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Week 2 - 12 May 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Our school's vision:
Worser Bay School Children love learning.
At our school, the entire school community can:  See achievement celebrated and children valued as individuals;  Feel motivated and inspired to participate;  Experience success.

We also have our 3 principles:  Valuing the Whole Child, Knowledge Building and Inquiry and Embracing Collaborative Learning

.... and our Year 6 leavers profile which is we aim to have our children move on as curious, confident and connected thinkers.

To read more, go to: Worser Bay School Curriculum

Our community changes frequently. With every new family joining we have new opportunities....... and every family brings new hopes, dreams and aspirations..... for their children.

It's timely to check in with you all, parents, staff and children, as to where we are at right now and if our direction needs a fresh ingredient or two to create a different flavour!

A methodology that provides a great structure is that of Appreciative Inquiry.... starting with what's already working really well and what we should absolutely keep doing. Then, thinking about 3 wishes for the future, the where we could be heading or working on further. The strengths will support us to move forward with challenges too.

The idea is to create a Word Cloud for each in visual form that we can have for motivation around the place! In this way, we can pull the information apart to see responses from children, staff and parents separately and then also as a community, a whole. The most common words will be large and the less common words smaller - which will give us an immediate steer!

So here's what what we would love you to do from now until the end of May:

Go the Feedback form and add your comments. We would prefer your answers to be one word answers or up to three words, ie. "Creative" or "Friendly atmosphere".

As this is a really important exercise for us, we really need to hear as many voices a possible - please expect plenty of reminders!

Ngā mihi

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

I am connected... (empathy)
  • I can build relationships with others
  • I can communicate clearly
  • I can be part of a team (collaborate and contribute)
  • I can connect to my place, the environment and globally

Autahi and Tautoru
Amelia, Kate B, Olive, Alex J, CJ, Ethan and Lucy.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Elliot, Georgina, Jupiter, Kirsty and Lucas.

Whole School Cross Country

It's Cross Country time! We will have our School Cross Country event on Tuesday 30th May from 9.30am at Worser Bay Beach. If the weather is unkind, we will run the Cross Country on Wednesday 31st May.

It would be fantastic to see a great parent turn out to support our courageous runners.

Team Sports


Last week was our first swimming lesson. We had to take a bus to the Kilbirnie pool and we got to play in the splash pool and have a lesson. It was lots of fun, but we were very tired at the end of the day! Have a look at the blog to see what we were doing!

Our story last week was called Lines and we learned lots of direction words. We did sewing and weaving and it was lots of fun! Have a look on our blog, under the Lines post to see into our world! Those are some of the direction words we were learning! 

Te Reo Link
We have been learning about our emotions and learning how to say them in Te Reo Maori. Please have a look at our site to see some of the stories and songs we’ve been using in class to learn about this!


New Waiata
This week Tautoru has been learning a new song - Nga Tamariki O Matariki (The Children of Matariki). In the song we learnt all the names of the seven sisters (seven stars). It is such a beautiful song! You can find out more about Matariki from our blog too!

Our Writing: Describe My Bedroom
This week some of us are learning to draw a bird’s eye view of our bedroom and describe it. We started off using prepositions to describe it, such as next to, on the right hand side of, on top of, etc. We then chose a spot we like or dislike the most to describe in detail. Here are some pictures of our bird’s eye view map: 

ASB will donate $500 to WBS if....

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 $500 to Worser Bay School. 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.


  • Jungle Safari Disco - 6.00pm - 7.30pm on Friday 19 May - $5 per child
  • Assembly - Friday 26 May
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 26 May
  • School Cross Country - 9.30am on Tuesday 30 May at Worser Bay School
  • School is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend - Friday 2 June and Monday 5 June
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 June
  • Ceilidh - Saturday 17 June
  • Please diary - Additional holiday in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017
  • Please diary - School Fair - Sunday 12 November
  • 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 - $345 
    Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
    Swimming Lessons - now due
    EZ Netball - $2

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

A Note from the Office

Voluntary Contribution Receipts
Thank you to those of you who have already paid the Voluntary Contribution. Remember, Voluntary Contributions are tax deductible – see http://www.ird.govt.nz/non-profit/np-donations/school/ for more information.

Voluntary Contribution Receipts can be downloaded from Wrap it Up. Log on to Wrap it Up and click on "My Transactions". When you locate the amount you've paid for donations, click on the "View" button, this will take you to a screen where you can print the Tax Receipt.

School Closures
Please note that school will be closed on Friday 2 June in addition to Monday 5 June for Queens Birthday Weekend.
School will also be closed on Friday 25 August for a mid-term break in Term 3.

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!

'Jungle Safari' Disco

The next WBS Disco is coming up on Friday 19 May. This will be a fun night for all the children and we encourage them (and the adults) to dress up in our ‘Jungle Safari’ theme. 
There will be prizes for the best costumes and the best dancers. 

Where: Salvation Army Hall, Miramar Ave
When: 6.00-7.30pm, Friday 19 May 2017
Entry Fee: $5 per child, WBS students only. Younger siblings are welcome to attend at no charge. Please pay online at www.wrapitup.co.nz

We'd appreciate each family bringing along plate of food on the night for us to sell at the supper table. We will also have ice blocks for sale, and, due to popular demand, we're doing another Toy Swap. This is where each child who attends brings an unwanted toy (wrapped) to add to the toy box. At the end of the night, the children who donated a toy get to take one from the box. The goal is for us to recycle and reuse things we've grown tired of.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Worser Bay School Ceilidh

Coming up this term is our annual Ceilidh (Scottish dancing with a live band) - a fundraising community event for the school.

A Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish folk music and traditional dancing. The band will lead us though the dances and there will be folk there who have danced before, so if you have never been to a Ceilidh before, now is your chance. 

Date: Saturday 17th June
Time:  7pm 
Place:  Scots College Hall
Cost:  $35 (includes light supper and snacks) 
Cash bar

Tickets will go on sale SOON – watch this space.
Tell your neighbours, work mates, friends (adults only).
The best fun you can have with tartan on!

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 14 June, 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 13 June.

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 2
This term, we will once again be having one Pizza Lunch fundraiser per month. The remaining Term 2 Pizza Lunch will be on 5 July. As with the Sausage Sizzles, you can order in advance for the whole term via Wrap It Up.


This week our Student Council Social group have been working hard on some Disco planning. Look out for the posters we have made around the school and check out the blog for more details!

Which Paper Plane will Travel the Furthest?
For our Inquiry, we have made paper planes. Which one will travel the furthest? What makes a good paper plane? We wrote prediction, observations and explanations (POE) to document what happened. 

Languages Programme
We are thrilled to have Sarka teaching German, Maria teaching Spanish and Cloi teaching French in our Senior area as part of our languages programme. Yesterday, Anna's base group learnt that we use many German words in English. They also learnt how to count to 10 in German. 

Designing a Theme Park in Windy Wellington
In Maths this week, we have been designing our own Theme Park. We have been collaborating, sharing ideas and coming to a consensus. We have set group goals together and have been reflecting on these goals. Please look at our presentation on the blog. 

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