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Week 7 - 16 June 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

As part of our commitment to children's wellbeing through our Positive Education programme, we are enjoying building whole days dedicated to the cause. Last term we held our inaugural 'Grow your Mind Day' where we invited parents and children to run a series of workshops around things they were passionate about, providing new opportunities for our children to try something they may not have ever done before. 

As mentioned in last week's Newsletter, hot on these heels is our next whole day, this time 'Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence' which will also tie in with our Matariki Festival. If you are keen to run a workshop around this theme - and we hope so - please see your child's base group teacher. 

What is Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence?  [It's about awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

In our busy worlds, how often do we have the opportunity to take the time to appreciate what's around us?  For some of us and the children, this may already be a big part of who we are, a key strength, for others it may be still lying untapped. So let's get our children connected to something greater than different sized screens and get into expanding their horizons!

This link to planting, to nature, to beautifying and being connected to 'our place', combined with the art, the science and the creativity required as we work towards the Arts Celebration, provides the types of rich and authentic learning experiences we value.
So thanks in advance to the teachers and support staff - it's high energy and innovation that will be required until the very last day of Term 2. I'm sorry- there won't be any 'plodding to the finish line' around here! The good news is that all of us - children, staff and community members, neighbours and whanau can all benefit in wellness!

Bring on the awe, the wonder and elevation!

Ngā mihi

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

I am connected... 
  • 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
Alessandro, Jack, Tom, Caleb, Caspian, Eddie and Luca M.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Eden, Evie, Gemma, Hunter T and Teddy.

Year 4-6 Swimming Sports - 20 June 2017 - 9.30am to 11.30am

The annual Worser Bay Swimming Sports is coming up on Tuesday 20 June from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie. It is a good opportunity for our Year 4-6 students to demonstrate what they have been learning during Swimming Lessons alongside some competitive challenge for those who choose it.

Competitive events include both 25 and 50 metre Freestyle, 25 metre Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. We will be needing some parents to assist with giving places and recording the results. If you are willing to help out on the day, please email John. The event begins at 9:30am with Freestyle events and then progresses through all other events in the above order. There may be the need to run heats for some events depending on the number of swimmers, but, once underway, the races happen quickly. We only have the pool booked for two hours so will be concluding by 11:30am.

Students who choose not to participate in the competition will have a series of fun races and relays so that they can still enjoy the event.  

There is a cost of $10 per child. Please pay via Wrap It Up

Nga Mihi    

John, Gabrielle, Anna and Nicola  

Two Extra Special Whole School Community Learning Experiences coming up soon!

  • Matariki Festival Day - Monday 26 June (see details below)

  • Arts Celebration - Tuesday 4 July or Wednesday 5 July - anytime between 5pm and 7pm

Matariki Festival Day - Monday 26 June

Take the opportunity to come to school, plant a native tree with your child/ren and spend some quality time sharing in their learning, and, if time permits, share some morning tea or lunch kai with them.

When the days are at their shortest, we optimistically think about new beginnings. It is a time of celebrating being together, thinking about the Tupuna who have come before us and appreciating family. It is a time of giving. Over the last few years, we have done this as a Koha Aroha, a gift of love rather than a material thing. This year, we will continue this theme but also we are continuing to focus our attention on Tane te Wananga, the bringer of knowledge, or Tane Mahuta, the god of the forest. To enhance this theme, Whanau will be invited to the school; we will give each family a tree to plant on our hillside, contributing to the restoration of Tane’s Cloak. It is a different way of giving and something which we hope will connect children and families to our special place, Whetukairangi, for many, many years to come.

In the past, Winter was also a time for Nga Toi or the Arts, and this year our Matariki celebration will coincide with a day in which we consciously seek an ‘Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence’. There will be groups of students working throughout the school on different Arts projects connected to Matariki, linked to the environmental theme. After planting we would love you to share with the wider Worser Bay Whanau in some learning time in the classroom. There will be a wide range of activities and learning experiences happening throughout the school.

It is going to be amazing day!

Ka Mau te Wehi; Grasp the Magic!

Here’s a Glossary to help you out if you need it:
Kai - food
Tupuna - ancestors
Whanau - family
Whetukairangi - Stargazers - This is the name of our unique Pa site known these days as Worser Bay School.
Matariki - is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June. For many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the 'eyes of god' (mata ariki) or 'little eyes' (mata riki).

DETAILS - we are aiming for an element of smooth operation, we will see!


There will be 2 main opportunities for families to plant on our hillside on Monday 26 June.
  • Between 8.00am and 10.00am 
  • Between 2.30 - 3.30pm
For those of you who are more flexible, feel free to pop in anytime during the day - this will work too, to avoid bottlenecks!

