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Week 8 - 16 September 2016

Kia ora e te Whanau o Whetukairangi

It's certainly been full to the brim this week!

Tuesday, we had visiting colleagues from 2 schools observing and talking with us about how we work. We know we do a great job and are always looking to do even better but it's always nice to hear that from others! Many NZ schools are building/opening things up and creating team teaching spaces or as we call them now 'ILEs' Innovative Learning Environments. As I say to them when they come - nothing is set in stone here, children's needs change frequently - so must our thinking, planning and practice if we are to be flexible and adaptable..... the very same skills our children will need for the workplace. Feedback included:

"Can't believe the children are so on task."
"So independent."
"There are 4 teachers in here and it's quieter than just me and my class in one space!"
"The teachers aren't raising their voices, I haven't heard that once all morning."
"The children can talk about their learning - they know what they are needing to do."
"Your children are so polite and chatty!"

Three cheers for our staff, that's all I can say!

As we head towards the final week of a very short term, I certainly know they will be relishing the chance to wind down before winding up for the next term. Just like teachers have of the children, I have high expectations of the staff and they certainly reach them.

It's been a big week of SLCs and and what was hopefully an authentic opportunity to get inside your child's learning. Part of the focus on learner agency is building skills and confidence in children to be able to lead these conversations about their learning. However, just like with something like public speaking or pole vaulting, for some this comes easily.... for others not so.... don't give up, talents may lie elsewhere and they aren't quite there........... yet!

Thanks to you all for responding to calls for help! This week we had transporting for Eastern Zones, we have had sausages sizzled.... we have a record number for the Sleepover, and, to top it off with the pizza help email Tuesday, by Wednesday morning we had received a fab number of responses and broken another record!.

A school, (the sum), can only be as good as all the parts after all. Let's exceed expectations.

Have a lovely weekend.

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
Georgia, Luca M, Luca S, Tigerlily, Violeta, Kirsty, Theo and Samuel Mc.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Angelina, Isabella, Flynn, Danielle and Jasper.


Welcome to Frederic and Luca whose families are already part of our school community. 

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday, 22 September 2016

Please ensure you have filled in this Google Form with your permission and contact details.

The Sleepover starts at 6pm (after having dinner at home) and finishes at 7am (when children return home for breakfast).

There will be 12 adults ‘in charge’ overnight, 4 teachers and 8 parents.
The girls will sleep in Autahi and the boys in Tautoru.

Your child needs to bring the following:
  • sleeping bag / duvet
  • bedroll / mattress
  • pillow
  • pyjamas
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • a soft toy if they take one to bed with them.

Reminder - World Character Day

22 September is World Character Day. If you can make a coffee at 9.00am in the staffroom, I would love to chat with you about what the focus on character strengths is all about. I will also pop the main points in the newsletter.

New Roof for Tautoru

On Monday 26 September scaffolding will be installed for a new roof for Tautoru. The work will take both weeks of the holidays to complete. As you know, you are welcome to come up to School over the holidays, but please be aware that the roofers will be on site, so if you could give them some space around the Tautoru area that would be appreciated.

Roof repair work will also be completed to Autahi, Māhutonga and Matariki.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Turn your New World Little Garden into a big garden

As a long time supporter of The Enviroschools Foundation, Mother Earth has always been passionate about getting kids outdoors and into gardening.

This year, one lucky school will have the chance to create or develop a garden worth $5000.

The winning school’s garden will be installed by the Mother Earth Task Force, a special team of hard-working, enthusiastic builders and gardeners. The Task Force will work with the winning school to design and install a new garden or make your existing one bigger and better.

How to enter
  • Purchase any Mother Earth product from New World between 12 September and 16 October. 
  • Photograph the New World receipt.
  • Email your photo of the receipt along with the name of the school and town and your contact details to littlegarden@motherearth.co.nz
  • Every school is eligible.


Buddy Reading
One of the things we do to support our literacy learning is buddy reading. We do this most days after morning tea. We made a poster about our buddy reading for the classroom so we could remember all the steps for successful buddy reading. Take a look at our blog to see the poster. 

Little Garden
We had great fun planting this week. We are so excited to watch our seeds sprout and grow. We wrote about how we planted them. The best part was watching the soil ‘grow’ when we added water to it. 

Ball Exploration
We had some fun playing and exploring what we could do with a tennis ball. Some interesting tricks! 


In Chrissy’s Literacy group, we read and wrote about Green Eggs and Ham. The group wanted to try and make Green Eggs and Ham so on Friday we went into the kitchen and did our very best! Look at the results on the blog... some people were impressed and some people not so much!

Nicola’s writing group read a poem called, “If”. They then wrote their own “If” poems. Read our "If" poems on our blog.

