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Week 2 - 27 October 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

A great deal can be packed into 4 days - I have witnessed this very closely this week! Like I mentioned last week, it's also a short term and also an interesting time for Education Policy ahead.

Much is uncertain but much also remains constant. What we know about learning, what we know about child development, what we know about school culture and what we know about what makes a good school doesn't change.

We are excitedly in the throes of 2018 planning. Nearing the end of the third term of each year my focus certainly moves well into the following year. The teachers have already been delving into the 'hard data', accompanied by plenty of narrative and observation to get their heads around curriculum design for 2018.

At this school, we place a big value transition from ECE to school, via our highly regarded Rising 5s programme. We also put a lot of energy and thought into transition across the school. Now, similar to a rural school - this really only happens twice in our children's primary school lifetime - we know them well! In saying that, we have a change of dynamic each year, so we need to fit programmes to needs, not the other way around. This is why teaching is such a creative profession!

This year we are keen to have parents along to one of our transition sessions. It's not just children that might be moving into a new space after all. This will give you an opportunity to connect with other parents and teachers in the new spaces too - well before 2018. It'll be on a Friday morning - late November / early December. Date to be confirmed in next week's Newsletter.

I really want to congratulate and acknowledge our children and staff. The soccer coaches working with us for the next 7 weeks had their first session last week. They couldn't speak highly enough of both the smaller and the bigger people at our place! These coaches were absolutely impressed. It's always nice to hear, but especially heartwarming when the feedback is so unsolicited and from people engaged in many schools. Ka mau te wehi!

So, at the moment, I can see that the adults in our community have a lot going on - whether it's teachers, support staff, fundraisers - especially the FAIR TEAM, helpers........ all for the benefit of our children. Pop the build up to Christmas frenzy and holidays, combined with work expectations and deadlines - on top it can all get a bit crazy. Let's remember to look for the best in others, to spot their strengths and let them know.

I came across this great example of strengths spotting in an Australian High School - I urge you to take a look.

Have a great weekend.

Ngā mihi


Coming up this Week:
  • Cut-off for Earlybird School Photo Orders is midnight on Sunday 29 October
  • Donation Drop Off - Wednesday and Friday, 8.40am - 9am and 2.45 - 3.15pm
  • Assembly - Friday 3 November
  • Fair Donation Drop Off - 10am to 12noon on Sunday 5 November

Dates to Diary:

  • Clothing Boutique Pre-Fair Sale - 2pm to 5pm on Friday 10 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
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Training - Thursday 30 November
  • Senior School Extravaganza of Creativity - Evening of Thursday 30 November
  • Senior School Beach Weeks - 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:
  • Fill in the Fair Volunteer Form if you haven't already
  • Running of the Balls - Please return sold ticket stubs to the office asap
  • School Photos - Order by Sunday 29 October (see Carolyn's email from 26.10.17 for more information)
  • Like the Fair Facebook Page
  • Drop Donations - Wednesdays and Fridays before and after school, and Sunday 5 November, 10am 12pm
  • Drop Full Bottles at the School Office for the Tombola Stall
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Trainingcomplete this Permission Form by Friday 24 November.

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
Now that Summer is approaching, students will need adequate sun protection when playing outside. 

We would encourage you to send your children to school with suncreen already applied - particularly to backs of necks, tops of ears (if wearing caps rather than wide brimmed hats), forearms and legs. We do stress that our sun protection policy states wide brimmed hats:
  • 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 26.10.17.

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
  • Mini Polo - $35
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.

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!

Fair News Spot
Final Countdown - 2 Weeks until the Fair

Volunteering at the Fair
Thanks to all who have volunteered to help out on a stall for the Fair. We still need 1-2 volunteers for the following stalls, so please get in touch with Sarah Wells (021 793 557) if you can help out. 
  • Sausage Sizzle
  • Roti and Satay Sauce
  • Lamb Tagine
  • Sumo / Bouncy Castle / Slide
Thanks to all those who have donated. Bring your donations of pre-loved clothing, books, games, toys, puzzles, books to the cream shed behind the junior block on Wednesdays and Fridays 8.40am - 9am and 2.45 - 3.15pm, and Sunday 5th November 10am until 12pm. If you can help with sorting on this day, get in touch with the Fair team.

Running of the Balls
Today is the last day for returning sold Running of the Balls ticket stubs and money to the named box in the office. You can also pay via the school's Online Payments system. If you’ve forgotten, get them in at the very latest by Monday 30th October ... and try to sell all the tickets over the weekend!  

White Elephant
Start collecting up your White Elephant items - crockery, ornaments, rugs, pictures/ photo frames, sports stuff, etc. This will be collected on Friday afternoon and Saturday of the Fair weekend!

Thanks for all those full bottles we’ve collected. We still need 60 full bottles of anything for the Tombola Stall. Soaps, cordials, vinegars, oils, body lotions, wine, beer…. A children’s tombola will be running this year too, so we need LOTS!! Drop them off at the School Office. (Alcoholic beverages straight to the office team).

Cakes and Sweets
Cake boxes will be coming home to be filled with goodies on Friday 3 November. Bags for sweets and fudge will also be available at the office. Get baking for the Fair's Cake Stall! 

