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Week 8 - 2 December 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

When I walked into my first ever interview fresh out of Teacher’s College, I had no idea that this place would become such an important feature of my next 13 years. I couldn’t imagine how much I would learn or the remarkable people I would meet. It has helped to shape and inform my ideas and principles about teaching and, indeed, particularly over the past two years as we have delved into positive education, those important to my life. Our way of working here is both dynamic and highly reflective; one I have thoroughly enjoyed. 

It is strange to be a part of a place for so long. You get to know all its creaks and whispers; what things are squirrelled away where. You are gifted with perspective to see that what we do now may not really come to its full fruition for a few years down the track; and so, too, that what seems like a mountain right now when looking back was nothing but a small mound. 

I have seen people come and go and been on many an interview panel seeking the right people to join our team. Little did I know that it would be on one such panel I would meet my future husband. “Just show him around the school.” Jude said!

“Time flies when you are having fun!” I used to cringe when teachers or adults would say that to us as kids, but, looking back on my 7 years at Worser Bay, I guess this cliche is one of the most apt. Yes, it is a magnificent setting with beautiful backdrops and a rich history, but, actually, without the people it wouldn’t be nearly as great. Worser Bay really is a fun place to work and to play! Don’t get me wrong, we work hard, but we also know how to have a good laugh together, and at the expense of each other. There really is never a dull day here. I have planned, learnt, laughed and debated with some awesome colleagues, parents and students along the way. Connections that I hope to be lifelong.

Getting the call, “Haaamiishh…” to take down, put up, or carry all sorts to the skip has been just some of my honorary caretaker role. A role that I have relished along with the many others. Worser Bay has always given great opportunities to grow as a leader, problem solver and lifelong learner, something I will always be grateful for and a real testament to the overall vision of the school.

As we have changed over the years, so has Worser Bay. It really is a school that is constantly full of new ideas and energy. Expectations are high, on both children, parents and teachers, and when we reflect on the year we are always slightly amazed at how much we have achieved.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you for the many opportunities that we have had at Worser Bay. Thank you, Jude, for your ongoing support, guidance and humour. You are an inspiring leader. We have both learnt so much, grown as teachers and human beings, as well as built many lasting friendships. Worser Bay School is a wonderful place to work. It is full of life, future focused and unafraid of change. We are so proud to have been a part of it for our combined 20 years. Both of us are excited as we move on to new beginnings but will always hold Worser Bay dear to our hearts. We’re sure we’ll find ways to stay connected and are looking forward to being spectators at the 2017 Wrap. What will those crazy teachers come up with?

Hamish and Kath, over and out.

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
Ben, Charlotte, Wolfgang, Yoichi, Alex J, Hadley, Lily V and Luc.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Emma Mc, Emma R, Lucas, Mateo and Peter.

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 to 7pm.

More details to come.

Powhiri - Friday 17 February 2017

You are warmly invited to a Welcome Celebration for new children and their families into the heart of our school. As we have a welcome Powhiri on an annual basis, this invitation is for children and their families who have started during Terms 3 and 4, 2016 and who will start in Terms 1 and 2, 2017.

We recognise that some of you already truly belong, but this is an opportunity to be formally welcomed into the unique and vibrant learning community which is Worser Bay School.

Welcome to the whānau.

Who?     Children and their families who have started/are starting school from Term 3, 2016 through to the end of Term 2, 2017.
Where?     Worser Bay School/Te Kura o Whetūkairangi
When?     Friday 17 February, 9.15am - 10.00am (approx)
What do we do?     Families are 'called on' into the courtyard by staff members and are seated. A bit of chat and waiata follows. We hongi and then children already at school return to class. Parents, grandparents, younger siblings, etc, are invited to morning tea and to mix and mingle in the staffroom. It's all a little weather dependent, so same place, same time but we may need to change to inside. You will be guided, so don't worry!


Playing with Fabric
During Discovery children were given a chance to explore with fabric. Their deep problem-solving, sea of talk and engagement was clear to see. Take a look to see more.

Maths Outside
We’ve been enjoying the sunshine and getting outside this week. Great to do some Maths outside, take a look.

Autahi End of Year Family Picnic - Scorching Bay - Wed 7 Dec, 4pm to 6pm
We are nearing the end of the year and wanted to invite you all to come and celebrate what has been a great year! We are having a picnic evening for families of Autahi at Scorching Bay on Wednesday 7th December from 4-6pm. Bring your dinner and a rug to sit on. The playground and beach are there for kids to explore.
Looking forward to seeing you all!


EOTC Weeks

We are planning some outdoor education activities for Tautoru children during the next two weeks. Have a look at what is planned and let your child’s base group teacher know if you can help out.

Monday 5 December - Trip to the Aquatic Centre and Kilbirnie Park - 9.00am - 1.00pm
(Please make sure that you have paid and given permission on Wrap It Up).

Wednesday 7 December - Trip to Botanical Gardens 9.00am - 2.30pm
(Please make sure that you have paid and given permission on Wrap It Up). 
Postponement date: Monday 12 December.

Monday 12 December - Trip to Worser Bay Beach - 9.00am - 11.00am
Postponement date: Wednesday 14 December - 10.00am - 12.30pm.

Tuesday 13 December - Teddy Bear’s Picnic - Venue TBA
We would like to invite parents for a picnic. We will have lunch at 12.00pm. 
Postponement date: Thursday 15 December.

Kandinsky Art
All the children who will be in Tautoru next year, contributed to making a Kandinsky inspired piece of collaborative art.

