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Week 1 - 20 October 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Nau mai Haere mai - welcome back to the last term of the year.

I love that Dr Seuss line "How did it get so late so fast?!" I'm also wondering how we will manage all we have in store for the term in these nine and half weeks and come out at the end smiling - but, rest assured, we will - with your help!!

Rallying troops for a slice of Fair Action is a big priority at this time of the year, each and every year. For those of you newer to the school, to gain a full and quick understanding of why a school like ours relies so heavily on community fundraising, I urge you to check out this link on our website.

Please also remember to diary the Board of Trustees "Thanks to all parent helpers for 2017" in all the many different forms and varied hues..., hot on the heels of the Fair, you are invited to:

The Chocolate Fish, Shelly Bay
Friday 17 November,  5pm - 6.30pm

It's also a lovely way to make some new connections too.

The recent 1980s Disco made a record profit in all the WBS Disco years I have known - $1452.46. I think it's just got to have something to do with the videos and music, the outfits and, oh, the memories! Tino pai rawa!

While the diaries are out, please circle Thursday 14 December, 5.30pm to 7.00pm for the WRAP. This is a time the whole community gets together to farewell our Year 6 Graduates and have a bit of a sing along with a dash of Christmas Cheer. The Year 6 Dinner and Year 6 Parent Farewell is scheduled for Tuesday 12 December, 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

This term is also heavy on the reporting on student achievement side (please remember Autahi is a little different in terms of schedule), it's big on the getting out and about and learning outside of the 4 walls, it's expansive on seeking support from you, yes, it's going to be full of opportunity.

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”
Ken Robinson

Let's be energetic and work together to keep building on what we have, let's be the best 'farmers' we can be in this last term of 2017.

Ngā mihi


Coming up this Week:
  • Fair Donation Drop Off - 10am to 12noon on Sunday 22 October
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 25 October (order by midnight on Labour Day, Monday 23 October)
  • Senior Trip to ASB Sports Centre - Thursday 26 October
  • Senior Athletics Day - Friday 27 October at Worser Bay Beach
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 27 October

Dates to Diary:

  • Assembly - 9am on Friday 3 November
  • Fair Donation Drop Off - 10am to 12noon on Sunday 5 November
  • School Fair - 11am to 2pm on Sunday 12 November
  • Parent "Thank You" from the Board - 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 17 November
  • Senior School Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - Wednesday 29 November
  • Senior School Extravaganza of Creativity - Evening of Thursday 30 November
  • Senior School Beach Week - 4 to 15 December
  • Sponsored Duathlon for KidsCan - Senior School - Wednesday 6 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December
  • The Wrap - Whole School - 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday 14 December
  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Extream - Monday 18 December
  • School Closes at 1pm on Tuesday 19 December
Need to Action:
  • Order your Pizzas by midnight on Monday 23 October (Labour Day)
  • Senior Trip to ASB Sports Centre - Thurs 26 October - Please pay $8.25 and give permission via Online Payments.
  • Fair Volunteer Form - Please sign up to help at the Fair
  • Running of the Balls - Please return sold ticket stubs to the office by Friday 27 October
  • School Photos - Order by Sunday 29 October (see Carolyn's email from 29.9.17 for more information)

Nau mai Haere Mai!

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

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 25 October

On Wednesday 25 October, 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. Please note that orders need to be in by midnight on Monday 23 October. 

Place your sushi orders for Fridays by 9am on Friday mornings or order for the whole term via Online Payments on our website. Please note, the final day for deliveries this year is Friday 15th December.

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
Now that Summer is approaching, students will need adequate sun protection when playing outside:
  • We require students to wear hats which protect the face, neck, and ears, whenever they are outside and involved in school activities. Students at school without a hat must remain in an allocated shaded area or inside at break times.
  • We encourage students to protect themselves with broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 (Sun Protection Factor), and by sitting/playing in the shade where possible.
  • We encourage students to wear clothing that protects the skin (e.g. long sleeve tops) when at risk of extended sun exposure, such as sports days and picnics, etc.
For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

School Photos
Order your School Photos via the Online Gallery by midnight on Sunday 29 October to receive Earlybird pricing and to have your photos delivered to the school. Ordering or clearing payments after this date will be charged at Inspire's Standard pricing , with prints to be collected from the studio, or plus $6 postage if you would prefer for prints to be sent out to you by standard post. 

You will need a code to access the photos - Carolyn sent this to parents in an email on 29.9.17.

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

Senior School - Upcoming Events

Our Inquiry focus is around the Power of the Body and we will be exploring the provocation; Healthy Body Healthy Mind? This is going to involve quite a lot of activity and time outside of the classroom.

