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Week 2 - 10 February 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of a new school year!

New Years often bring new aspirations and resolutions. It's all go for a while, but why do most New Year's resolutions fail? It's because we are often far too ambitious and think we can change too much! The more goals there are, the less likely they are achieved.

Goal setting. Over the next couple of weeks, you will be meeting with your child/ren and their base group teachers to set direction for the year ahead. The ultimate aim is for the children to be able to come up with their own goals, things that are meaningful and relevant to them........not necessarily what we 'make them do'. There is always a bit of a conversational dance to nail these!  Ultimately, we are looking for 3 or 4 achievable goals that reflect the 'whole child'. This could include social, emotional academic, physical...... this could include stretch goals (based on strengths) or an area that could do with a boost. 

Goal setting isn't easy. Are we focused short term or long term? Is it something we are resourced for? Is it important and relevant? Is it worth the bother? The best goals are those that are self concordant - meaning they are authentic, meaningful and relevant to the individual, plus reasonably enjoyable. Teachers have been setting the scene with a variety of goal orientated experiences. It may be useful to review our Curriculum Document, especially the learner attributes as there will be some useful ideas from here that could be used as prompts in these meetings.

The other purpose of these meetings is to connect nice and early with your child's base group teacher. We will also be having a bit of an orientation session 'Welcome to our Learning Space' on the morning of Wednesday 8 March. Details will be coming with exact timings next week. This is when you see the 'learning in action', get to join in the fun and have a facilitated session with a teacher, basically get to ask any questions. In the meantime, if you have any specific worries about your child's learning, please contact the base group teacher and make a separate appointment to chat privately. Pop into the classrooms and say 'hi' if you didn't catch up with them at stationery drop off or the.... Family Picnic. We were sturdy and brave! We showed GRIT, determination and perseverance! We wrapped up warm! Lovely to see so many of you there.

We are really looking forward to the Powhiri next Friday 17 February. Please find further details in this Newsletter. If you haven't attended a Powhiri, or you are new to NZ, you may want a bit more background - find it in this Newsletter.

Please also diary the Parent Workshop - Developing Speech and Language with Speech Language Therapist, Jennifer Lyons. Tuesday, 21 March, 6.30 - 7.30pm. Many of you have spoken about wanting to learn more, teachers too - so we have organised this session. You can find further details in this Newsletter.

Wishing you a sunny on the outside and inside weekend!

Ngā mihi

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

I am a goalsetter... 
  • I can reflect on my learning 
  • I can share and discuss my achievements
  • I can plan my next learning steps

Autahi and Tautoru
Isabella, Eva, Billy, Cameron, Coco-Inez, Pyrenees and Hanna.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Isabel, Orla, Nela, Caitlyn, Jan, Adam, Ari and Charlotte Bl. 


Welcome to Coco-Inez, Eliza, Romy, Olive, Otto R, Ella, Eva, Albie, Zac, Isabel, Hunter, Cameron, Otto O, Isabella and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Billy, Liora, Kate and Suki-lee who already have siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

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

Powhiri 2017

We are preparing for the Powhiri in which we welcome our new students and Whanau to the school. This has become an important ritual for us at the beginning of each new year. It is a powerful and moving experience and, for many, involves a great deal of learning, staff included. This is a place of learning, so that is appropriate.

Traditionally, Powhiri were used to greet Manuhiri (guests), to address issues and problems with discussion. In our case, it is more simple; we want people who are new to the community to feel that they belong and having this formal ceremony plays a part in that.

Because some of the Powhiri will be conducted in Maori, we wanted to clarify what is being said and help everybody understand what is happening, and the why. If you would like to see further examples of the Powhiri, Powhiri-on-a-marae.

The Powhiri begins with the Karanga, a call and response exchange between the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) and the Manuhiri (visitors). This acknowledges the ancestors who have passed on and the kaupapa (purpose) of the Powhiri. This is the role of women.

When the Manuhiri are seated, the first Kaikorero (speaker) will begin. A Karakia (prayer) is typically used at the beginning of the Whaikorero (speech) and then mention of the ancestors and the important people of the past who are connected with the Marae, in our case, Whetukairangi Pa. Then the attention is drawn to the world of the living, Te Hunga Ora, the Tangata Whenua and the Manuhiri are both addressed and welcomed. Then the Kaupapa of the meeting is introduced. Much of this will be explained in English as we go. Example of Simple Whaikorero.

The next speaker will be from the Manuhiri. They too begin by greeting the dead and then the living and respond to the ideas raised by the first speaker. To understand the origins of the rituals, Tane and the Rituals of the Marae.

A waiata (song) follows each speaker. The waiata will be available for all parents and Whanau on the day. 


Powhiri Invitation - 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!

Parent Workshop - Tuesday 21 March - 6.30pm-7.30pm

Developing Children’s Speech and Language with Speech Language Therapist, Jennifer Lyons

Our NZ Curriculum relies on oral language as the foundation for student learning. It is essential for literacy learning, and successful use of language is critical for students’ wellbeing. Almost all learning relies on oral language.

Like anything, Students’ abilities vary and they progress at different times. The level of oral language knowledge and competency of some students impacts on how they access the curriculum at any level. It is not easy for some! The English alphabet has 26 letters and 44 distinctive sounds. Some sounds are made up by 2 or 3 different letters, so how and when do you learn these?  

Jennifer Lyons will be coming to share her expertise on these areas that we often have questions about:
  • Speech and language 
  • Developing oral language and vocabulary
  • Developing phonemic awareness (the foundations for spelling)
She will be covering these areas and providing some very helpful information about what speech and language development to expect at different ages and stages. She will be giving practical tips on how we can improve all of these areas at school and home.  

