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27 May 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Some of you have already watched the documentary 'World Class? Inside NZ Education – A Special Report' by Bryan Bruce last Tuesday evening. If you missed it, I would suggest checking it out (on TV 3).

Whilst much of the content won't be exactly 'new' to you, the documentary provided an opportunity to reflect on our country's unique context. I left teaching in NZ before 'Tomorrow's Schools' and came back 7 years later to a very different world! We now had Boards of Trustees...... we now had a much greater opportunity for communities to have a voice and take on a lot of the responsibility of the old 'department'. Speaking of which - you will have received your voting papers in the post - please vote!

We often use the mantra 'If you can't learn to fail, you fail to learn". In the documentary a similar quote resonated.... "Stopping after you are wrong the first time - that is the problem". The importance of children developing empathy and strong social skills was also highlighted. The 'whole child', 'wellbeing', 'creative and critical thinking', 'curiosity', 'resilience', 'play', 'innovation', 'love of learning'. It was all there. Tick, tick, tick. This is what we pride ourselves in. Check out our curriculum:

Worser Bay School Curriculum Document

This does not, by any means, mean we aren't focussed on academic achievement! Oh no - it's AND. That's the exciting thing about community schools, 'Tomorrow's Schools', you, our parents and people you know, can support us to achieve our vision.

At Worser Bay School children love learning.
  1. Valuing the whole child
  2. Knowledge building and inquiry
  3. Embracing collaborative learning
At our school, the entire school community can:
  • See achievement celebrated and children valued as individuals
  • Feel motivated and inspired to participate
  • Experience success
and, like I mentioned last week, Respect/manaakitanga is the only 'rule'.

How exciting it was to witness a group of motivated parents meeting in the staffroom the other day to discuss wider peninsula concerns around sustainability and develop a strategy for action. This is just fabulous role modelling for our children - the expectation that they will contribute to others....... towards a greater good. Where will this 'inquiry' lead us? Learning opportunities left, right and centre.

A past parent at the school introduced me to the work of Professor Yong Zhao (back to the documentary....) some years ago. Thanks to this fortuitous conversation, I managed to get him to NZ as one of the speakers at the NZ Principals Federation Conference. I loved his messages then, I love them now........... If you are interested, please check out his website: http://zhaolearning.com/. This is another great example of a parent having a connection....... which led to a great opportunity!

I'm jumping all over the place - but, coming back to 'the whole child', wasn't the drumming concert this morning a wonderful example of that!?

Here's to a great weekend.

Nga mihi nui

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
Sitara, Anastasiya, Addison, Zoe, Cruz, Eden and Marnie.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Elliot, Liv, Blake, Daisy and Hugo M.

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 at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Autahi Parent Catch Up - Friday 27 May at 7.30pm

A reminder that next Friday evening (27th May) is another opportunity to catch up and connect with new families who've joined the WBS community. Please join us at Park Kitchen, Miramar for drinks from 7.30pm. Partners are, of course, welcome too.

If you are able to RSVP that would help us to reserve a space. Either email parentnet@worserbay.school.nz or just let Helen (Finley's Mum) or Miranda (Cleo's Mum) know if you are keen to come - the more, the merrier!!

We have been focusing on the letter q. We are learning its shape and the sound it makes. Here are our awesome hand print queens!

Drumming up a storm

Watch our video on the blog to hear us drumming to the storm!!

Rocky Shore Trip

We had a trip to the rock pools and Marine Reserve in Island Bay on Monday. We saw so many things!


If You Learned Here Book Published!

We are so proud of all of our students for their contributions to the project. It has been fantastic to connect with other schools across the globe.

Book Download Blog Post

They’ve hosted the book in Google Drive for downloading. Here are some tips for getting the book...
  • Download it on a computer.

  • If downloading on the iPad, be patient! After tapping the Download Anyway button, there is quite a delay before “Open in iBooks” appears.