Clothing Boutique
We have some great clothes but we still need lots more! The last day for clothing donations is Wednesday 8th November. Please donate before then, if possible, as we need time to sort, price and set-up for the Exclusive Pre-Sale.

How does it work?
We all love Quality. The better the quality, the better the Clothing Boutique. Last year the Clothing Boutique was a big success and we are hoping for even better this year! If you or your children have clothes that haven’t been worn, no longer wear, no longer fit or no longer like, we would love them for the Clothing Boutique. Then, at the Clothing Boutique you will find lots of gorgeous ‘new’ things for you, your children and your significant other!

Please only donate items that you would be happy to buy!
Please ensure that donated items are washed and clean.
Please, no ripped or stained items (if it’s beyond wearing, keep it for your rag bag).

Please donate:
  • Vintage clothes, designer labels, Made in NZ clothes
  • Womens clothes
  • Mens clothes
  • Childrenswear
  • Baby clothes
  • Shoes, Sandals and Boots
  • Sleepwear
  • Costumes and Dress-Ups
  • Sportswear (jackets, gloves, sports uniforms, soccer / rugby boots, ski wear, togs, wetsuits, etc)
  • Accessories – hats, belts, scarves, bags
  • Jewellery – necklaces, watches, bangles, rings, costume jewellery

Clothing Boutique Pre-Sale - Friday 10 November, 2-5pm
All families and staff are invited to come and shop the best of the Clothing Boutique before Fair Day! Allow plenty of time, bring your children and have a try-on – we have a changing area with mirror.
As always, we will have the popular Vintage / Designer / Made in NZ rack – this is where we sell some really special pieces - and we have some great things this year – be sure to take a look.

General clothing is grouped into Men's, Women's, Boys', Girls', Baby and Accessories. Everything is priced to sell. Please bring a re-useable bag for your purchases!

When:          Friday 10 November
Where:        Matariki (senior classroom)
Time:           2-5pm
Payment:    Cash and EFTPOS
Terms:         Please note, payment must be made same day. Sorry, no holds or IOUs.

Got a question? Ask one of your friendly Fair Committee:
Deb Maxwell  021 036 7467
Sarah Wells  021 793 557
Jackie Ross  027 277 1603

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.

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
Eliza, Leo, Storm, Tom, Aila, Beatrix, Luca M and Marnie. 

Matariki and Mahutonga
Arabella, Gemma, Hayley, Hugo M, Hugo W, Lucas and Naomi.


Welcome to Chloe and Zoe and their family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Football Friday 
We have Football on Fridays this term. It’s for 45 minutes every Friday morning. We are hoping for lots more mornings like this! We need to have suitable shoes on so we can run around and learn some Football skills! Have a look at our Blog to find out more!

We have been exploring measurement this term. We have started with non-standard units. We have been measuring with teddy bears, paper clips and cubes. 


Money, Money, Money
We have been exploring money this term. The students have started sharing their understanding of money with each other and how money is used in our lives.

The Power of Nature
Our new Inquiry for this term is the Power of Nature. We are going to investigate hydro, solar, and wind power. We have started the term brainstorming ideas, sharing knowledge about electricity, and even had a day without the convenience of lights, digital devices and Seesaw! Check out some of our first ideas on the Blog.


Read some of our First Questions for our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind? Inquiry.

Lunches in other Schools
After watching the Jamie Oliver clips about Nutrition, we wanted to find out a little bit more about what students in other schools eat for lunch. We got some responses from schools in New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, USA and Luxembourg. You can check out the slide show and make comments on the Padlet. 

Sustainable Coastlines
On Tuesday Oliver and Megan from Sustainable Coastlines charity visited us to talk about what is happening with all the plastic rubbish that ends up in the ocean. It is harming the sea birds, the sea creatures and the environment. We all agreed to spread the word about plastics and to try to stop using single use plastic so that we can enjoy the beach, and so can all the creatures who live there.

After the talk, our Year 5 students did a beach clean up!


Health Groups
On Wednesday afternoons we work in our Health Groups. We work with other people who have similar fitness goals. We can choose to run, walk or run/ walk. We also know that it is important to stretch after exercise.

We are training for a 3 hour hike in Otari. We are also training for a Duathlon where we will be raising money for KidsCan. More details to come...

We are proud of every one of our students for setting great goals for themselves and making big improvements already!

See more pictures on the movie on our Blog!


Trip to the ASB to Play Sports
On Thursday we went to the ASB and played Turbo Touch, Basketball, Futsal, Handball and Floorball. Everyone had a great time and tried at least one new game. We’re putting into action our idea that healthy bodies help us have healthy minds.

Harry Potter Lunch
The Harry Potter Lunch was awesome on Tuesday. Check out what we got up to and some photos on the Blog! Big thanks to everyone who organised it.

Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Training
Training of the School Patrol members will be conducted by a School Community Officer on Thursday 30 November. If your child is in Year 4 or 5, please complete this Permission Form by Friday 24 November. (This also applies to Year 5s who already do Road Patrol).
Carolyn Brett,
23 Oct 2017, 18:32
Carolyn Brett,
23 Oct 2017, 18:32
Carolyn Brett,
23 Oct 2017, 18:32