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Week 2 - 4 August 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Our Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop is coming up fast on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45 pm.

Student wellbeing, or actually wellbeing in general, is being talked about, written about, thought about wherever we turn. Wanting our children to grow up resilient, adaptable, open to new experiences and feeling good and doing good has to be something we all want. It's not just a grab bag of feel good 'stuff' - there is a science behind this.

Eighteen months ago we introduced what is known as Positive Education. “Positive Education is the bringing together of the science of wellbeing with best-practice teaching to enable individuals to thrive.” We are looking forward to sharing a bit of background, the model we use and some of the outcomes we have had with you on the 22nd.

We will hear first hand from some children, get to experience some of the activities and a couple of our parents will also be linking this with life outside school. Plus, Board members will introduce you to our Online School Policy site 'Schooldocs', many of which link in some shape or form to student wellbeing.

I'm sure you will have plenty to contribute to the discussion. It's a great chance to chat about what you do at home already in this sphere and also learn from others. That's what a community is all about. Let's grow and work together to build a strong foundation where our children can flourish.

We aren’t making a choice between wellbeing or academic pursuits as there isn’t a choice to be made!

From IPEN - the International Positive Education Network

Hope to see you there. (Hope is actually a great predictor of wellbeing and performance!)

Ngā mihi


  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 9 August. Order by midnight on Monday 7 August. (Note the change of cut off time.)
  • Year 6 EBIS Experience - 9am on Thursday 17 August. There is no charge, however, please give permission via Online Payments.
  • Assembly - 9am on Friday 18 August
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 18 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

Important Message re Bottom Gate on Awa Road
Please remember that, if your children come into school via the Bottom Gate on Awa Road, there is a child-proof gate and children may not be able to open it unaided.

School Driveway
Please do not use the bottom of the school driveway as a drop off zone. The yellow lines are there for a reason. 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.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 9 August

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. (Note the earlier cut off time!)

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.

Loose Parts in the Playground

Thank you to our parents and The Pupil Activity Leaders (PALs) on the Student Council who came to our meeting on Wednesday to discuss the storage of loose parts in the playground. 

The PALS have identified that:
  • The great thing about boxes is that they are free and recyclable. Our students love playing with boxes however, if they aren’t put away they get weather damaged rather quickly. We also need to get new boxes every so often. 

  • The sticks and driftwood are lots of fun and students have been making all sorts of forts and other creations. There are issues around where students are playing with these large pieces of wood. Students have been using these on the concrete areas to build and that is interrupting games like football and basketball. 

  • More students are getting involved with play. There is always something to do. The great thing is that students from all areas of the school are working together to create play environments. 

  • Students aren’t playing with the tyres so much. The PALS think it is because students don’t know where they are, so the PALS will spread the word!

Other issues that have arisen are: 
  • Students need to reset after they have used the loose parts so that the next day other students can find and play with what they want. 

  • Lawns need mowing, so, if there are huts everywhere, it will be tricky. 

  • Tyres are stored in the wrong places and we don’t want it to look like a junkyard. 
We discussed different types of storage. For the short term, we will use mobile storage boxes that can easily be moved around the playgrounds. The PALS will help students to put things in the correct places. They will also find out where students like to build and play. 

We will continue to investigate the possibilities. 

Fair News Spot

Help prepare for the Fair!
Get to know other parents and have fun contributing your skills and energy to WBS’s most important fund raising event. Here are some ways:

Running of the Balls
Can you help? We urgently need two reasonably high value prizes for the Running of the Balls event. These prizes will help make this important, iconic Fair event possible.

The Running of the Balls happens on Fair Day, and involves releasing one thousand numbered plastic balls down a slope. The first three balls across the line win the fantastic prizes.

Ideas for donations include:
  • Providing a night’s accommodation at your holiday home (if you have one)
  • Donating vouchers or points so we could purchase an item such as an i-pad etc
  • An item of value you have that you could donate 
Tickets for the event are to be printed soon, so we need to get the "ball rolling" now and secure the prizes. If you have ideas or donations, contact Stephanie Wilson at asewilson@clear.net.nz as soon as possible.

