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Week 7 - 8 September 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Our Year 6 Leavers' Profile:

Our Year Six students leave Worser Bay School connected, curious and confident thinkers.

When our children arrive in Autahi, they have come from a range of Early Childhood experiences. Over the next 6 years we will work with you to give them a vast array of opportunities to support them to leave in Year 6 as connected, curious and confident thinkers.

Over the years, some of us who have been in this profession for a long time come across adults who we have taught who are doing some incredible things. Sometimes we may not have recognised this potential when they were at primary school, sometimes we are surprised, always we are proud.

Something I have been working with the teachers on is 'to think like scientists' - observe, listen, gather information carefully, search for the 'seed of greatness' in every individual. Then we must nurture that seed to enable growth.

I come back to metaphor of the sailing boat again and again - from Robert Biswas-Diener's work.

Visualise a small sailing bobbing around in Worser Bay.
This boat has a small hole in it - if we don't 'plug the hole', it is likely to sink.
However - it has a terrific sail billowing in the breeze.
The strengths are in this sail and provide the direction.

We have to pay attention to both.

(If you are interested in finding out more about Robert's work - plenty of his TED TALKS are here.)

Student Led Conferences are coming up for most children soon. Let's all observe and listen 'like scientists' as they discuss their achievements. Let's search for the 'seeds of greatness' so that we optimise the opportunity to leave at the end of Year 6 a connected, curious and confident thinker.

Ngā mihi


Coming up this Week:

  • Year 6 Only - EBIS School Production - 11.15am on Monday 11 September
  • School Photos - Wednesday 13 September (Class and Individual Photos) and Thursday 14 September (Sports Photos)
  • School Disco - Friday 15 September
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 15 September

Dates to Diary:
  • EZ Floorball - Wednesday 20 September
  • Stall Leaders and Committee Meeting - 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 September
  • Assembly - Friday 22 September
  • Pre-Fair Craft Sale - Friday 22 September - straight after Assembly and again at 2.30pm
  • Parents Coffee Catch Up - Monday 25 September (straight after Karakia) at Park Kitchen
  • Junior School ASB Sports Centre Visit  - Tuesday 26 September. 
  • Year 3 & 4 Sleepover - Thursday 28 September
Need to Action:
  • Student-Led Conferences - book now
  • Fair Volunteer Form - Please sign up to help at the Fair
  • Year 6 Only - EBIS School Production - Permission/Payment Needed via Online Payments
  • Bring your Sports T-Shirts for the Sports Photos on Thursday 14 Sept (no exceptions)
  • Sign Up for Term 4 Sports by Wednesday 20 September
  • Yummy Stickers - Please bring in your Yummy Stickers by Monday 25 September
  • School Disco - Please pay via Online Payments.

Nau mai Haere Mai!

Welcome to our new Positive Education tab. This will be updated regularly.

Small Group Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

Small group Student-Led Conferences (aka SLCs) are coming up. Student-Led Conferences are a social and informal opportunity for your child to share their learning and success with you. It is always great to see the children really take charge of the conversation. If we reflect on our Positive Education model, these SLCs tick many boxes! Positive Education being The Science of Wellbeing combined with Best Practice Teaching.

This year, Mahutonga/Matariki and Tautoru have three days set aside for these. You will be booking in groups (children + their parents) for 30 minute slots during the morning. Your child will lead you through a variety of pieces of work, with prompting from you and maybe also a teacher as they mingle amongst you all.

Following this, you will have an opportunity to experience learning in action as part of the great learning treasure hunt of 2017.

Please book your session and diary either:

Friday 15 September, Monday 18 September or Thursday 21 September

Please follow the instructions below on how to book:

Enter Event Code: yu6bb
Please book a time with the area where you child is (Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki).
Bookings will close at midday on Wednesday 13 September

If your child is in Autahi, you will have received a different schedule via email.


We warmly welcome Ximena Aitken to the position of Team Leader of the Junior School. Here is a little intro from her:

"Tēnā koutou katoa. 

I'd like to thank Jude Pentecost and the Board of Trustees for welcoming me to the Worser Bay School-Te Kura o Whetūkairangi community. 

Having grown up in Wellington, I have been a teacher here for thirteen years and taught from Years 2 to 7. My main educational interests (and I have many!) are mathematics, the arts, inquiry learning, writing and digital technology. I have been in my current teaching position at Island Bay School for nine years during which I have helped to establish their BYOD initiative in the senior school and blended digital learning in the new junior collaborative hub. Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my extended family here in Wellington and enjoying the many walks around our beautiful city. 

I look forward to getting to know you all next year, and to contributing to make Worser Bay School a wonderful place to learn and grow. 

Kei te mihi ki a koutou, nāku nā Ximena Aitken."

