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10 June 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

The weeks may have been shorter but it's amazing what you can fit into them!

The energy emulating from the Plastic Free Peninsula Parent team and children is contagious. You can expect some communication from this group this week with details and invites. It was also great timing to be connecting again with Sustainable Coastlines on Wednesday.

The big concept for the year is 'change'. The focus on sustainability fits in nicely here and is also an expectation of the National Curriculum. For more about the National Curriculum, please follow this link: The New Zealand Curriculum

It's also a hands on real and authentic area of learning. When we think about our attributes:

I am powerful
I am connected
I am a thinker
I am a goal setter

Children having the opportunity to and supported to take their own action in regards to the environment is inherent within this framework.

Coming back to our children's Inquiry Model:

The cycle can also be seen as more of a spiral, in that it goes on and on! It's interesting how the notion of 'inquiry' is not only for the children.

Teachers are expected to 'teach as inquiry' and leaders to 'lead as inquiry'. We go through very similar cycles as the children. Straight lines, a to b, don't tend to exist so much in our world, possibly not in many of your workplaces either! What about the workplaces our WBS children will one day be working within?

Have a look at the Teaching as Inquiry cycle our teachers work through ........ continuously, around and around...!

Soon you will be meeting to discuss your child's progress since the goal setting meetings. In a way, this meeting is about parents and teachers working through an inquiry cycle together. Yes, in our world of education jargon, this is titled 'a collaborative inquiry'! What impact is the teaching and support from home having on my child's progress? What is working? What is not? What evidence do we have? Where to next?

What would it be like to choose to look through this lens? Would it make the conversation even more useful?

Will leave you with that thought and have a lovely weekend and a full week next week!

Nga mihi

Our Principal’s Awards are currently focusing on the following:

  • I am connected... (with a focus on empathy) 
  • I can build relationships with others
  • I can communicate clearly
  • I can be part of a team
  • I can connect to my place, the environment and globally

Autahi and Tautoru
Wolfgang, Kura, Cleo, Oliver, Emelia, Theo and Mitchell.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Lucas, Haare, Liv, Stephanie and Jan.


Welcome to Sabine, Ethan, Ella, Rylan, Yoichi, Zayden, Leo, Phineas, Jonty, Caitlynn and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Lucy, Evie, Finley and Cleo whose families are already part of our school community.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Important Health Information - Measles Preparedness

Measles is a highly infectious and serious illness. IF a student or staff member is diagnosed with measles at Worser Bay School, other students and staff will be required to have written evidence that they have either had two doses of measles vaccine (MMR) after they were 12 months of age.

Anyone who does not have evidence of measles immunity will be required to stay off school until 14 days after their contact with the person diagnosed with measles.

For more information, please read the attached pdf file from the Medical Officer of Health at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Please read the Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents about Stephanie's suppressed immunity.

Digital Tattoos

Schools and families have a responsibility to teach students the 'rules' for being a good digital citizen and all that entails. We speak of the digital tattoo, the fact that information that is shared, just like an inked tattoo, can never be fully erased. When you enrol, the school seeks permission from you as to whether we can publish images of your child in school related material, i.e. website and blogs.

Similarly, when you join Seesaw, online portfolio, you are agreeing for photos to be shared between home and school. Sometimes these photos may have a few children or teachers in them, not just your own child. Please be aware that it is our understanding, in conversation with Netsafe, that if you were to share these photos wider, you would require permission.

So, please be very careful and think about that digital tattoo and the rights of the others. The school can't take responsibility for the Digital Citizenship of parents but we can bring it to your attention.

So, is this 'ink' permanent?
When you share something online, you can lose control of it. Even if you delete a photo or post, you can’t guarantee that it hasn’t been copied or downloaded by someone else. Think about how many people you are sharing with and whether they’ll be responsible with what you share. Don’t forget, it’s easy for other people to copy what you share online, change it and share it without you knowing. Many of us didn't go through schooling in this digital age and may not be aware of the need to be mindful about the tap of a finger.

News from the School Library

Katherine McMillan from Select Books has recently sourced a wonderful variety of new books for our library to update our non-fiction collection. We are very excited about these fabulous new books. You can have a look at them by clicking into the library web page http://accessit.worserbay.school.nz:2000/#!dashboard then click Quick Lists >> New Items

It will take a couple of weeks to get these covered and ready to go on the shelves, but if you would like to reserve anything, look out for an email from the library which you have received today with easy steps about how to place a reserve, and Christine can give your chosen book(s) priority.

