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Week 1 - 28 July 2017

Nau mai, Haere mai - Welcome back!

We are certainly looking forward to a great 10 weeks of opportunity! 

I came across a wonderful clip from 1950 during the break - all about how education was changing, becoming more focussed on developing curiosity and independence of thought... fast forward to 2017! Interesting! I'd suggest a viewing, we wouldn't consider some of these practices to be hygienic or that 'politically correct' these days, but the sentiments are very similar! 

What is considered good teaching practice has gone through many changes in the 30 years I've been involved in the business. As we continue to know more, as new research comes to light the emphasis on where to put the energy can change. What hasn't changed is the relationships teachers need with children and the necessity to 'know the learner'. 

For this to work, it's the relationships teachers also have with the learners' parents that are going to make a big difference. You know them best! 

In the first term, we had the Goal Setting Meetings, last term we had the Progress Meetings, this term we have small group Student Led Conferences and next term the final Reporting on Progress Meeting for the year and another written report. (Schedules are a bit different in Autahi.) As well as these 4 formal times, we have a host of other opportunities to get to learn more..... some of these can also occur from the comfort of your own home or workplace via technology - Seesaw or Blogs, weekly Newsletters and website.

So, whilst some things seem similar to the archived film from 1950, the emphasis on parent involvement in children's education has most definitely moved forward.

We look forward to connecting in a whole smorgasbord of ways again this term and in the words of Milton Berle, "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door", in other words - if you need to chat, make an appointment to see your child's base group teacher - please don't wait!   

Ngā mihi


  • Play and Loose Parts Meeting - 2.30pm on Wednesday 2 August in the staffroom
  • Assembly - Friday 4 August
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 4 August
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 9 August. Order by midnight on Monday 7 August.
  • Year 6 EBIS Experience - Thursday 17 August
  • Parent Workshop on Wellbeing and Positive Education - 6.45pm on Tuesday 22 August
  • Mid-term Break in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017

Loose Parts, Spare Parts, Parts Aplenty! Check out the Video too.

Now that we have an array of bits and bobs to get creative with in the playground we are needing to urgently come up with a storage solution! Worser Bay School and storage tend to be antonyms!

The Pupil Activity Leaders (PALS) on the Student Council are working with children and teachers (and aiming for some interested parents too!) to get things up and running successfully. There is a lot to think about - practicalities, health and safety, usability......

Please have a look at this Short Video for inspiration and if you would be keen to get involved, especially helping brainstorm storage solutions, please contact the PALs via Nicola: nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz. Thoughts so far include - a number of large flexi tubs, a purpose-built shed, small container????

Thank you to the parents that got in touch with Nicola about play and loose parts. Also, thank you to everyone who brought in loose parts for us to play with. We are enjoying playing with them.

We will have a meeting with all interested parent supporters to discuss where to next on Wednesday 2 August at 2.30pm before pickup, in the staffroom.

Thank you
Alexandra (on behalf of the PALS)

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. Last term we had a couple of reports of near misses on the crossing due to cars pulling in and stopping there. Please help keep our children safe.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Year 5 & 6 Netball - $31
School Closures
Please note that school will be closed on 
Friday 25 August for a mid-term break. 
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Online Payments via our Website

Our Online Payments system is our preferred method of payment for your child’s school expenses, and we encourage you to set up your family account today. It’s easy, convenient and open 24/7.

Parents/caregivers will need to register with our new Online Payments system. Follow the instructions there.

Sushi Lunches can now be ordered via the new Online Payments system on the Worser Bay School website.

It’s the same team, sushi, varieties and prices, just a new website for orders. Order now for the rest of term.

Pizza Lunch

On Wednesday 9 August, 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 Online Payments on our website. Orders are due by midnight on Monday 7 August.

Fair News Spot

Help prepare for the Fair
There is a dedicated group of Fair organisers running parts of the Fair. The Fair isn’t until November, but they are already busy, busy, busy! They would love you to offer your skills, talents, or simply your time and energy in any way, small or large. Here are some of the different opportunities to help out:

1. Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle

Would you like to promote your business and give something back to Worser Bay School? We are seeking items to be bid for at the Silent Auction and as prizes for the Rapid Raffle at the Fair. This could include artwork, restaurant or café vouchers, wine, or professional services, such as private tutor, accountant, architect, builder, plumber, or physio. In return we can offer you and your business great exposure on the Fair Facebook page, Fair Flyer, and on the day.