The Plant Stall relies on your donations of plants and garden supplies. For those with green fingers or those who just want to get their hands in the soil, now is the time start growing.

What can I do?
  • Donate: Seed raising mix, potting mix, medium sized plastic pots (P5 are best), terracotta pots, garden paraphernalia or garden centre vouchers.

  • Pot up: Native seedlings from your garden or divide plants that can be split & potted up (especially popular: cabbage trees, flax, grasses, astelia and renga renga lily).

  • Grow: Cuttings, veggie plants, herbs. Herbs – take cuttings or split existing plants, eg. rosemary, sage, oregano/marjoram, thyme, mint. Grow from seed, eg. basil, nasturtiums, marigolds.
    You could try planting up (in a nice big pot) a mixture of herbs, eg. parsley, thyme, lemon balm, nasturtium, calendula, garlic chives. 

  • Get Creative: If you have any creative ideas for garden décor, please contact us before you go into production.

When should I start?
  • Cuttings and potted seedlings – pot up now so they are a reasonable size by 8 November.

  • Veggies from seed – here is a rough guide for when to grow from seed:
August - basil, chillies
September - spinach, bok choy, watermelon, sunflowers, tomato
Early October - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, celery
Mid October - Zucchini, peas, beans

Remember to water and keep those delicate seedlings in a sheltered spot so they don’t get battered by the famous spring winds.
  • In October, we will need lots of potting mix, so please get in touch if you can donate some. 
If you would like to help, need advice, potting mix, or pots, please contact us. The Garden Team is being lead by Melanie Haycock: melaniehaycock@icloud.com

Deli Stall
Our Deli Team is keen to start making - but they desperately need produce. If you have any produce at all that you can donate/source that you think could be turned into a jar of deliciousness, please either pop it in the box outside the School Office or email Hannah Thornton at hanandchris@xtra.co.nz to arrange pick-up/delivery.

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
Amelia, Charlie, Kate, Suki-lee, Addison, Fülöp, Oli and Sammy.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Evie, Greer T, Jupiter, Nick, Oliver E and Parker.


Learning What our Bodies Can Do 
We have been having a go trying different things to see what actions our bodies can do! Some are easier than others and all of them get easier with practice. We then did some writing about what we can do using our bodies! Have a look on the Blog to read our awesome writing!

What's Happening in Discovery Time 
Our discovery time is a part of the day where we can be more self-directed. This time is often spent learning through play and is sometimes slightly more directed with provocations related to our Inquiry. Have a look at the Blog to see some of the things we get up to and all the great learning happening!


We have had fun with our Inquiry this week. We had to decide where the organs in our body belong and place them on a full scale body outline. Have a look at Body Organs or Vital Organs or come into school and have a look at the real art on the wall. We also had a visit from Amanda who taught us about what happens when we swallow. We also investigated how joints work. We had to find out “What was the point of a joint?”. Have a look at the Blog.


We have been doing a lot of problem solving this week. We had to work out how many finger and toe nails would be painted if Shona, Susie, Scott and Wanwan all went and got their finger and toenails done. (Scott was thrilled at the suggestion.)

We worked out 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 80

Or 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 80

Or 8 x 10 = 80

Or 10 fingers and 10 toes make 20 per person, so 20 + 20 + 20 + 20 = 80

Or 4 x 20 = 80

Or 16 x 5 = 10 x 5 + 6 x 5 = 50 + 30 = 80.

So many ways to problem solve!


Creating our Own Games
This term our Inquiry is about the Power of People and how people have made change. We invented games to play in PE in small groups, where the rules had to be simple and we could only use two pieces of equipment. We collaborated in groups to make our games, and then taught them to other groups. Stay tuned to see some of our games in next week’s Newsletter.

Games, Games, Games
Following on from the focus on games and rule making in Inquiry, we’ve been reading about and playing a special game called Cloak of Protection.


