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Week 5 - 26 August 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

"I just wanted to say congratulations on, and thank you all for your efforts in making the Musical Festival over the last 2 nights a simply fantastic experience for one and all.

We came along last night and loved every minute of it. It was driven by the children, guided by you guys, delivered by each and every child, and enjoyed by parents, families and the community that took great pride in the efforts of their own and other children and the school.

It was a real show case of all that is great about WBS – it was creative, innovative and just terrific. And, like everything you guys do, continued to build on, grow and take this annual celebration of all aspects of the arts into yet another brand new and exciting space." - 
Feedback from a very satisfied parent!

The Festival of Music is now over, but the spirit of giving things a go lives on! An enormous "tino pai rawa" to our children for their 14 performances, our dedicated team and supportive parents for getting a vision implemented - and wasn't the organisation slick?!

As one of my favourites, Sir Ken Robinson, discusses in his book 'The Element - How finding your passion changes everything", it is the encouragement of family/teachers that supports children to connect with individual talents and passions and that
one size doesn't fit all.

A lot comes down to mindset and being open to doing things in different ways. Whether it's playing a jandal, a wooden spoon, a pot, a melodian, a triangle, a violin or a theremin...... chanting, dancing, poetry, beatboxing or making a movie - who knows what fire this may ignite.......

As Sir Ken believes, "all children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to tale a risk with what they think..... with too much narrowing down..... too much emphasis on 'basics', many children don't get to explore the full range of their abilities and interests."

We don't want to stifle our children's motivation to learn or pour water on their fire! It's an AND. Yes, there is a strong focus on the 3 Rs here, we have to. However, as I said a few weeks ago - that has to be the floor, not the ceiling.

This week we have also had a beautiful range of musicians in school, performing to our very interested children. As Scott mentioned to me yesterday, "All of the children listened so well, were attentive, really into it - loved it." We came to the conclusion that our children could do with regular exposure to people showcasing talents and passions, when it fits. If they had been listening to a classical violin piece earlier in the year, it may have been out of some children's comfort zones and that's when we get the giggling and immaturity and all that goes with it!

We also had a number of children take a risk when performing to other children........

"I am so proud of what I did I nearly cried (but I didn't).

I thought that my heart would burst out because I was so scared...." 
(Year 4 boy)

It's been an extremely rewarding week.

Now, we had gold coin donation in the Newsletter as a fee to go towards supporting the Festival. We understand not many people carry cash, but as we only managed to gather $179.60 through a gold coin donation - and a considerable amount of money is spent on makeup, costumes, lighting, backdrops, technical bits and bobs - the 'buckets' will sit in the office for some weeks to come - so please help us get some traction towards breaking even!

For more on Sir Ken and The Element:


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
Addison, Louie, Greta, Mitchell, Katherine and Eden.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Blake, Caitlyn, Jan, Sam St, Zach and Raiha.


Welcome to Sierra and her family who are new to Worser Bay School. 

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Book Your Celebrations of Learning

This time around, each area, except for Autahi, have two days set aside for these Celebrations of Learning. You will be booking in groups of 5 (children + parents) for 30 minute slots during the day. A teacher will be facilitating the group, your child will lead you through a variety of pieces of work, with prompting from yourselves and the teacher as they work with the group. On either side of the conversation, you will have an opportunity to experience a bit more of regular classroom life as well. Some of you will remember the learning space treasure hunt of 2015........ a great success! We are reinstating that, in combination with the group facilitated conversations. We very much value the children having this opportunity to articulate their learning journey, so please diary these days: 

Autahi:                         Thursday 8 September
Mahutonga/Matariki:     Monday 12 or Tuesday 13 September
Tautoru:                        Wednesday 14 or Thursday 15 September

Please follow the instructions below on how to book:

Enter the Worser Bay School Code: q8vsd
Please book a time with the area where you child is (Autahi, Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki).
Bookings will close at midday on Wednesday 7 September.

If you are totally confused, please chat to a teacher in your area or Steph in the office and they will get you on track.

Orange Day Parade

Our road patrollers had a great time at the Orange Day Parade

Orange Day Entertainment
Today we performed and represented Worser Bay School in front of over 1000 children at the Michael Fowler Centre. We had to bring the character strengths of bravery, teamwork and creativity to the stage!

"I was nervous at the start but once people started to wave their arms and clap I knew they loved it and I felt warm and confident." Betty Jo

"I was more nervous than I had ever been in my entire life, but once I started singing I felt like I was meant to be on the stage." Olivia

Check out the video on the blog:
We are so extremely proud of these two!

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 22 September - the last Thursday of Term 3!

