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Week 5 - 11 November 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Wellbeing and academic achievement go hand in hand and we have a strong emphasis on both.

Every couple of years, we undertake a big wellbeing review that sees the Year 5 and 6 students answering a very thorough online survey that asks them to rate such statements as:
  • Teachers and students care about each other.
  • Behaviours like hitting or bullying are not OK at school.
  • I feel safe at school.
  • Are other students mean to you because you learn differently to them?
This data has now been analysed by the wellbeing team and shared with the Board and we have some clear next steps for our programmes in 2017. These include: 
  • continued teacher professional learning
  • ensuring consistency in managing behaviour
  • proactivity in teaching all aspects of our Positive Education programme (based on the Geelong Grammar Model - please see below)
  • ensure regularity of PE - even when wet and cold - somehow!
  • continue to strengthen our playtime activities and developing leaders
  • find opportunities to workshop and tap into expertise with you - our parents!
The data was very reassuring and of special note is our very low 'aggressive culture' - much lower than the national reference data! CELEBRATE! See below (the second line of each is the National Reference Data):

If you are interested to see of all of the questions/data, please email office@worserbay.school.nz


Furthermore we would love your thoughts and input into our PE/Health programme as we plan ahead.
What's working well? Where do you consider the needs are? What's missing? Can you help us? What else could we be thinking about? Do you know of good resources/talent out there?!

Let our Wellbeing Team know:
Well, regardless of the forecast, I'm sure we will all have the opportunity to truly implement this model, as an entire community, this Sunday. Yes, The TREASURE ISLAND FAIR - it's all go!...........

Let's flourish!

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
Addison, Archie, Luca M, Sierra, Caspian, Lillian, Mae A and Tommy.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Sylvie, Haare, Joel, Charlotte, Bethan and Jessie.

Updated Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

The School Fair

The fair is happening this Sunday (13th November 2016) and we are all very excited.

At the fair there will be 4 types of bins: paper and hard plastic recycling, compost, soft plastic and landfill rubbish bins in two places in the school. Make sure that you put your rubbish in the correct bins.

Lolly wrappers are made of soft plastic do not put them in the landfill bin, then which bin will you put it in?

The soft plastic bin!

PFP bags… Remember to bring your PFP bags to the fair!!

Please tell other people about the bins.
By Edward


Getting Out into the Garden 
We enjoyed the sunshine planting our peas and sunflowers with some big senior buddies. 

Games Afternoon
We enjoyed playing games with Senior buddies on Wednesday afternoon. 

More Fraction Fun
We have been having more fraction fun playing games.



Zero Waste Movie
Z will be holding their annual Safety Day in late November, an event that brings 600 Z staff and friends together to share lessons about their company’s values and changes they can make in their lives to benefit people and the planet. They are aiming to make this a Zero Waste event this year, and will use the day to inspire their staff and guests to continue to reduce their waste.

They asked us to share what we have been doing at school to reduce waste. They came in to make a short 3 minute movie. Some of our students were interviewed to find out what they think about environmental issues. Read some of our ideas on our blog.

Plants need soil to grow. Or do they?
Read some of our first ideas on our blog.

Tag Games

Tag games have been getting rough and people are getting hurt by other people pushing them over.

In Tautoru, we have made some tag rules to solve the problems, just like superheroes. Here they are:
  • Talk about the rules before the game so that everyone agrees the same rules.
  • Use gentle hands at all times. 
  • Keep yourself safe. Be careful of slippery wood and grass. Be careful when you are up high.
  • If someone thinks they tagged you but you think they did, then do paper scissors rock or eeny meeny miny moe. 
  • If you don’t want to play, use your words. Walk away and play with another friend that you know.
  • Have fun! 
Post by Thomas and Mitchell

P.S. If you look at our blog, you will see some clips we made to show you how to play rock, paper, scissors and eeny meeny miny moe.


The Market Place: Friday the 18th of November at Worser Bay School 1:00 pm-3:30 pm. 

Find out what you will be able to buy at our Marketplace!

You are all invited to come to the Mahutonga/Matariki Market Place next Friday afternoon. Don’t forget to bring some money to spend and some friends and family to spend it with.

For the kids there will be:
  • Food (lunch options such as burgers and hot dogs as well as lots of baking)
  • Lollies and sweets
  • Drinks
  • Pencils
  • Crafts

For the adults there will be:
  • Teas, kawakawa and other exotic blends
  • Terrariums 
  • Plants (natives being on sold through the Motu Kairangi group)
  • And much more too….
It is so exciting! See you all there!

Keep an eye out in the Newsletter and on the blog for further advertising.

It’s Business Time
Head over to the blog to see more fantastic advertisements and logos.


  • Post Fair "Thank You" from the Board - Friday, 18 November 2016 - Chocolate Fish Cafe
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 7 December 
  • 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).
    Mini Polo - $35.00 (Only if your child is playing Mini Polo this term.) Please pay by 25 November.
    Year 1-4 Netball - $25.00 (Only if your child is playing Netball this term.) Please pay by 25 November.

All payments via Wrap It Up please.


