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Week 9 - 9 December 2016

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

In the words of the wonderful Dr Seuss "How did it get so late so soon?!"

Welcome to the final Newsletter of 2016...... what a whirlwind of a year, with everything going on in terms of earth movement and politics of late, it's good to know we just keep things rockin' on an even keel up here, we just keep on going!

This is a great testament to our staff, our kids and you - our incredibly supportive and caring community!

He tangata! He tangata !He tangata!

How great to have the opportunity to get together with Year 6 parents last night, while the children were over indulging in all things delicious at their 'Idols and Dream Jobs Dinner'. Some of these parents' faces have been around for quite some time and it's always a bit of a pull on the heartstrings saying a farewell each year. But - we have many 'boomerangs' and, at some stage, many 'come back'. Let's face it, Miramar is small as well, so very little chance of escape.

Please come to THE WRAP - WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 5.30 sharp. This is when you will all have the opportunity to farewell our Year 6s, teachers Hamish and Kath before they 'go bush!', and, of course, to celebrate a tremendous year.

Hot on the heels of THE WRAP, we have our last day on Friday 16 December, finishing at 1.00 pm. Please support your child/ren to ensure they have every last piece of their property with them before they leave. We often lock up a bike or a scooter for the holiday period which is when it might be needed most!

SCHOOL STARTS AGAIN FEBRUARY 1, 2017 at 8.55 am sharp!

Please read the information below on how to order your Stationery for 2017. The day before school starts, we have a tradition of the 'stationery drop off'. This is a chance to have a chat about the holidays, connect with teachers and other children and parents. It's also a way to allow the first day back to be smoother sailing without the added hassle of 'where the stationery goes!' 

The timing is very tight as teachers are into their second professional learning day - so please only come between 9.00-10.00am on Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

Following on from this, we have another tradition - The Family Picnic at Miramar Park - Wednesday 8 February.

Not long after, Goal Setting Meetings take place with the children and yourselves and their base group teacher. Your child/ren spent some time in their new base groups today. We will have these interview bookings ready to go by the end of the first short week of term and will let you know when they open.

The Powhiri, Friday 17 February, is another must do! You will see the invitation in the Newsletter, and, if you are newer to the school and being welcomed, you will have received a separate email invitation.

Recently, I tuned into the end of this radio interview: In his new book Messy, How to Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World, author and BBC presenter Tim Harford explores the surprising advantages of mess, which can develop our creativity and resilience.


Now there's a thought for the holiday period!

Thank you for another wonderful year - together........... we very definitely can!

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
Aila, Kura, Luca S, Tigerlily, Caleb, Cruz, Lily Ji and Cooper.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alexander B, Thomas, Danielle, Caitlynn, Alex P and Cody.

Updated Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

WBS Sports Registration 2017 - Sign up by 9am on Monday 12 December

It’s that time again when we need to look ahead and register our school sports teams for Term 1 competitions. 

If you would like to register your child to play Netball, Floorball or Mini Polo, please complete this Google Form, if you haven't already.

Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the season.

Please Note: The form will close at 9am on Monday 12 December 2016.


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.

Here are the Songs for The Wrap if you would like to have a practice beforehand.

Family Picnic - Wednesday 8 February 2017

We will once again be holding our Annual Family Picnic on Wednesday 8th February 2017. The event will be held at Miramar Park, 75 Darlington Road, Miramar (tennis court end) and will run from 6.00-7.30pm. (Postponement date is Wednesday 15th February.)

For those of you who haven’t been to one of these, this is a great chance to get together again after the summer break and have a catch up. Bring along a picnic for the family and make sure you wear some comfy clothes so that you can take part in some fun games. 

We will also have a quick chat about the sports on offer at Worser Bay and some of the procedures for getting your child into a Worser Bay School sports team.

We look forward to seeing you there,
John and Scott (Sports Co-ordinators 2017)

Powhiri - Friday 17 February 2017

You are warmly invited to a Welcome Celebration for new children, new staff 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, staff 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!


Auathi Family Picnic

Bubble Writing
Kath’s Monster group have been working on writing this week. After reading a story about Bubbles we wrote our own. What amazing writing!

The bubbles go up, up, up. The bubbles go over the shark.
Pop! Pop! Pop!


We did a Mystery Skype with Matamata Intermediate School

We had a great time swimming and played some sports at Kilbirnie Park on Monday. 

On Wednesday we had a wonderful trip to the Botanical Gardens.


EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom)

Sailing at Beach Week
We were really fortunate to get out sailing on Monday and hope to have further opportunities to do so today and possibly next week. There’s been too much wind to do more! Monday was perfect though…

Thank you to those who have already paid for EOTC Week. If you haven't yet, please pay $12.00 via Wrap It Up.

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.


  • Sports Registration for 2017 closes at 9am on Monday 12 December
  • 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) - Miramar Park
  • 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
  • Stationery Drop Off - Tuesday 31 January 2017 - 9am - 10am
  • Family Picnic - Wednesday 8 February 2017, 6.00 - 7.30pm
  • 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

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!

Please do not use the Worser Bay School driveway as a drop off zone. There was a near miss involving a young child on the footpath at the bottom of the school driveway this week. The yellow lines are there for a reason!

Board Shorts

At our final meeting of the year earlier this week, the Board and teaching team held our annual Celebration of Success which saw the teaching team take the Board through the year-end progression and achievement data against National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Board was very pleased with the well established approach and also our student's performance against the National Standards. The teaching team continues to deepen its understanding of the learning needs of the whole and every child and, as a school, we continue to grow our understanding of the most effective ways to progress the learning of those students who require more targeted support. More detailed information will be provided about the 2016 achievement results early next year.