The first of these events, a kind of physical tuning in will be a trip to the ASB on Thursday 26th October

The students will be playing Futsal, Basketball, Handball, Turbo Touch and Floorball. 

The bus will leave school at 9.05am and return by approx. 2.30pm.

Please bring sports shoes, water and extra food.

Please give permission and make the payment of $8.25 via Online Payments under "Fees and Donations" by Tuesday 24 October.

The day after, Friday 27th October, is our School Athletics Day at Worser Bay Beach.

On Wednesday 29th November, we are going to be going to Otari-Wilton’s Bush for a solid half day of tramping, taking in the sights while testing our fitness, reviewing our knowledge of native flora and fauna. We will be asking for parent helpers for this trip, so please keep an eye out for notices as we approach the date.

As a kind of tying together of one of the Inquiry strands, children in New Zealand who experience hardship and our Health focus, we are organising a fundraising event with KidsCan. This will take the form of a Duathlon, running and swimming on 6th December. This will also fit into our beach based programme which takes place over the last two full weeks of the term, from 4th to 15th December. This will include sailing, kayaking, water safety, swimming and many other events. We have done this over the last 5 years and it just keeps getting better. We are already praying to the weather gods; take it easy on us, Tawhirimatea!

The evening of Thursday 30th November has been set aside for performances, the sharing of some of our creative writing, poems, songs and short plays, an extravaganza of creativity. I’m sure you’ll be aware that these kids love a chance to perform in front of a captive audience.

Special events for Year 6 students to put in the diary (while it’s out) are the Year 6 Dinner on Tuesday 12th December and the annual swimming pool trip to H2O Extream on Monday 18th December. And, don’t forget The Wrap on Thursday 14th December. Wow! We are going to be busy people!

3 Weeks until the Worser Bay School Fair 2017

The Fair team are now picking up the pace and looking for more fantastic support. Many thanks to those who have already donated lots of lovely goodies, given us their time for a variety of jobs, chased up contacts and volunteered to work on the day.

You should have been contacted by now by either a stall holder or Fair team member to confirm/check where you are working on the day. If not, and you are available to help on the day, please contact Sarah Wells (sarahwellshgl@gmail.com, 021 793 557) or Jackie Ross (027 277 1603). 

If you haven’t already, please pop over and “like” the WBS Fair Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/worserbayschool.fair).

Below is a list of what is happening up to Fair Day and what we need from you. (You will also find a printout in your child's school bag!)

3 WEEKS TO GO – Tuesday 24 October


Please return your Ball Run ticket stubs and money (unless you have paid via Online Payments on the school website) to the marked box in the office by Friday 27 October. If you are unable to sell yours, please also return them so we can arrange for them to be onsold.


No-one in the family a baker? Sweets and fudge are popular alternatives. Bags for sweets and fudge are available at the office. Cakes boxes will be coming home to be filled with goodies on Friday 3 November.


Bring in those hand-made projects you have been working on.


Bring along any pre-loved items that are in a saleable condition. Sort through the kids bedrooms! Toys can be hidden in paper bags or newspaper, please put puzzles in a bag so we don’t lose that last piece! The Book stall sells CDs, DVDs, and puzzles as well as books.

Donation days are: Wednesdays & Fridays 8.40am - 9am or 2.45pm - 3.15pm.


Bring in all those gorgeous full (unopened!) bottles for our tombola: wine, beer, olive oils, bath treats, etc…


Towards the end of this week, calls for help distributing flyers in your area, these can be distributed anytime from early November.


Start to gather together all that “stuff’ filling up the cupboards that you no longer need! Crockery ornaments, rugs, pictures/ photo frames, sports stuff, etc. Just remember, we won’t be collecting them until Friday afternoon and Saturday of the Fair weekend!


ASB will donate $500 to WBS if....

If you are a parent, staff member or member of the school community and draw down a new ASB home loan of $250,000 or more, ASB will donate to your chosen participating school $500. Visit www.asb.co.nz/schoolbanking for more information.

How it works:
Mention this school donation offer to your ASB banker when you apply for a new ASB home loan. The supporting success in your school promotion is only available when you apply for a new home loan through an ASB branch, Mobile Lending Manager or by calling us on 0800 100 600.

Your new home loan application must be received, approved and then documented in a facility agreement, along with the completed school voucher, before 30 June 2018. This home loan offer is only available on loans secured by an owner-occupied residential property provided to ASB, with a minimum of 20% equity.

Once your home loan is fully drawn down, ASB will donate $500 to your chosen participating school.

Download and complete the school voucher to participate in the supporting success in your school promotion.

Terms and conditions apply, see voucher. Promotion ends 30 June 2018.

