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Week 7 - 25 November 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Approaching the end of the year; looking forward to our beach based programme and other experiences outside of the classroom, I find myself reflecting on the dynamic year we have had up to this point. What has been inspiring? Where have we seen students flourishing?

Our Worser Bay School Curriculum document emphasises the wellbeing and development of the whole child. In Māori terms, Taha Tinana, Taha Wairua, Taha Whanau and Taha Hinengaro (physical, spiritual, social/family and, mental and emotional wellbeing.) Alongside the progress our students have made and are continuing to make in academic learning is the progress they are making socially, emotionally and spiritually. These are harder to measure (what mark could you give a smile?) but are just as important in the development of the whole child. During recent Progress and Achievement Meetings, I have been heartened by the parental perspective which suggests that their kids are happy to be at school; they feel connected and cared about. On top of this, many are also talking about the learning experiences which their children have been involved in outside of or beyond the classroom and the impact these are having on their children’s growth. Ubiquitous learning.

It is exciting to see the developments in educational thinking (Core Education Ubiquitous Learning), suggesting that learning in the 21st century will be happening more and more, anywhere, anytime! We are already making bold moves in this direction and it is having a powerful impact on the development of the whole child and their wellbeing. I like to think of this as ‘The School Without Walls’. There is no need to limit ourselves to the traditional processes of learning in which all kids are working on the same thing at the same time, in rows in the same classroom. Removing the metaphorical walls? Drumming with Andreas and the Music Festival, School Camp, rock-pooling, gardening, planting trees and PFP, cooking creatively and the recent Marketplace. All powerful learning experiences, and the list goes on.

Of course, digital learning provides us with exciting opportunities to connect and learn with others anywhere in the world. Even if the body is still attached to the floor, the mind is allowed the freedom to soar and explore. We can connect with artists and design experts, scientists, business people, whoever, and children in other schools who are also thinking and learning about the world.

Ubiquity in learning applies to the upcoming beach based programme beginning next week for Māhutonga/Matariki students. Who is not inspired by the great outdoors? In a recent study, Dr. Sue Waite from Plymouth University discovered that taking education outside the classroom led to students being more engaged. This resulted in ideas being shared more freely and deeper questions being asked. The study proved that “characteristics of effective learning such as engagement, motivation and thinking critically are all well supported by outdoor context which stimulate children to learn by playing and exploring, actively learning and self regulating their learning.’ (Dr. Waite, 2014)

We have noted that students really seem to step up and grow in confidence as they overcome some of these physical outdoor challenges.

Encouraging students to look outside of themselves to the communities which surround us, to become involved with others and to give service in some way is another aspect. Positive Education identifies ‘Positive Purpose’ as the domain in which people find meaning and purpose in life, develop social awareness and are involved in community service. Giving and helping others, Taha Whanau, is an important part of well-being. It is important to feel as if we are making a positive difference in other people’s lives. Our kids need to have experiences which let them ‘feel’ this. To do this we need to reach outside of our classroom walls.

What are the simple things which make your spirit sing, what are the experiences which are good for your soul? The answer to this will probably be different for all of us but in recent weeks I have been working with a group of Student Councillors, the Gardening Group, to develop our Lizard Garden and plant vegetables. I have been in the ‘flow’ spreading compost and digging holes with the group. It is satisfying and soulful work and the kids love it. Connecting to nature, connecting to each other: learning anywhere, anytime!

Ngā mihi
John McDougall

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
Cleo, Freddie, Jonty, Louie, Marnie, Pyrenees, Keir and Emelie.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Anatole, Rico, Milla, Teddy, Theo B and Kaia.

Updated Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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


Bring your picnic blanket, BYO food, refreshments of choice…….come and sing together, farewell our Year 6 graduates and enjoy being together as a community.

PLACE?  Worser Bay School courtyard

DATE AND TIME?  Wednesday 14 December at 5.30pm sharp

More details to come.


We have been learning about measuring and practising measuring. When we measure, we have to make sure that we have no gaps or overlaps and that we go from one end of the object to the other!

We have been reading stories about friendship, bravery and kindness. Have a look at our blog to see what we think about friendship. 


Garden Visit
We have had a great opportunity to visit gardens in our community. The students have enjoyed making connections to our Planting Inquiry and getting outside to enjoy the sun.

Chris' Garden
Chris wanted to take us to his garden but it is a bit of a walk so he shared some photos with us today. We were fascinated with the lettuce growing out of the side of his house. He thought that he might have dropped seeds by accident. 

Tautoru Trips

We are looking forward to an exciting end of the year programme based around EOTC activities.

We have organised a trip to Kilbirnie Pool on 5th December. After the children have a play in the pool, we will be spending some time at the park. We will leave school promptly at 9.10am and will be back to school by 1.00pm at the latest.

We have arranged to go to the Botanical Gardens on 7th December. We will be visiting Anneke from the Wellington City Council, who came in earlier this term to ask for our ideas about the new children’s garden.

