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Week 4 - 18 August 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Last Thursday we had a large group of Principals visiting from the Eden/Albert Cluster in Auckland. They were specifically coming to chat about and observe our curriculum in action. It was a wonderful opportunity to share what we are up to and discuss big ideas and new thinking about learning. We found it both motivating and challenging - that's a good thing!

Our children did us very proud! The mihi whakatau was brilliant. Our manuhiri remarked on how much noise could come from a small group! The haka, the waiata, topped off by a confident karanga, was all child-led, and lead they did!

With one big powhiri / formal welcome happening just the once a year, we have been looking to create a new welcoming ritual for groups visiting through the year for some time. We now have it confirmed! Thanks so much to our senior students, John and Suzanne for creating yet another specialty!

The Principal group commented on the school culture, the atmosphere, the sense they had of relaxation and calm, the confidence and most of all happiness - yes, our children 'look happy'. That goes a long way! I guess it wasn't a surprise when we reflect on the Word Clouds and what you recognise is working well and we don't want to lose.

Please come to the Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop at 6.45pm on Tuesday 22 August in Tautoru (more details below). Learn with us as we continue to find ways to build resilient children.... who will one day...... become resilient adults.

Ngā mihi


  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Please contact Shona ASAP if you are keen to help by staying over on the night of Thurs 28 Sept.
  • Parent Workshop on Wellbeing and Positive Education - 6.45pm on Tuesday 22 August
  • Term 3 Miniball Fees are now due - $40 per child. Click on "Fees and Donations" to see this on your child's account.
  • Fair Committee Meeting - 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 August in the staffroom.
  • Mid-term Break in Term 3 - School will be closed on Friday 25 August 2017. There will be no Newsletter.
  • Eastern Zones Swimming - Tuesday 29 August. Please give permission and make payment via Online Payments.
  • Junior School ASB Sports Centre Visits - Tuesday 29 August and Tuesday 26 September. 
  • Orange Day Parade for Road Patrollers - Friday 1 September. There is no charge, however, please give permission via Online Payments.
  • Autahi Family Story Evening - 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 September
  • School Photos - Wednesday 13 September (Class and Individual Photos) and Thursday 14 September (Sports Photos)

Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop - Tuesday 22 August

Come along to our Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop is on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45pm in Tautoru.

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!)

A Note from the Office

School will be closed on Friday 25 August
Please note that school will be closed on 
Friday 25 August for a mid-term break. There will be no Newsletter next week, however, keep an eye out for an email with important reminders.

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

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
  • Term 3 Miniball - $40 (Click on "Fees and Donations" to see this on your child's account.)
  • EZ Swimming - $1.50 (Click on "Sports" to see this.)
  • Junior ASB Sports Centre Visits - $13 (Click on "School Trips" to see this.)

Eastern Zones Swimming - Tuesday 29 August

We are taking a team of 26 students to the Eastern Zone Swimming Sports on Tuesday 29 August. Because of the popularity of the event across the zone, we only take the two top qualifiers in each race, in each age bracket. No child can enter more than 3 races. Most age brackets will have a relay team also so some may have up to four events in total.

The meet will be held at Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie starting at 9:30am with the championship events followed by the relays to finish at approximately 1:00pm. All competitors will need to be ready to race and be seated by 9.15am. This means leaving school at 8.50am.

On the day, your child will need to bring their togs, towel, goggles and swimming cap (if they wear one). It would also be good if they could wear their Worser Bay School sports t-shirt over the top of their togs. They will need to bring morning tea, drink bottle and warm jumper for when they leave the pools. 

We will need some adult support - two timers and one backstroke support person. We are also arranging private transport to keep costs down. Please indicate ASAP if you are available to assist with transport to and from the pool on the day and whether you are willing to undertake another of the roles mentioned above. Please email John to indicate your availability.

There is a small charge of $1.50 per child. Please pay and give permission via Online Payments on our website.

Junior School - ASB Sports Centre Visits - Tues 29 Aug and Tues 26 Sept

On Tuesday 29 August and Tuesday 26 September, we are taking the Junior school (Autahi and Tautoru) to the ASB Sports Centre as part of our Inquiry into the body.... relating it to using different muscles, keeping fit and trying new things. We will be participating in sports like Gymnastics, Athletics, Floorball and Futsal. The cost per child is $13.00 per child. Please pay and give permission via Online Payments on our website.

The children will need to wear clothes that are suitable for exercise and bring a drink bottle and plenty of food for morning tea and lunch.

We will need parent helpers on the trip, so if anyone is keen for a day of fun and exercise, please let your child’s base group teacher know.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 28 September

It is nearly time for the much anticipated Year 3 & 4 Sleepover on Thursday 28 September - the last Thursday of Term 3! The finer details will be provided soon. We will need a number of parents to stay over and this needs to get sorted ASAP due to the regulations around safety checking, etc. The pressure is on - you wouldn't want to miss out on a major social highlight! 

If you want a head start on your holiday, children won't be expected to be at school on the Friday, which is essentially a pack up day. 

Please get in touch with Shona if you are keen to help by staying over on the night. 

