers.

Well, that's the Year 6 graduate profile - what we are aiming for - it's motivating!

When you click on the following link on the website you can find our local school curriculum


You had a brief intro to this at the parent workshops a few weeks ago. It's been incubating for some time and whilst it sits underneath and is aligned with the bigger New Zealand Curriculum Framework, it has a unique connection to 'us'.

The vision, the values, the goals, the key concepts, the significant questions, the Inquiry process and the learner attributes/competencies. I am hoping that when you look through this document, it will feel like a friend - somewhat familiar with a degree of comfort! If you would like more explanation or have any questions - please find a time to chat with your child's teachers.

If you are newer to the school or this is your first time in the New Zealand system you may like to look at the link to the New Zealand Curriculum Framework.

We have so many countries in awe of this direction. The New Zealand Curriculum has such a strong emphasis on competencies, on life-long learning, on citizenship, on thinking..... and on the list goes. We are not about teaching to tests, we are not about' 'keeping children behind' and we are not all about the 3Rs. It's AND! And..... long may that last!

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru:  Joey, Kura, Alex, Molly S., Marnie and Eddie

Matariaki and Mahutonga:  Charlie, Greer T., Emma M., Liv and Alex.


Welcome to Louie who just started this week.  Louie and his family are new to the Worser Bay School Community.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.



This week was our first drumming lesson! It was awesome. We are already sounding like a band!


We have been exploring kindness and what it means to be kind. Take a look at the blog to see what we’ve been up to!

Kings and Queens of ING!

We have been exploring the sound that I-N-G make together. We have come up with words like, wings, sing, sting, string, and king!




We started drumming this week...take a look at our video on the blog!


Great to finally start our soccer training today. Over the next 4 weeks the children will continue building on a variety of soccer skills. Check out the blog for more photos and video to come !

The Tide Writing

Shona's base group talked about what happens in the rock pools so that the creatures can survive when the tide goes out. Have a read of some of our stories on our blog.

If you learned here: Our Classroom

We have been making movie trailers for our global project, "If you Learned Here". This week, we are thinking about our classroom and what we learn at Worser Bay.


Reporting on Zucchini Cooking

We imagined that we were reporters from the New York Times reporting on the Zucchini cooking at Worser Bay School.

Reporter from the New York Times on the Zucchini phone.

Read our shared writing about cooking Zucchinis on the blog.

What Can You Do With a Zucchini!

I don’t know what can you do with a Zucchini! It sounds like a joke, doesn’t it, but our Zucchini challenge was a very serious matter involving sizzling cheese, bread dough, batters and fire.

Check out the blog to see what amazing ideas we came up with.

Camp and the Bridge of Doom

Some of the great things about camp are team building, testing yourself in risky situations and building resilience when things don’t go quite as planned. Check out this blog post to get a taste for some of the determined effort the children put in to get across the Bridge of Doom (a free time activity).


It was great to have the Year 4 join us on Thursday. Take a look at what we got up to.

Trip to Island Bay Marine Education Centre

We had a great opportunity to explore rock pools and the creatures that live in them during our trip to Island Bay yesterday. We noticed many differences between what lives around Worser Bay and Breaker Bay, and Island Bay. It was great fun to touch and physically explore many of the sea creatures in the Centre too.

Drummers in Action!

Drumming has begun with Andreas Lepper. Armed with an amazing assortment of drums from the four corners of the world and irrepressible humour and energy, Andreas introduced the students to the world of rhythm. And what an incredible sound they make together! We will be working over the next ten weeks to develop and then hone our drumming skills.

  • School will be closed on Tuesday 29 March as part of the Easter Break.
  • Diary Parent Workshops (see below)
  • Your Voluntary Contribution is now due! The Voluntary Contribution for 2016 is $285 per child if paid by the end of Term 1 (15th April) and $335 otherwise.
  • Football - Autahi and Tautoru (boys and girls) - Please pay $5.00 if you have net yet done so.
  • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - please pay $7.00 if you have not yet done so.
  • Floorball and Mini Polo fees are now due. Please pay if you have not yet done so.
  • Percussion lessons - already started.  Please pay $16.00 by Thursday 24 March.
  • ICAS for Years 4 - 6 - Enter via Wrap it Up by Thursday 24 March.
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Thursday 24 March
  • 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.