The total cost of these two trips is $11.00. Please pay via Wrap It Up. We will also need parent help on the day. Please email your child’s base group teacher if you are able to help on either of these trips.

We will be running some other local trips, including a Teddy Bear’s picnic, a beach trip and a walk. We will be in touch closer to the time. Watch this space.


School Leavers 

Children will be able to download a copy of their documents from their school Google Apps accounts using Google Takeout as a means to allow them to easily transfer a copy of all of their content from their school account to their own account.

Children will need to:
  • Log into their school Gmail account
  • When they are logged in, click here: Google Takeout
  • Select what you would like to download 
  • Click on “Create Archive”
A file will be downloaded onto your computer

Children will no longer have access to their Google Accounts after the 18th December.

If you have any questions, please speak with Steph.

  • Sign into your Parent account at https://app.seesaw.me
  • Click on your Profile Icon on the top left
  • Click on the Gear Icon
  • Click on Account Settings
  • Click on Download Journal Archives
  • Click on the Download Zip button to download the archive to your computer.

Business Time - Our Market Place
Last Friday we held our very successful Market Place. Have a look at most of the stalls in action on the blog…

Biking Obstacle Course - Thursday 1 December

As part of the planning for Mountain Biking scheduled for Wednesday 14th December, we are inviting Year 5-6 students who are keen, to bring their bikes in to earn a bike licence on Thursday 1st December. We want to make sure that all students involved in Mountain Biking are able bikers so they will be safe.

Students will need bikes to be checked, have pumped up tyres and helmets.

More information on the Mountain Biking programme will be in next week’s Newsletter.

EOTC Activities and Final Inquiry

We are looking forward to an exciting end of the year programme based around EOTC activities and a final Inquiry “What Would Tangaroa Say?” returning to our earlier focus on Marine Environments. As we approach it anew, we will be looking at it through a growth mindset lens. We will be thinking about what’s required for Tangaroa to flourish and, as a parallel, what conditions do we flourish in. It will be an opportunity for us to think about and explore upcoming changes.

The most significant thing during these weeks will be the Snorkelling run by the Island Bay Marine Reserve team at Worser Bay Beach on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December.

The cost for the whole programme including activities at Worser Bay Beach will be on Wrap It Up early next week. We anticipate that any profits made from the Market Place can be put toward the programme: we call that learning about finance in the real world!

Still to schedule:
  • Learn to Sail - 5 to 9 December
  • Mountain Biking - Wednesday 14 December
  • Surf Life Saving - TBC
We will be seeking parents to assist us for all of these activities.

The Year 6 students have been working with Hamish on finishing off activities during Friday transition. Speeches and Year 6 books have been the focus of these sessions. 

Year 6 Dinner - Thursday 8 December

We are looking forward to sharing dinner with our most amazing Year 6 group who are sadly leaving us. The theme for the evening is "Idols and Dream Jobs", two themes which will no doubt keep the mood of the evening whacky!

Everybody has chosen something to bring and will be sharing the details with the Kitchen Hands at home.

It is a great opportunity to dress up, share some good food, play and celebrate a wonderful year of learning and fun. The festivities begin at 6.00 pm.

Parents are warmly invited to come to the staffroom for refreshments and a catch up.

Year 6 Book and Pool Trip

At the dinner we will hand out copies of the Year 6 Book - a precious memento of their time at Worser Bay School. 

We are also planning a day for our Year 6 crew at H2O Xtream in Upper Hutt. This is scheduled for Thursday 15th December. We will be leaving school just after 9am and returning by 3pm. We will need parents to help with transport and supervision on the day. Please email hmcrae@worserbay.school.nz if you can help.

The cost of the Year 6 Book and H2O Xtream Trip is a total of $22.00. Please pay for this via Wrap It Up by Monday 5 December.


  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 30 November - Order by 9am on Tuesday 29 November.
    (Please note the change of date.)
  • Year 5 & 6 Bike Obstacle Course - Thursday 1 December
  • Digital Technology Self Review Survey - Please complete by Friday 2 December
  • Tautoru Trip to Kilbirnie Pool and Park - Monday 5 December
  • Tautoru Trip to Botanic Gardens - Wednesday 7 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - Thursday 8 December
  • Assembly - Friday 9 December
  • The Wrap - Wednesday 14 December
  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Xtream - Thursday 15 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.
    Floorball - $35.00 (Only if your child is playing Floorball this term.) Please pay by 30 November.

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Parking and Roadworks

Just a wee reminder to please park responsibly when dropping off your children to school. It is illegal to stop on yellow lines and in bus stops! Please don't block driveways and respect our local residents.

(The office does receive phone calls from the public regarding this issue! We would rather not!!)

Roadworks - There is Network Enhancement / Fibre Upgrade work being carried out by Chorus / Downer in our suburb. Roadworks will continue to occur randomly between now and Christmas as each stage of the project is completed.

