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Week 5 - 3 March 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

I love the New Zealand Curriculum!
I especially love our own Worser Bay Curriculum!

All state schools follow the National NZ Curriculum but develop their own local curriculum that fits with the desires of the community, needs of the children and 'place'.

The stunning Powhiri last Friday was a great example of our curriculum in action on so many levels. 'We are powerful!'

I came across an article in the Guardian recently which resonated and reinforced how fortunate we are to have the opportunity in New Zealand to provide rich learning experiences for our children.......

"...it’s not a matter of high-tech or low-tech; the point is that the world a child enters is rich and diverse enough to ignite their curiosity, and allow them to discover a way of learning that best reflects their character and skills."

To read the whole article, and I encourage you to, please see below:

"In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant." By George Monbiot

It's not always easy in this climate. You may have seen the article on schools' funding this week:


As a community we need to model all of those skills we are wanting to develop in the children. We, too, must be confident, curious, creative thinkers when it comes to how we manage ever decreasing government funding and do the best by the children who are here now. We also know that "It's what teachers do minute by minute that has the biggest impact on achievement ....."

Teachers need the professional learning opportunities and adequate resourcing to ensure those minutes are quality!

Our fundraising calendar will be online soon once a few more energetic and keen to contribute parents are assigned! If you would love to be more involved and aren't sure how, please contact your ParentNet Rep.

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
Ella Mac, Liora, Hadley, Anneke, James and Freddie.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Mia, Alastair, Thomas J, Katherine, Cody, Finlay, Chester and Yasmin.

Extra special awards this week for incredible sporting attitudes at Eastern Zones Cricket:
Chester, Hugo M and Thomas J.

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.

Sessions will start with a quick overview of learning spaces and then we will be celebrating learning through Student-led Workshops and a Treasure Hunt. There will be a teacher available to facilitate questions. If there is anything specific that you would like to know, please email John, Shona or Gillian. If it can’t be covered at the time, we can follow up with you at another time.

We look forward to sharing our learning with you.

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.

Moving March

This is "Moving March" and we are thinking about getting moving. Moving March is an event to get people all over NZ walking. Every time you walk to school you can tick off a number on the card that is sent home with your child. When you have walked ten times you can post it (details on the back of the card and need to be received by 7th March) and be in to win a bike and helmet.
By Zach

Message from Wellington Council
Parent Photo Competition
For the second year in a row, we are running our Parent Photo Competition. We encourage families to take a photo reflecting the positives of their active journey to school and send it to us at schooltravel@gw.govt.nz or post it on our Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/movinmarch/ (using #movinmarch so we can see it). They will go into the draw to win a family pass to their favourite Wellington Wild Things destination (2 to be won). Last year we got some great pictures of nature, pets and shadow creations which families had seen on their journey to school (photos do not have to be of children).


Our Writing 
Have a look at our awesome writing. We have all been having a go. There’s been lots of “I can’t do this YET!” But we aren’t giving up!

We have been exploring numbers in lots of different ways!


Art about ourselves


Link to our blog about our waka
Our waka


  • Senior Camp - Please complete your Camp Forms by Monday 6 March
  • Welcome to Our Learning Space - Tuesday 7 March
  • Autahi - 9-10am, Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki - 9-10am and 10-11am
  • Assembly - Friday 10 March
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 10 March
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 March. Orders due by 9am on 14 March.
  • Parent Coffee Catch-up at Scorch O Rama - Friday 17 March (after Karakia)
  • 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 - Tuesday 28 March
  • Please diary - Parent Drinks at Park Kitchen - Friday 7 April at 7.30pm
  • Please diary - Ceilidh - Saturday 17 June
  • 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
    Year 5 & 6 Camp - $225
    Year 4 Camp - $50
    Floorball - $35
    Mini Polo - $40

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Senior Camp

Senior Camp is coming up at the end of March at Camp Kaitoke. The Years 5 & 6 will have a 3 day camp from Monday 27 March to Wednesday 29 March and the Year 4s will be joining them for the day on Tuesday 28 March.

This year we are collecting camp permissions and dietary/health requirements via Google Forms. Please follow the link relevant to your child/ren below and submit by Monday 6th March. Please also print the Behaviour Contract and return it to the office by Monday 6th March (Years 5 & 6 only). These will be available at the office too.
Payments can be made via Wrap It Up - Year 5 & 6 Camp costs $225 and the Year 4 Camp costs $50.

A Note from the Office

Floorball and Mini Polo
Floorball and Mini Polo fees are now due. If your child is playing either of these sports, they should now be showing on your Wrap It Up account. If not, please email Carolyn at cbrett@worserbay.school.nz. Payments are due by Monday 3 April 2017.

Nits are doing the rounds again. Please check your child's hair and treat, if necessary.

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. 

Warning - 
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!

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.

Ceilidh - Saturday 17 June

Worser Bay School Ceilidh - dancing to a live Scottish band - a highlight of last year's school activities for parents - this year will be held on Sat 17th June 2017 - so put the date in your diary! More information to follow.


Learning our mihi
We have been learning our mihi so we can introduce ourselves in connection with the land that is most important to us.

Eastern Zones Cricket
It was a pleasure to take all of our Year 5 and 6 students to the Eastern Zones Cricket Tournament. They showed a range of character strengths including perseverance and team work.

This year we will be focusing on the idea of Power. Our students have been adding to a Padlet on our blog to say how they showed their power during the cricket. Check it out!

Wake Up Your Brain With Yoga
One of the options the students can choose in the morning to wake up their brains is yoga… Check out those smiles.
Warning: don’t try this at home if you have back problems!

In Literacy this week we have been working on summarising our ideas and ideas in texts, as well as creating our own Myths.

In our free time, we do independent literacy when we do things like read to self, work on our spelling, read to a buddy and work on writing.
By Gemma and Bella

Sketching to Wake up the Brain!

Bicycle at high speed

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.

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