Year 3 & 4 Sleepover Leftovers!

These items were left behind after the Year 3 & 4 Sleepover. If they are yours, please pick them up as soon as possible from the Staffroom.

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

I am a thinker...
  • I have lots of ideas
  • I can organise ideas
  • I can pose problems
  • I can solve problems
  • I can question
  • I can share my ideas
  • I can think about my thinking
  • I can make my thinking visible

Autahi and Tautoru
Albie, Jack, Yoko, Zen, Clementine, Eloi, Hunter and Theo.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alba, Griffin, Nell, Rim, Sam and Theo.


Welcome to Finn, Naomi, Oscar, Leo, Violet and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Ethan, Eugene and Zane who already have siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Tuesdays are our Library Days, when we get to go to visit the Library for half an hour, browse books, read with our friends, sometimes read with senior buddies and then check books out for a few weeks. Have a look at the Blog to see more about this!

Toy Tuesday 
On Tuesdays we are allowed to bring a toy in Autahi. Our toys become the centre of our play that day and they provide a lot of inspiration. Have a look on the Blog to see the kinds of things we do with them!

Welcome to the New Zealand Chinese Language Week 
To celebrate NZCLW we learnt some greetings in Mandarin; there are also some posters in Tautoru. Please don’t feel shy to try them out! Please come to our Blog for more information!


The Moon in Chinese Culture
This week we also read and watched the story of the Moon. (The Mid-autumn Festival was in the school holidays, also know as the Moon Festival).

Does the moon have a significant meaning in your culture?

In Chinese culture, the moon represents family reunion. No matter where we are, when we look up to the moon we think of our loved ones. Tautoru made this window art where it creates a view of the night sky and the moon.


This week we have been talking about Diwali, which is the Hindu Festival of Lights. Have a look at our Blog to see more of the Rangoli art we created.

No Electricity
On Wednesday we will not be using any electricity in Tautoru, as an introduction to our Inquiry this term on Sources of Power. Please make sure your child has some warm clothes to wear, just in case it is a cold day.


Dave the Chicken: Travelling Tale
We have taken part in a Travelling Tale named "Dave the Chicken" created by 5 schools from around the world. This was made by students from schools in Bahrain, USA, Columbia and New Zealand. 

Students from the senior area at Worser Bay School created the beginning of the story. 

This was the beginning of the story written by Alastair: 
"Once there was a chicken called Dave. Dave liked bread and silverbeet. Dave lived in a farm with 700 other chickens. Their owner was fat and liked staying in bed and eating chocolates. One day Percy the cow accidentally stood on Rosie the crow. And the farmer threw a newspaper at her."

See the tale on our Blog

Athletics Training
This year we started training for our WBS Athletics (next Friday, 27th October). We did long jump, sprinting, throwing quoits and throwing vortex. Our Inquiry is called, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?" and we are looking forward to our summer of fitness. 

Jamie Oliver: Nutrition and Food Revolution
As part of our "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?" Inquiry we are learning about healthy eating. To spark our thinking we watched videos about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. They were so shocking, surprising and fascinating! Check out the video clips and Padlets on our Blog. If you haven’t done so already, you can answer the questions on the Padlets.

Fitness Baseline Data
As part of our “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?” Inquiry, we have been gathering some baseline data. We have chosen our "Health Groups" and will be working together to improve our fitness over the next 10 weeks. 

We did a beep test and have recorded our resting pulse and pulse after exercise.

We have used the LEARN framework to set health goals for ourselves.

L: Learn to give ourselves feedback
E: Exercise
A: Attitude
R: Rest
N: Nutrition

We have these journals to track our goals, our pulse, our fitness, our Healthy Habits and what we did that week in our Health Groups. This week, in our Health Groups some groups re-did the Beep Test to push themselves even further, and some groups went for a nice big walk up and down the hill (twice!). Remember to bring your running shoes every Wednesday!

Celebrating Diwali
We have been learning about the legend behind Diwali and acted it out. We’ve also been creating our own rangoli patterns which show geometric transformations.

Send through your stories to the Social group or Anna by Friday next week.****

Road Patrol in Term 4
We have had a great sunny start to the Term! We have also had a great start to road patrol with our road patrollers always punctually ready to go out and serve our school.

Check out the new schedule in class!

Really proud of Mia for being so self-motivated!

I got inspired to do this drawing because I got a sewing kit of a deer and I drew what the deer looked like. I was happy with how it turned out so I sent it to a magazine called Upstart. The character strengths I used were: perseverance (deciding on what to draw and seeing it through to the end), creativity (to draw the picture) and hope (to hope to get my artwork published and win a prize.)
By Mia

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