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13 May 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Next week is NZ's first bully prevention week. At this time, a new interactive website will be launched as a resource for schools and communities: www.bullyingfree.nz.

Teachers have planned a number of different activities for next week to reinforce expectations and strategies for speaking up. This is one of the most important things - the ongoing development of a 'culture of telling'. Much of our work in the health space - wellbeing/positive education proactively works on what we call 'pro social' behaviours. It's ongoing and having the first ever spotlight for NZ on a bullying prevention week shines the light on these programmes.

It is important to be really clear about what bullying is and isn't. For this reason, I thought it timely to highlight the 'behaviour' section in the school website.


The school has very clear expectations regarding behaviour. Aiming for full engagement in learning, an inclusive collaborative culture and strong home/school partnerships certainly goes a long way to minimising negative behaviours.

Modelling and rewarding pro-social behaviour and encouraging a ‘culture of telling’ is first and foremost.

What we do know, however, that things never go entirely smoothly. We are in the people business and there is always an element of unpredictability! While we always focus on the positive, we also have consequences for negative behaviours. Teachers and your child/ren will be able to explain the ‘colour chart’. Although very rarely utilised, it serves a useful purpose.

It is extremely important to act on negative behaviours quickly. Most incidences occur in the playground, usually out of eyesight or hearing of duty teachers. Please help us by encouraging your child to speak up - then teachers can deal with things at the time. Please don’t wait for a month for things to build up. This isn’t helpful.

It is useful to also be mindful of the use of the term ‘bullying’ and be very clear as to what it is. It has 4 defining characteristics:
  • Bullying is deliberate
  • Bullying involves a power imbalance
  • Bullying has an element of repetition
  • Bullying is harmful
In a nutshell, it is not a word to be thrown around lightly!

Developing resilience in our children, supporting them to have the ability to bounce back, to stand up for themselves, to be flexible, to show courage and make good decisions, to deal with things for themselves, to really understand who they are and what they value can never be underestimated.

Ultimately, we have one value = one rule and that is of respect.

We are looking forward to the launch of this new resource and are sure there will be some great ideas for us to chat about and work together on at home and school.

See you sparkling tonight at the Disco!! 

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
Louie, Ethan, Sabine, Katherine, Taiga, Jupiter and Mae.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Rory, Caitlyn, Charlotte, Raiha and Hugo W.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Dear Worser Bay School families

Many thanks for your support and understanding since Stephanie (Year 4) was diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) last year. She is responding well to treatment and she is doing well.

Stephanie has started the Maintenance phase of cancer treatment. All of this treatment is done in Wellington so we are fortunate to have no more Christchurch trips for treatment. Maintenance lasts two years, finishing in April 2018. Stephanie still has regular hospital appointments for chemotherapy but they are less frequent and less intensive than the past six months.

Stephanie's immunity is suppressed for the duration of her treatment. This means she will continue to have low immunity for the next two years. Lowered immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.

Stephanie is very aware of the importance of personal hygiene to help her stay well. 

It is vital that Worser Bay families stay vigilant and do not become complacent. Please notify the school immediately regarding cases of chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

WBS Treasure Island Fair Meeting - Thursday 19 May

We are about to launch into full Fair mode (our theme has been decided so let's bring on the Treasure Island Fun). With it all getting closer and the organising it takes, we need to get the ball rolling and get it all underway as soon as we can. So we will be holding a our first Fair Meeting on Thurs 19 May 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm in the school staffroom. 

This first session is really to get fresh and new ideas (in particular we would love ideas on new stalls) on board, so we would love some fresh and new faces (as well as the lovely people that have been involved in the past Fairs and would like to be part of the team this year too - the more the merrier!). It will all help to make this Fair our best one yet! 

 If you are free and available, we would love to see as many of you there as possible (it will be short and sweet), so please come along, bring your ideas, or just pop in to see what it is all about!!

Thanks and see you there!
ParentNet Team

Mini Polo

Congratulations to The Worser Bay Makos who won the final of their inter-school Mini Polo competition! The players have shown great commitment to early morning training and this has paid off handsomely with a series of stunning victories! Thank you to all parents for your support and to the team of Blake, Chester, Henry, Jessie, Meg, Oscar, Oto, Theo and Yasmin.

School Cross Country

There has been a lot of running practice happening around the school in preparation for our annual Cross Country scheduled for next week.

When:      Friday 20 May, starting at 9.30am
Where:     Worser Bay Beach

We will be starting with the Year 6 races and then going in order of Years 1-5. We aim to be finished by just after 11am.

We would appreciate having some parents to assist with walking students to the beach and marshalling the course during races.

If you can help please let your child's teacher know by Wednesday 18 May.


Run! Run! Run!

We are loving training for the School Cross Country, which will be next week on Friday 20 May. It is great to reflect on how we can run a little more every day.

Contraction Surgery

We have had great fun today exploring what contractions are. Take a look at the blog to find out more.


