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Week 3 - 28 October 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted in education for many years. In an increasingly complex world, this concept of the village, or rather 'our village', is increasingly important if we are to provide the children with the challenges and opportunities they need to prepare them well for the future.

Many past parents of children who are now at Intermediate and High School, in fact again just yesterday, provide this feedback, "I can't tell you how well Worser Bay prepared my children for the next steps, they are thriving." (or words to that effect!)

This is thanks to 'our village'. Our village of:
  • ParentNet - workers
  • Morning tea providers
  • Transporters
  • Sports coaches/managers
  • Classroom volunteers
  • Camp volunteers
  • Sleepover volunteers
  • Trip volunteers
  • Event volunteers
  • Sausage sizzlers
  • Pizza makers
  • Ceilidh organisers
  • Disco organisers
  • Guest 'speakers' and parent mentors
  • Gardeners
  • Ideas people
  • Thinkers and thankers!
  • Designers/Architects
  • Fixers and do-ers
  • People who look out for others in need....and, of course,
  • The amazing Fair Team and all the myriad of helpers involved in the biggest fundraiser of the year. This is a wonderful community event that is coming up very fast - 2 weeks' time! Please put your hand up if you haven't already ....... see the ParentNet email out this week asking for more assistance - SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER - 11 AM - 2 PM

INVITATION:  To thank you all for your part in 'raising our children' and being part of this village, please come along to the Chocolate Fish Cafe, Shelley Bay.

Date:    Friday, 18 November
Time:   5.00 - 6.30 pm

This is a 'family friendly' event. The Board will supply platters for adults. Drinks for adults and and drinks/food for children can be purchased by parents. If it's fine, it will be magic. Plenty of room for children to play, parents to mingle and a great opportunity for us to thank you for your energy!

We had a wonderful turn out and good fun last year - so come along!

Ngā mihi

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

I am powerful... 
  • I can think about overcoming challenges 
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself 
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good 
  • I take action 
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Autahi and Tautoru
Hanna, Leo, Lucy, Sabine, Emelia, Gina, Nuala and William.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alex G, Meg, Molly A, Oscar, Oto and Yasmin.

Updated Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Dear Worser Bay School families

It’s been just over a year since Stephanie was diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of blood cancer). She is responding well to treatment in the Maintenance phase and still has regular hospital appointments and medication.

It’s been a very challenging year for us. Thank you so much for your support – thanks for the parcels and cards while we were in Christchurch; thanks for organising and supporting The BFG movie fundraiser; thanks for joining in Wig Wednesday. We have drawn strength and built resilience from the school and the wonderful adults and children within it. The WBS community has a lovely caring spirit and supportive attitude. Huge thanks to all of you.

Thank you also for being so vigilant about your children’s health at school and keeping the school informed of illnesses. It means so much to us. Steph was at school for virtually all of term 3 – she went to the disco and the year 3/4 sleepover – both events that she missed earlier.

Please remember that Stephanie will continue to have low immunity for the next one and a half years. Lowered immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.

Please continue to notify the school immediately if there is chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

Many thanks again for your ongoing support. 

We’re very much looking forward to seeing you at the school fair this year!

Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)


INTERFACE is a magazine for ICT educators and our committed Nicola is a finalist in the ‘Best Digital Resource’ category.

"....The standard of entries was very high and you have done extremely well to reach the final five. You should be very proud of this and the work you are doing.

We’ll be officially announcing the finalists on our website this morning (https://interfaceonline.co.nz/meet-this-years-finalists-and-vote-for-your-winners/) and in the November issue of the magazine, which comes out early next week. I’ve also attached a ‘Finalist’ logo that you are welcome to use. INTERFACE readers will be invited to review the finalists’ entries and vote for their favourite (and, yes, you can vote for yourself). These results will go towards determining the final placings.....
(From the editor)


PALs Programme

This term there will be another PALs programme at lunchtime. Anyone who wants to join in games with a group of seniors should listen after the music is turned on and there will be an announcement on the speakers about where the game will be. On Tuesdays there will be stories read in the library at lunchtime. On Thursdays there will be activities organised by the Garden Group down on bottom grass at lunchtime.

Thanks to Chester, Isaac, Oto, Blake, Teddy, Hugo M and Lucie.


New Learning Site


We’ve got a new learning site that is a curation of a lot of songs and resources we use for our learning. Please have a look, if you haven’t yet! There is some home-school learning information on there!

We have been learning finger patterns, facts to 10 and facts from 10! Here you can see 3 down and 7 up.

3 + 7 =10!

We have been having a lot of fun finding out more about quarters this week. 

We have been quadblogging. We know that when we are online we need to use our "online manners." We are connecting with Team 3 Green Class at Lincoln Primary School in Canterbury. You can check out their blog:


Brian is back

Brian is back! He has been to visit Nikoline in Sweden. He has had a great summer (winter for us) and Nikoline will email some pictures soon. These girls were thrilled with their messages and are writing back. 