Introducing ourselves in Spanish
Last week we connected with Island Bay School and introduced ourselves in Spanish.

It is New Zealand Chinese Language Week
In Nicola and Shona’s Maths group we have been learning how to write numbers 1-100 in Chinese. This helps us with our Place Value.

Mystery Skype with Auroa School
Today we did a Mystery Skype with Auroa School. They found out that we were in Wellington and we found out that their school was in South Taranaki. It was lots of fun!

Our next steps are to learn how to search the web to get the information that we need.

If you missed our Assembly, you can watch us reading "Glurp the Purple Alien". Click on the link above.


Student Led Conferences
We had our Student Led Conferences on Monday and Tuesday. Thanks to all those who made it in, it was great to see the students taking ownership of their learning, and to share some of our regular and current programme with you.

We had a great time at Miniball on Wednesday. Great display of character strengths and a whole lot of fun.

Writing poetry based on Down the Back of the Chair

We read Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy then used our creativity to write our own verses. Have a read to see what crazy things we found Down the Back of the Chair…

We went and listened to Andy Griffiths and had him autograph our books. He was very funny. Later we drew our own treehouses and wrote about one level of them.


  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 21 September - Please order by 9am on Tuesday 20 September - no later!
  • Fair Committee Meeting - Wednesday 21 September
  • 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.
  • Stall Donations - Wednesdays and Fridays: Toys books and clothing to the shed
  • Sorting and Donation Days: Sundays 25 Sept, 16 Oct, 6 Nov, 10am-12noon
  • Other Donations required now - Full bottles for the Tombola Stall, succulent clippings, cardboard boxes and clothing racks, wrapping paper (any style) and old party favours and party bags, and brown/butchers' paper.
  • Please pop over and "like" the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair
  • Yummy Stickers - please bring your Yummy Stickers to the office by Monday 19 September.
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 22 September - Please fill in this Google Form with your permission and contact details.
  • School Disco - Friday 14 October - $5 per child
  • Please diary: Post-Fair "Thank You" from the Board at the Chocolate Fish Cafe - Friday 18 November, 5pm - 6.30pm.

  • 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 - Term 3 - $35.00

    All payments via Wrap It Up please.

    Board Shorts 

    Over the last month students and staff have shown us the very best of what our school strives for: Developing the whole child, building confidence and strong relationships, celebrating success. The Festival of Music was a complete treat for the ears and eyes. Thank you to everyone involved – your imagination and hard work is inspiring!

    The recent ‘Celebrations of Learning’ were another great opportunity for parents and caregivers to spend time with the children as they shared their learning and goals, and to learn more about everyday classroom life.

    We are lucky that our school provides so many different enriching experiences. The increasing number of students wanting to participate in a wider variety of sports is another example. We now have students from across the whole school involved in sports, which is a change from when participation was mostly limited to the seniors. This year, one third of all students want to play Floorball!

    Your involvement is critically important, however. We are a small school that will struggle to provide these opportunities without parent help. Sports, music, the Fair, pizza lunches and sausage sizzles, the upcoming disco – these are great ways to support the school while having fun and getting to know other parents.

    Please take care to read the school newsletters and emails, and consider putting your hand up to help in whatever capacity you can when volunteers are needed. We are always grateful!

    As advertised recently, applications closed today for out-of-zone enrolments in our junior classes. A ballot, if necessary, will be held next week. In order to provide our children with the best learning opportunities, we need to be strategic with our enrolment numbers. The Board has agreed that the ideal number is around 35 students per age cohort. Getting the balance right will always be difficult, so keep your eyes and ears open and encourage people to let the school know sooner rather than later if they might be interested in joining because we are well and truly open!

    We’ll be kicking off next term with a joint Board/staff planning session. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the new Board and staff to get to know each other, and discuss where the school is heading and how we want to get there. These sessions are vital for ensuring that the school’s governance and operational plans are aligned. We’ll be reaching for the stars!

    And last, but definitely not least, the chocolate fish award. The Board invites you all (yes, that’s the whole school – parents, caregivers, children) to join us at the Chocolate Fish Café in Shelly Bay on
    Friday 18 November, 5pm-6.30pm, as a Post-Fair Thank You from us. Pop it in the diary!

    The Board

    Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 21 September

    Thanks to the great response we had to our request for pizza helpers from our parent community, we are very happy to be able to go ahead with the planned Pizza Lunch on Wednesday 21st September.

    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 20th September - 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).

    'Outer Space' Disco

    The next WBS Disco is coming up on Friday 14 October 2016, so lock in the date. This will be a fun night for all the children and we encourage them to dress up in our ‘Outer Space’ theme.