“Writing floats on a sea of talk” is a favourite saying of ours - actually “All learning floats on a sea of talk”!

We hope to see you all there.

Family Picnic

Family Picnic
The Family Picnic was lots of fun. It was great to play some games, old and new! It was great to see so many children, teachers and parents joining in. 


Bucket Filling
We are learning about working together and being a kind and caring class. We have been doing lots of thinking and showing how you can fill someone else’s bucket! Have a look!

Teaming up with Tautoru
We have been teaming up with Tautoru and doing lots of great learning and discovering. It’s really nice to work across the spaces because then we know more people out in the playground!


I can...

A different base group from Tautoru has been spending time in Autahi each day. Students have spent time identifying their strengths. The students have begun talking about their learning and what they feel they can do confidently. At the Goal Setting Meetings next week, our students will set goals for themselves for the term and beyond.

Please spend time talking to your children about their strengths, character strengths, and what goals they would like to set for themselves.

Powhiri Songs with Autahi

It has been fantastic getting back into the rhythm of school. We have had Autahi come into Tautoru to learn some new Waiata for the Powhiri next Friday.

The students are really enjoying the songs and we look forward to performing them next week.


We have been playing a Maori game called Tapuae. You can learn how to play the game on our blog.

We have been starting the day with activities designed to wake up your brain. See some posts on our blog:Skipping and Bootcamp

Wake up your brain

We asked what our students did in the holidays. Here are our responses Holiday Padlet on the blog. If you haven’t done so yet, feel free to add to it. 

Chinese New Year
We have been learning about Chinese New Year and have begun to make Dragons in our learning groups. 

Dragons continued...
We are continuing to work on our Dragons. They are a symbol of courage, good luck and brilliance. Because we are building them together, they are also a symbol of collaboration. Everybody is very excited, which shows the value of this sort of activity.

Dragon design in the initial stages

Making the dragon mask to resemble the design

We will be working on them again tomorrow so watch this space!

Earthquake Drill
On Thursday we had an earthquake drill. Everyone knew what to do and got down very quickly!

Our Class Tree-ty (Treaty)

We have been thinking about the Treaty of Waitangi and making connections to our classrooms.


  • Book your Goal Setting Meeting (see below)
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 February
  • Powhiri - Friday 17 February, 9.15am - 10.00am
  • Assembly - Friday 24 February, 9.10am
  • Parent Workshop with Jennifer Lyons - Tuesday 21 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - 27 - 29 March. 
  • Year 4 Camp - 28 March (for just the day).
  • Sausage Sizzles - Tuesdays
  • Sushi Lunches - Fridays
  • Term Dates 2017 and Calendar
  • Take a look at our Blogs! www.worserbay.school.nz/blogs 
  • The following payments are now due:
    Voluntary Contribution - $295 if paid by 13 April 2017 

All payments via Wrap It Up please.


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!!)

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 last year. The yellow lines are there for a reason!

Goal Setting Meetings

These are the first formal connection point for the year. Please book a time with your child's base group teacher (see how to below). Your child, with support from yourselves and the teacher have a chat along the lines of how they are feeling about their learning, their strengths, what they are proud of, what they enjoy, and what they would like to learn and improve. The idea is for the child to own the goal so that it's not 'done to'. It can take some good prompting when required!

From this conversation a small number of goals are confirmed and placed on Seesaw. If you are new to the school you can find out more about Seesaw here.

To Book your meeting:

Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: k6m9x

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 15th February, 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 are due by 9am on Tuesday 14th February.

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).

Pizza Lunches - Term 1
This year we will be having one Pizza Lunch fundraiser per month. The remaining Term 1 lunches will be on 15th March and 12th April. As with the Sausage Sizzles, you can order in advance for the whole term via Wrap It Up.

Pizza Lunches - Parent Help
We would love to get some more parent helpers on board to help with our Pizza Lunches this year. If you would like to help, please email Jackie Ross at jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz.

A Note from the Office

Voluntary Contribution 2017
The Voluntary Contribution for 2017 is $345 per student. If this is paid before the end of Term 1 (Thursday 13 April), you may pay a reduced rate of $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. Payment can be made via Wrap It Up

Voluntary contributions are tax deductible – see http://www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/ for more information. Annual receipts are available on your Wrap It Up account.

Email Lists
If you would like to be added to or removed from our email lists, please contact Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz.

Community Notices...

MSP Junior Rugby
MSP Junior Rugby has built one of Wellington's proudest and most successful sports clubs. The club is about children enjoying their sport and developing their skills in a fun, safe and family oriented environment. Come and check out our vibrant club culture with a strong family atmosphere!

Register online at www.msprugby.co.nz or come to one of our registration events at the MSP gym (next to St Pats College artificial turf) on Saturday 18th February, 1pm to 3pm, Wednesday 22nd February 5pm to 6:30pm and Sunday 26th February 12pm to 1:30pm. Not sure? Email us at mspjuniorrugby@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page for more.

Ballet Classes in Miramar
Do you have a child that loves to dance? Foster their imagination and encourage co-ordination & musicality!
Pre School Dance, Royal Academy of Dance Ballet, Junior Contemporary & Adult. It’s free to trial a class.
Email: hannah@wellingtonballetstudio.co.nz
Phone: 021 207 6757
Visit: wbs.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 $250,000 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 30 June 2017. This home loan offer is only available on loans secured by an owner-occupied residential property provided to ASB, with a minimum of 20% equity.

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

Download and complete the school voucher to participate in the supporting success in your school promotion.

Terms and conditions apply, see voucher. Promotion ends 30 June 2017.

Carolyn Brett,
8 Feb 2017, 20:47
Carolyn Brett,
8 Feb 2017, 20:47
Carolyn Brett,
8 Feb 2017, 20:47