We are trialling something new and fresh!

Our first in a series of 'parent workshops' is coming up soon. The intention is to have a number of short, sharp and focussed sessions over the year. Each workshop will have a different theme around ways to support your child's learning at home. The first workshop 'flavour' has been selected by teachers, but please - if you have any thoughts about topics for followup workshops chat with your child's teachers.........

Please diary:

Thursday 7 April    8.15-8.45 am Mahutonga/ Matariki parents - Focus on encouraging readers

Thursday 7 April    2.15-2.45 pm Autahi parents- Supporting learning in this transition to school period

Thursday 14 April   8.15-8.45 am Tautoru parents - Encouraging readers

Percussion Lessons with Andreas Lepper

Whole school - already started - Wednesdays for 10 weeks.

"Children('s music) must be heard ... Let's play the playground .... "

We are very fortunate to have such an experienced and highly respected musician available to work with all children. Andreas will work with small 'class' groups each week, culminating in a final concert. More info will be coming your way. Andreas is generously giving us a great school price. The children will love it! 

Please pay $16.00 via Wrap it Up by Thursday 24 March.

To see more: http://www.cecwellington.ac.nz/presenters/113-andreas-lepper

ICAS 2016

The ICAS tests (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) for students in Years 4-6 are coming up in Terms 2 and 3. Some of our children like a challenge and these competitions are just that. So we are very willing to organise these competitions if your child wishes to enter. 
Have a chat with your child and see how they feel about this opportunity. The information is not used as assessment information as it doesn't reflect the New Zealand Curriculum. 

We need a minimum of three children per subject to keep the fees at a reasonable level.

There are six subjects to choose from. The sitting dates and prices are as follows:

 Subject     Sitting Date Fees
 Digital TechnologiesTuesday 17 May $12.00
 ScienceTuesday 31 May $12.00
 WritingWednesday 15 June $23.00
 SpellingWednesday 15 June $14.00
 EnglishTuesday 2 August $12.00
 MathematicsTuesday 16 August $12.00

The closing date for entries is Thursday 24 March. Please pay via Wrap It Up. You'll find ICAS under Merchandise and you can select the subjects from the drop down box.

For more information, go to: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.

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...

Weetbix Kids' Triathlon
This weekend with the Weetbix Kids' Triathlon happening at Kilbirnie Park, Evans Bay Intermediate School (EBIS) are selling parking spaces at our school as a fundraiser. 

$5 for all day parking a short walk to the finish line.
Funds raised will be put towards improving our Playground.
14 Kemp Street. Kilbirnie. 
KidsCan Fundraiser
Next week a cycling group known as Fat Fathers' Club, or FFC, are embarking on a charity ride from Christchurch to Queenstown, roughly 600km over 5 days, to raise money for KidsCan. The goal is $250,000 and while they're not there yet, they are well on the way. Each rider is contributing $1,500.

Here is a link to one of the Give A Little pages set up for the event:
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.

Weta Workshop
Let Weta Workshop take your child through a journey of movie magic work with our school holiday program. Workshops are open featuring drawing, sculpting, make-up and more! Don’t miss out, book now online at http://wetaworkshop.com/visit-us/workshop-tours/tour/school-holiday-programme.

The Rock Academy
The Rock Academy will be running a three day holiday programme in both weeks of the April school holidays.  

This is perfect for any budding young musician, give them to us and we'll send them back to you full of inspiration, musical ideas and confidence. 

Activities include:
Daily Busking Trips (They keep the cash - one of the highlights!)
Group Jam Sessions Acoustic
Singing Lessons/Exercises
Technique Up Skill Sessions
Industry Work Shops
Solo and Group Song Writing Sessions

Please visit: www.therockacademy.co.nz for more inspiration.

Week 1 Tuesday to Thursday, 19th, 20th and 21st of April
Week 2 Tuesday to Thursday, 26th, 27th and 28th of April

Holiday programme starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm each day.

There are only 12 places available each week and we frequently book out
so be in quick!