It is nearly time for the much anticipated Year 3 and 4 sleepover. The finer details will be provided soon. We will need a number of parents to stay over and this needs to get sorted ASAP due to the regulations around safety checking, etc. The pressure is on - you wouldn't want to miss out on a major social highlight!

If you want a head start on your holiday, children won't be expected to be at school on the Friday, which is essentially a pack up day.


Teacher News

Term 4 2016
We are thrilled to have Susie Keenan joining the team when Chrissy is off on parental leave. Susie is an experienced teacher, currently working at Lyall Bay School. She also has a Physical Education Degree, is keen on environmental initiatives, can't wait to team teach in a shared space, and is very excited about meeting you all soon.

With Kath and Hamish doing a Tom and Barbara (from the Good Life, circa 1970s, remember them? See photo!), we have had the opportunity to have a further two very happy teachers all set to go in 2017.

Many of you will remember Anna James, a student teacher here in 2015. Anna made a terrific contribution over this six week period and has remained close to us since this time. She is currently completing her BTeach/BSci. So we will welcome Anna back with open arms and hearts!

We are also excited to have Wanwan Liao joining us. Wanwan is currently teaching at Clyde Quay School, prior to this she was at Te Aro School. She brings a wonderful knowledge of collaborative practice, is also a Mandarin speaker and has sought us out!

I will leave space for Susie, Anna and Wanwan to introduce themselves in more detail later.

It's wonderful to have such a high level of interest from quality teaching professionals who are so enthusiastic about working here. As to who teaches in which space in 2017, this will be sorted later in Term 4.

Nau mai Haere mai

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.

Parents' Responses to Children's Peer Interactions - Research Study

My name is Tegan Lynch and I am undertaking this study as part of my PhD research at Victoria University of Wellington.
In this study, I am asking parents and caregivers about social peer situations involving their children, their experiences of these, and will then ask parents if they experienced anything similar when they were growing up. Most of the questions will be concerned with negative peer experiences.

To participate in this study you will need to be a parent or caregiver (this can include grandparents, aunt/uncles, or anyone else who acts as a main caregiver or guardian) who has at least one school-aged child. Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous.

More information and the survey can be found here: www.kidsandpeers.com

Sew Love Event

All WBS students are going to have the exciting opportunity to sew their own reusable tote bags at school (Mon 5th Sep to Wed 7th Sep) with help from "Cecil", the Sew Love mobile sewing camper. Students are requested to bring a pillowcase and neck tie from home as the materials for the bag.

Cecil the mobile sewing camper and the finished creations

"Don't forgot to check the PFP blog site and sign the pledge to support plastic reduction on the Miramar Peninsula!


Music Festival
We have had such a wonderful week - busy, energetic and full of success; take a look at some of our gorgeous costumes.

Musical Artworks
We enjoyed an art day on Thursday to reflect on our beautiful performances.


Noodles in my Nostrils
This is a funny poem that we read this week. You can read the poem and listen to some of us reading it on our blog. We are learning to read with fluency and expression.

In Spanish this week, we have been learning about the supermercato.


Music Workshops
We’ve been treated to some great workshops this week. On Wednesday, Rob came in and we learned about, and listened and danced to the bagpipes. (See Rob's message under Community Notices.) In the afternoon, Ray talked to us about how guitars are made and how he learned to make them.

Daytime rehearsals for the Music Festival

Have a look at our rehearsals on the blog...


  • Book your Celebrations of Learning nowBookings close Wednesday 7 September
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only Register for Term 4 Sports by 9am on Monday 29 August: WBS Sports - Term 4
  • Fair Volunteer Form - please complete the Fair Volunteer Form today. We'd love to know what you can help with for the Fair, on the day and leading up to it.
  • Fair Donations required now - Sugar, FULL bottles for the Tombola, clean label-free jars, paper bags and succulent clippings.
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 31 August
  • Fair Stall Holders Meeting - Wednesday 31 August, 7.30pm in the staffroom
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only - Busking - Friday 2 September - Location to be confirmed.
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 2 September - please name your children's lunch boxes and clothes (in particular, hoodies and jumpers)
  • NZEI Union Meeting - Tuesday 6 September from 1pm. We will be keeping the school open with limited staff. However, if you are able, please collect your child at 1pm. (See below.)
  • Sew Love - Whole School - Monday 5, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September
  • School Photo Days - Wednesday 7 September and Thursday 8 September
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only - Andy Griffiths at Seatoun School - Thursday 15 September. No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap It Up, please.

  • 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 - Terms 2 and 3 - $35.00

    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    NZEI Teachers' Union Meeting - Tuesday 6 September

    On Tuesday 6 September from 1pm, there is a NZEI Union Meeting. We will be keeping the school open with limited staff. 