We have been investigating arrays. In our number talks, we discussed the definition of an array:

Henry:  It is a group of objects in a different arrangement.
Oscar:  For example, it could be 4 X 4 or 8 X 8.
Edie:  It is objects that you can multiply to see how many there are.
Henry:  You can also add.
Janne:  Or count them all.
Hugo W:  It needs to be the same amount of objects up and down.
Parker:  Yes, columns and rows.

We have been adding some of our arrays to the Padlet on our Blog
Challenge: Can you add some arrays from home? 

Number talks is a great way for students to learn from one another. It is also important to see how they solve problems in different ways. 

In Jo Boaler's Ted Talk, "Believe in your Maths Potential" she says that it is important to see Maths visually. People visualise Maths in different ways. 

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely?
We have been thinking about power and whether people who have complete power turn bad. So far, we have read "The Emperor’s New Clothes", thinking about the characters in the story.

Many of the students thought that the Emperor seemed to quite enjoy being naked!

What do you think? Does absolute power corrupt? Leave your thoughts as comments on the Blog.

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!”

Year 6 Only - School Options for 2018

Holy Cross School
Are you looking for a school for Year 7 & 8, one that celebrates diversity, promotes excellence and is close to home? Come and see if Holy Cross School is the school for you! 

Tuesday 8 August, Holy Cross School will also be hosting an Experience Morning for Year 6 students from 9-11am and Information Evening from 6-7pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Holy Cross School office on 388 7189 or contact administration@hcm.school.nz. For more information about our school, please go to our new website at www.hcm.school.nz.

Queen Margaret College - Discover Year 7
Discover Year 7 is an opportunity for your daughter to spend a day at Queen Margaret College. Your daughter will join current Year 6 students, who will be stepping into Year 7 with your daughter. Together they will participate in a variety of taster classes with Middle School teachers. As a parent or caregiver, you will be able to join the Head of Middle School, Rena Day, for a presentation about what to expect at Queen Margaret College. For more information or to register, click here.

Date:    Friday 11 August
Time:    8.30am-3pm
Where:  Queen Margaret College

Miramar Christian School - Open Evening
You're invited to Miramar Christian School's Open Evening on 15 August at 6.30pm. We invite you to come and learn about our school and how it might be a good fit for your child's upcoming Years 7 & 8. We have excellent teacher/student ratios, a values based curriculum, affordable fees and fun extra-curricular activities. Students and teachers will be available for tours and questions. All are welcome! For more information, please go to www.christian.school.nz.

Evans Bay Intermediate School - Year 6 EBIS Experience
On Thursday 17 August at 9am, our Year 6s will be picked up from Worser Bay School by bus to visit EBIS. There is no charge for this, however, we will need permission for them to travel by bus to and from EBIS. Please give permission via Online Payments on the WBS website.

Also, the EBIS School Open Day (9am-2.55pm) and Evening (6.30pm - 8.00pm) will be on 
Wednesday 30 August for all parents and students to see EBIS in operation.

Scots College - Explore Year 7&8
Explore Year 7&8 offers your son a wonderful opportunity to take part in a stimulating and action packed day in the Scots Middle School. Your son will get to experience the wide range of subjects our Years 7&8 are taught, including Robotics, Science, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education and more, all taught by specialist teachers. For more information or to register, click here.

Date:     Friday 18 August
Time:    9am-3pm
Where:  Scots College
Samuel Marsden Collegiate School - Open Morning
Parents of Year 6 girls are invited to come to the Marsden School Karori Open Morning on Friday 18 August between 8.45am and 12pm. This is a good opportunity to see the school in action and learn about the programmes and opportunities for you daughter. Enrolments for 2018 are now open. For more information or to register, click here.
Carolyn Brett,
1 Aug 2017, 17:24
Carolyn Brett,
1 Aug 2017, 17:24
Carolyn Brett,
1 Aug 2017, 17:24