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Week 3 - 19 May 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Serendipity was alive and well last Friday when an email popped through from a parent titled "Back in the Day!". I'd been discussing the history of the school with a visiting colleague the previous day and sharing the book 'Open School House' printed in 1980, where we feature on the cover. I'd also been flicking through the booklet '100 Years at Worser Bay' and thinking about Miramar's past, as this is the context for Student Inquiry in the Juniors at the moment. 

So, it was just brilliant timing to receive this email with an excerpt from Lauris Edmond's autobiographical story "Lauris Edmond - An Autobiography". Lauris was a highly regarded poet, writer and teacher here at WBS for a time. It's just too good not to share:

"In the third term I moved again, to Worser Bay, a small school on the top of a hill, high up among the soughing pine trees and pohutukawa, and overlooking the Miramar plain on one side and the steep slope down to the sea on the other. It was a remote, windy place and the school, appropriately enough, seemed outside the system that bound other city schools. This was perhaps because the headmaster, a retired sea captain, had come to teaching late and with an unusually casual attitude to the job. He was a fanatical bowls and golf player. He spent every afternoon, and some whole days, at the bowling club or golf course or, if the weather was disappointing, dozing on the staffroom couch. He was a genial, whiskery old chap, adroit at easing his way through differences of opinion with his teachers - indeed at morning tea, or on his rare visits to my Standard 2 class, he didn't show a great interest in educational matters at all. He talked of his days at sea, or in the Old Country, asked how we were. It was as though only by chance did he find himself in the company of people who spent their days shut in rooms talking to young children arranged in rows before them. He himself did no such thing, and after lunch appeared not to concern himself with whether we continued to do it either. There was much getting out early at Worser Bay."

So, although clearly some things have changed hugely from this time (ha!), Lauris does note it seemed 'outside the system' which is interesting.

We host many schools from all over NZ and beyond who are looking at building collaborative learning spaces and designing a more future focussed curriculum. We certainly operate 'in the system' and what we do is not so different anymore but....... I do get a very strong feeling that more of a boundary pushing, child-centred philosophy runs deep and is well established at our place!

Please find a scanned copy of a couple of pages of the WBS booklet I was referring to. There is a copy in the office if you want to have a closer read. The photos are great!

Please remember to take a few minutes to fill in the Google Feedback form. See separately in this week's Newsletter too. Due end of May!

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
Charlie, Eva, Sitara, Evie, Cooper and Sophie.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Rafaela, Izar and Lily S.

Congratulations to Cloe Damico

Cloe is our new Teacher Aide! We are thrilled to have her joining our team. Many of you will know Cloe as Anatole and Eloi's Mum. Many children already know Cloe as a teacher of French or in the role of parent mentor at our recent Grow Your Mind Day. Cloe is also an experienced primary school teacher and a terrific artist on top and we are looking forward to having her officially begin!

Bienvenue, Cloe. Nous sommes très heureux de vous faire travailler avec nous! 

Welcome, Cloe. We are really happy to have you working with us!

Your Feedback is Important

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!

Eastern Zones Netball

Congratulations to the Year 5 & 6 Netball teams for a wonderful team effort at the Eastern Zones Netball competition on Wednesday. Both teams showed a great team spirit and were very successful.

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. We will start with Autahi and work our way through the year groups to end with Year 6. A more detailed timetable will be in next week's Newsletter. 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


We have been learning all about feelings. It’s sometimes hard to know how we feel, so we decided to do some learning about them! Have a look at the Blog to see more on this!

Last week we had lots of fun exploring kites! We made our own, went to fly them, talked about them, wrote about them and had so much fun!! Have a look at our Blog to see more!


On Wednesday some children went down to Worser Bay Beach to do some planting on the sand dunes with John and Wanwan. Have a look at our Blog to find out more about what we are doing to help our environment.

Problem Solving
As part of our Maths programme, we are learning to do problem solving activities. We work in groups to try and solve the problems. We have to use a growth mindset because sometimes they are tricky and we have to think in different ways. It is good for our brains! Have a look at the Blog to see some more.

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 tonight - Friday 19 May - $5 per child
  • Assembly - Friday 26 May - 9.00am to 9.30am
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 26 May
  • School Cross Country - 9.30am on Tuesday 30 May at Worser Bay Beach
  • Fair Committee Meeting - 7.30pm on Tuesday 30 May in the Staffroom
  • Please fill in the Google Feedback form by Wednesday 31 May
  • School is closed for Queens Birthday Weekend - Friday 2 June and Monday 5 June
  • Book your Progress Meeting - by 9am on Monday 12 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

All payments via Wrap It Up please.

