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26 February 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

This morning we had our Powhiri for 2016! It's such a beautiful experience, every year feels like the first! Today, I'm selecting a few phrases from my welcome speech from this morning....

Something we all very much have in common is the fact that we are in a privileged position. As key people in children’s lives, we, together, can have a hugely positive impact on their happiness and ‘success’ in the widest sense of the word. Success doesn’t just arrive by dialling 0800.

We have a big job to do. Sometimes it won’t be easy or straightforward. We may have to step back and let children make mistakes and learn and grow from them. We, too, in turn, may make mistakes and also learn and grow from them!

Mahi Tahi

Respect and care
Working together

Let’s navigate our way through this in partnership. The original people of this special place - Whetukairangi Pa - used the stars as reference points.

We also have reference points that guide us but when we talk about children we are mainly in uncharted territory….. for they are individuals and come with their own strengths, needs, quirks and often fascinating take on the world !

In the nine years I have led this school, it has been continuously spiralling upwards and we are very proud of and celebrate our many extraordinary results. These results require passion, drive and energy and an enormous amount of hard work and support from the parent community. This upwards trajectory will continue... as long as we are committed to the creation of a unique, dynamic and nurturing environment. An environment we all can love.

Mahi Tahi

Let’s just do it!!

Nga mihi.

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

Autahi and Tautoru:   Ella, Reuben, Talia, Anastasiya and Sammy M.
Māhutonga and Matariki:  Eleanor, Hana, Wolfgang and Peter 

Celebrations - Farewell and Welcome

Soon we will be farewelling Carolyn Anderson. Carolyn has been the WBS Office Manager for 11.5 years and whilst she still adores her role, has decided to have a 'career change' and have more time to do new things.

Please join us for Morning Tea on Monday 14 March straight after Karakia at 9.10 am to celebrate Carolyn's time at Worser Bay and wish her well.

Soon 'the Carolyns' will become 'Steph and Carolyn'.

We warmly welcome Stephanie Williams to the team. Some of you may have met Steph at the Powhiri this morning. She will be working alongside Carolyn for the week leading up to Easter holidays. The Thursday before Easter is Carolyn's last day, although she will be 'on call' and I'm sure she will be a very welcome visitor from time to time, especially at Five Minute Quiz morning tea time!

From Steph:
My name is Steph, my husband is Mark and we have two teenage girls, Rosanna and Zoë. We have lived in Hataitai for 25 years and love Wellington. On the weekends you might find my husband and I enjoying a good Wellington coffee in a local café!  I am excited and looking forward to joining the whānau of Worser Bay School.


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!!


Football - Years 1 - 3 (Autahi and Tautoru)
With all this fantastic warm weather we are excited to get outside and learn some more sports skills. This term we will be continuing the Football program we participated in last year in Term 4.

We have a couple of members of the Miramar Rangers Football Club coming in to work with Years 1 - 3. This program will be similar to what we ran last year with Years 1 - 3 and was very successful and enjoyable.

This is a 5 week program and will be happening on Thursdays between March 3 - March 31. Please ensure that your child wears suitable footwear and clothing to attend these sessions. There is a cost of $5 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up.

Team Sports


Eastern Zones Cricket

We had a great day at the cricket on Wednesday. Take a look on the blog to see the highlights.

Powhiri Practice

Practicing the Hongi

We are working hard on our Haka and Waiata for the Powhiri. The stamping feet are making the earth tremble and dust is sent up to the sky in clouds. Our voices can be heard ringing from the clifftops, drifting out above the waves.

To the kids who are leading the Haka and Karanga, to the teachers and parents who are having a new experience we say: Kia Kaha, Kia Manawa Nui

Upcoming Events in Mahutonga Matariki
  • Camp is fast approaching. We will have the activity groups and Cabin groups sorted and shared with the kids early next week. They are very excited! Please return your Camp forms and pay via Wrap it Up by Monday 29 February.

  • Our Inquiry continues with some focused activities around the coast. We will be doing some more science at Worser Bay Beach on Wednesday and other activities. If the weather permits we are hoping to do sailing and kayaking too. There will be more on the blog about this early next week. Coincidentally, this is taking place during the nationwide Sea Week, so we are able to coordinate some of our learning with this much larger event.

Camouflage Crab

  • Island Bay Marine Centre visit. On 17 March we will be heading to Island Bay for a full day of activity connected to the centre there. Later in the year (Term 4), we have scheduled some snorkelling with the assistance of Julian from the Marine Centre. 

Trapping Success!

Watch out pests! You might as well pack your bags and move to a different planet. This mouse has met our trapping team and, I bet you, he wishes he had made the move yesterday!


Sharing our ideas about the rocky shore before our visit to the beach this week. We were all very excited to get out of the classroom and investigate more about our backyard environments.

We added our ideas to a KWL sheet using the ChromeBooks and thought about questions we want to investigate about the rocky shore.

Maths games
In Maths we have been spending a lot of time outside playing different types of Maths games that are linked to PE. We are really enjoying ourselves. Take a look at our video on the blog to a better idea.

The Magic Box: Check out our Magic Box Movie and some more Magic Box Poems on our blog.


Rock Pool Exploration

We have started the ‘I am Curious’ stage of our Inquiry. We went down to the beach to explore.

Puppet Theatre 

We have a new choosing activity. We can create our own shows!

  • Mahutonga/Matariki - Please return your Camp forms and make payment by Monday 29 February.
  • Scottish Ceilidh Dance with Live Band, Schiehallian.
    Saturday 5 March, Miramar Bowling Club, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
  • Morning Tea for Carolyn - Monday 14 March following Karakia
  • Your Voluntary Donation 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 for the five week Football Programme by Friday 18 March.
  • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - please pay $7.00 by Friday 18 March.
  • Have a look at Our Exciting Property Plan 2016 under Info on the website. If you have any thoughts, please email Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz.
  • 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.

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 subject from the drop down box.

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


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...

Miramar Rangers AFC 2016 Football Season
Miramar Rangers has a proud and rich football history of 109 years in the Eastern Suburbs. Are you interested in playing junior football this coming season? Registrations are now open for all age grades. Trials for our competitive teams in the 9th-13th grades are due to take place from 1 March, so please make registering a priority.

We cater for boys and girls of all abilities in the following junior age groups:
  •  First Kicks 4-6 year olds – those born 2010-2012

  •  Junior 7th-14th Grades – those born 2009-2002

  •  Girls Only Sunday Leagues 7th-14th Grades
To register, please use the following link: 2016 Junior Registration

For further information, please either see our website www.miramarrangers.co.nz/juniors or contact our administrator, Rosie Telford, at mrfc@paradise.net.nz

Two Events from the New Zealand Festival’s Writers' Week
 which may be of interest:
Sally Gardner and Cornelia Funke (childrens' authors) will be in Wellington for the next month. They are two of the authors who are travelling here as part of the New Zealand Festival’s Writers' Week.
Every Writers Week session will be followed by a book signing – so readers would be able to talk to the authors directly and get their own books signed by them.

Here's a description of their “hour in conversation” event: