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Week 3 - 17 February 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

In 'valuing the whole child' we need to consider how the mind and body work as one. Latest thinking is looking at these aspects as a united front, rather than a 'connection'. This whole area of 'health' is expansive but when we talk about it in a positive education sense we are focusing on building mindfulness, optimism, resilience and encouraging healthy behaviours like nutrition, exercise and sleep - which certainly requires parents as partners. As much as we would like to, we can't help a lot with bedtime!

The Word Health Organisation (2011) stated that ... "students who thrive physically and psychologically also perform well in their studies". It's not difficult to join those dots. This focus on ' holistic health' is also consistent with their definition of health way back in 1948 .. "a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing..."

It's not a case of the soft versus the hard or the academic versus the fluff! We have to be fully committed to both. We need to be able to put our hands on our hearts and know we have done the best we can by our children and encourage the opportunities to sample a whole buffet of healthy behaviours.

The goal setting that is happening at the moment is a great opportunity to focus on the whole too - while these goals are school based, where teachers can play a big role - you might consider also having a couple of home based goals as well. It's that balance I suppose - a few that are meaningful rather than a multitude that aren't sustainable and easily forgotten. Setting goals and enjoying the journey not necessarily the destination can increase optimism and resilience... not to mention perseverance and the ability to focus attention. It's got to be a good thing!

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
Olive, Otto R, Zac, Otto O, Evan and Cleo.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Lily V, Mitchell, Greer T, Hugo M, Raffy, Thomas S, Tommy and Theo.


Welcome to Tom and his family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Important Information regarding Allergies

As in any environment, we have students with allergies, the most common being nuts, eggs and dairy.  Allergic reactions can be so severe that they may be life threatening.
This year we have a student that is severely allergic to ‘traces of nuts’ and this is a life threatening allergy. These reactions can occur and have occurred for Otto when he has come into contact with something or someone that has had or been around nuts. Otto does not need to ingest traces of nuts to have a severe reaction. It can happen by touching materials that someone else has touched. Otto is based in Autahi, however the nature and character of our school means that students work in different spaces.  
We aim to educate and work in partnership with all students and families across the school to provide a safe environment.
We continue to minimise the risk of accidental ingestion or contact with food allergens by using these key strategies:
  • Re-iterating to students - NO trading or sharing of food, drink bottles or eating utensils.
  • Ensuring students with allergies eat lunches and snacks that have been prepared at home by their caregivers.
  • Carefully managing and supervising students during eating times.
  • Washing and drying hands before and after eating.
  • Wiping down and cleaning surfaces when students must eat inside - due to bad weather.
We ask for your support to keep our school environment safe by: 
  • Avoiding eggs, muesli/nut bars, whole nuts and peanut butter/nutella spreads, etc, at school
  • Reinforcing the importance of good hand-washing practices before and after eating
  • Reinforcing our message that food is not to be shared at school.
We thank you for your continued support in keeping Worser Bay School inclusive and safe for all students. 
If you would like to find out more about this you can visit:

WBS Teaching Team 

Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents - 13 February 2017

Dear Worser Bay School families

Stephanie is now half way through her 2.5 year treatment for leukaemia (a type of blood cancer). Her treatment is going smoothly and she is coping well.

With new families to the school and a new year it’s a good time let you know about Stephanie’s immunity. This will be a reminder for some of you but new information for others.

While receiving cancer treatment Stephanie has low immunity. Her immunity remains low throughout treatment – so it will be low for all of this year. Having low immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.

Please notify the school immediately if there is chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

By keeping the school informed, Carolyn and Stephanie in the school office can keep us updated so we can take any necessary precautions.

Many thanks for your continued support – it is really appreciated.

Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

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 24 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 24 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!

Welcome to Our Learning Space - Tuesday morning 7 March

Come and and be part of ‘learning in action’. Your child will show you around their classroom space and demonstrate some of the daily routines - for some, this is a new space. This will also be an opportunity to celebrate the first month of learning for the year together.