Board Shorts

The school is abuzz today with excitement about tonight’s Jungle Safari Disco. Twice each year our parent community gets behind this child-centred event - decorating the Salvation Army Hall, providing baked goodies and ensuring that our children have a great time connecting and dancing beyond the school walls. This is regular highlight on our children’s calendars and their memories of WBS Discos are well remembered beyond their years here.

But it’s not all about the children, the Ceilidh is planned for Saturday 17 June and this is an opportunity for the adults to connect and dance beyond the school walls! This social event is building quite a reputation of a ‘great night out’ with parents and the wider community. Last year was a total hit and everyone who went loved it so much it just had to happen again.

For those yet to experience a Ceilidh, be prepared for a night of great fun and jigging to the live band ‘Schiehallion’. The $35 per person covers entry, great entertainment and snacks, and there will also be a cash bar. Tickets will be available via Wrap It Up for school families, or via parentnet@worserbay.school.nz. Better still, it’s handy - just down the road at Scots College. Thanks so much for those parents behind the organisation and making an idea a reality and coming back for more!

It was also great to see a new initiative earn $1241 with the selling of soap in Term 1. Successful fundraising is critical to our school’s ability to provide our children with additional resources and support, it is therefore exciting to see  our 2017 fundraising calendar actively underway. You can find out more about fundraising and the year’s events here.

We look forward to seeing many of you tonight at the Disco and many more of you (plus friends!) at the Ceilidh. Please help make this event another roaring success by spreading the word beyond our school community. The more the merrier!

The Board

Progress Meetings

Please book your progress meetings with your child's base group teacher if you are parents in Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki.

If your child is in Autahi there is a different schedule and you will receive an email.

Last term teachers met with you and your child to discuss how the year had started and set some specific goals looking ahead. This term it's an opportunity for parents to meet with the base group teacher (without children present) to learn more about progress to date, including progress against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths. At this time, you will also receive a written report. 

Next term it's Student Led Conference time and then the Final Reporting Meeting (again without children) occurs in Term 4. 

These Progress Meetings are to be held from Tuesday 13 June until 23 June.  

Bookings will close Monday 12 June at 9am.

Please follow the instructions below:
Enter the Worser Bay School Code:  ws989

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.

To stop sickness from spreading, it is important for you to keep your child at home when they are ill, and not let them go to school. Here are guidelines from the Ministry of Health regarding Gastroenteritis (viral):
  • Symptoms appear after 1–3 days
  • Infectious while vomiting and diarrhoea last, and up to 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Keep child home until well and for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

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.

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!

Worser Bay's Fabulous School Fair

Fair planning has started! We are having our first FAIR COMMITTEE Meeting on Tuesday 30th May at 7:30pm in the school staffroom.   

We need your help, skills and expertise! We are always looking for fresh ideas and faces to join the committee in a range of ways – whether to help with comms, organising marquees, or asking businesses for donations, etc. If you think you may be able to help, or would like to give something a go, please come along and find out what it is all about. We cannot make this a successful Fair without the help of the school community.  

DELI – we need a bunch of enthusiastic people to put their hand up to help with making our beautiful deli produce. Recipes and ingredients will be provided… we just need your time and energy to make these fantastic products which are a great seller on Fair Day! 

We want to get started on making this delicious deli produce soon, so we would also like DONATIONS of crabapples, quince, lemons, limes, rhubarb, apples, pears and, looking ahead, tamarillos. Ideally, we'd like to source these from within the school community to go with our sustainable eco-friendly ethos, but if you have access to good quantities of these from elsewhere, please let us know!

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing as many of you at the next meeting as possible. We would LOVE this to be our best Fair yet, and would just LOVE a BIG team to make it happen. It really is s fun project to be part of and a fantastic event to run - the children love it, we love it and it is such a great way to be part of the fantastic vibe that is our School!

Many thanks!

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.


Collaborative Art in our new Learning Groups
This week, we found out who is in our new learning groups. We had a challenge to create a collaborative piece of artwork unpacking the learner attribute of "I am Connected". Read more on the Blog.

Learning to read Weather Maps
We have been learning what the symbols on a weather map are and then we tried reading a map of the weather around New Zealand and Australia.

Cross Country Training
We have been training for our School Cross Country! This will be held on Tuesday 30th May at Worser Bay Beach. Eastern Zones Cross Country will go ahead on Wednesday 7th June.


Planting the Sand Dunes at Worser Bay Beach
On Wednesday we went to the beach to assist the City Council staff planting 3,000 Pingao and Spinifex.

We transformed the dunes in a very short amount of time!

Good work for the soul!

Carolyn Brett,
14 May 2017, 19:04
Carolyn Brett,
14 May 2017, 19:04
Carolyn Brett,
14 May 2017, 19:04