    We’re a school of ‘Stargazers’, so this is great opportunity to don your astronaut suit, fire up your rockets, get celestial and sparkle like a star! There will be prizes for the best costumes and the best dancers. 

    Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar Ave
    When: 6.00-7.30pm, Friday 14 October 2016
    Entry Fee: $5 per child, WBS students only. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no charge. Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz

    We'd appreciate each family bringing along plate of food on the night for us to sell at the supper table. We will also have ice blocks for sale, and, due to popular demand, we're doing another Toy Swap. This is where each child who attends brings an unwanted toy (wrapped) to add to the toy box. At the end of the night, the children who donated a toy get to take one from the box. The goal is for us to recycle and reuse things we've grown tired of.

    We look forward to seeing you all there!

    Chicken Pox

    We have had several cases of Chicken Pox recently. Below are the details from the Ministry of Health website:
    • Symptoms appear after 2–3 weeks (usually 14–16 days).
    • Infectious from 5 days (most infectious in the last two days) before the first lot of blisters until all spots are crusted – usually 5 days after they appear.
    • Keep child home for at least 5 days and until all the spots are crusted over.
    • Please check your child/ren for itchy tummy / spots as this seems to be the first symptom. Uncrusted spots are contagious for 48 hours. Please notify the office immediately regarding cases of chickenpox within your family.

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

    Fair Movie
    Our Fair Committee is looking to make a short video starring some of our students to help advertise our School Fair in November. The video will be recorded at school one afternoon before the end of term and we hope to get together ten or more students who would be willing to read a short script. The reading will then be edited into a movie which some of our talented parents have offered to help film and edit! The short clip would be put on our Fair Facebook page, Twitter and our website. There will be a consent form for parents to sign to allow kids to participate.

    The sign up form will be a the office from Monday. If you are happy for your child to be part of the movie, please have them sign up at reception.

    Donations - Clothing, books and toys
    Please bring your clothing, baby gear, toys/games/puzzles, books donations to school now. Dig out those special retro or boutique items that we can sell for good prices. If you wouldn't buy it, please don't bring it! (Please do not bring broken or dirty things). 

    Donations - when and where:
    • Days: Wednesdays and Fridays
    • Times: 8.40 - 9.00am and 2.45 - 3.15pm 
    • Location: The Shed. This is the cream shed located in the concrete court area behind the Junior Block. 
    Anything left outside of these times and/or not at The Shed will not go to our Fair! We plan to have some weekend drop offs, dates to be announced. 

    Sorting and donation weekends coming up: 
    All hands on deck, please, to help with the following sorting and donation weekend days:
    • Days: Sundays 25 Sept, 16 Oct, 6 Nov
    • Times: 10.00am - 12noon
    • Location: The Shed. This is the cream shed located in the concrete court area behind the Junior Block. 

    Running of the Balls - Tickets on sale from Monday...
    The prizes have been sourced, the tickets have been printed for this iconic event that wraps up the end of the fair. Tickets will be sent home with your child on Monday 19 September. Three fantastic prizes up for grabs for the first three balls across the line.

    Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
    We are still keen on a few more items for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle, so if you have a skill, a builder, plumber, electrician, architect, accountant and are keen to donate your services, we would love to hear from you. We are also keen on vouchers for anything, wine and accommodation. So please contact either Stephanie Wilson on asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen on claireandmattallen@gmail.com

    Please pop onto our Worser Bay Facebook Page and do two things: 

    1. "Like" the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair

    2. Like and share the posts about our awesome sponsors. Maybe even pop over to their pages? 
    On Twitter? Then pop over to and please do some retweeting. https://twitter.com/WBSFair and we are: @WBSFair 

    How to get involved with the Fair
    For those who haven’t had a chance, please click on Fair Volunteer Form link to add your name to some of the tasks. Get in quick to get the job you want. If you are struggling to complete the form online, email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz and she will pop your name next to the stall you wish to work on. 

    Get growing to help the Treasure Island Plant Stall
    The Plant Stall relies on your donations of plants and garden supplies:
    • 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: cabbage trees, flax, grasses, astelia and renga renga lily). 
    • Grow: cuttings, veggie plants, herbs. 
    • Get Creative: if you have any creative ideas for garden décor, please contact us before you go into production. 

    Contact the Garden Team - Melanie 021 064 8731 if you want to get involved.

    Key people organising the Fair
    Get in touch with the team:

    Community Notices...

    Worser Bay Life Saving Club

    Harbour City GymSports
    Harbour City GymSports, situated in Haitatai Park, is running a Holiday Programme in the first week of the school holidays (Monday 26th Sept to Thursday 29th September – 4 days only). Each session runs from 9am – 3pm (early pick up option of 1pm) for children aged 5 – 12 years.

