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Week 3 - 3 November 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

When you have been 'in the business' as long as I have, you do manage to collect a large number of friends who are also in the same field and, like many professions, teachers do tend to talk teaching ALOT. This is possibly due to the fact that many of us don't really view it as a job, more that it is who we are - as it is difficult to have an on and off button. We are constantly searching for better ways of doing things, new ideas and building knowledge. (So I'm sure my partner wished he was wearing headphones when he spent Labour Weekend with 2 teacher friends and myself!)

One of these friends had just returned from a study trip to Scandinavia to look into the Forest Schools Concept. Wow - her photos and stories were just incredible. What a two year old can do when they are given the licence, it was very exciting and I am keen to try and get her down to share her experiences and knowledge with our staff in some way next year. We are situated in such a fantastic spot for starters!

Back from the weekend, hooking into the news I came across this article about Green School in Bali.

I know some of you have also read it, as you have mentioned it to me - but it's worth a read if you haven't. So many of these ideas were aligned with my friend's Scandinavian experiences and also resonate with many things we are just scratching the surface.

We have recently become an Enviroschool! We are doing so much in this space already, it made wonderful sense to network and learn with others and see where we can move to!  I know the teachers and, no doubt, students are keen to also work more closely with a group of interested parents with progressing this work - so if you are keen, please let John or Scott know ASAP. Follow the link to find out more.

The Fair of Legends is almost upon us. The signs look amazing out there and the Fair Team and helpers have been heads down for quite some time planning and sorting and thinking ....... to make this happen!  Let's join together as a community and get 'stuck in' to making it a great day for the benefit of our WBS children!

Ngā mihi


Coming up this Week:
  • Fair Donation Drop Off - 10am to 12noon on Sunday 5 November
  • Eastern Zones Athletics - Wednesday 8 November
  • Donation Drop Off - Wednesday and Friday, 8.40am - 9am and 2.45pm - 3.15pm
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 10 November
  • Clothing Boutique Pre-Fair Sale - 2pm to 5pm on Friday 10 November
  • School Fair - 11am to 2pm on Sunday 12 November

Dates to Diary:

  • Parent "Thank You" from the Board - 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 17 November
  • Transition across Spaces - 9.30am to 10am on Friday 24 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:
  • Check Out the "Fair Actions at a Glance" under Fair News Spot
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Trainingcomplete this Permission Form by Friday 24 November.

Progress and Achievement Meetings - Tautoru and Mahutonga/Matariki

Bookings are now open for Progress and Achievement Meetings to be held from Tuesday 21 November until Thursday 30 November (inclusive). Bookings will close at midday on Monday 20 November.

Please follow the instructions below:

Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: eqj3n

At this final meeting of the year, you will receive the written report against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths for your child. It's when teachers/parents can discuss the next steps in terms of goals. This meeting is for parents and teachers only.

Autahi - you will receive an email giving you details relevant to your child. 

Transition across Spaces - Friday 24 November, 9.30 to 10am - ALL WELCOME

Come along to Karakia, have a cuppa and then at 9.30-ish you can pop along to your child's new space for 2018. The thinking was to especially provide an opportunity for parents of Autahi children moving to Tautoru and parents of Tautoru children moving to Mahutonga/Matariki to chat with teachers and see their children in their new spot. It's not exclusive, however, as it's also a great chance to meet different parents who have children already in that space. SO ALL WELCOME! The more the merrier really. Come and get familiar in your 2018 environment!

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 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
  • Eastern Zones Athletics - $7 (you will have received an email if your child is taking part)
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 Actions at a Glance
  • Bid on Silent Auction 2017 which is now live!
  • Pre-buy Tickets for Fair Outdoor Activities via Online Payments by 9am on Wed 8 Nov
  • Pre-buy Paddles/Tickets for the Rapid Raffle via Online Payments by 9am on Friday 10 Nov
  • Like the 
  • Fair Facebook Page
  • Drop Off Donations to the school this Sunday 5 Nov - 10am to 12noon, or next week before or after school Wednesday and Friday
  • Drop Full Bottles at the School Office for the Tombola Stall
  • Return sold/unsold Running of the Balls tickets ASAP
  • Clothing Boutique Pre-Fair Sale - 2pm to 5pm on Friday 10 November
  • White Elephant Donation Drop Off - Friday afternoon 10 November and Saturday 11 November

Fair News Spot
Final Countdown - 1 Week to go until the Fair

Silent Auction goes live!
Click on the link to view over 60 amazing lots in this year’s Silent Auction 2017.
A fantastic selection of items have been donated by a number of families, our local community and national organisations.
Online bidding closes at 5pm on Saturday 11 November.
On Fair Day, bidding starts at 11am in the Silent Auction room.
The highest bidder, either online or on the day, will be successful.
Please share the link with family, friends and work colleagues.
Thank you for your support and let the bidding begin!!