A Note from the Office

School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3pm
We cannot take responsibility for students who are at school before 8.30am and after 3pm.

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.

Yummy Stickers
If you have been collecting Yummy Apple Stickers or Cut-Out Labels from bags of apples, please bring them to the office by Monday 25 September. We will send them off to receive a share of $200,000 Free Sports Gear for our school.

School Payments
The following payments are now ready for payment via Online Payments on our website:
  • Voluntary Contribution - $345 
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Term 3 Miniball - $40 (Click on "Fees and Donations" to see this on your child's account.)
  • Junior ASB Sports Centre Visits - $13 (Click on "School Trips" to see this.)
  • Year 6 Only - EBIS School Production - $8 (Click on "School Trips" to see this.)
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Year 6 Only - EBIS School Production - Monday 11 September

On Monday 11 September, the Year 6s have been invited to attend the EBIS School Production matinee of "The Island". We will be travelling by bus to and from EBIS. There is a cost of $8. Please pay and give permission via Online Payments on our website before Monday. You will find it under "School Trip".

80s Themed School Disco - Friday 15 September

We have our second (for the year) fabulous Worser Bay School Disco coming up on Friday 15 September 2017 at the Salvation Army Hall - 80s themed! 

The cost is $5 per child. Younger siblings are welcome at no charge. Please pay via Online Payments on our website. (We do not issue tickets, however we will have a list on the door of those who have paid.)

Our Lead, Berrin, has suggested that, given the theme and the great music that most of us know and love, adults may like to dust off their 80s outfits and join the dress up fun whilst leading by example! There may even be a prize in it for the best dressed adult! So, if you are keen, get your 80s outfits on and come and disco it with the children!

Parent Help Needed
We have had good response from the ParentNet mail out for volunteers, however we still need volunteers for the following roles:
  • The ice block and food stalls each require another two adults per stall, dressed in 80s outfits preferred ;o)

  • Clean up also requires a few volunteers as currently there are officially none.
Please contact Berrin directly, if you can help.

School Photo Day - Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September

On Wednesday 13 September and Thursday 14 September, Inspire Photography will be coming to Worser Bay School to photograph the children. 
  • Class and individual photos will be taken on Wednesday 13 September

  • Sports Team Photos will be taken on Thursday 14 September 
    Sports T-shirts are compulsory for the Sports Team Photos.
    Coaches and Managers are welcome to come along for the Sports Photos.

Inspire Photography is an award-winning, Wellington-based professional photography studio and they will donate 12% of sales to Worser Bay School. They offer an online ordering system and proofs will be available for viewing online approx. 2 weeks after the date of the photo shoot. You will then have 2 weeks to place an order and prints will be delivered to school approx. 2 weeks after orders have closed. 

For more information about Inspire Photography, read this Parent Information Letter or visit their website.

Sign Up for Term 4 Sports by Wednesday 20 September

To the PARENTS of all Floorball, Netball and Mini Polo players.

If your child is interested in playing Floorball, Netball or Mini Polo in Term 4, please complete this Google Form.

This Form will close at 9am on Wednesday 20th September. Due to the high numbers of students that are keen to play, we are not able to accept players after this date.

We also require Coaches and Managers for these teams. If you are keen to help, please indicate this on the form. We really appreciate the help and support we receive from parents.

Floorball        Years 1-6
Netball           Years 1-4
Mini Polo       Years 4-6

Kind regards,
Team Sports

Eastern Zones Floorball - Wednesday 20 September

We have entered 3 teams into the EZ Floorball tournament to be held on Wednesday 20th September. We would love to take the whole whanau with us but are quite limited because of the fact that we can enter only a maximum of 3 teams.

We will be drawing names out of a hat of kids who are keen to participate. We will be taking private transport to the event but there will still be a small charge of to cover registration. Look out for more information next week and email John if you can help out with transport.

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.

Fair News Spot

Get your friends and family to like our Fair facebook page. We’re at 430 likes and really want to get to 500!!

Bottle Tombola
We need 100 bottles of anything (unopened, full, not expired). 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.)

Calling Parent Volunteers!
Put your name down to be a Fair Volunteer on the Fair Volunteer Form. Help make sure the Fair is a great success. We need heaps of help from our amazing parent community including:
  • About 5 volunteers per stall including stall leaders
  • heaps of helpers for set-up and pack down 
  • people to make things such as baking 
  • people to sort and price things. 
Sign up today for a role you want - you’ll have heaps of fun! Please let Carolyn in the office know if you are unable to access the form.

Donations Drop-off
We want your…. Clothing * baby gear * toys * games * puzzles * books.
All in good condition. Nothing broken or with missing parts, please.