Worser Bay do the Running Man Challenge!

Watch our challenge on our blog.

We have taken up the challenge. Worser Bay school presents...


Now we challenge you. Schools of New Zealand...


Our Year 3 and 4 students took the challenge. What a lot of fun!

If You Learned Here: Worser Bay Contribution

We have come to the end of our project, "If You Learned Here". We have put together the pages for the global ebook. Our students have worked really hard to contribute to the project and they should all be very proud of themselves. We're all looking forward to reading the book... Watch this space! See our contribution on the blog.

The Helping Circle

We have been reading a poem called, "Our Town" by James K Baxter. This week we have been writing our own version of the poem. Find out more about the helping circle on our blog.

Connecting and Collaborating

Our focus this term is collaborating. Our Year 3 students have been helping our younger students to use Google Apps for Education (GAFE). Our Year 1 and 2 students have their own folders in our shared account. We are writing for our project, "If you learned here." We had a great morning connecting with people that we don't usually work with.


Data Squares

We have been doing a lot of collaborative thinking in maths this week. Using these skills we have been organising and evaluating data we collected.

Card Sharks

Check out this card game called 20. It’s great for learning addition basic facts to 20, and it’s fun.

Cross Country Training

We practiced on the course down at Worser Bay beach this week. It’s hard work running on sand! We’re looking forward to the big event next Friday.

Trapping Group Catch Some Big Ones!

The trapping group are finally catching some pests.

No, it’s not sleeping! 

  • The Rocky Shore Disco - TONIGHT - Friday 13 May - $5 per child. Remember to bring a plate of food, a toy for the Toy Swap and some loose change.
  • Board Elections - Call for Nominations closes on Friday 20 May
  • School Cross Country - Friday 20 May
  • Drumming/Percussion Concert - Friday 27 May at 9.10am (Assembly time)
  • The following payments are now due:
    • Island Bay Marine Centre Visit - Autahi and Tautoru - $10.00
    • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00
    • Swimming Lessons - $60 - Whole School
    • Camp - 3rd instalment of $50 is now due (for those paying by instalment)
    • Seesaw Online Learning Journal - $7 - Whole School
    • Percussion Lessons - $16 - Whole School
  • Next Lost Property Clearance - Thursday 2 June (Please ensure clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are named.)
  • Sausage Sizzle Tuesdays
  • Sushi Lunches Fridays (Remember not to order for Friday 3 June when school is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend.)
  • Queens Birthday Weekend - School will be closed on Friday 3 June and Monday 6 June.
  • Matariki - 17 June (morning). 
  • Matariki Programme at Te Papa - Friday 24 June (Years 3-6) and Monday 27 June (Years 1-2). 
  • Term Dates 2016 and 2017. 
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

The Rocky Shore Disco - TONIGHT

Friday 13 May - 6.00 - 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Hall on Miramar Ave. 

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

The cost is $5 per childPlease pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no charge.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Board Elections - Call for Nominations

School boards and trustees play a critical role in all New Zealand schools, and this is particularly the case here at Worser Bay School. We are fortunate to have had a wide range of parents who have contributed in many different ways to the governance of our school. Some of those contributions are coming to an end for a variety of reasons and the three yearly cycle of Board elections is now upon us (key dates in the link below).

So, Worser Bay School needs you! The formal process of seeking nominations to be considered for the Board starts todayIt’s tremendously rewarding and plays a vital role in ensuring our school continues to provide the environment that helps children grow, learn and prosper in order to reach their potential.

The Board should reflect the school community so we need parents who are representative of the fantastic environment we have. Accordingly, we are looking to ensure we have a diverse, complimentary, engaged, enthusiastic and committed Board that reflects our school community. 

You don’t need to have any qualifications or particular experience - all it really takes is that you have an interest in your child’s school environment and a willingness to bring whatever skills and enthusiasm you have to be involved.

Nominations close on 20 May 2016. For more information, go to http://www.worserbay.school.nz/be-involved/become-a-board-trustee

A Note from the Office

If your child is going to be away from school during term time (other than for medical reasons), please send an email to your child's base group teacher (you can find their email address at http://www.worserbay.school.nz/peopleAND the office (office@worserbay.school.nz) with dates and reason for absence.

Payments via Wrap It Up
Tip: To ensure you do not pay twice, you can check what you have already paid for on Wrap It Up by going to the "My Orders" tab on the menu below. This will list all the purchases you have made in date order.

Matariki 2016

Coming up in June 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.

Please set aside Friday 17 June for kite making and flying with your children at Worser Bay Beach. We will be following this up with some sort of shared kai. More details on this will follow.

The other part of the Matariki programme this year will be run at Te Papa. This will be taking place the following week on Friday 24 June (Years 3-6) and Monday 27 June (Years 1-2). More information to follow.