Autahi session from 9.00am - 10.00am

Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki will be having two sessions: 9.00am - 10.00am and repeated 10.00am - 11.00am for those of you with children in different areas.

More details about these sessions will be in next week’s Newsletter.

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.


Peace Beads
We have been making strings of beads! It’s great fine motor and concentration work! Have a look at the blog to learn more about them!

Big Buddies
The seniors come to read to us after Morning Tea sometimes! It’s a lovely treat!


Growth Mindset
This week we have been talking about Goal Setting and using a Growth Mindset. Have a look at the Blog and see which Character Strengths and attitudes we have been using to try new things and get better at them.

Tane and the Baskets of Knowledge
We have been reading about how Tane had to be brave and persevere to reach the heavens to get the baskets of knowledge. We have to do that in our learning sometimes when things get tricky.


The Helping Circle
We have been helping each other to edit our writing in the "Helping Circle". We can make suggestions about how to improve our writing. 

What is a Powhiri? 
We have been learning about what a Powhiri is and what happens at each stage. 

Thanks to Andy and Chester for the Garden Beds!
Chester and his Dad, Andy, have spent a lot of time over the holidays working on the gardens. There has been an incredible transformation from the wonky crooked beds to the new look; something you might find in house and garden. It has been a huge job and we would all like to thank them for the amazing work.

Practising for the Powhiri
We have been learning the two haka and the waiata for the Powhiri (now next Friday). We have learned new actions to go with the waiata too - follow this link to the Blog for the actions so you can learn them (and the songs) too.

Buddy Reading with Autahi
We have started buddy reading with Autahi. It is lovely to see the seniors sharing their love of books with the juniors and asking good questions about what the pictures are about and wondering aloud about the story. 


  • Powhiri - Friday 24 February, 9.15am - 10.00am
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 24 February
  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - register your interest by 27 February (see below)
  • Eastern Zones Cricket - 1 March (more information to follow)
  • Welcome to Our Learning Space - Tuesday 7 March
    Autahi - 9-10am, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki - 9-10am and 10-11am
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 March. Orders due by 9am on 14 March.
  • Parent Workshop with Jennifer Lyons (Speech Language Therapist) - 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 
    Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10

All payments via Wrap It Up please.


Please park responsibly when dropping off your children to school. When cars are parked on both sides of Nevay Road at school drop off / pick up times, buses are unable to get through. 

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!

Sports Update

Although the weather was rather chilly, the enthusiasm and energy at our Family Picnic wasn’t. It was fantastic to see families out and getting active, meeting new people, and enjoying themselves.

Many of our students have already started playing Floorball and Mini Water Polo and they are loving it. The ANZ Future Ferns competition is also in full swing from this week. In total, we have close to 100 students participating and representing Worser Bay in sports competitions.

This level of participation is fantastic considering the size of our school. Of course, these opportunities to play would not be possible without the support of our school community. We would like to thank all of the parents who have volunteered their time to coach, manage and support our students. You do amazing work for our kids; it is much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding our sports programme or the registration process, you can email John or Scott at sports@worserbay.school.nz. There is also good information on our school website and in the Sports Booklet. John is currently looking after the Year 5-6 Netball teams, Mini Water Polo, and Miniball. Please see Scott for the Year 1-4 Netball, Miniball and Floorball.

We are currently looking for someone to co-manage the Year 3-4 Netball team. If you are available to help, please email Scott at sports@worserbay.school.nz or pop in to Tautoru.

We are also seeking expressions of interest for our Year 5 & 6 Netball teams for the Term 2 & 3 competitions. If your child is keen to join a Netball team in Terms 2 & 3, please complete this Google Form

As well as the above programme, Eastern Zone Sports tournaments kick off with Kiwi Cricket on 1 March. Once we have more detailed information from the organisers of this, we will be able to confirm numbers/teams.