For families planting during the school day - after 9.00am and before 3.00pm

Students will be working in whanau groups which means your children will be working together in the same space.

There will be plenty of signage up in the staffroom windows and classrooms so that you know where to collect your children. Just look for your surname.

Parents will need to sign their children in and out of the workshop. This is so that everyone can be accounted for in the event of an emergency.

Everyone is invited to come and share kai at morning tea or lunch time with your child/ren. Families will need to bring their own kai. Yes it’s BYO!


What happens if I can’t make it to plant with my child/ren?
Don’t worry if you are not able to make it. No-one will miss out.
  • You can organise for your children to plant with another family yourself or 
  • Let your base group teacher know and we can buddy them up with a friend. 
How will we know where to plant ?
There will be a map and some helpers down the hillside to help you.

Do we need planting and gardening equipment?
No - it will all be provided.

What happens if it is wet or windy?
Bring your gumboots and a raincoat as we will be planting rain, hail or shine.

What are we planting?
Small native plants

Will the children be allowed down the hillside?
No - not without adult supervision at all times.

What about the Kai?
This will be at the usual time: Morning Tea at 11.00am - 11.40am  and Lunch at 1.00pm - 1.40pm
You will be able to sit with your child/ren and share morning tea or lunch. Then you are welcome to stay and ‘hang out’ with your child during these times. It will be business as usual!

What are the workshops about?
We will be basing our arts workshops around Matariki and appreciation of nature and our environment. We will be exploring and using natural resources from in and around our place. Our collaborative artworks will be displayed the following week as part of our Arts Celebration.

We would love to invite parents as mentors (just like Grow your Mind Day) 

Who shall I contact if I can stay and help or run an arts workshop for a small group?
Contact your base group teacher. They will assign you to the group your child/ren are in.

Arts Celebration - Tues 4 July or Wed 5 July - between 5pm and 7pm

We are gearing up for our annual Arts Celebration where students will be show casing their artwork over two nights. One year we focus more on dance, drama, music and the following more on visual art. This year is visual. You will get to see the finished products from our Matariki workshops as well as students learning in this term’s Inquiry.

There will be a range of individual pieces and collaborative pieces on display in and out of the classroom. There will also be some interactive science displays from students in Mahutonga.

As many of you you will already be aware, this will be an event of colour and excitement and is not to be missed. Be sure to tell family and friends to come along and celebrate the arts with us.

We do like to go the extra mile!

When: Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July between 5.00pm and 7.00pm

Where: Worser Bay School

A gold coin donation, please.



Arts Celebration here we come! 
We have been experimenting with lots of different art forms to find ways to show some of our learning. It’s been messy and fun! We have all been contributing to a big collaborative piece and are each working on individuals ones as well! Have a look at our Blog for more!

Learning Through Play! 
There’s been so much exciting learning going on in Autahi and the children have truly been making it their own! From robots to animal homes and more! Have a look at our Blog to see what goes on in our learning!

How to draw a bird? This week we had a artist who came and taught us how to draw a bird. Her name was Peta, she is Yoshi’s grandmother.

We are learning to use Scratch
Our Student Council ICT group have been teaching students in Tautoru how to use Scratch. Scratch is an online tool for students to code their own games and stories. Our students have been learning to work collaboratively.

Preparing for the Arts Celebration
This week Wanwan’s base group has been investigating Ta Moko the Maori tattoo. We looked at different designs and patterns so we can have a go at designing our own. We will be making masks using plaster gauze next week. Here are some of our initial designs:



  • Ceilidh - 7pm on Saturday 17 June
  • Year 4-6 Swimming Sports - 9.30am - 11.30am on Tuesday 20 June
  • Wig Wednesday - Wednesday 21 June
  • Order your WBS Hoodies now - order by 3pm on Friday 23 June
  • Assembly - Friday 23 June
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 23 June
  • Matariki Festival Day - Monday 26 June
  • Fair Meeting - 7.30pm on Wednesday 28 June in the staffroom
  • Arts Celebration - Tues 4 July or Wed 5 July - come at anytime between 5pm and 7pm
  • Please diary - Additional holiday in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017
  • Please diary - School Fair - Sunday 12 November

Worser Bay School Ceilidh

Tomorrow night it will all be on with the WBS Ceilidh in full fling and swing at Scots College. Thanks for the initiative, energy and drive to make it happen. We rely on our community immensely for the time and goodwill that goes into fundraising efforts. So thanks so much 'Team Ceilidh' and hope you get to have plenty of fun too!

