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8 July 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" Dr. Seuss

Then it was the last day of Term 2.

We have packed a good deal in this term and have plenty to look forward to in Term 3.

Please Diary:

Fair Meeting
Wednesday 27 July at 7.30pm in the staffroom. 

Parent Catch Up
Friday 29th July at 7.30pm - Park Kitchen in Miramar.

Parent Workshops
Come and be introduced to Helping Circles and Writer's Notebooks, aspects of our writing programmes. They will all be similar, so you may want to select just one if you have children in different areas - or choose to come to more than one for reinforcement.

Dates and times:
Mahutonga/Matariki     8.15am - 8.45am on Tuesday 2nd August
Tautoru                       8.15am - 8.45am on Wednesday 3rd August
Autahi                        2.20pm - 2.50pm on Thursday 4th August

Year 6 EBIS Experience
Thursday 18 August - Our Year 6s will be going to visit Evans Bay Intermediate School. They will be picked up at WBS by bus at 9am. There is no charge for this, however, students will need permission to travel to and from EBIS by bus. Please go to Wrap It Up and tick the permission box.

Festival of Music
This year we are going to celebrate sound and music. Across the school, we are beginning inquiries into sound in preparation for what will be another fantastic event. 

Dates and times:
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August
5.30pm to 7.00pm (Children in Autahi will not be required to stay for the whole time.)

Celebrations of Learning / Student Led Conferences will be taking place in the later part of next term. These meetings following on from the Goal Setting Meetings of Term 1 and the Reporting on Progress and Achievement against the National Standards Meetings of Term 2.

At this time, children, parents and teachers meet. The idea is that the children lead the discussion, supported by parents and teachers and focus on celebrating learning, discussing highlights, strengths, achievements they are most proud of and the like.

(NB. Later in Term 4, there is the Final Reporting on Progress and Achievement against the National Standards Meeting for the year.)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their energy and commitment to the children's learning this term. Thanks for the thought and care.

Thanks to our parents and wider whanau - for another great term of working together.

He aroha whakato
He aroha puta mai

If kindness is sown, then kindness you shall receive.

Have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you full of 'oomph' in Term 3.

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
Sabine, CJ, Joni, Mia, Cooper, Talia and Stella.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Yasmin, Greer W, Rylan, Alastair, Flynn and Sylvie.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Movie Night Fundraiser for Stephanie


We are holding a Movie Fundraiser to support Stephanie Hayes and her family. Please come and join us with friends and family on Sunday 10 July at the Penthouse Cinema to see what we are sure will be an awesome movie. Please contact Annette (Jessie’s Mum) on 021 626 340 or Angela (Daisy’s Mum) on 027 715 7973 for further information and tickets.

Thanks in advance for your support!
Angela & Annette

Parent Catch Up

We thought it was time for another lovely school wide catch-up. Please join us at the Park Kitchen on Friday 29th July at 7.30pm for a catch up over whatever type of drink takes your fancy. It will be a lovely opportunity to connect with all parents, and to meet and greet our new ones! We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible - so come along, connect and be part of the fun - it should be a lovely evening and a nice way to catch up!

ParentNet Team

We love the Plastic Free Peninsula logo. Thank you to Catherine Hanham for putting this together and well done to Hunter T who drew the happy crab!

Students and the school community were inspired to take action at the Plastic Free Peninsula Pizza and Movie Night (you can watch the movies again on the blog). As part of the movie night, we watched a TED Talk by Isabel and Melati, two young people who have made a huge difference in Bali, proving that anyone can make a difference. They left a message for us for our movie night and we have replied: Our reply to Isabel and Melati

On Sunday, the PFP did a Beach Clean Up to kickstart Plastic Free July!

Message from Sophie Williams...
83 of us collected heaps of rubbish on Sunday, about 10 sacks full!

The weirdest things we found were:
  • a travel washing machine
  • a welding helmet
  • half an old wooden suitcase
  • a bra
  • a fishing rod covered in tube worms.
Melissa won the prize for most collected, Edward won for the unusual small washing machine, Amanda for the unusual welding mask and Kaia found the suitcase!

Edward and Vicky tidied around a penguin nest. Edward said: "From the sound of it, you could hear babies - squeaks. There was heaps of rubbish around the nesting box: polystyrene, snack packets and heaps of cups".

Great work! So satisfying.


Morning Monster Groups

We are starting our mornings by jumping straight into Monster Groups. These groups help us practise letters, sounds and words we are learning.

Autahi Pet Statistics

We are loving doing surveys in our class. Take a look.


Eid Mubarak!
We are making connections with Bukit Timah School in Singapore. They had a day off for Eid on Wednesday. We would like to wish them Eid Mubarak!

Nicola's literacy group read and learnt a little bit about Eid ul fitr.

Postcards for Bukit Timah Primary School
Tautoru wrote postcards to Bukit Timah Primary School for Nicola to take with her to Singapore. We bought a Kete and decorated it with feathers to transport them. Nicola will explain to the children what a Kete is when she gives it to them. Take a look at our photos to see how beautiful they are! Have a great time, Nic!

Spanish Lessons with Maria
Last week we learnt days of the week and months of the year.