    Please email us on office@hcg.org.nz or phone 386 4443 for more information and a registration form.

    KidzStuff Theatre
    Emperor's New Clothes
    24th September - 8th October
    Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff Street, Mt Vic
    Weekdays 11am & 2pm, Saturdays 11am

    Tickets $10, Groups of 10+ $9.00 each, Children under 2 Free
    $7 Special Opening Preview, Saturday 24th October
    Bookings: fohkidzstuff@gmail.com / 04 385 0292 / www.kidzstufftheatre.co.nz

    Miramar Softball
    Junior Registrations close on Monday 19th September. 
    Register at the softball clubrooms (Polo Grounds) on Saturday 17th September between 10am and 12pm or online at www.miramarsoftball.co.nz or http://www.sporty.co.nz/miramarsoftball/Online-Registration-Form/tab1

    For any queries or further information, contact Shelley Cheriton-Weeks at weeks@paradise.net.nz. We are all looking forward to a great season in the sun.

    Wellington Harrier Athletic Club
    Wellington Harrier Athletic Club is holding a holiday programme to introduce children to Track & Field athletics. It will be provided at 2 levels: 3 to 8 year olds and 9 to 13 year olds.

    The programme will run between 10.00am and noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays (27 & 29 September and 4 and 6 October) and will be held at Newtown Park.

    For further details, or to book places, please email ghenry@actrix.co.nz or phone or text 0274 425 439.

    Children’s Club athletics will be held from 11-30 am every Saturday for the next 2 terms, from 15 October. Athletics for children with physical or intellectual disabilities will start at 10.00am from 1 October.

    Clay Penguin School Holiday Programme
    Thursday 6 October: Swinging animals
    Friday 7 October: All things Halloween
    All programmes run from 9-12 noon.
    Cost $40 includes clay, materials, morning tea and firing of work.
    Clay Penguin Studio, 13 Hector St Seatoun.
    For a booking form email theclaypenguin@hotmail.com

    Newtown Movie School - Movie Making and Animation Holiday Programmes
    Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 September
    Stop Motion Animation - Popular 3 days of creativity with Lego (based in Newtown)

    Thursday 29 to Friday 30 September
    Blockbuster Studios - Make a movie trailer of the next big thing (based in Newtown)
    For more information go to www.newtownmovieschool.co.nz or contact Craig Lauridsen 021 966 277 or nms@acumen.net.nz

    Standouts - Drama, Dance & Singing Holiday Workshops
    Week 1: Tues 27th-Fri 30th Sept 9am-4pm daily
    Week 2: Tues 4th-Fri 7th Oct 9am-4pm daily
    Is your small human a drama queen/king?
    Have fun, gain confidence and experience every part of getting a show together in 4 days!
    St Judes, Lyall Bay. 6-14yrs $220 per child per 4 day workshop (family discounts/subsidies available)
    Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT!
    Email gemma@standouts.co.nz or phone 907 2929

    2017 Scots College Year 7 & 8 Sports Scholarships
    These scholarships are awarded to students new to the College and entering at Years 7-8 who display all-round excellence in sport. Deadline of application is Friday 28 October 2016.

    For more information, head to: http://www.scotscollege.school.nz/admissions/scholarships/#msscholarships

    If you have any questions regarding the scholarships, please call Mrs Sharon Hedges on ph 04 803 0592 or email hedgess@scotscollege.school.nz

    South Coast Clean Up
    Houghton Valley School has supported this coastal clean up event for the last two years. It's a great community event supported by so many organisations who utilise our local area. Many business groups also register with our key organiser, Helen Kettles. See the poster for email address, details of support groups and the Facebook page for the Southcoast Cleanup.

    There is a photo competition each year for unusual finds, which the children love. Two of our children were joint winners last year.

    The event finishes with a BBQ at Lyall Bay, where all the bags of rubbish are collected for a photo. It's always amazing to see what we have saved from littering our coast and sea life. The WCC takes the rubbish to landfill, and there are surveys for specific types of litter such as cigarette butts.

    Southern Hub Student Event Date
    Our previous Southern Hub Student Event which ran during local food week in March was a great opportunity for schools' Enviro groups to meet like minded students from other schools and hear what initiatives they had going on and connect at a local space: The Community Orchard Berhampore/Island Bay.

    This space successfully accommodated the 170 students, we feel it is valuable to host here again. Please save the date of Wednesday 19th October, 1pm-3pm.

    This session will have an emphasis on reflection. With interactive stations to move around hosted by local community groups. We hope this is a good date for your class or enviro group. Please let me know if you will be attending, and how many students will be accompanying you.

    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,
    12 Sep 2016, 15:59
    Carolyn Brett,
    12 Sep 2016, 15:59