Mystery Skype with Goodwood School
We Mystery Skyped with Goodwood School. Read the blurb on our blog by Cruz and Ridley.

Pohutakawa Art by Pyrenees

Christmas Around the World
We have been connecting with other schools across the world to find out how they celebrate Xmas. Find out more on our blog.

As part of our rotation in the afternoons we have been exploring how to make different types of sounds. We created our own sound songs using our bodies and objects around us.


What would Tangaroa say?

As part of revisiting our Rocky Shore inquiry, we have been wondering what Tangaroa, God of the Sea, would say about our oceans. Have a look to see some of our thoughts…

Tangaroa Art


Goal Setting
We enjoyed a fantastic day working together on a goal-setting day. We explored the idea of being a goal-setter and what we need to do in order to set and achieve goals. We took these ideas and made short movies to express our ideas.

Snorkelling and EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom)

We are hoping for some good weather over the next two weeks as we commence all of the water and beach based activities. Please check out the blog for the details: 
Beach Week Timetable and Groups

Please pay $12.00 for Snorkelling and EOTC via Wrap It Up and complete the Snorkelling Permission Form from the Island Bay Marine Education Centre.

If you are available to assist with Beach Week, please view the timetable on the blog and fill in this Snorkelling and EOTC Parental Assistance Google Form to indicate your time of availability. If you will be helping with Snorkelling, please also complete the Parent and Supervisor Form.

Printed forms are available at the office, if necessary.

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 on 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.

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.


  • WBS Mini Silent Auction closes at noon on Monday 5 December
  • Tautoru Trip to Kilbirnie Pool and Park - Monday 5 December, 9am - 1pm
  • Tautoru Trip to Botanic Gardens - Wednesday 7 December, 9am - 2.30pm
  • Autahi End of Year Family Picnic at Scorching Bay - Wednesday 7 December, 4pm to 6pm
  • Year 6 Dinner - Thursday 8 December, 6pm - 7.30pm
  • Assembly - Friday 9 December
  • Shelly Bay Market - Sunday 11 December, 10am - 3pm - Volunteers needed
  • Tautoru Trip to Worser Bay Beach - Monday 12 December, 9am - 11am (p/d Wed 14 Dec)
  • Tautoru Teddy Bear's Picnic - Tuesday 13 December (p/d Thurs 15 Dec) - Venue TBA
  • The Wrap - Wednesday 14 December, 5.30pm - 7pm
  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Xtream - Thursday 15 December, 9am - 3pm
  • School closes at 1pm on Friday 16 December
  • Powhiri - Friday 17 February 2017, 9.15am - 10.00am
  • 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 - we would greatly appreciate any outstanding contributions
    Mini Polo - $35.00 
    Year 1-4 Netball - $25.00 
    Floorball - $35.00 
    Tautoru EOTC - $11.00
    Mahutonga/Matariki Snorkelling and EOTC - $12.00
    Year 6 Book and H2O Trip - $22.00

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!

A Note from the Office

Voluntary Contributions - A friendly reminder
Any outstanding Voluntary Contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 6 December
If your child is in Mahutonga/Matariki and has ordered a sausage on Tuesday, these will be taken down to the Beach at lunch time.

School Holidays
School closes at 1pm on Friday 16 December 2016 and starts back on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 8.55am.

Stationery Drop-off date is Tuesday 31st January between 9am and 10am.

WBS Mini Silent Auction

Thank you to those who bid on Silent Auction items online or on the day of the Fair.  With over 70 lots on offer, we are pleased that the majority of Lots went, however, we do have 9 Lots left that we are keen put out to the community and generate some more $$$ for Worser Bay School.

A summary of the lots on offer are as follows:

Art Work
Lot 11
Heather Wilson Piece - Reserve $275.00
Lot 12
Sue Malthus Piece

Lot 25
All Blacks Laptop Bag

Health and Wellbeing
Lot 36 
Barrett Personal Trainer
Lot 37
Zumba Fitness

Lot 41
Real Aotearoa - Silver Heart Necklace
Lot 42
Real Aotearao - Silver Heart Necklace

Lot 46
The Dominion Post - Subscription

Lot 52
Ben Sigmund Signed Copy of his Fully Committed Book and a Signed Fully Committed Football.

To have a look at the Lots, please click on the link Worser Bay School Silent Auction 2016. Please note that this web page lists all the Silent Auctions that were available at the Fair, so use the Lot numbers above to find the ones available in this Mini Silent Auction.

You can use the Silent Auction link to bid, or you can send an email to Parent Net. 

Bidding closes on Monday 5 December at 12 noon.

Some lots would make great Christmas presents. So get bidding and share with friends and family.

Shelly Bay Market - Volunteers Needed - Sunday 11 December

We are looking for a group of people to help run a table at the Shelly Bay Market to sell our Deli and Craft items on Sunday 11th December between 10am and 3pm. Last time we did this we made over $500, so it is well worth the effort.

If you can help out at any stage during that day, please contact Jackie on 027 277 1603 or jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz

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.

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

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-4

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.

Movie Making Holiday Programmes - January 2017
Monday 16 to Wednesday 18 January
Stop Motion Animation - Popular 3 days of creativity with Lego (based in Newtown)

Thursday 19 January
iPad Animation - Learn how to create a stop motion story on your own iPad (based in Newtown)

For more information, go to www.newtownmovieschool.co.nz or contact Craig Lauridsen 021 966 277 or nms@acumen.net.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,
1 Dec 2016, 12:17
Carolyn Brett,
1 Dec 2016, 12:17
Carolyn Brett,
1 Dec 2016, 12:17