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Week 6 - 10 March 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Last Friday I had a self appointed deputisation arrive in my office at lunchtime. They were unhappy about a game of 'tag gone bad'. Rightly so too! In light of all of our focus on 'filling buckets', using character strengths and being 'powerful', I decided to use these as a basis for the discussion.

What was very interesting was that the entire conversation was turned on its head. The children involved discussed the strengths they and others could engage when a situation like this arises again, what was possibly being underused and or overused and how they and others could address things differently another time. In the end, the group talked of a greater need for fairness, honesty and self control. I was impressed.

Over the last 2 years or so, we have had a big emphasis on building strengths and using these to support the areas children find more challenging. You will have also seen this in action at the recent Goal Setting Meetings. This emphasis on wellbeing or what is also known as Positive Education is part of developing 'the whole child'.

This week I will be presenting our work at a Conference in Christchurch. The intention is for us to have another Positive Education Day per term as a whole school, to accompany what is happening regularly within the class programmes. I would love to share more about my study and the work we are doing at this time too...... it's a fascinating field! This short article will give more insight and here's a great one for parents about developing children's strengths.

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
Alfred, Kate, Zoe, Hunter, Theo and Sabine.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Isabella, Joel, Anatole, Jupiter, Alex B, Kate, Oscar and Emelia.


Welcome to Lisa and Darragh and their family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Learning in Action

It was wonderful to have so many of you come and share your child's 'typical' learning experiences, as they say 'warts and all!'

It's not always possible to make it to everything. The website contains the more static information that doesn't change too frequently. The Class Blogs (which are brilliant and updated frequently) are a 'go to' for what's happening. On top of that there is Seesaw that provides you with immediate feedback as to what your child is up to.

Gone are the days when parents relied on a one trip a year to a parent/teacher interview. We really rely on and value this collaboration between home and school. Thank 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.


Learning in Action Morning 
We had a fantastic morning with all the family members who could come and do some learning and playing with us! Take a look to see what we got up to!

Power in the Playground 
We are inquiring into what we can do in the playground, how we can have fun and how the power is in our hands. Take a look to see everything we’ve been doing around this and our inquiry journey!


Muscle Dance
In the afternoons this week, we have had the students from Autahi join us in learning new games. It is part of inquiry into power to get the kids thinking about how games can be adapted and how they have the power to change games and problem solve within the games themselves. They have also had an opportunity to adapt the games and create their own versions.

Maths time - activities and games
Wanwan and Scott’s Maths group have been working hard on learning new games to review our Maths knowledge and to reinforce our new learning.

It’s been a great opportunity for the students to share ideas and their understanding along with giving them a chance to work with different children.

Digital Technologies Update

Google Accounts have been successfully set up for students in the seniors. The introduction of Google Docs has really changed the way students and teachers work. It gives students the opportunity to access their learning at anytime, to share with their classmates, teachers, and parents. Students are able to work collaboratively and also give feedback to each other on documents. Students are also accessing Google Apps that is shifting the classroom learning to a more student-centred environment.

Setting up Google Accounts for Year 3 children will assist with the transition from the juniors to the seniors at the end of this year. We will begin by teaching all of the Year 3 students the skills required to confidently use Google Docs and ICT so that they will have a good foundation with which to continue building on.

Teachers are using GAFE (Google Apps For Education) alongside the Hapara dashboard which allows them to monitor what students are doing with their Google Accounts. All children from Years 3-6 have their own student account and Year 1 and 2 students have access to Google Docs through the Tautoru GAFE site.

A major focus that underlies everything is digital citizenship. Next week, Year 3 students will bring home the WBS Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement, developed by them and their teachers. They will discuss it with you and it needs to be signed and returned to school. Once a signed Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement has been returned, the students will be set up with a Google Account. Safety is paramount and we take this very seriously.

We are excited about the opportunities that will prepare our children for a future that will be very different to our own. 

Please speak with Scott if you have any questions.

A Froggy Request

Kia ora koutou katoa
As you may have noticed, Tautoru and Autahi have had tadpoles and frogs in their classrooms. These came from a local pond and are Brown Tree Frogs, also known as Whistling Tree Frogs. They are available to anyone who would like to take them home as pets. They eat very small live food like wingless fruit flies which you can buy in a larvae form from the Pet store in Lyall Bay - or you may want to catch and dig up your own tiny bugs from the back yard/compost bin. Below is a link to caring for frogs. Alternatively, you may have an outdoor pond you would like to release them into? We have observed that once they reach a certain age and live outdoors they make quite a bit of froggy noise in the evenings.

The ones in Tautoru are in Solly’s tank which would ideally be returned to him but you could borrow it until you find your own. His tank came from a pet store but you might be able to find a second hand aquarium.

The Autahi frogs are in a school tank. They need a little gravel, rocks, sticks, plants and rainwater in their tank.

There are at least 4 in total and they could go to a new home as individuals, pairs or a group.

Please talk to Gillian or Susie about taking the frogs home - you could even liberate them today, if you so desire! On a side note there are no native frogs in the Wellington area, so these would not be competing with other frogs in the wild, but I suppose they could compete with native insects for food. How To Take Care of Frogs

Thanks, Kyla

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.


  • Senior Camp - Camp Forms are now due
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 15 March. Orders due by 9am on Tuesday 14 March (no later).
  • 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
  • Assembly - Friday 24 March
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 24 March
  • 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.

Thank you to everyone who has completed the Camp Permission Form via Google Forms. Please follow the relevant link below, if you haven't yet done so. Behaviour Contracts will be sent home today with those children who haven't yet completed one.
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.

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 (no later).

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.


PALS 2017
These are our new PALS (Playground Activity Leaders) who are a team in our Student Council. These students are keen to work across the school to encourage all students to participate in activities. They have some great ideas that they will be leading and have started a roster. 

Digital Technologies Crew
All of our senior students are involved in the Student Council. These guys have chosen to be part of the Digital Technologies Crew. They want to help younger students, become experts, talk to other schools and set up a roster for looking after our devices. Great taking action!

Sharing Maths Strategies on Seesaw
We have been learning how to share Maths strategies on Seesaw. This is a great way for students to explain their thinking and show us what they have learnt. See some of our videos on the Blog. 

As part of our Inquiry, we are finding out how different things in our forests have power. Here is a bit on what we know about Photosynthesis!

This is Tommy’s Diagram of how photosynthesis works.

Learning Spanish
One of the rotations we have each Friday in our language learning block is Spanish. Gracias a Maria for leading this! Have a look and see what we have learned so far.

Where have all the worms gone?
All the worms in our worm farm have died. Can you help? Please talk to one of the senior teachers, if you can, or email Gabrielle at gmeech@worserbay.school.nz - thanks.

Garden Student Council Group
We have started taking action in the gardens - watering and weeding. Please let one of the senior teachers know or email Gabrielle at gmeech@worserbay.school.nz if you have any gardening tools you can share or plants you could give us. Thanks! 

Rongoa? Kai? Exploring the Realm of Tane

Can you eat it? Is it good for you? Will it cure your tummy ache?

We have begun exploring the Native Trees within our school grounds which can be either used as a medicine (Rongoa) or for food (Kai). Our keen detectives have been identifying plant species using their powers of observation and research to name the plants and find out how they can benefit us.

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