A Note from the School Fair Deli Team

Any laden fruit trees or veggie gardens you can forage over the upcoming break and moving forward, to 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 Rhubarb, Lemons, Pears, Persimmons, Tamarillos, Apples, Grapefruit, Beetroot in season now. 
I can pick up from you - please text 021 264 5866, or leave at the school office.

We are still wanting any nice jars with a lid (label removed, please) or pretty bottles you could collect at home. They will be put to good use. I am also looking for someone who can de-label jars. I have lots of jars with labels on…. does this sound like you??

A BIG Thank You for produce that has already been donated - it is hugely appreciated and has been put to good use.

Thank you,
Hannah Thornton


Big Juicy Watermelons
We have been exploring the letter w and the sound it makes. We made these beautiful watermelon w’s. Come take a look!

Exploring Emotions
Learning to recognise an emotion in others can be tricky. We have been thinking about how to see when someone is happy or sad. These are our positive emotion pictures.

Please send/bring in a photo of a grandparent, or other significant member of your family, as part of our Matariki Inquiry starting next week. Please see the blog post for more details.


The Owl & the Pussycat Art
We watched and read the Owl and the Pussycat and Nicola’s base group created some beautiful art work around how we could change a normal looking owl or pussycat using line art. Take a look at our blog to see it what the children have produced. 

As part of our Inquiry into the Rocky Shore, we spent time observing and dissecting mussels. We drew detailed diagrams of the mussels, identified internal organs and discussed how keeping our coastlines clean and healthy will benefit the creatures that live there.


Year 4-6 Favourite Books
As a follow up to the Parent Workshop on reading last term, everyone has been working on adding to a list of their favourite books. We’ve all put a short summary of the book - have a read and get some ideas for new books.

Digging Deeper into Character Strengths 
We are finding out more about character strengths. We have been digging into the meaning of the words used to describe character strengths and then thinking where our own strengths are. 

A Happy Time
We’ve been talking about what character strengths we have and focusing on the positive. Here are some examples of our writing about a happy time in our lives.

Bullying: What we can do About it.

We say NO! to Bullying…………….

Bullying is a type of action or behaviour that someone does to another person to make them unhappy. It is cruel and can happen almost anywhere to almost anybody.

Bullying is damaging for everyone. It hurts not just the victim, but it is also bad for the bully him or herself. Bullies are often people who don’t feel very good about themselves so they bully other people to get more power.

To continue reading Angelina’s report, go to the blog.

Clay Words: Learning about Word Families

Clay Words: Making Word Families

We have been making word families out of clay to reinforce some of the spelling rules. It is a creative way to embed some of the things that we find difficult. Danny and Perry have been helping us learn how to do it.


Learning about the past tense……..

Trip to Capital E
Towards the end of the month, we will be visiting Capital E studios in our base groups to do a Sports Desk News Recording. The children will be recording a sports desk presentation like one on the news, with accountability for all parts of the production - presenters, interviewers, camera work, sound, etc. We will need parental permission for the clip to be uploaded to YouTube. There is a tick box on Wrap It Up for permissions. The cost is $10.00. 

We then plan to spend some time in town having lunch, visiting the City Gallery and the library. If the weather is OK we might have a look at the kina sculpture on the waterfront.

More information will follow re dates.


  • Pizza Lunch - 15 June - $5 per pizza. Order via Wrap it Up by Tuesday 14 June 9am -  no later.
  • Senior Swim Sports - Tuesday 14 June - 9.30 to 11.30am - Mahutonga/Matariki children only
  • Autahi Only - Milk and Cookie Evening - Wednesday 15 June - 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Matariki Kite Making and Flying - Friday 17 June at 9.10am. Meet at school for Karakia and singing, then walk to Worser Bay Beach. Please bring some food to share with your child/ren and your kites from home.
  • Matariki Programme at Te Papa - Friday 24 June (Years 3-6) and Monday 27 June (Years 1-2). 
  • Please read the letter regarding Measles Preparedness.

      • The following payments are now due:
        • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00 (Full year)
        • Voluntary Contribution by Instalment - 2nd instalment is now due - $83.75 per term (or $71.25 if you made the first payment in Term 1.)
        • Swimming Lessons - $60 - Whole School (or Pro Rata rate for those who have just started school)
        • Camp - 4th instalment of $50 is now due (for those paying by instalment)
        • Eastern Zones Cross Country - $6.50 - Only those children who have brought home the information sheet.
        • Netball - $27.75 - WBS Netball team only.
        • Miniball - $35.00 - WBS Miniball teams only.
        • Swimming Sports - $10.00 - Mahutonga/Matariki Only
        • Te Papa Matariki Trip - $10.00 for Years 1-2
        • Te Papa Matariki Trip - $12.00 for Years 3-6
        • Capital E Visit - $10.00 - Mahutonga and Matariki Only

        All payments via Wrap It Up please.