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 6 September

On Wednesday 6 September, 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 4 September. (Note the earlier cut off time!)

Fair News Spot

Make sure the 12th November is in your calendar, and check out and like the Fair Facebook Page. We’re on 424 likes and want to get to 500!

We’re still seeking further prizes for three key Fair events:

1) Running of the Balls
Can you contribute to this iconic event? We are still calling for donations of prizes such as tablets, phones, accommodation for the winners of the first three balls of 1000 over the line. Please contact Stephanie Wilson if you can donate a prize.

2) Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle
Calling for items / prizes for these events, such as artwork, restaurant or café vouchers, wine, or professional services. In return, you and your business would receive great exposure on the Fair Facebook page, Fair Flyer and on Fair Day.

Contact Mell Clarke, Janet FordStephanie Wilson or Claire Allen if you can help.

3) Tombola
We need donations of FULL unused bottles of anything for the Tombola Stall. Donations in the past included champagne, shampoo, perfume, chilli sauce, big bottles of fancy beer, olive oils...

Please drop your donations into the box outside the school office. (Alcoholic beverages straight to the office team, please.)

Stall leads need help collecting, preparing and making their items to be sold at the Fair. Could you help the following stall teams:

1. Deli Stall
Do you have any fruit or vegetables to donate to our Deli team? They use them to make pickles, chutneys, sauces and jams. They need produce donations now. Email Hannah Thornton to arrange pick-up/delivery.

2. Plant Stall
Got green fingers or want to get your children involved in gardening? Get growing basil and chilli from seed now in time for the Fair. In September you’ll need to start growing spinach, bok choy, watermelon, sunflowers, or tomatos from seed.

Or how about trying a terranium? This is a great activity for kids to be involved in. See  the Fair Facebook Page for how to grow one.

Contact Melanie Haycock if you have any questions.

3. Craft Stall
If you enjoy any type of crafting, or you would like to come to an evening to cut, glue and chat over a glass of wine, please contact Jackie Ross.

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
Albie, Darragh, Ocean, Otto, Eddie, Hadley, Isabella and Wolfgang.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alastair, Aristotle, Eleni, Hugo W, Jan, Liam and Lily V.


Welcome to Petra and her family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Where is our play taking us? 
This week after having some parent help in to share their knowledge around health and medicine, our discovery time had a very strong health and wellbeing angle. Have a look to see how we are choosing to spend some of our own learning time.

Parent Experts! 
We had some parents in this week to share their knowledge around health and nutrition and Chinese Medicine. We got to see lots and ask questions. It was really interesting! Have a look at our Blog to see what we did and learned.


Kei te pehea te ahua o te rangi?
Every term we focus on a new Te Reo phrase that we can use everyday. This term we have been learning how to ask about the weather and respond. We are becoming so much more confident in starting a conversation in Te Reo. We now know how to greet and ask a friend how they are feeling and ask what the date and the month is. We are keen to teach you at home too. Keep checking the Blog for our phrase of the term.

Mindfulness is a big part of how we set ourselves up for a great day at school. In the mornings (especially), we like to start our day the way we hope to finish it ...

Positive - awake - calm - alive - successful 

Mindfulness helps us to be present. It promotes positive health. Click on the link above to see how we practise mindfulness. Remember, we’d love to see you at the Parent Workshop on Student Wellbeing and Positive Education next week - at 6.45pm on Tuesday 22 August. It will be a chance to find out what we do at school to promote positive wellbeing and health and why it's so important to us.


Orange Day Parade 2017
Our Year 5 and 6 Road Patrollers will march for Road Safety from 10am to midday on Friday 1st September. Students will leave school at 9am and will arrive back by 1pm. 

Please provide permission via Online Payments on our website. There is no charge for the bus. 

Maths Week
It was MATHS WEEK this week! We have been doing lots of exciting Maths activities and art. The Maths Week website has lots of awesome games and challenges for you to try at home.

Check out what we have done to celebrate Maths Week at school on Seesaw and on the Blog!

Check out our Maths collaboration with Auroa Primary School this week!

Year 6 Visit to EBIS
The Year 6 students went to EBIS on Thursday to get comfortable with where many of them will move at the start of next year. They had a sampling of a variety of different activities. Verdict: a fun morning!

Yoga for Wake up the Brain
Part of our wellbeing and positive education programme in Matariki and Mahutonga.

Year 6 Only - School Options for 2018

Evans Bay Intermediate School - Open Day
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.

Seatoun School - Year 7&8 Places Available for 2018
Due to the continued growth of the Year 7&8 area of our school, we will most likely be running four Year 7&8 classrooms in 2018. If you wish your child to be included in the Out of Zone Ballot (not in Seatoun School Zone) for potential enrolment for Year 7&8 in 2018, either contact the school office or download the relevant form from our website and have this returned to the school, by Friday 8 September. For more information, please contact the Principal.
Carolyn Brett,
15 Aug 2017, 14:57
Carolyn Brett,
15 Aug 2017, 14:57
Carolyn Brett,
15 Aug 2017, 14:57