Autahi and Tautoru - Visit to the Marine Education Centre

Autahi and Tautoru are going to visit the Marine Education Centre in Island Bay on 23 and 24 May. This will link into our inquiry about change and what we discovered about rock pools in Term 1. 

When:     Monday 23 May and Tuesday 24 May (We will send out lists so you know which day your child is going.)

Time:     9.15am - 2.30pm. (The Marine visit is from 10.00am to 11.30am on each day and we hope to go for a walk/have lunch on the beach or in the playground in Island Bay, if the weather permits.)

Cost:     $10.00  (Please pay and give permission via Wrap It Up by Friday 20 May.)


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.

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...

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. If you have any questions, you can call Neale Dickson on 022 604 3605.
To sign up, call 04 918 6014, or Bruce on 021 812 345 Monday to Wednesday, or William on 021 976 388.

Craft Central presents An Artisan Afternoon
Sunday 15th May - 12noon to 6pm

Join us at The Roxy for our Local Disigner Market #MIRAMARVELLOUS.

Race to Explore Wellington Zoo, then Greater Wellington, with the Metlink City Safari
Sunday 15 May
This awesome family adventure sees teams start by racing to explore Wellington Zoo, before heading out to explore greater Wellington. This year's event has a wild animal theme. 'Wild Animals' will be located all over Greater Wellington. A map book will show you exactly where they are - your challenge is to find the quickest and smartest way to visit the most of these - both by foot and by all forms of public transport.

You may be racing to catch the ferry to Seatoun, the Cable Car to Kelburn, a train to Tawa, or a bus to Queensgate.

3 and 6 hour events are available.

Details and registration is at
www.citysafari.org.nz. Numbers are limited.

Term 2 Pak’nSave Kilbirnie Junior Netball Academy for girls and boys in Year 5-8.
Registrations open - click here to register online

Held on Wednesdays for six weeks starting 18th May and ending 22nd June. Year 5&6 session held 4pm-5pm, Year 7&8 session from 5pm-6pm. Cost: $70. Aims to benefit aspiring young netballers by providing...
  • an additional skill boost for current players hoping to lift their Saturday game play. 
  • an alternative training option for those who may not get the chance to attend regular team trainings.
  • an introduction to the game, netball rules and skills required to play netball with success.
Sessions will cover important fundamental basic skills like footwork (no stepping, fast-feet, landing), movement (dodging, change of speed/direction, turning in the air), ball skills (strong accurate passes, catching with confidence, good pass selection), defence (shadowing, 3-foot marking, intercepts), attack (creating space, balancing the court) and shooting (technique, timing and rebounds). Jam-packed with engaging activities and games allowing attendees the chance to apply skills learnt to test understanding & maintain a strong focus on fun!

Kids Cross Country Series
Come along and have some fun. Athletics Wellington is again running the Kids Cross Country Series in partnership with Les Mills and the Shoe Clinic over the winter months at various venues around the Wellington region. First up is Karori Park on Sunday 15 May. Other venues are Upper Hutt, Petone, Tawa and Mt Victoria. Races for pre schoolers though to year 8s. 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

Springboard and Platform Diving at Kilbirnie Pool
Wellington Diving Club has a range of diving classes for kids aged 5 years and up. Why not try something new this year? Visit our website and come along for a free trial! We have many after-school sessions on most days and cater for kids of any level from beginners to competitive. We are also running our fun casual sessions on Sundays. 

For more information, please visit our website www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Barbara on 027-485-8888.

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.


Queen Margaret College - 2017 Year 7 Scholarships
Queen Margaret College would like to extend an invitation to Year 6 girls to apply for the Queen Margaret College 2017 Year 7 Scholarships. The scholarships award the successful applicant 50% of their tuition fees for seven years.

The Academic Scholarships are for top achieving girls who would benefit from the opportunities offered by their holistic education.

Scholarship applications are due Tuesday 17 May. Further information and requirements for this scholarship can be found here or you can email enrolments.registrar@qmc.school.nz.

Seatoun and Bays Progressive Association

Eastern Cycle Way
The Wellington City Council, as part of the Eastern Cycle way, is proposing 2 possible routes - one that starts in Seatoun. The two routes and details on the development are on: http://cycleways.wellington.govt.nz/Deadline 23rd May 2016.

CentrePort Harbour Deepening Project Centre
Port is planning to dredge the harbour entrance to increase access for larger shipping into Wellington Harbour. The resource consent is to remove 8.6 million cubic metres of sediment and to be disposed of in Fitzroy Bay. CentrePort has done technical assessments of the impact on Seatoun beach and bays. Details of the project are on www.centreportbigpicture.co.nz

The next Public Open Day is being held in Seatoun RSA Clubhouse on: 
Saturday 21st May, 10am-3pm 

If you live in Seatoun and Bays, look at the website, go to the open sessions on 12th or 21st May and talk to your neighbours. If you want to make a submission, you have until 27th May.