Wig Wednesday

On Wednesday 21st June the Child Cancer Foundation is doing a Wig Wednesday. Everyone will wear a wig to school and do a gold coin donation to Child Cancer Foundation. It is for the kids who had lost their hair during treatment. There will be a donation bucket at each base group.
By Steph

Worser Bay School Sweatshirt/Hoodie

Available by Order - Limited time only!

Worser Bay has its very own, beautifully designed, branded hoodie!  

There is an option to add your child's name to the lower back of the sweatshirt - makes for easy identification of child and hoodie!!

Price:  $45     Named Hoodie - Price:  $50
Sizes are:  S, M, L, XL     Sample sizes are in the office.  

These are available only by Order via Wrap it up. Orders will close Friday 23 June.

Profits go to the school as part of our annual fundraising.

A Note from the Office

School Closures
Please note that school will be closed on 
Friday 25 August for a mid-term break in Term 3. 

Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Wrap It Up:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Senior Swimming Sports - $10
  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - $31

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!

John McIntyre 1951-2017 - Moe Mai Rā

We were so sorry to hear that John McIntyre, the co-owner of the Children's Bookshop in Kilbirnie, passed away on Saturday 10 June 2017.

John and Ruth McIntyre were very involved in the Worser Bay School community from the early 1990s until the early 2000s, with Sam starting WBS first, followed by Kate a few years later. Ruth was an active fundraiser and ran the very successful Deli stall for a number of years, and still continued to contribute to the stall after her time at school had officially finished. John was always there too, to contribute and support.

John's expertise has always been invaluable with advising on collection development and book selection for our Library (and this is the case for many, many other school libraries too). A great deal of our book stock over the years has been purchased through The Children's Bookshop, with John advising on the best new books for us. John believed that 'books change lives' and we were so lucky to have him as part of our school community.

The Wellington Children's Book Association is encouraging people to Buy a Book for John, in honour of his memory and what he has meant to the world of children's literature, and to provide some practical help to Ruth McIntyre and the bookshop over the next few weeks.

More details here - and please feel free to spread the word.

Big News from Wrap It Up

Wrap it Up is merging with Kindo, a similar software package for online payments. The merge means moving to the Kindo platform which Worser Bay School has chosen to do as it will enhance the school’s online payment system.

Three years ago Worser Bay School was the first school in Wellington to implement Wrap it Up’s online payment system and we have found it extremely beneficial for both the school and the community.

The Kindo system is very similar in its functionality to Wrap it Up with some improvements, including multiple children from the same family showing on the screen together, one login per family reducing transactions and logins.

We really appreciate our school community using Wrap it Up. The transition to Kindo will take place towards the end of this term. We will keep you updated on details regarding registration, etc, via the Newsletter and our website.

If you find using the Kindo platform a bit tricky, we will be doing workshops on how to use Kindo in the first week of Term 3:

Tuesday 25 July 9am or Wednesday 26 July 2.30pm in the staffroom

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you wish to have a sneak peek at the Kindo website, go to www.kindo.co.nz.

Pizza Lunches

On Wednesday 5 July, 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 4 July.

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).



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Getting ready for the Arts Celebration
We are working together in collaborative groups to plan and make sculptures for the Arts Celebration. We have generated many ideas individually. Now we are putting our heads together to combine some of our ideas. We are all very excited to see what our students come up with!

In preparation for the Arts Celebration, we are completing a series of activities that are all on the pathway to creating our sculptures. We are drawing designs, making poetry, explaining how it works and lots more. Check out our TIC TAC TOE with the activities we have to complete!

Connections with South Taranaki
A group of us have been skyping to Auroa school.

Today we read a text about the weather. Auroa School shared some research and we shared some ideas about our upcoming Arts Celebration. We also shared some jokes.

We are planning to make a collaborative piece of artwork based on a poem for the Arts Celebration.
By Alba, Mia and Molly

Talk by Dr James Renwick
We were very lucky to have Dr James Renwick visit us to talk to us about wind. He works at Victoria University and specialises in Climate Change so we were also able to ask him some questions about that.

The Adventures of Mr Waddles: A Travelling Tale
Watch the story of Mr Waddles in Space on our blog. This story was made by students across the world. We wrote and made the ending of the story.

Eastern Zone Cross Country
On Wednesday a group headed to MacAlister Park to compete for Cross Country. Have a look to see us in action.

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.

Carolyn Brett,
11 Jun 2017, 13:42
Carolyn Brett,
11 Jun 2017, 13:42
Carolyn Brett,
11 Jun 2017, 13:42