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Week 1 - 29 July 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Nau mai Haere mai to the second half of the school year!

Many of you are familiar with our 'local' WBS curriculum, which sits underneath the wider NZ Curriculum Framework. It's a document that we are all very proud of and I had great joy sharing it with colleagues in Australia recently. Please see:


I also had the school's vision of:
  • the whole child
  • knowledge building and inquiry
  • embracing collaborative learning
ringing loudly and vibrantly in my head when I was listening to the interview with Professor Yong Zhao on National Radio last week. Yong Zhao has long been a bit of a favourite, I find him motivating.

Yong Zhao is not a fan of National Standards. He always makes that very clear! Our belief has always been they are here...... it's legislation, so let's go with it and make sure our curriculum isn't narrowed because of them. Sometimes this is more difficult to do in reality, however. I'm hoping we don't view them as a ceiling (see below).

Some key points from the interview:
Are we counting what matters? Are we focussed on letting children do what they are good at? Why are the 'basics' the ceiling and not the floor?
Yong Zhao goes on to chat about the need to focus on personal growth of individual children as learning is not linear and their pace is different. Basically we are all so different and something doesn't grow by assessing it all the time........ we are stifling children's growth. He talks about standards describing the past, how strengths need to be tapped into, uniqueness valued and the focus on what an individual can do rather than what they cannot do.

Back to our vision - Yong Zhao talked of collaboration being key. He talked about the 'Global Competence' required to live in an interconnected and interdependent world. We need to provide opportunities for our children to work with, for and from others......... not just in the same geographical location.

We are well on the way!

You may like to listen to the full interview here: http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201808957/reframing-education-outcomes

Here's to a full and engaging term of learning.

Nga mihi

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

I am a goal setter... (self management)
  • I can reflect on my learning
  • I can share and discuss my achievements
  • I can plan my next learning steps

Autahi and Tautoru
Archie, Anastasiya, Cleo, Chris, Edward, James and Evan.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Chester, Oto, Isaac and Teddy.

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
2.20pm - 2.50pm on Thursday 4th August


Welcome to Anneke and her family who are new to Worser Bay School. Welcome, too, to Finn and Luca whose families are already part of our school community.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

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

Letter from the Public Health Nurse

Please read the Letter from Public Health Nurse regarding Sore Throats and Rheumatic Fever.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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


All about the letter i
Take a look at all our fantastic learning about the letter i.

Maths Fun
We’ve been having fun in Maths this week. Take a look.

Thursday was the 100th day of school since the beginning of the year. We had a celebration of all things 100 on Friday.


What we did do in the holidays?
Take a look at the blog to see what we did in the holidays. We all had such a wonderful time.

Creating and exploring sound
In preparation for the Music Festival, Scott’s base group have been experimenting with keyboards, record players, drum machines and and tape decks. Keep an eye on the blog for more posts!

Find out what Nicola’s base group have been doing: Junk Bots

Learner attributes
We have been setting goals around the learner attributes and then reflecting on these at the end of the day. Please have a look on the blog to see a video of some examples.


Exploring sound waves with slinkies
We’ve been learning about how sound moves and how our ears work, partly by observing slinkies, which move like sound waves.

How Much Do We Use? A Statistical Investigation Looking at How We Use Resources.
We have just completed a Statistical Investigation focusing on our use of water, paper, electricity and plastics. We made some startling discoveries, including the fact that we use about 13 pieces of paper for each student every day of the school year.

At Worser Bay School we have been working on how much we waste as a statistical investigation.

I, Sam, have been working on how much paper we have been wasting. We have also found that to make paper you don’t just need trees. A huge amount of water is used to produce the paper that we waste.

Senior Sports dates to note
With a busy term ahead, we think it’s a good opportunity to note our important sports dates.
  • Tuesday 16th August, Wellington Regional Sports Fest
  • Friday 26th August, Eastern Zones Swimming
  • Wednesday 14th September, Eastern Zones Miniball
Keep an eye out for for more information as we get closer to the dates. The Sports Fest is is quite a big event. With us having four teams out at four different venues on the same day (Netball, Miniball, Football and Hockey), we will definitely need parents to coach/manage teams, as well as to help with transport. Permission information, venues and rules will be out next Friday.

With our music festival coming up in week five we are starting to experiment with poetry and song writing. Here is a little taster to brighten your weekend.