  • For viewing on a computer, use Readium (for Google Chrome) or Calibre.

  • If the ePub format proves challenging, try using the PDF instead.

Tautoru Cross Country
Well done to everyone who took part in Cross Country today. We are all very proud of your perseverance.

Bullying Drama
We have been role playing what we do if we see bullying.

Spanish: Body Parts
Check out what we have been learning in our Spanish Lessons on our blog...


Anti-bullying week - our actions

Have a read to see some of the things we’ve learned about in relation to anti-bullying week. We’ve been acting out role plays, making posters and thinking of ourselves as rock and water...

Percussion Performance

What a hit! The sun was shining and we had an amazing time performing together.

  • Autahi ParentNet Catch Up - Park Kitchen - Friday 27 May at 7.30pm
  • No Karakia on Monday 30 May
  • Please read the attached pdf regarding Measles Preparedness
  • Book your Reporting Progress Meetings:
    Go to www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and enter the code: 98gcp
  • Parental Trustee Elections - Voting closes at noon on Friday 3 June. However, if you are intending to use the Ballot Box at school, you will need to bring in your voting papers by 3pm on Thursday 2 June, as school is closed on Friday.
  • The following payments are now due:
    • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00 - Full year
    • Voluntary Contribution by Installment - 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 - 3rd 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.

  • 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.

Parental Trustee Elections

By now you should have received the voting papers for the Parental Trustee elections. These need to be completed and returned by noon on Friday 3rd June to ensure that your vote is included. We have had a great response to the call for nominations with seven candidates seeking to fill the five available positions. The voting papers include information about the candidates and what attributes they will bring to the Board, along with how to go about exercising your right to vote. There is also a link on the school's website to the Candidates' Statements so you can view online. We strongly encourage all eligible members of the school community to review the candidates and send in their voting forms by the due date. In addition, there is a locked Ballot Box in the school office for voting papers to be returned by hand, if that’s easier than posting. Remember, though, that school is closed on Friday 3rd June, so, if using the Ballot Box, you will have to do so by 3pm on Thursday 2nd June!

The number of candidates seeking to help the school is a great reflection of an engaged community and we thank them all for making this commitment to be involved – as has been said many times, it’s a reflection on the willingness of so many of our parents to help deliver the best possible schooling experience for our children.

Reporting Progress Meetings

Bookings are now open for Reporting Progress Meetings to be held from Monday 13 June to Friday 1 July (inclusive). 

Please follow the instructions below:
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: 98gcp

Bookings will close at midday on Friday 10 June.

A Note from the Office

No Karakia
Please note that there will be no Karakia on Monday 30 May due to staff professional learning and two schools visiting.

School Closed
Please note that school will be closed on Friday 3 June and Monday 6 June for Queen's Birthday Weekend.

If you are emailing the office regarding absences, please send the email to office@worserbay.school.nz (we no longer use the sitemail email address), as well as your child's base group teacher (you can find their email address at http://www.worserbay.school.nz/people). Remember to mention the reason for absence.

Nits are doing the rounds again. Please check your child's hair and treat, if necessary. Your local pharmacist can advise, if necessary.

Keep collecting those Yummy Stickers! 
Collect the Yummy cut-out labels from bags of apples (each cut-out label is worth 10 stickers) and individual Yummy apple stickers for our school’s share of the $200,000 free DG Sport sports gear prize pool. Yummy apples are available from New World, Pak'n Save and participating Four Square stores. The more you collect, the more sports gear Worser Bay School will receive. Pick up a collection sheet from the office, or print out the Collection Sheets at the bottom of this Newsletter.

Payments via Wrap It Up
Tip: To avoid doubling up on payments, 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.

Sushi Lunches


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.


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...

Missing Scarf
One of our students in Mahutonga has lost a special scarf. It's cream coloured scarf with little blue dragonflies on it. Please check your child's bag in case it has accidentally come home. Please hand it in at the office if you find it.

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.


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