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Week 2 - 5 August 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

Thanks so much for making it to any of the 3 Parent Writing Workshops this week. You will now have a bit more knowledge of how writing is taught. For some of our children (and us) it may not always come easy. It may be one of those learning areas where perseverance and tenacity is required, making mistakes welcomed and taking a risk a necessity.

I have picked up a book which has been on the shelf for a while these last couple of weeks titled "How children succeed" by Paul Tough. http://www.paultough.com/the-books/how-children-succeed/

"Inner resilience, a sense of curiosity, the hidden power of confidence - these are the most important things we can teach our children, because it's these qualities that will enable them to live happy, fulfilled and successful lives."

Neuroscientists, educators, psychologists, economists have pulled their combined expertise and believe qualities including persistence, self control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, self confidence', what we may think of as 'character', need to have central focus in learning. I know many of you watched the "Why Am I?" series recently - yes, the Dunedin Study features in Paul Tough's book, along with Walter Mischel's infamous marshmallow test around self control.

If we look at Thomas Edison and the light bulb, his teachers apparently said he was "too stupid to learn anything". (Well, we wouldn't dream of saying that these days for a start!) He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive". As an inventor, he made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." So here's a great example of huge persistence, self control, conscientiousness, grit and self confidence.

We may not all end up making groundbreaking discoveries, but by supporting the development of what may be termed 'non-cognitive' qualities in our children, we may start to see some potential barriers to learning being removed. If you attended the Writing Workshops this week, you can probably draw a straight line to some of the key themes of the writing programmes across the school - the idea of the writer's notebook, quick writes, helping circles..... it's all about encourage risk taking, teaching children to be curious, developing inner confidence.......

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
~ Confucius

We aim for our children to be able to pick themselves up when they fall and not always do the picking up for them.

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
Aila, Mae, Zayden, Nikora, Ella B, Charlotte and Reuben.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alexandra, Betty Jo, Emma R, Fletch and Henry.


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

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Kath and Hamish - Town Mice to Country Mice 2017

Kath and Hamish have made what has been an incredibly difficult decision to 'go country' in 2017. They adore this school and I know it will always be a very special part of their lives, after all, this is where the love story began 7 years ago! Combined, they have given over 20 years of their lives to WBS, which is an enormous contribution. I am very supportive of their decision to have a change of lifestyle and the Wairarapa will suit them beautifully. I thank them for being so thoughtful to give such early notification so we can plan ahead, by then the tears would have dried up!

Asia New Zealand Press Release - Singapore Cultural Connections Trip

Nicola will be travelling to Singapore tomorrow with a handful of other teachers from across New Zealand as part of the Asia New Zealand Foundation's 'Cultural Connections' study tour. 

We are very excited and know that Nic will establish some strong connections with Singapore educators while she is there. In turn, this will mean our children will establish online connections with students in Singapore.

Equipping New Zealanders to thrive in the Asian Century is the key focus of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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.


More 100th Day of School

We have been finishing off some of our 100th day at school celebrations. Take a look.

Music Everywhere

We are exploring elements of music, including pitch, dynamics and beat.

Sound Provocations

There are some things around the room to get us thinking about sound and making music. Great fun.


We have been learning the different body parts in Spanish. Learn our songs: Spanish Songs

We have been exploring shapes by using tangrams. We made some interesting things - kites, Christmas trees, junk monsters and many others. 

Exploring the change in dynamics (volume) in Music
In Music today, we explored the different types of dynamics (volume) you can use when creating music. In our video we are showing ff - fortissimo (very loud) and p - piano (soft).


Supporting NZ’s Olympic Team
We have been writing inspiring messages to send to some of the NZ Olympic teams. We’ve made them into videos and are sending them to the athletes in Rio - have a look on the blog...

What it takes to be an Olympic rower
Thanks to Melissa Bray for coming in and giving us a really good idea of what it’s like to be a very competitive rower. She also gave us a much better understanding of the conditions in Rio for athletes and the logistics in holding such an enormous event.

Word Rhythms
We have been having a lot of fun playing with rhythm, sometimes using instruments, sometimes clapping and using body percussion and sometimes using words to create rhythmic patterns. Check out some of the work in progress on the blog.


We are currently involved in preparations for the Music Festival, composing pieces involving all kinds of conventional and unconventional sounds and songwriting! As a way to finish off the Music Festival, we are planning to go busking, unleashing our songwriting talents on the wider community. We will be doing this on Friday 2nd September.

Make sure to put it in your diary and set aside some spare change you might want to throw into a hat down on Courtenay Place on that day.

More details will follow.