The Nature Band
The waves crashed on the beach today: big blue walls came to the beach
and started to play the bass drum.
The wind swooped over our house today: came swooping into our metal chimney
and started to play the flute.
The rain came over to our house today: started getting rough, patted on our roof
and played the maracas.
The bird flew other our house today: big entrance from the tree,
sat in the front
and started to sing.
And that's the nature band.

By Caitlyn Vlug


  • Parent Catch Up - Friday 29 July at 7.30pm at Park Kitchen.
  • Parent Workshops - Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 August.
  • Fair Storage Space required urgently - please contact Jim at captainwmtoad@me.com
  • Assembly - Friday 5 August
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 5 August (Please ensure clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are named.)
  • Year 6 EBIS Experience - Thursday 18 August - No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap it Up.
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 31 August

      • The following payments are now due:
        • Voluntary Contribution - $335.00 (Full year)
        • Voluntary Contribution by Instalment - 3rd instalment is now due - $83.75 per term
          (or $71.25 if you initiated the payments in Term 1)
        • Miniball and Netball (outstanding payments from Term 2)

        All payments via Wrap It Up please.

        School Sign

        Our wonderful new school sign is here! Thanks so much to the children and parents who contributed ideas in the beginning and then the energy, drive and expertise from within our community to see this through to completion. It's amazing!

        Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 31 August

        On Wednesday 31st August, 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
        Pizzas cost $5 each. Please order via Wrap It Up. Orders must be in by 9am on Tuesday 30th August - no later.

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

        Our Fabulous Treasure Island Fair is coming up soon

        This is your simple guide for being prepared for the Fair: Sunday 13th November, 11am-2pm

        What to do:
        • Check the Newsletter
        • Watch out for Fair ParentNet emails
        • Talk with the Committee
        • Think about what you might be able to help with – Volunteer Sign Up Form will be out soon.
        • Watch for letters / notes coming home with your children

        Who to talk with:
        (Start with the following Committee members)

        Donations and White Elephant 2016
        We will start collecting donations from families in late August. We will be collecting: books, clothes and toys. We will let you know where and when shortly. We are tweaking the way we mange White Elephant donations this year. Donations for White Elephant will be taken only on the weekend of the Fair.

        Plant Stall Request
        Do you have any gorgeous succulents you can take cuttings from? The Plant Stall would love to propagate them for our School Fair.

        Drop off to Kyla before or after school at Tautoru or contact her on 021 208 2750. 

        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

        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.

        Queen Margaret College - Discover Year 7
        Discover Year 7 is an opportunity for your daughter to spend a day at Queen Margaret College. Your daughter will join current Year 6 students, who will be stepping into Year 7 with your daughter. Together they will participate in a variety of taster classes with Middle School teachers. As a parent or caregiver, you will be able to join the Principal, Carol Craymer and the Head of Middle School,  Rena Day, for a presentation about what to expect at Queen Margaret College.

        Date: Monday 8 August 
        Time: 8.30am-3pm
        Where: Queen Margaret College

        For more information or to register, click here.

        Community Notices...

        House to Rent - Seatoun Heights Rd
        3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
        Great sun
        8 minute walk to Worser Bay School
        Garage and off street park
        $500 per week

        For further information, please contact Kirsty Chamberlain on 027 206 8134.

        Scots College Centenary
        Fri 26 – Sun 28 August 2016
        Join us to celebrate 100 years of Scots College at our centenary weekend next month. We have a huge range of events planned, including the ‘Ladies Long Lunch’ with celebrity chef Nadia Lim on Sunday 28 August.

        For more information, go to

        Wellington Airport Extension
        Submissions on the resource consent application close on 12 August. Please have your say as this will affect the peninsula. 

        Please take a look at the Guardians of the Bays website to find out more information. The Guardians of the Bays will be holding a Community Workshop on making a submission on 1 August at 7pm at Hataitai Bowling Club, 157 Hataitai Road. www.guardiansofthebays.org.nz

        To make a submission, you can alternatively use this helpful form:
        http://www.actionstation.org.nz/wellington_airport_extension which has some prepared submissions for those of you pressed for time.

        This will affect our community on the peninsula; our use of Lyall Bay beach and recreational water sports, the marine environment and marine life, future regional flights decreasing in availability and trucks will cart fill along Lyall Bay Parade, Onepu Rd, Evans Bay and the Mount Victoria tunnel every 2 minutes for the next 4 years - imagine the added traffic woes!

        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,
        24 Jul 2016, 19:17
        Carolyn Brett,
        24 Jul 2016, 19:17