On Wednesday we had a visit from Anneke and Ally from Wellington Botanical Gardens. They showed us different plants. We learnt lots about different plants and their uses. They were keen to get our ideas for the new children's garden in the Wellington Botanical Gardens. Read our ideas on our blog.

Teaching the Teachers

These students were great leaders today and taught some teachers from Island Bay how to use Seesaw. You guys are fab!


Business Ideas

Have a look at the blog to see some of our first ideas about how we can raise money either by making something and selling it, or getting people to pay us for some of our skills…

Thinking Creatively About Business With Jason!

Jason came in to talk to us about how he uses his creative ideas to develop business ideas. 

We asked Jason questions we had thought about before, about the ideas which go into making a good business. Read all about it on our blog if you want to be a millionaire!

Bootcamp Guest Instructor

For the last couple of Wednesdays we’ve had a guest instructor at our morning bootcamp sessions. Check out our blog to find out more.

Māhutonga/Matariki Inquiries

We have launched into a new Inquiry "Business Time", looking at how money works and asking the question, "How do people conceive and develop ideas for businesses?"  To give our kids hands on experience with this, we have planned for them to begin their own business venture. To do this, they will need a budget. We thought a reasonable amount would be $10 as seed money. These businesses will all be a roaring success at our Market Day. The date (a Friday) will be set for this in next week’s Newsletter.

As part of our final Inquiry of the year, "Tangaroa and Tane", we will be returning to the Island Bay Marine Centre, this time getting in the water. The progamme includes a "Learn to Snorkel" session at Kilbirnie Pool, snorkelling at Worser Bay and then at Island Bay in the Marine Reserve. We are still finalising the costs for this programme but with buses and everything else it could be up to $50. We feel the programme is a great learning experience and really supports the learning we were involved in at the beginning of the year, looking at the balance of our Marine Environments.

We hope to run a series of other water based and Outdoor Education experiences. Last year this included sailing, kayaking, beach volleyball, mountain biking amongst other things. The cost for this will be around $10. Please keep an eye out for further details in next week's Newsletter. All of these beach based activities will run over the last 3 weeks of the school term.

Details for payments and parental permission via Wrap it up will be in next week's Newsletter. We don’t want to create any stress regarding payments (given the time of year), so please discuss options at the office, if you need.

There is no end to the excitement!


  • Please check your child's hair for nits.
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - order by 9am on Tuesday 8 November
  • Book your Progress and Achievement Meeting by Friday 11 November
  • Post Fair "Thank You" from the Board - Friday, 18 November 2016 - Chocolate Fish Cafe
  • Sausage Sizzles - Tuesdays
  • Sushi Lunches - Fridays
  • Term Dates 2016 and 2017
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs 
  • The following payments are now due:
    Voluntary Contributions - the Term 4 payment is now due (if you are paying by instalment).

All payments via Wrap It Up please.


  • Fair Volunteer Form - please complete the Fair Volunteer Form today, if you haven't already.
  • Lucky Dip Stall needs: prizes and wrapping paper any style.
  • More men's clothing donations and books required. Please have a sort and donate these.
  • Clothes racks needed for the Clothing team. Bring them on the Thursday before the Fair. Contact Belinda Pope if you can help.
  • Pay for your Ball Run Tickets on Wrap It Up and pop your stubs into the purple box in the office.
  • Fair Donation Day - Sunday 6 November, 10am to 12noon. Come to The Shed. We also need Volunteers to help sort.
  • Please pop over and "like" the page https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair
  • Please could we minimise our use of car parks around school on Fair Day. Can you car pool, walk or get dropped off?
  • Please bring your own reusable bags for packaging your purchases in. Your kids could bring their PFP bags.
  • Please read: The Final Countdown to the Fair Letter

Thanks so much!

Progress and Achievement Meetings

Bookings are now open for Progress and Achievement Meetings to be held from Monday 14 November until Thursday 24 November (inclusive). Bookings will close at midday on Friday 11 November.

Please follow the instructions below:

Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code:

At this final meeting of the year, you will receive the written report against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths for your child. It's when teachers/parents can discuss the next steps in terms of goals. This meeting is for parents and teachers only.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 9 November

On Wednesday 9th November, 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 8th November.

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).

A Note from the Office

Joining Worser Bay School
If you have a child (or know of any other children) turning 5 in the second half of 2017 who would like to attend Worser Bay School, we would love to hear from you. In zone or out of zone enquiries are welcome.

Friendly Reminder - Voluntary Contributions
If you opted to pay your Voluntary Contribution per term - Term 4 Voluntary Contribution payment option is now open on Wrap it Up.  We really appreciate your continued support!

Nits seem to be out in force at the moment. Please check your child/ren's hair and treat, if necessary.

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


Many thanks to those who have already donated lots of lovely goodies, given us their time for a variety of jobs, chased up contacts and volunteered to work on the day.

You should have been contacted by now by either a stall holder or fair team member to confirm/check where you are working on the day. If not, and you are available to help on the day, please contact Sarah Wells (sarahwellshgl@gmail.com, 021 793 557). If you haven’t already, please pop over and “like” the WBS Fair Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair

Access the full “two weeks to go instructions” here: 2 Weeks to GO Countdown.