We were also delighted that, thanks to the efforts of you, our school community, we have reached our $100,000 local fundraising target for the year!  As a decile 10 school, we are very dependent on our locally raised funds, which is achieved through a combination of voluntary contributions and fundraising activities and events. Taken together, this equates to approximately $500 per child per annum. We appreciate this takes a lot of hard work from many people and our children are very grateful for your efforts!  Without our locally raised funds, we would not be able to continue to provide the quality education that enables our children to thrive. Achievement of this target means we can continue to maintain our current staffing levels (and staff:student ratios); and invest in those areas that make the biggest difference to student achievement, including technology and other learning resources, professional development for our teaching and support teams, and maintenance of the school facility.  

We also reviewed the levels of our Voluntary Contributions for 2017. We are likely to experience a reduction in central funding for 2017 as the Government focuses on funding high priority learners, and have decided it is necessary to offset some of this reduction by increasing the levels of our Voluntary Contributions. 

The Voluntary Contribution for 2017 is $345 per student (an increase of $10 per student). If you pay full amount in Term 1, you will receive a $50 discount and the rate will be $295 per student. We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and payments can continue to be made by instalments during the year. If you wish to pay in 2 instalments, these will be $172.50 to be made by the end of Term 1 (Thursday 13 April) and by the end of Term 3 (Friday 29 September), to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay online in 2017 at www.wrapitup.co.nz

Voluntary Contributions are, of course, voluntary, and we appreciate that you have the choice as to whether to pay them or not – but they are critical to the school’s ongoing financial wellbeing and the quality of the education the school can provide to your child(ren).  Further information about  Voluntary Contributions is set out on the school’s website – http://www.worserbay.school.nz/info#TOC-Voluntary-Contributions

Finally, we are looking forward to seeing all of you and your whanau at the end–of–year Christmas Wrap next Wednesday 14 December. It is always a lovely way to conclude the year, and a very special opportunity to send our Year 6 learners off into the wide world!  For those of you that can’t make The Wrap, we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and a restful and relaxing start to the New Year. May you enjoy the break in the places, and with the people, that are special to you. 

The Board

A Note from the Office

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

End of Term 4
School closes at 1pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

Term 1, 2017
  • Stationery drop-off day: Tuesday 31 January, 9am – 10am
  • Term starts: Wednesday 1 February, 8:55am
  • Term finishes: Thursday 13 April at 3pm

Security over the School Holidays
Should you have any concerns regarding school security over the holidays, please contact the police immediately on 04 381 2000 or dial 111 – they encourage this.

We celebrate our place. The school was established in 1897, on a historically significant pa site. The Ngai Tara tribe named the pa Whetū-kairangi (star gazer) to convey the fact it was located on high ground, an ideal vantage point from which the stars and sea could be seen. These concepts underpin everything we do.

So, please respect our place and its precious site!
Thank you

Stationery 2017

Our online ordering of students’ stationery has been very successful, so we have teamed up with OfficeMax MySchool again for 2017!

Benefits for you:
  • You receive competitive prices direct from the supplier.
  • Save time by avoiding busy retail stores.
  • Free delivery on orders over $57.50.
  • Order early and have plenty of time to cover your books.
  • Your child will start the year with the correct supplies.
  • Every dollar spent with OfficeMax MySchool will earn us School Rewards.
  • So, for 2017, you can order online at: www.myschool.co.nz/worserbay using your credit card. Simply select your child's Year Group and follow the instructions on the website. Website orders over $57.50 qualify for free delivery.
Delivery must be to your home or place of work – not to the school. You can also ring your order through and pick it up from OfficeMax at an agreed time that works for you.

To order by mail order and/or pay by cheque, all you have to do is go to www.myschool.co.nz and, when you get to the checkout, click on the Mail Order Form button. This will build a customised mail order form for you to print. Stationery lists will be online by Monday 12 December, and everything on the list is a must for 2017. 

There are additional products available, that’s up to you. If your child already has a book bag and pencil case, this does not require purchasing again. If your child is Year 4, 5 or 6 and already has a pair of headphones at home that they can bring to use at school, there is no need to purchase those.  

Please note: 
  • Orders can be placed from Monday 12 December.
  • Orders must be received by Office Max prior to 13 January to guarantee delivery before school starts.
This year our stationery drop off time is Tuesday 31 January from 9.00-10.00am, so you can pop in, if you would like to, say “hi”, catch up on holidays and get the books in the right place. Teachers will be in a meeting from 10.00am, so please stick tightly to this timeframe. 

Community Notices...

Shelly Bay Market
10am – 3pm on Sunday 11 December
Come along and do your Christmas shopping.

Summer Drama Classes For Youth
Kids4Drama are holding master classes for kids and teen over the summer holidays. This is a great opportunity for students to learn off industry professionals and further their dramatic skills while still having lots of fun! Book before 20th December and go in the draw to win a free term of drama classes for 2017. Contact becca@kids4drama.co.nz to book your space or for more information.

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.

How it works:
Mention this school donation offer to your ASB banker when you apply for a new ASB home loan. The Supporting success in your school promotion is only available when you apply for a new home loan through an ASB branch, Mobile Lending Manager or by calling us on 0800 100 600.

Your new home loan application must be received, approved and then documented in a facility agreement, along with the completed school voucher, before the 31 December 2016. You must have a minimum of 20% equity in your security property provided to ASB to qualify for the offer.

Once your home loan is fully drawn down, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Print out the school voucher with full terms and conditions below and get started.

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