    If you are able, please collect your child at 1pm. If you are NOT able to collect your child at 1pm on Tuesday 6 September, please email your child's base group teacher.

    Please note that the Sausage Sizzle will go ahead. We will serve the sausages slightly earlier than usual.

    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).

    WBS Treasure Island Fair - Sunday 13th November, 11am-2pm

    Reminder: 31 August - Fair Stall Holders Meeting, 7.30pm in the Staffroom.

    Parent Fair Volunteer Form - A message from Sarah Wells
    “For those who haven’t had a chance, please click on the Fair Volunteer Form link to add your name to some of the tasks. We are a small parental community and to make the day a success and, more importantly, FUN for our children, we need LOTS of help and we rely on you! Thanks to everyone who has stuck their hand up already, but we need this completed ASAP. Please complete it today.

    Food stall leads still need filling and we need approximately 5 volunteers per stall and many more for set up/pack down. If you are able to help in both capacities (i.e. being on a stall on the day, and helping with either set-up or pack down) just pop your name down in both boxes - we LOVE that!

    There is a wide range of activities (no-one does everything) that volunteers can get involved with: 

    • Making things (jams, baking, craft items…) 
    • Pricing and sorting things 
    • Set up the stall (labelling, arranging items ...) 
    • Being on a stall selling things (which is a lot easier than you think) 
    • Taking down stalls, giving the school a brush and tidy up 
    • Celebrating another hugely successful Fair.” 

    Get in quick to get the job you want. If you are struggling to complete the form online, either email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz and she will pop your name next to the stall you wish to work on. Or pop into the office and talk to her about it. Or connect with Sarah Wells directly: sarahwellshgl@gmail.com

    The fair is an opportunity to get to know people a bit better, to have fun and come together as a community. It’s always so much fun….


    Tombola Bottle Donations Needed Now!
    Please donate FULL unused bottles of anything – jars of lollies, creams, shampoo, sauces, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Some donations in the past included champagne, shampoo, perfume, chilli sauce, big bottles of fancy beer, olive oils…

    Please drop your donations up to school and pop them into the box outside the office. Alcoholic beverages can go straight to the office team to put somewhere safe.

    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. 

    Donations for White Elephant stall goodies will be taken only on the weekend of the Fair. White Elephant donations include crockery, sports gear, household appliances and other bric a brac.

    Get Growing for the Treasure Island Plant Stall Plant
    The Plant Stall relies on your donations of plants and garden supplies. So, if you have green fingers or keen to help out, know someone in the community who does, now is the time start thinking about growing. 

    What can I do?
    • Donate: Seed raising mix, potting mix, medium sized plastic pots (P5 are best), terracotta pots, garden paraphernalia or garden centre vouchers 
    • Pot up: Native seedlings from your garden or divide plants that can be split & potted up (especially popular are cabbage trees, flax, grasses, astelia and renga renga lily). 
    • Grow: Cuttings, veggie plants and herbs (see below).
    • Get Creative: If you have any creative ideas for garden décor, please contact us before you go into production. 

    When should I start?
    • Donations – please bring your plants to school before Fair Day, 10, 11 and 12 November. Garden Centre vouchers would be handy in the next few weeks so we can purchase seeds and potting mix. Other garden items are welcome anytime. In October we will need lots of potting mix so please get in touch if you have any to spare. 
    • Cuttings and potted seedlings – pot up now so they are a reasonable size by 13 November. 
    • Veggies from seed – here is a rough guide for when to grow from seed: 
      August - basil, chillies
      September - spinach, bok choy, watermelon, sunflowers, tomato
      Early October - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, celery
      Mid October - zucchini, peas, beans 
    Remember to water and keep those delicate seedlings in a sheltered spot so they don’t get battered by the famous spring winds.

    – take cuttings or split existing plants, eg. rosemary, sage, oregano/
    marjoram, thyme, mint. Grow from seed, eg. basil, nasturtiums, marigolds. You could try planting up (in a nice big pot) a mixture of herbs, eg. parsley, thyme, lemon balm, nasturtium, calendula, garlic and chives. 

    If you would like to help, need potting mix or pots, please contact us as we would love to hear from you. Thanks from the Garden Team - Melanie 021 064 8731.

    Deli Stall Donations
    We would be grateful for any donations of sugar and clean jars (without labels). Please drop off at the office.

    Running of the Balls Update
    Thanks to the fantastic support from school families, local and national businesses, we have now secured three amazing prizes for the Running the Balls. 