Thank you to all of the parents and whanau for your help and support this year. It’s been great!

Africa and Empathy
In Tautoru, we had a visitor talking to us about the continent of Africa. We talked mainly about Empathy and what the difference is between New Zealand and Africa. Thank you, Zoe - it was very interesting!

Kandinsky-inspired Art
In Scott and Chrissy's maths group, we have been looking at the geometric art of Kandinsky. We designed our own patterns and transferred them to make a group art piece.

Garage Band
We have been working together to create music on Garage Band. We have been finding sounds around the school. We will be creating our own music for the upcoming Music Festival.

On Tuesday we all took part in various activities to look after the school or our wider environment. We planted in the sand dunes, collected snails to feed the tuataras at Wellington Zoo, demolished agapanthus below bottom court and planted on the hillside below bottom grass.


  • Movie Night Fundraiser for Stephanie - Sunday 10 July at 4pm. Last chance to get your tickets!
  • Term 3 starts on Monday 25th July at 8.55am.
  • Fair Meeting - Wednesday 27 July at 7.30pm. Please come along.
  • Parent Catch Up - Friday 29 July at 7.30pm at Park Kitchen.
  • Sausage Sizzlers needed for Term 3. (See below.)
  • Please diary the following:
    Parent Workshops - Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August.
    Year 6 EBIS Experience
    - Thursday 18 August - No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap it Up, please.
    Festival of Music - Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 August, 5.30pm to 7pm.
    Year 6 Dinner and Parents of Year 6 Drinks - 8 December at 6pm.
    The Wrap - 14 December at 5.30pm.

      • 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.)
        • Any outstanding payments
        • (Miniball, Netball, Te Papa, Capital E, Camp, Seesaw, etc.)

        • Next Lost Property Clearance - Friday 5 August (Please ensure clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are named.)
        • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesdays - Order now for Term 3.
        • Sushi Lunches - Fridays - Order now for Term 3.
        • Term Dates 2016 and 2017.
        • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs
        All payments via Wrap It Up please.

        Sausage Sizzlers Needed

        Firstly, a HUGE thank you to all of those who have helped out so far this year to make the Sausage Sizzles happen! It has been a huge success on all fronts, happiness for the children who love it, a happy break for the parents from "lunch box thinking" and a very successful fundraiser for our school.

        We are now looking for 2-3 more SUPER people to sizzle for us next term to make the system sustainable. Basically, it involves coming in 1 to 2 times per term (we can be flexible on dates) from around 12.00pm to 1.30pm, throwing some sausages on the BBQ and passing them on to a great team of students who then serve them out to the hungry children!

        There are always two people on, so if you want to pop your name down with someone so you can catch-up over the sizzle, please feel free. We would love to have some new faces on board to join our current team - the more, the merrier!!

        If you are able to help out in any capacity, please contact Michelle Kitney at michellekitney@gmail.com or text 027 681 4956. 

        WBS Treasure Island Fair - Sunday 13 November 2016 - 11am-2pm - Rain or Shine

        The fabulous WBS Fair is coming up in November.

        Next term we will start to collect donations of goods and to allocate roles on the day and in the lead up to the big day. More information will be coming out soon, but for now we need a little help with two things: storage space and collecting bags for stalls (to package sales into).

        Storage Space required short term
        The Fair Organising Team is looking for some clean, dry storage space (ie. garage, spare room, large cupboards, etc.) for donations made to our stalls. This would only be for Term 3 until the Fair. If you can help out with storage space, please contact Jim who is managing all donations: captainwmtoad@me.com

        Paper Bags – Reuse and Recycle
        The team would also love to receive donations of any paper bags you might have to help us avoid handing out too many plastic bags. So please start collecting any paper bags you get while shopping. Ideal bags include: My Food Bags, High Street shopping bags made of thick paper or light cardboard. These can be dropped off at the Office.

        We always love to have your input and our next Fair Meeting will be on Wednesday 27 July at 7.30pm in the school staffroom. Please come along. In the meantime, if you want to get involved, email Debs at deb.maxwell@yahoo.com - she is the awesome woman managing the event this year - with lots of help from a whole pile of great volunteers.

        Running of the Balls
        This is an iconic and successful Worser Bay School Fair event, that usually closes the Fair, attracts lots of attention, and makes great money for the school. Using the geography of the site, 1,000 numbered balls are released down a slope on to bottom court. The first three numbered balls across the line win three amazing prizes. In previous years, prizes have included first class accommodation, tablets and travel. This year, we are on the look out for some more fantastic prizes. 

        So, how can you help……..?

        Are you a Westpac customer? You could redeem your hotpoints for some Noel Leeming Vouchers. These vouchers could go a long way in assisting with the purchase of a tablet (which makes a great prize).

        Do you have contacts in the areas of Accommodation, Travel or Tourism?

        We would love to hear from you, so please contact Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz or 021 238 6673 if you are able to help with the above.

        Sponsorship Opportunities
        Keen to give something back to the school? Do you have a business that you are keen to promote? We can help. You could sponsor a stall at the upcoming Worser Bay School Fair. You may wish to sponsor a Food Stall or a Games Stall. In return, your name or company name can be associated with the stall. In addition, you can have exposure on our social media sites, fair flyer and on the day. 

