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Week 9 - 30 June 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi
a te manu e rere nei
Tūī, tūī, tūī, tūīa
Tūīa i runga, tūīa i raro
Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao
Maranga mai Pūanga.
Maranga mai Matariki.

...... and what a wonderful day we woke up to on Monday, our special Matariki Celebration Day. The people kept coming, the food kept coming, the plants kept getting planted, the parents, staff and children kept on 'appreciating beauty and excellence'...... friends and parents helping out, guiding, sorting, cutting, sewing.... Stan Chan teaching Chinese painting (thanks to the Asia NZ Foundation for supporting this), nephews reading, daughters supporting...... this was a true community event in every which way and we loved it! 

On days like Monday, our school really puts itself up and out there for all the things we hold dear and what we believe we do well. The big three being:

1. The whole child
2. Knowledge building and inquiry
3. Collaboration

It was all happening on so many levels. Next week, we step things up another gear with the Arts Celebration scheduled for Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July. Come on either day, anytime between 5pm and 7pm.
The timing is important, so please don't come any earlier than 5pm, it won't be accessible, doors will be closed. It's too hard for the people putting the works up, they need space and no interruptions or distractions.

Once again, our staff will push limits to give the children a great experience. I see that Sir Ken Robinson (one of our favourites) has a new book out "Creative Schools - the grassroots revolution that's transforming schools". It's on order and you can anticipate hearing more about that some time soon. In the meantime, if you are new to the Sir Ken Robinson world, I would strongly recommend checking out his Ted Talks for a start. He has very clear ideas about education and his definition of the overall aims of education is: 

"To enable students to understand the world around them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active compassionate citizens.

Now, that's hard to disagree with!

Look forward to seeing you enjoying a wide array of 'action on inquiry' through art and an element of appreciation of beauty and excellence on Tuesday or Wednesday evening next week. 

Ngā mihi


  • Arts Celebration - Tues 4 July or Wed 5 July - come at anytime between 5pm and 7pm - Gold Coin Donation
  • Pizza Lunches - Parent Help Needed (see below)
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 5 July
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 7 July
  • Mid-term Break in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017

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.


A Note from the Office

Important Message re School Drop Off
We are still having issues with parents dropping their children off on the double yellow lines at the bottom of the Worser Bay School driveway. Please do not use the school driveway as a drop off zone. We have just had another report of a near miss on the crossing due to a car being parked there. Please help keep our children safe.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Wrap It Up:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - $31
  • Miniball - $40
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.

Staff Update

From next term we have more teaching support in Autahi, yeah! Hayley and Chris are used to working with our delightful Autahi bunch already and will complement our Teacher Aide, Tori, and Team Leader/Teacher, Gillian, beautifully. Hayley will be in Autahi on Mondays and Chris Tues-Fri. 

A bit more about Chris:
Kia ora koutou, I have been an educator for the last 40 years in a variety of roles from teacher to management, and in the Advisory. I have taught from Early Years to adults, in New Zealand and in the Middle East. I believe in encouraging active learning and life long learners, and in enhancing children's individuality and natural talents.

I am very excited to be joining Autahi next term and in working with such an awesome staff, and with the great children at Worser Bay School.

A bit more about Hayley:
I have been a part-time teacher at Worser Bay school for the last four years, covering teacher release time. I have worked mainly in the junior school and this year I am enjoying the challenge working in the senior school too.

I have been teaching for 20 years, in between taking time out to have a family.

I love working at Worser Bay and the variety of learning and teaching experiences it offers. I am looking forward to working with Gillian, Chris and Tori in the next two terms in Autahi.

We also have some news from Chrissy which I'm sure won't come as a total surprise for those who have been in 'the same boat'. It's not a "see ya around maybe", it's a "see you sooner than I thought but not so much!"

"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

This is a quote from one of my favourite movies "Annie" and certainly rings true for me when I say farewell to my lovely school on the hill with the beautiful view.

In June 2012, I received a call from Jude to say that I had been offered the teaching position at Worser Bay School and could start in Term 3 of 2012 in Tautoru. I was standing in Palmers with a very heavy pot and almost dropped it from excitement. After 83 job applications, Jude and the Board had decided to take a chance on me, and I was thrilled, more than thrilled and, of course, I accepted. Skip ahead 5 years and I find myself in June 2017, 5 years later reflecting on my time at Worser Bay. The skills I have learned, the people I have connected with, the professional development I have gained and the community that I belong to are all a part of who I am today.

I simply want to say thank you, thank you to my co-workers who are now my dear friends, you the parents who were and still are supportive of me and my journey, Jude who took a chance on me when no one else would and continues to support me but, most importantly, our students who, without them, I would not have had continued passion for my 'job'.

Hopefully, I will still see a lot of you as I will be taking up relief work at Worser Bay in the future and, of course, I will make sure I continue to support my most favourite event of the year - the School Fair!

Farewell but not goodbye... 

Love, Chrissy

PS. Following on from this note, Chrissy is actually relieving from next term! 

From 2018, Shona is going to be more solely focussed on where she finds the most joy - classroom teaching. With Shona's impending change of role, combined with Chrissy's resignation, this has meant we will be on the search for another excellent teacher with leadership capability ready for a new challenge and where they will have plenty of scope for learning and growth. Please help us get the word out! 

Worser Bay Junior School Team Leader 2018 - Permanent Position 1 PMU 1 FTMU

Like our whole child philosophy, we have the same approach to developing leadership, as a ‘whole person’. As a leader in the junior team, you will have opportunities galore for taking learning to another level. With your passion, energy and laughter combined with an inquiring mind, you will thrive working at our place.