If your child needs a Worser Bay School T-shirt, please pay via Wrap It Up and then choose the correct size at the office. More information can be found on our website under Sports Shirts.


'Team Sports'

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 15th March, 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 March.

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 lunch will be on 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 rely on our parent community to help with our fundraising efforts, and 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

Seesaw - Annual Subscription 2017
The Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee for 2017 has been added to your account. This fee is $10 for 2017. Please pay via Wrap It Up. Thanks.

Camp Costs
Just a heads up to let you know the cost of the Senior Camp at the end of March.
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - $225
  • Year 4 Camp - $50
More information will be sent out next week and we will let you know once the costs have been loaded onto Wrap It Up.   

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...

Miramar Rangers AFC 2017 Football Season
Miramar Rangers has a proud and rich football history of 110 years in the Eastern Suburbs. Are you interested in playing junior football this coming season? Registrations are now open for all age grades and close 28th February 2017.

We cater for boys and girls of all abilities in the following junior age groups: 
  • First Kicks 4-6 Year olds – those born 2011-2013 
  • Junior 7th-14th Grades – those born 2010-2003 
  • Girls Only Sunday Leagues 7th-14th Grades 
Trials for our competitive teams in the 9th-14th grades are due to take place from 7th March, so please make registering a priority. 

To register, please use the following link: http://miramarrangers.co.nz/registration-1/ 

For further information, please either see our website www.miramarrangers.co.nz/juniors or contact our administrator Rosie Telford: mrfc@paradise.net.nz

MSP Junior Rugby
MSP Junior Rugby has built one of Wellington's proudest and most successful sports clubs. 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.

Ories Junior Rugby
Registration Day - 2nd March 
   22 Park Road, Miramar
     5.30pm to 7.30pm
Our Hurricanes will be at the club between 6-7pm.

Miramar Tennis Junior Club Days
Fridays 4:30pm – 6:00pm. Starting 10th Feb for all juniors past beginner level.

There will be Rutherford Tennis coaches running drills, courts available for interclub team practice, and courts for casual games. It’s a relaxed and fun environment. Visitor Fee $5 for non club members (reimbursed if you join the club) and 2 week free trial for tennis newbies, so bring friends along. Check website on Fridays 4pm for cancellations www.miramartennis.co.nz

Parents are encouraged to bring rackets down and have a hit, or hang around on the balcony for a bit of Friday night socialising.
Enquiries to Kath Jones, Kathryn@joneslong.co.nz, 021 921 204.

Springboard & Platform Diving at Kilbirnie Pool
Wellington Diving Club has a range of diving classes for kids aged 5 years and up. Why not try something new this year? Visit our website and come along for a free trial! We have several after-school sessions and cater for kids of any level from beginners to competitive. We also run fun casual sessions on Sundays.
For more information, please visit our website www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Barbara on 027 485 8888.

Harbour City Junior Hockey
Registrations are now open for the 2017 season! We are an established club with players from across Wellington, giving boys and the girls the chance to play hockey in a fun and friendly environment. In 2017 we will have multiple teams for players from Years 3 – 8 and the ‘Funsticks’ programme for Years 1-2. New players are always welcome!
Register on-line at www.hcjh.org.nz. For more information, email harbourcityjh@gmail.com or ring 021 276 3222.

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.

Kids Go Free at Staglands on Children's Day - 5 March
Staglands Wildlife Reserve will be celebrating Children’s Day on Sunday 5th March by offering FREE ENTRY into The Reserve for ALL CHILDREN. In addition to their usual attractions, visitors can enjoy free off-road tractor-trailer rides plus a special performance from The Major Minors Children’s ChoirSo, if you are looking for a fun Children’s Day outing for the whole family, meet at Staglands and Connect with Nature on Sunday 5th March. For more information, visit www.staglands.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,
12 Feb 2017, 13:06
Carolyn Brett,
12 Feb 2017, 13:06