If you are keen, please contact Mell Clarke at mellclarke@hotmail.com or Janet Ford at janet.ford@xtra.co.nz or Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz or Claire Allen at claireandmattallen@gmail.com

2. Calling all crafters

Our craft team would love new members. If you enjoy any type of crafting, or you would like to come to one of our evenings to cut, glue and chat over a glass of wine, please contact Jackie at jacquelineross@paradise.net.nz or 027 277 1603.

3. 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 who could donate produce to us (eg. lemons, limes, onions, etc)?

  • Could you help us make deli items such as chutneys, jams or viniagrettes? We can provide you with the recipes.

  • Do you have any clean 400g and 200g jars with lids 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.

If you have any general questions about the Fair, or want to ask about ways you could help out, please contact our Fair Project Manager, Deb Maxwell on 021 036 7467.

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

I am powerful...
  • I can think about overcoming challenges
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good
  • I take action
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Autahi and Tautoru
Ella, Eva, Tom, Anastasiya, Blaze, Jonty and Matthias.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alex G, Anatole, Finlay, Hayley, Mitchell, Nell and Ollie.


Welcome to Benjamin, Samuel, Zen and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Jude and Zola who have just returned to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Our Body is a Powerful Machine! 
We have started on our learning journey of the body, its systems and how it is powerful! We have some good ideas about the different things in our bodies, but some confusion as well! Our Inquiry should take us on an interesting ride to clarify some of our ideas and shed light on the power we have to make good choices for our bodies!

We're Back! 
We’re back and right back into it. We’ve started the term with play and exploring. Through our play and exploration, we practise key competencies as well as skills relating to the curriculum. Within our play this week we have tapped into measurement, science, social studies and visual art. Have a look at the Blog to see more!


We have so many questions! 

What’s in our bodies? What are the organs and what do they do? How does your heart pump blood through your body? What connects your organs? How does your heart keep beating?

We start this term with inquiring into how our bodies work. Come to our Blog and have a look at our attempt to make a life size body, some did it on concrete with chalk and some use rocks to represent some organs!


We got a bit muddy... Soil Experiment
We did two soil experiments to find out about our dirt before we plant. Come to our Blog have a look at what we found out.



If you could change anything, what would it be?
We are writing about change. This is us in a “helping circle”. We work with a buddy to edit and improve our writing. 

Our Inquiry is about the Power of People and how they can influence positive change. On Monday, we started to think about what we would change if we could change ANYTHING! Look at the Padlet on our Blog to see some of our first ideas.

For our Inquiry, we are thinking about how people use power in a positive way. Read about our Dot Power Experiment.

Our Tane Art is on display at the Kilbirnie Library. Go and have a look!

As part as our Power Inquiry at Worser Bay School, we have been learning about Tane. Tane is the garden/god of the forest, who went through the 12 heavens, and got the baskets of knowledge. He is known for more than one name, like: Tane, Tane Mahuta & Guardian of the forest. We did art of Tane.
By Isabella and Alex G

Beach Afternoon
On Wednesday, it was such beautiful weather so we decided to walk down to Worser Bay Beach. The tide was out, so we made the most of the sand and engaged in incredible imaginative play. Check it out on the Blog!

Parihaka Power
We have been finding out about the village of Parihaka in Taranaki. The people of Parihaka, led by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, responded to the aggression of the government of the day with peaceful protest.

We will continue to dig for answers as we find out more about this incredible story.

The village of Parihaka was a thriving community from 1866 until 1881.

Useful links from the Mahutonga/Matariki Blog:

Bring Your Own Device Information

Literacy and Inquiry Links: These are the links that students will need for Inquiry.

Online Maths: Students can access links that will help them to meet their goals. They “Learn it!”, “Practise it!”, then “Prove it!”

Carolyn Brett,
23 Jul 2017, 19:04
Carolyn Brett,
23 Jul 2017, 19:04
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23 Jul 2017, 19:04