  • Fair Storage Space required urgently - please contact Jim at captainwmtoad@me.com
  • Fair Tombola Stall donations welcome now - please drop off at the office.
  • Regional Sports Tournament - Tuesday 16th August (only those children who have brought home a notice)
  • Year 6 EBIS Experience - Thursday 18 August (see below). No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap it Up.
  • Assembly - Friday 19 August
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 19 August (Please ensure clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles are named.)
  • Eastern Zones Swimming - Friday 26 August (only those children who have brought home a notice)
  • Orange Day Parade (Year 5 & 6 Road Patrollers Only) - Friday 26 August - No charge, but permission is needed via Wrap it Up.
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 31 August
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Only - Busking at Courtenay Place - Friday 2 September
  • Please diary: Chocolate Fish Cafe, Shelly Bay - Friday 18 November, 5pm- 6.30pm - Post Fair "Thank You from the Board"

  • 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)
    • EZ Swimming - $1.20 (only those children who have brought home a notice)
    • Regional Sports Tournament - $2.50 (only those children who have brought home a notice)

    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    Worser Bay Music Festival - 23 and 24 August

    This year we are doing something a little different. As it’s the first time we have attempted an event like this we really need your help!

    How it’s going to work: 
    Everyone will gather in the driveway and then be led into the courtyard by the students in Autahi. From there, you will start with your child’s base group (or if more than one child, choose one of their base groups). Every 5 minutes there will be a bell and you will transition to the next group - like a rotation. You will receive a map as some items will be outside. You will have 5 minutes to get to the next musical item on your musical menu. 

    As you can imagine, we can’t gauge space and how this may all pan out. (What was that about taking risks - eek?!) 

    So, what we are requesting is that our parent community selects 1 of the 2 evenings to attend. We are hoping that you will be able to accommodate the evenings based on your children’s surnames. 

    When:    Tuesday 23 August (for surnames A - K)
                  Wednesday 24 August (for surnames L - Z)

    Time:      5.45pm - 7pm (All students will be required to arrive at school between 5.10 - 5.20pm at the latest.)

    Cost:      Gold coin koha

    Be sure to mark the above dates on your calendar, as this festival of music is going to be a cracker!

    A bit more detail:
    The students are currently working in base groups developing musical ideas and working towards creating a performance for the 2 nights, 23rd and 24th August.

    The festival will start at 5.45 pm sharp. Autahi will start the event with a parade from Autahi to the courtyard which will also enable Autahi students to head home early if need be. 

    The audience will be separated into seven groups and start the evening at one of the base group performance spaces. Each performance will last approximately 5 minutes and at the end of each piece the audience will stay together and rotate around the remaining base group spaces.

    Students will be required to stay at school for the entire time as they will be performing seven times each night (except for Autahi).

    Please be aware of the following:
    Parking on these nights will be at a premium. Please ensure that you are prepared for this and that we are respectful of our neighbours.

    We are hoping the weather will continue to be kind, but just in case bring something warm to wear, a torch to light your way and raincoats. There are two groups that will be performing outdoors.

    All students will be required to be at school by 5.20pm at the latest on the night of the festival and can be picked up from their respective classrooms and signed out. Please ensure that your child has had something to eat before arriving at school.

    We will require help from the parent community with a number of jobs, such as setting and cleaning up spaces, helping students getting ready, costume and instrument making and more, so if you are able to lend a hand, please add your name to the posters in each area or see/email your base group teacher. Your assistance at these events is very much required and appreciated.

    We look forward to seeing you all there. 

    2017 Enrolments

    If you have friends or neighbours with children living in zone for Worser Bay School who are interested in coming next year, we would love to hear from them sooner rather than later. Please spread the word and ask them to contact us if they are interested. Thanks heaps.

    Year 6 Only - School Options for 2017

    Evans Bay Intermediate School 
    Year 6 EBIS Experience
    Our Year 6s will be visiting EBIS on 
    Thursday 18 August. They 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.

    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

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

    Key people organising the Fair include:

    Tombola Bottle Donations Countdown Starts Now!
    Trish Smith is the leading the Tombola Stall for 2016. Help her collect 100 bottles for the Fair's Bottle Tombola.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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
    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.

    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.

    Afterschool Childcare Wanted - Miramar
    We are looking for someone to care for our two boys aged 6 and 8 for 3-4 afternoons per week Mon-Thurs (3pm-6pm) from 22 August. Additional hours also available during the school holidays. You will need to collect the boys from Worser Bay School and run them to some afterschool activities, so a full driver’s licence is essential and car preferable. Please contact Alex on 021 0202 8164 if interested.

    Missing Puffer Jacket
    Ollie has lost has black Kathmandu puffer jacket. It has his name inside. If you find it, please take it to the office. Thank you!

    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

    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,
    31 Jul 2016, 19:55
    Carolyn Brett,
    31 Jul 2016, 19:55