2 WEEKS TO GO – Friday 28 October


Sunday 6 November 10am-12pm

Drive up and drop off your books, bottles, toys, games, clothes and puzzles! If you can stay to lend a hand to get all those wonderful items priced and ready to go, that would be appreciated!

Wednesday and Fridays before and after school too!


Please return your ball run ticket stubs and money (unless you have paid via WrapItUp) to the purple box in the office. If you are unable to sell yours, please also return them so we can arrange for them to be onsold.


No-one in the family a baker? Sweets and fudge are popular alternatives. Bags for sweets and fudge are available at the office. Cakes boxes will be coming home to be filled with goodies on 7 November.


Bring in those hand-made projects you have been working on.


Bring along any pre-loved items that are in a saleable condition. Sort through the kids' bedrooms! Toys can be hidden in paper bags or newspaper, please put puzzles in a bag so we don’t lose that last piece! The Book stall sells CDs, DVDs, and puzzles as well as books.


Bring in all those gorgeous full (unopened!) bottles for our tombola: wine, beer, olive oils, bath treats, etc…


Start to gather together all that "stuff" filling up the cupboards that you no longer need! Crockery ornaments, rugs, pictures/photo frames, sports stuff, etc. Just remember we won’t be collecting them until Friday afternoon and Saturday of the Fair weekend.

Clothing Boutique at the WBS Fair
Fair Day is almost here, summer is coming and our children won’t stop growing! There are no better excuses for a clothing clear-out! You’ll need the wardrobe and drawer space for all the wonderful bargains you’ll find at our exclusive Pre-Sale! Yes! All families are warmly invited to come and enjoy the best of the Clothing Boutique before Fair Day! Bring your PFP re-useable bag for your purchases! Allow plenty of time; include your children – we have a changing area so try-ons are encouraged!

Clothing Boutique Pre-Sale

When:          Friday 11 November
Where:         Matariki (seniors' classroom)
Time:           3.00 - 5.00pm
Payment:     Cash and Eftpos
Terms:         Payment must be made on the day. Sorry, no holds and no IOUs.

Clothing Donations
We have received and sorted some great donations so far but we still need a lot more! Don’t hold back – we will be gratefully accepting donations next Sunday, 6 November between 10am -12pm at school. The last day for donations is Wednesday 9 November. Please get things in before then if possible (we need time to sort, price and set-up). Just remember the better the quality of the donations, the better the boutique will be – and you’ll find lots of gorgeous things for you, your growing children and your significant other! What a great way to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE at a community level!

Please donate:
  • Vintage clothes, designer labels, Made in NZ clothes
  • Women's clothes
  • Men's clothes
  • Childrenswear
  • Baby clothes
  • Shoes, sandals and boots
  • Sleepwear
  • Sportswear (jackets, gloves, sports uniforms, soccer and rugby boots, ski wear, togs, wetsuits, etc)
  • Accessories – hats, belts, scarves, bags
  • Jewellery – necklaces, watches, bangles, rings, costume jewellery

Not sure if your donations are suitable?
Please only donate clothes that you would be happy to buy! And please ensure that all donated items are washed and clean. We do not want clothes that need washing or repairing. Please, no ripped or stained items (if something is on its last legs and beyond wearing, consider keeping it to use as a cleaning rag or cushion stuffing).

See you soon with all your donations and on Friday 11th for the Pre-Sale!
Many thanks from the Clothing Boutique Team

Tickets for the Outdoor Activities at the WBS Fair
The outdoor fun at the Fair always goes well. This year’s outdoors will not disappoint kids of all ages with a bouncy castle, paintball, jousting, ride-on animals, games galore – can you fish for duckies or get a ball in a bucket?

Entry to outdoor activities is by ticket. So we encourage you to avoid the crazy outdoor queues and buy your tickets before the Fair even starts. You will be able to buy your tickets online from Wrap it Up from next week – we are selling the tickets in $10 lots – this will give you 10 tickets. Tickets need to be ordered by 9am on Wednesday 9 November and can be collected from the office on Thursday and Friday.

Example prices of activities will be:
  • Bouncy Castle – 2 tickets
  • Jousting – 4 tickets
  • Paintball – 3 tickets for 10 shots
  • Games range from 1 ticket to 3 tickets
  • Ride on animals - 3 tickets


Community Notices...

The next Plastic Free Peninsula beach clean-up at 10am this Sunday 30th October includes an underwater clean-up! Come and help Wellington Underwater Club process the rubbish that they pull from beneath Miramar Wharf - there will be sea critters to rescue and the chance to see what makes its way underwater from land. Please register on our closed facebook page "Miramar Peninsula Coastal Clean-up", or contact Sophie Williams on 022 066 9344.

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 Oct 2016, 18:46
Carolyn Brett,
24 Oct 2016, 18:46
Carolyn Brett,
24 Oct 2016, 18:46