        Board Shorts

        The 2013-16 Board met for the final time last Monday 30 May, and reflected on its 3 year tenure. We spent time identifying what we are most proud of over the last 3 years; what is currently energising us; and what we are looking forward to for the school in the future. These reflections are being collated and will be provided to the incoming Board as a koha to assist it as it gets underway.

        Amongst the decisions that were made, the Board noted that the projected roll levels continue to indicate high levels of demand within our school zone, meaning there is no immediate need to conduct a ballot for out of zone enrolments at this time. We also noted that it remains important, including for financial reasons, to maintain a consistent and healthy roll.

        We discussed the recent Budget decisions which emphasise the importance, once again, of the contribution that locally raised funds make to the financial sustainability of higher decile schools. In short, the Government’s clear preference for targeted funding over any increase in general operational funding will favour lower decile schools with larger concentrations of priority learners. The consequence for Worser Bay is that we will be increasingly reliant on locally raised funds if we want to be able to provide more than just the absolute basics for our children’s learning.

        I would like to take this opportunity to pass on the community’s thanks to all of the members of the outgoing Board (Janet Colson, Andrew Dalziel, Jason Judd, Kerry Lynne-Sorrell, Hamish McRae, Olive Mulchay, Jude Pentecost and David Simpson) for your commitment, energy and enthusiasm. For a number of you, this represents your final formal involvement with the school, and you have made a significant and valued contribution to our school and wider community.

        The outgoing Board would also like to thank all those who stood for election for the 2016-19 Board; and congratulate those who have been elected to the new Board, and wish them all the very best for the next three years. You are picking up the mantle of governance for what is indeed a very, very special school, and we would hope that you charge yourselves - as this Board did - with the duty of passing the school on to successive Board’s in even stronger shape than it was in when you stepped up. Kia kaha and all the very best.

        Andrew Wilson
        Chair, 2013-16 Board of Trustees

        Board of Trustee Election

        Congratulations to the following Parent representatives duly elected for the Board of Trustees:
        Janet Ford, Sophie Hamilton, Nathan Price, Erica Strik and Andrew Wilson

        Staff representative (no ballot required): 
        Suzanne Kershaw

        These new members join current members: 
        Andrew Dalziel, Jason Judd and Jude Pentecost

        Senior Swim Sports - Tuesday 14 June

        The annual Worser Bay Senior Swimming Sports is on next week - Tuesday 14th June. It will be held at the Kilbirnie Aquatic Centre between 9.30am and 11.30pm. This event gives all students in Years 4-6 a chance to possibly qualify for the Eastern Zones event. This year we are again really encouraging all students to participate to the best of their abilities.

        As we haven’t seen your child swim competitively for almost a year now and don't know what level they are currently swimming at, please, for their safety, let us know if your child cannot safely participate in the 2 metre pool. This means being able to swim at least 1 width. For those children who can’t confidently compete in the 2 metre pool, we will be running races and relays in the 1.2 metre pool to give them some swimming sports experience. By doing this, we hope that we can prepare them to be confident enough to give the main races a go in future years. This means that all students in Years 4-6 can participate.

        The competitive races are:

        • 50m Freestyle
        • 25m Freestyle
        • 25m Backstroke
        • 25m Breaststroke
        • 25m Butterfly
        Please have a chat with your child over the weekend and discuss which events they could confidently participate in. We will be asking them to sign up for events on Monday.

        Children will need to bring a bag with togs, towel, energy snacks, drink bottle and a warm jersey (for between races). Goggles and swimming caps are optional.

        We aim to start races around 9.45am. Parents and family are welcome to come and watch, but please sit in our allocated zone within the stands. On the day, we will also need some parent help with place getting and recording. Please let us know if you are able to assist, otherwise we will grab volunteers from the stands.

        We will be catching a bus to the Kilbirnie pool, leaving school at 9.00am. We need your permission for your child to travel by bus and there is a cost of $10.00 per child to cover the bus, pool hire and pool entry. Please pay this via Wrap it Up (www.wrapitup.co.nz) where there is also a tick box for permission.

        All spectators will need to pay $1.00 on entry into the pool.

        Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 June

        On Wednesday 15th June, small individual pizzas will be available for lunch. 

        All pizzas have a tomato sauce base and you can choose from three types of topping:
        • Cheese
        • Cheese and Ham
        • Cheese and Salami
        Please order via Wrap It Up. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday 14th June - no later.