As always, thanks for your patience and consideration of others and our neighbours!

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 30 November

Please note that we have changed the Pizza Lunch from Wednesday 7 December to Wednesday 30 November due to trips that are taking place on 7 December.

On Wednesday 30th 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 29th 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).

Voluntary Contributions - A friendly reminder

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!

Digital Technology Self Review

We are gearing up towards completing a Digital Technology Self Review. It would be great if you could complete the survey below:

Digital Technology Parent Survey

Our Chromebooks and iPads have led to incredible opportunities for our students over the last few years. The school has increased technology by around 50% in the last two years which has been so fortunate. We are relying on our learners to be connected more and more.
  • Students have their own Google Apps for Education accounts (for our Year 3-6 students) and a shared account for our Year other learners in Tautoru.

  • Teachers are using the Hapara Dashboard and can monitor what our students are creating on their Google Apps (e.g. Gmail, slides, docs etc.)

  • Students are using Seesaw across the school to share their learning.

  • We have introduced BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for students in Years 4-6 so that they can use their devices throughout the day for collaborative learning, web-based research and applications, including creating documents and presentations.

  • We are using blogging, newsletters and our website to communicate with the community.
We would love your voice in the survey! Thank you in advance.

Surveys need to be completed by Friday 2nd December 2016.

Community Notices...

Lost Property
Someone left their special wooden sword behind after the School Fair. If this belongs to you, please come to the school office to claim it.

WBS Deli and Craft Stalls at the Shelly Bay Market
10am – 3pm on Sunday 27 November
If you didn’t get a chance to shop at our Deli and Craft stalls on Fair day, they will be at the Shelly Bay Market this weekend.
Come along and do your Christmas shopping.

Summer Camps at El Rancho!

  • Horse Camp, 8yrs +, 19 & 20 December
  • Beach Party Kids Camp, 8-13 yrs, 9-13 January
  • Summer Carnival Kids Camp, 8-13 yrs, 17-21 January
Tel: 902 6287 or visit: www.elrancho.co.nz.

Pre-Christmas Drama/Film Club at Rata Studios
Yes, it’s Christmas and no school, so let’s escape into a feature film and have some fun. This will be an exciting and challenging three days. Viewing, interpreting, experiencing and improvising various aspects of film and…… some cool surprises for you including a WETA WORKSHOP Experience!! 

For girls and boys aged 9-13 years. 
Mon 19 - Wed 21 December, 9am-3pm. 
$285 including transport and ticket prices. 
Find out more or enrol online at www.ratastudios.co.nz

Rock Academy Holiday Programme
The Rock Academy is running two holiday programmes over the summer period. At the end of December and the end of January. Both 3 days. Perfect for young singers/musicians wanting to be surrounded by like minded musical individuals. We book out in advance, so please contact us soon if you are interested.

Location:  St Patrick’s Parish Hall, 5 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie 
Time:  Starts at 9:00am and finishes at 3:00pm. Drop off 8:45am.
December:  21st, 22nd and 23rd Wednesday to Friday 
January:  25th, 26th and 27th Wednesday to Friday

Activities include:
  • Daily busking trips – The pupils get to keep the money, highly motivating and great for their confidence.
  • Group jam sessions – Learning lots of cool new modern rock and pop songs.
  • The Rock Academy’s Got Talent workshop and competition – Pupils learn how to audition, introduce themselves, hold eye contact and perform a piece to take out TRA trophy.
  • Singing lessons/exercises – Singing exercises and scales every morning.
  • Instrument skills sessions – learning new riffs, licks, chords, tricks and techniques.
  • Industry workshop – Learning how to be a successful musician however large or small their ambitions may be.
  • Solo and group song writing sessions – Pupils are asked to write and perform their own songs over the three days.
For more information or to book, please contact Geoff Day on 
021 565 750 or visit: www.therockacademy.co.nz

Standouts Creative Drama, Dancing & Singing
Join in the fun as we put a show on the road in just 4 days these holidays!

DECEMBER / Pre-Christmas Workshop:
Mon 19th- Thurs 22nd Dec 9am-4pm


Tues 10th- Fri 13th Jan 9am-4pm
Tues 17th- Fri 20th Jan 9am-4pm

St Judes Hall, Lyall Bay
For ages 5-14 yrs. $220 per child per 4 day programme. Family discounts/subsidies available.

Why fit in when you were born to STAND OUT! 
Email: gemma@standouts.co.nz for more information and an enrolment form, or go to: www.standouts.co.nz

School Holiday Computer Classes
For ages 5 – 15 in Minecraft, Learn to Code in Scratch or Python, Create 3D Games, Web Design, Animation, Video Editing or Build a PC and if young the Discovery Computer Class. For further information, call 499 2211 or visit www.grandtraining.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 

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 Nov 2016, 12:54
Carolyn Brett,
21 Nov 2016, 12:54
Carolyn Brett,
21 Nov 2016, 12:54