        If you are keen, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen at claireandmattallen@gmail.com.

        Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
        Keen to promote your business and give something back to Worser Bay School? We can help. We are on the look out for items for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle at the upoming Worser Bay School Fair. We are on the look out for goods and services; these could include, artwork, restaurants, wine, cafes, children and adult tuition, professional services, ie. accountant, architect, builder, electrican, plumber, physio - the list goes on. In return, we can offer you and your business great exposure on our social media sites, fair flyer and on the day.

        If you are keen, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen at claireandmattallen@gmail.com

        Deli Stall
        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 Hannah on 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.

        Year 6 Only - School Options for 2017

        Holy Cross School Holy Cross School will be hosting an Experience Morning for Year 6 students on Tuesday 2nd August. A Parent Information Evening will held on Monday 8th August at 6pm in the Holy Cross School Library. If you are interested in attending either event, please contact the Holy Cross School office on 388 7189 or administration@hcm.school.nz.

        Miramar Christian School - Open Morning - Friday 5 August, 10am to 12noon.

        Evans Bay Intermediate School
         - Year 6 EBIS Experience - Thursday 18 August. Our Year 6s will be picked up by bus at 9am. There is no charge for this, however, we will need permission for them to travel by bus to and from EBIS. Please go to Wrap It Up and tick the permission box.

        Bee Healthy

        Community Notices...

        Wellington Ice Skating Rink and Ice Slide
        Come down to the heart of the city to experience the Resene CoolColour Wellington Ice Rink and Ice Slide. Fully covered for all weather skating on the vibrant waterfront.

        2 July - 31 July / Open daily 10am - 10pm
        Odlins Plaza, 21 Cable Street, Wellington Waterfront

        Tickets (includes skate hire - 90 minute limit when busy):
        Adult $20 / Child $15 / Family $55 / Slide $7.50 (3 rides) or $10.00 (5 rides)
        Phone: 021 232 0829 / Email: temprink@paradice.co.nz

        El Rancho Horse Camp
        19 and 20 July, 9am - 5pm each day. $160 for both days.
        Come and experience the magic of El Rancho and learn Level 1 Riding and Horse Care!
        Suitable for beginners or those with some experience. Not just for kids, parents and grandparents are welcome too!
        This is a day camp, so no overnight stay, just turn up each morning ready for your riding adventure!
        Apply online at: http://elrancho.co.nz/Camps+and+Events/Horse+Camp.html

        Next Kids Cross Country Series Event is in Tawa on Sunday 24 July
        If you haven't already taken part in our Kids Cross Country Series come along on Sunday 24 July. These events are open to everyone. You don't have to be a member of a club to take part. We have races for preschoolers through to Year 8s. Enter at least a week before the event and receive a personalised race bib on the day. Or you can enter anytime on the day from 9.30am.

        For more information, go to https://www.athleticshub.co.nz/our-programmes#kidsxcountry or contact Jo at Athletics Wellington on 021 976 116.

        Miramar Rangers School Holiday Programme


        Capital E School Holiday Programme
        These July school holidays, Capital E weaves some winter magic into young people’s school break with a full programme entailing digital workshops, live performances and a brand new interactive installation from Monday 11 July – Saturday 23 July 2016.

        Young people will be weaving wonders in Weave Your Way (all ages) at Capital E’s creative space on Queens Wharf. Upstairs in MediaLab there will be workshops on 3D model making and augmented reality in Design Your Reality and on how visual effects are executed in Visual Effects (ages 8-14). Capital E’s new programme, Daring to be Different (ages 10-14) in the OnTV Studio will focus on reality television, and for people who want a full explosion of Capital E we have the jam-packed workshops Digital Day and the Ultimate Capital E Experience (ages 8-10). Capital E National Theatre for Children presents Hinepau (ages 7+), based on the book by Gavin Bishop and directed by Jamie McCaskill, at the Hannah Playhouse before it hits the road on a NZ tour.

        To book, visit Capital E’s website, www.capitale.org.nz, or phone 04 913 3740 for more information.

        Pak’nSave Kilbirnie July Netball Holiday Programme for girls and boys in Years 3-8
        Looking for some fun and netball development these holidays? Online registrations now open - click here to register online.
        Offered both weeks of the holidays – Week 1: Monday 11th to Friday 15th July and Week 2: Monday 18th to Friday 22nd July at the Kilbirnie ASB Sports Centre.

        Term 3 Pak’nSave Kilbirnie Junior Netball Academy for girls and boys in Years 5-8
        Keen to brush up your netball skills after-school? Online registrations now open - click here to register online.

        Term 3 Circus Classes
        We have a wide range of circus classes available in Term 3. Book now via our websiteSome classes fill up fast so be sure to book your spot in the classes. 

        Classes include:
        • Aerials - Trapeze and Tissu
        • Hand Balance
        • Contortion
        • Adagio
        • Tumbling
        • Equilibristics
        • Hula Hoop
        • Kids and Teens Circus
        • ...and more!

        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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