        As the pizzas will be handed out by area (Autahi, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki), it is important that you order under each child's name separately (if you are ordering for two or more children).

        Matariki 2016 - 17, 24 and 27 June

        Coming up this month is our annual Matariki Celebration. This year it will be slightly different again.

        Matariki, as well as welcoming the New Year, has been a time to acknowledge Tupuna, the ancestors who have gone before us. Some Maori did this by flying kites as it was a way of connecting with the spiritual world. Some of the kites were enormous and very beautiful like the one shown below.

        Follow this link to learn more about Matariki: Matariki: Everything there is to know about it

        Friday 17 June - Kite Making and Flying
        Next Friday parents/caregivers are invited to join the whole school for kite making and flying, with your children at Worser Bay Beach. We will start at 9.10am with Karakia and singing at school and then walk down to the beach. We will finish with kai. Please bring something yummy to share with your children and it would be good to bring your own kites from home too. Please note that it will be Sushi lunch as usual. (If it's wet we will stay at school, share stories, make kites and share some kai together.)

        Please Note: 
        Some parents may be able to join in for 20 minutes, some for an hour, some for 2 hours, or not - that's all fine. It's flexible.

        Friday 24 June - Years 3-6 - Te Papa Matariki Trip
        On Friday 24th June, all Year 3-6 students will be visiting Te Papa as part of the Matariki celebrations. While at Te Papa, we will be learning about Matariki and all of the things which go with it.

        The programme will involve children exploring the magic of storytelling using the visual arts medium of sand.

        Matariki has truly become a time of celebration for all New Zealanders and it is great that our kids get to experience this at Te Papa.

        We are taking the opportunity, while in the city, to visit the City Library, as well as the poetry walk on the waterfront, so it will be a full day. Students will need to bring:
        • Warm clothes
        • Closed footwear for walking
        • Raincoat
        • Packed lunch and drink bottle 
        The bus leaves school at 9.15am and will return by 2.45pm. The cost is $12.00 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up. (Please note that Years 3-6 are doing a different programme to Years 1-2, therefore it costs slightly more.)

        If you are available to accompany us, please email either John in the senior area (johnmcdougall@worserbay.school.nz) or Nicola in Tautoru (nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz).

        Monday 27 June - Years 1-2 - Te Papa Matariki Trip
        On Monday 27th June, all Year 1 and 2 students will be visiting Te Papa as part of the Matariki celebrations. While at Te Papa, we will be learning about Matariki and all of the things which go with it. The programme will involve our students exploring the magic of storytelling through drama, dance, and movement.

        Matariki has truly become a time of celebration for all New Zealanders and it is great that our kids get to experience this at Te Papa.

        Students will need to bring:
        • Warm clothes
        • Closed footwear for walking
        • Raincoat
        • Packed lunch and drink bottle 
        The bus leaves school at 9.15am and will return by 2.30pm. The cost is $10.00 per child to be paid via Wrap It Up.

        If you are available to accompany us, please email either Shona in Tautoru (sfort@worserbay.school.nz) or Kath in Autahi (kdelport@worserbay.school.nz).


        This 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. If your child started part way through Term 2, you can pay from the week you start (also on Wrap it Up under Pro Rata Swimming).

        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

        Community Notices...

        Percussionist Andreas Lepper
        Andreas, who has just finished running a musical project at Worser Bay School (et al), is facilitating truly improvised, 'serious-fun' jam-sessions ... at his studio in St Christopher's Church, Seatoun ... corner Ventnor/Forres Streets.

        'Hungry' participants of all levels of musicianship will mainly make use of his vast collection of percussion - as well as brass instruments (trombone,tuba,trumpet) plus keyboards, full vocal PA, bass guitar, ukelele, violin - but are encouraged to bring their own favourite instruments (Guitar Amp provided).

        To start with, we are asking for an 'Exit Koha'. Just turn up:
        4.30 - 5.20pm            
        School Children, 6 years plus
        5.30 - 6.20pm            Parents and their children, 8 years plus
        6.30 - 7.30pm-ish      Adults only, 'after work' jam... BYO

        Sessions are limited to 20 participants.

        Furthermore we are offering:
        • Group and one-to-one lessons in Latin American Percussion. Please email expressions of interest.
        • Team-building 'TeamDrum'. For inquiries and bookings, go to: www.cluedup.co.nz/
        You can contact Andreas at andreas@teamdrum.co.nz.

        Seatoun Midwinter Gathering - Friday 17 June

        Supporting Success in your School
        If you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $150,000 or more, ASB will donate to your chosen participating school $500. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

        Carolyn Brett,
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