Bring them to… The Shed, behind Tautoru, next to the little kids’ playground.
On Wednesdays & Fridays,  8.40am - 9am or 2.45 - 3.15pm and
Weekend drop off dates of Sunday 1st October, Sunday 22nd October and Sunday 6 November.

Please Note: Household items for the Trash and Treasure stall can only be dropped off on the weekend of the Fair.

Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle - seeking items and prizes
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. Alternatively, you may know of a business we can approach.

If you are keen, please contact Mell Clarke or Janet Ford or Stephanie Wilson or Claire Allen.

Fair Committee
Here are the contact details for some key people from your amazing, committed Fair Committee, if you need to get in touch about anything Fair related:

Deb Maxwell - 021 036 7467

Sarah Wells - 021 793 557

Jackie Ross - 027 277 1603

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
Billy, Lisa, Petra, Yoko, Zen, Alex, Coco-Inez, Luca S and Rhosyn.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Adam, Daisy, Edward, Emelia and Mia.


Welcome to Abigail and Elliot who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Raffle Tickets to Fund More Traps

Do you care about the environment? 

Can you help?

Did you know that rats, mice and stoats are killing our native birds. Soon there will be none left. Our Worser Bay School trapping team is here to help! We want to put down more traps in the Bush at our school.

Buy a raffle ticket to help us fund more traps… at only for $5 each… and you go into the draw to win a “Good Nature” trap valued at $200. 

Raffle tickets will be on sale until Friday 15th September (no sales on the weekend). Buy a ticket from outside Tautoru from 8:30-8:55am mornings and 2:45–3:05pm afternoons.

The raffle will be drawn out of a hat at our next Assembly (22nd September).

Thanks for your time,
The Worser Bay School Trapping Team

Pre Fair Craft Sale - Friday 22 September

The Crafters have been making Tote Bags from generously donated fabrics and are going to have a sale day on Friday 22nd September. The bags are $10 and will be for sale straight after Assembly and again from 2.30pm. Please bring cash.

We will also have some of our gorgeous craft items for sale, as we know many of you don’t have the time to shop on fair day, and may want to get in early and tick off some Christmas presents.


Getting More Familiar with our place 
One of the things we do regularly throughout the year as children start in Autahi is have a Scavenger Hunt of our place. We walk around our school looking at where different things are and talking about what kinds of things we can do at each place. This week we have revisited this Scavenger Hunt to get a reminder, share with our new friends and reiterate our boundaries at school. Have a look at the Blog to see more about this.

In Autahi, we may be little but we are learning big words and big ideas! We are currently learning all about how our brains can stretch and grow! We have been trying new and challenging things to help our brains grow. We’ve also been learning that the more we say we can do it, the more we can do it! We have to believe, put in the hard work and keep on making mistakes so we can help our brains get bigger and stronger! Have a look to see what we are doing!


This week we had a visit from two Scott’s pupils, who have been working on a community project following a process similar to our Inquiry cycle. They have been looking into the rubbish on the beaches and in the sea. They explained to us about the effects the rubbish is having on the sea and bird life. 

As part of their “taking action”, they are keen for people to join them at Seatoun Wharf on Saturday 9th September for a beach clean up. They asked for any volunteers to bring a plastic bag to collect the rubbish.

As a follow up to our visit to the ASB Centre, we have been working through the Inquiry cycle to investigate “What do we need to do to make our bodies healthy?”. Have a look at the Blog and see what we are up to.

We have been creating our own problem solving examples. It is fun to think up problems about things we are interested in. We felt powerful, being able to create them rather than the teachers do it. Here’s one example.

Link is running and he spots a group of 24 baddies. The baddies have 2 swords each. How many swords are there in total?

Have a look on our Blog for some more examples.


Student Council Work
Our School Council is busy with a range of great environmental projects. These guys are in the compost heap, turning it and preparing it to be put on the gardens. Read about the other projects on the Blog, including what’s happening in the Shade House.

Turning the compost

Shade House Protectors

And the Choir group are going to be singing at the Miramar Library on 22nd September! Wow, there is so much happening!

Statistical Investigation - Do we interact enough with our families?
As part of of Power of the People Inquiry, we thought about how we can bring greater peace in our families. Something that came out of this was - are we interacting enough with our families? And, if so, what do we do when interacting with them? What is getting in the way? 

John and Anna's Maths groups decided to create our own Statistical Investigation's to try an answer the question "Are people at Worser Bay School interacting with their families?" Check out our Blog to see some results!

Languages - Learning German
We have been learning different languages throughout the year. See what the German group are learning on the Blog.

One week away!!! Check out some ideas from the Blog of what you could dress up in for our 80s Theme Disco next Friday 15th September.
Carolyn Brett,
3 Sep 2017, 14:51
Carolyn Brett,
3 Sep 2017, 14:51
Carolyn Brett,
3 Sep 2017, 14:51