    A brief run down of the prizes, valued at $1,600.00, are as follows: 
    • First Prize - Return Tickets for Two to the Gold Coast. Value $1,000.00. Kindly donated by Wellington Airport. 
    • Second Prize - A Sumsung Galaxy Tab 8 (Tablet). Value $379.00. Kindly donated by Noel Leeming Lyall Bay and the Jain-Thwaites Family. 
    • Third Prize - Interislander $250.00 online travel voucher. Kindly donated by Interislander. 
    Tickets will be sent home shortly - watch this space and your child’s bag.

    Thanks to Ricoh who are printing the tickets for us and a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Rebecca Wedge, our amazing graphic designer, who kindly donates heaps of her time and skills to create not only the fabulous ROB tickets, but a whole suite of amazing images for WBS and its Fair.

    Key people organising the Fair include:

    Community Notices...

    Looking for House to Rent
    A WBS family of three, with no pets, is currently looking for a house to rent in the Seatoun Heights / Seatoun area.
    Ideally, it would have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage, backyard or garden.
    Rent $500 weekly.
    Please contact Sarka: 022 65 09 238

    Bagpipe Lessons with Rob Perry
    I would like to thank the children at Worser Bay School for such an enthusiastic welcome and such thoughtful questions when I came along to play and talk about the bagpipes for their Music Festival! As an experienced bagpipe teacher who began playing at around their age and has had a lifetime of enjoyment from the instrument, I thought I would mention that I have a few spaces available for tuition at my home in Rongotai. Lessons are for one hour, and are $35. A set of bagpipes is not necessary for the first 6 to 12 months, during which the pupil gets their technique established on a comparatively affordable instrument known as a practice chanter.

    For more information, please feel free to contact me on 027 214 0263, or at karenrob2110@vodafone.co.nz

    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

    Storylines Free Family Day
    Saturday 27 August 2016, 10am-3pm, Michael Fowler Centre
    Over 50 Authors, Illustrators, Storytellers and Performers from all over New Zealand will enthral and entertain children and families at the nationwide Storylines Festival Family Days. So come along! Free entry for all. 
    Koha appreciated.
    For more information, go to www.storylines.org.nz

    Kids' Cross Country Series Event
    Sunday 28 August
    Kids' Cross Country Series Event is a Mini Mountain Run on Mt Victoria. If you haven't already taken part in our Kids' Cross Country Series come along to Mt Victoria on Sunday 28 August for a Mini Mountain Run. Our 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. You can pre-enter online or enter anytime on the day from 9.30am on. 

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

    EBIS Open Day and Evening
    You are invited to Evans Bay Intermediate’s Open Day and Evening on Tuesday 30 August for prospective Year 6 students and their families to see the school in action. 

    EBIS will open from 9.15am until 2.40pm during the day for tours 
    with student leaders. Please come to the office if you would like to be part of one of the tours. 

    If you would prefer, EBIS will be open from 7pm that evening until 
    8.30pm. Meet in the Hall for an overview of the school and then tour classes working with the student leaders and staff. We look forward to seeing you and your families there!

    Alliance Francaise Holiday Programme
    3 October - 7 October | 5 Days - "Tale" me about Francophonie - Places are selling fast!

    For information about Term 4 classes, please go to http://www.french.co.nz/#!children/ch49

    Fencing Holiday Programme and Classes During School Term
    with Olympian Fencer and Internationally qualified Coach, Ping Yuan

        Baptist Church, 24 Donald McLean Street, Newtown
    When:     Tuesday 27/9 and Wednesday 28/9 (9am – 3pm for both day)
    Fee:         $130/two days/per person

    Fencing classes during school term in ASB Sports Centre on Mondays.
    For further information and to book a place, contact PING YUAN at nz_wfc@outlook.com or on 021 059 2558.

    Mega Garage Sale
    Saturday 10 September - 10am - 1pm
    Village Hall, 22 Forres Street, Seatoun.

    El Rancho Spring Kids' Camp
    Monday 26 September - Friday 30 September
    The theme is MYTH BUSTERS, so there'll be loads of opportunities for the kids to experiment and discover heaps of cool stuff!! This time we have FIVE great Activity Streams to choose from:

    • MYTH BUSTERS - for 11 & 12 year olds...perfect if you like experimenting and discovering crazy stuff!
    • ART & CREATIONS - a fun chance to unleash your artistic and crafty talents.
    • PERFORMING ARTS - a great stream to express yourself creatively through dance & drama.
    • HORSE CARE & RIDING - learn the basic skills required to care for and ride a horse.
    • SPORTS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - all the usual great activities, which could include water slide, archery, rifles, tubing, rock wall and more.
    To book, go to:http://elrancho.co.nz/Camps+and+Events/Kids+Camps.html

    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,
    21 Aug 2016, 15:01
    Carolyn Brett,
    21 Aug 2016, 15:01