  • White Elephant Donation Day - Saturday 12 November - 10am to 12noon.
  • Start thinking now about how you can incorporate "Treasure Island" theme into your costumes for the Parade to kick off the Fair.
  • 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. Bring your own coffee cups and get 20 cents off at our Mojo Coffee Stand.
  • Please read: The Final Countdown to the Fair Letter
  • Plant and Garlands Stall - Bring FLOWERS, herbs and fresh produce from your gardens on Fair Day. Colourful flowers are appreciated from your garden, your friends or just from the road-side - they don't have to be roses!
  • NIKE and Clothing Pre-sale on Friday 2pm - 5pm - all WBS Friends and Families welcome.

Invitation to the Chocolate Fish Cafe

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!

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 7 December

On Wednesday 7th December, 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 6th December.

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!

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).  

2 DAYS TO GO – Friday 11 November


Bring along those lovely perennials and herbs which are always popular, along with natives, or any novelty potted plants. Also, any items that you may have for the garden and no longer need, like topiary frames, pots, garden equipment – anything associated with the garden.

 Friday after school or Saturday between 10am and 12pm.


Our first drop-off for White Elephant (aka Trash’n’Treasure, Bric-a-brac, etc) will be from Friday 11 November 3pm-5pm. Please take it straight to Autahi.


Bring in your lovely home baking or slices and fudge today from 3:00pm-3:30pm (or 10am – 12pm Saturday). 


Early bird clothes sale from 2 pm – 5.00 pm in Mahutonga – all welcome to come and shop prior to the Fair. Eftpos and cash sales. All WBS family and friends welcome.


Outside Mahutonga 2 pm – 5.00 pm! CASH SALES! Cool Nike gear for kids and grownups. Some items only $5.


Can you spare 30 mins of your time to help clearing some of the classrooms ready for set-up Saturday?


Saturday 12 November

10am-12pm SCHOOL OPEN

Deliver your lovely goods for Cakes/lollies and deli stalls
Indoor stalls set-up
Deliver chilly bins, extension cords, BBQs, etc
Donations for White Elephant (Autahi)


8am              Marquee set-up and outside stall                        set-up

                     Raid your garden for fresh flowers                     and    greenery for the garlands or                     fresh herbs for the  deli

9:30am         Stall holders and teams arrive

9:45am         Stall leaders meeting in                                     Staffroom/Collect  Floats

10:45am       Kids Parade

11am-2pm    Worser Bay School Fair – RAIN OR                      SHINE!

2pm-4pm      Clean-up crew

5pm              Close the school.


The Fair is opened by a Parade beginning at 10.45am – start thinking now about how you can incorporate “Treasure Island” theme into your costume. There are prizes for the best dressed boy and girl.


The PFP team will be helping manage the Fair Day waste stations. They will be using 3 separate so the recyclable and compostable waste doesn't become contaminated and therefore sent to landfill. A glass bin will also be available. We are going to collect soft plastics and take these to the collection point in New World.


Please try to minimise car parking around the school and be particularly mindful of driveways, yellow lines and bus stops. Can you car pool? Can you walk or get dropped off on Fair Day?


·         MOJO Coffee Cart - Get a 20c refund to people who bring along a keep cup for the coffee cart.

·         Please bring your own reusable bags for packaging your purchases in. Your kids could bring their PFP bags.


Deb Maxwell: 021 036 7467     
Mary Tapp: 027 461 6242
Debbie Hehenkamp: 022 095 7177      
Sarah Wells: 021 793 557

WBS Fair 2016 Children's Movie Trailer
If you haven’t already, please pop over and “like” and share the movie. It is pinned to the top so its easy to find: 

Silent Auction - BID NOW
Our fabulous Silent Auction is now live. Click on the link Worser Bay School Silent Auction 2016 to see a comprehensive list of silent auction lots, ready for your bids. 

Rapid Raffles - What are the Prizes?
There are 20 lots of 'wonderful', including a Weta Workshop tour for 4, Alana Estate Wine, Nicolettas Cakes, Tory Urban Retreat Sauna Starter Packs, Staglands Family Pass, Restaurant Vouchers, Pharmacy Vouchers, New World Vouchers and much, much more! 

Community Notices...

Looking to Rent
We are WBS family looking for a 3-4 bedroom home in the eastern suburbs for two adults and three children.
We are looking to pay around $600 p/w.
Please phone Delia on 027 819 1190 or email huntcj@xtra.co.nz

Worser Bay Life Saving Club - Vacancy for Hall Hire Manager
WBLSC are looking for someone local to manage their Hall Hires. The position comprises taking bookings, managing the bookings calendar, liaising/communicating/emailing with prospective hirers, showing them through hall, checking the hall has been cleaned afterwards (undamaged) and invoicing them. They have between 25-30 hires per year. 
If you are interested, please contact Dave Wells at dave.wells@xtra.co.nz 

Child Minder
Hi, my name is Eva Malthus and I am nineteen years old. I am a reliable, disciplined and honest individual currently pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree at Canterbury University. I plan to have a career in primary school or early childhood teaching.

At present I am looking for child minding work from 12th to 27th November (incl). I am happy to help out with odd jobs as well. I have my restricted drivers' licence.

I have a successful track record of taking full charge of children of all ages while keeping them engaged. I have had experience working for a holiday programme for autistic children too.

References are available if required. Please either text my mother Sue on 021 0234 0435 or email her on johnandsuemalthus@xtra.co.nz if you need more details or would like to get in touch.

Thank you

Supporting Success in your School
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