Please write to us describing why you are the person for the job. Attach your CV and Application form, which can be found on the front page of our school website, along with a letter providing greater detail. www.worserbay.school.nz. Applications close 4pm on Friday 4 August, 2017. Please send applications to our Office Manager, Steph Williams, at swilliams@worserbay.school.nz with the Subject: "Application for Vacancy". Or send a hard copy to 168 Seatoun Heights Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022. School visits strongly encouraged.

Pizza Lunch

On Wednesday 5 July, small individual pizzas, made in our own pizza ovens, 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).

Parent Help Needed
We rely on our parent community to help with our fundraising efforts, and we would love to get some more Parent Helpers on board to help with our Pizza Lunches. If you are able to help, please contact Jackie Ross on 027 277 1603 or by email at jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz.

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.

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 update you regarding registration via email and our Newsletter next Friday. Access to the Online Shop will be via 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

Fair News Spot

Help us get to 500 likes on our Worser Bay School Fair Facebook page. Please like the page and share with other families. The page will be the best place to find Fair News.

The Deli needs you!
We need to start gathering produce and making yummy deli treats to sell at the Fair. Could you help us out in any of the following ways:
  • Do you know anyone with a lemon, tamarillo, lime, or grapefruit tree, or with excess red cabbage, rhubarb or onions who could donate produce to us? 

  • Could you help us make deli items? We can provide you with the recipes for chutneys, jams, spice rub/pastes or viniagrettes. We’d love some more volunteers.

  • Do you have any clean 400g and 200g jars with lids and without labels?
If you think you might be able to help in any way, please contact Hannah Thornton on 021 264 5866, or drop produce/jars at the school office.

School Fair - Gold Sponsor
Jewetts have kindly agreed to be the Gold Sponsor for the upcoming Worser Bay School Fair. Jewetts have been great supporters of Worser Bay School for a number of years now and it is great to have them on board again this year. Thanks to Steve Farrell and the great team at Jewetts. www.jewetts.co.nz

  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
Albie, Charlie, Darragh, Clementine, Inigo, Kura, Mae S and Rosa.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Jessie, Leola, Lucie, Mateo, Nikora and Sam.


Matariki - Appreciation of Beauty
What a fantastic day we had on Monday. It was great to see children sharing, passing on skills, working with students from different areas, and appreciating the beauty of our environment. The students are excited about their role as guardians of our school environment and the opportunity to plant a tree and nurture its growth.

Tuesday Art Day
In preparation for our Arts Celebration next week, we spent a fruitful day in Tautoru on creating and producing our art pieces. It is looking exciting and we look forward to seeing a large turnout of visitors next Tuesday and Wednesday. Head to our Blog for a sneak preview!

Wanwan’s Base Group have created stories about their masks:

".....My mask is about rainforest, drip, drip, drip onto the leaves. I love the sound of rain dripping onto the leaves and I love the birds tweeting, hedgehogs sleeping, lizards lying, birds laying, flowers opening, fruit ripening, yum, yum, delicious...."

Tautoru was taken over on Wednesday by four fabulous teachers. The students spent the day working with each of the teachers developing ideas for Matariki poems, reviewing and building on students measurement knowledge, and designing magazines.

Magazine designing with Hayley

Fractions with Michael

Matariki poems with Katherine

Lego measurement with Sherwin


Looking forward to Spring and New Life: Sakura (Cherry Blossom)
Sherwin worked with Nicola's base group yesterday to produce these beautiful cherry blossom tree art work. You can see these at the Arts Celebration on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings next week. 

Perspective Drawing
These are students teaching each other about perspective drawing. There is evidence in Neuroscience that teaching is a great way to learn things. The distinct memory networks are involved when we teach something, rather than just studying.

Perspective drawing by Dylan

Seesaw Maths
We have been investigating ways to develop our formative assessment so that we know what our students can do and what they need to work on. This helps our students to set small achievable goals. You might have seen some of this on Seesaw. We love how teachers and parents can give immediate feedback to develop the learning.

Teaching an idea and explaining something is a really good way of helping the learning stick (See Jude's newsletter piece - Week 8)

See our Blog for some examples of the learning that we are sharing on Seesaw.

You can access the material that we use in class on this document: Online Maths, Term 2

Matariki and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Day
See what Gabrielle and Wanwan’s whanau group learned and made during this special day. We really appreciated having Stan from the Asia foundation in to work with the children and teach them about traditional Chinese ink painting.

We start the day with a "wake up the brain" activity. Today some of us did some hill sprints. 

Reflections from students:

Mitchell: Today was my first time to do hill training with Nicola. I was very very puffed then when we walked down to the steps I could catch my breath and sprint.

Thomas: Today we were doing lunges and we jogged and stretched. Today I was feeling really good

Alex: Hill training was pretty hard today and we had to walk down the hill and sprint up it and our bodys are pretty pumped up.

Lucas: In boot camp today we did hill climbing which is basically sprinting and climbing at the same time. We did running up the hill and walking down, I got puffed.

Hunter R: Hill training was tiring and difficult because the hill was steep.

Rim: Today we did some hill training it was very hard my heart is pumping very fast too. I was sprinting my hardest ever. The hill was a little bit steep.

Why start the day with exercise?
Education expert, Dylan William, in his Classroom Experiment (2 part series) works with a group of students in the UK. He introduces simple changes to their daily routines to improve their learning. One thing that he does is to introduce morning exercise for the students so they will be more focused and motivated in class.

The Classroom Experiment: Episode 1

The Classroom Experiment: Episode 2

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