Buy Tickets Now for Outdoor Activities at the Fair
This year there will be lots of outdoor fun at the Fair. Entry to outdoor activities is by ticket. So, avoid the crazy queues and buy your tickets via Online Payments before Fair Day.
$10 will give you 10 tickets. Tickets need to be ordered by 9am on Wednesday 8 November and can be collected from the office on Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November.
There will be a bouncy castle (2 tickets), giant slide (2 tickets), sumo wrestling (4 tickets or 2 per child) and games galore (1 to 3 tickets).

Rapid Raffle Pre-Sale Paddles/Tickets
The Rapid Raffle has some great prizes this year. 20 paddles (like tickets) are being pre-sold to families prior to Fair Day. Buying you a paddle will give you a chance to win in every Rapid Raffle Lot at the Fair. So if you want to be into win, purchase a paddle by 9am on Friday 10 November via Online Payments.
If you have a particular lucky number between 1 and 40 that you would like to request, please email Erica at matterica@xtra.co.nz.

Tombola Bottles Still Needed!
Thanks for all those full bottles we’ve collected. We still need 30 full bottles of anything for tombola. 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).

Keep those donations coming in - pre-loved clothing, books, games, toys, puzzles, books.
For the Clothing Boutique, please only donate items that you would be happy to buy! Ensure that donated items are washed and clean, and are not ripped or stained. Donate men's and women's clothing, shoes, dress-ups, sportswear, sleepwear, accessories, jewellery, baby clothes, children's wear. 

Final weekend donations drop off this Sunday 5th November 10am until 12pm to the cream shed behind the junior block.
We will still be accepting donations next week Wednesday and Friday 8.40am - 9am and 2.45pm - 3.15pm.

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. 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.

Running of the Balls Ticket Returns Please
Please return tickets ASAP. These all need to be in to make the Ball Run run smoothly. Please let us know if you can sell any more tickets.

Flowers for the Garlands Stall
We need lots of flowers for the Garlands stall. Please bring flowers along on Fair Day.

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!

Cakes and Sweets
Cakes boxes will be coming home to be filled with goodies today. Bags for sweets and fudge are available at the office. Get baking for the Fair Cake stall!

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
Alfred, Ethan, Zane, Emily, Georgia, Otto O and Sasha.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Alex P, Alexandra, Cody and Henry.


Healthy Minds and Bodies - Taking Action 
We have begun to put all of our learning about our bodies into action by creating plans and posters to share our knowledge. Some of us made persuasive posters sharing what we had learned about eating healthily or different ways you could exercise to have fun and stay fit. Others created weekly exercise plans and had a go at trying them out, while others created healthy food plans to focus on eating more healthy foods in their diets. Have a look at our Blog to find out more about this and help us to stick to our goals and plans around having healthy minds and healthy bodies!

Our School Karakia 
We have been learning our Karakia so that we can say it every morning. It helps us to set our intention for the day and have some goals in our learning and playing. The Karakia talks about working together, showing love for one another and having respect for our school, each other and the environment. We worked to create symbols to represent some of the keywords so that we can remember what they mean. Have a look at our Blog to see more!


Kei te hiakai ahau!
This term we are learning to have conversations in Te Reo Maori around food and our likes and dislikes.

We have had lots of practice at asking about foods we like to eat and becoming confident in learning how to answer. We would love to continue this learning at home and even teach our whanau some new Te Reo. Click on the link above for some helpful tips on our Blog and an awesome video of some of us practising Te Reo at a “cafe”. 

Renewable Energy
Our Inquiries are all around the Power of Nature, zooming in on renewable energy sources like windwater and the sun. This week we have been “Curious” and have spent some time discussing what we know already. We have also had lots of fun participating in hands on activities like making windmills and planes, conducting experiments to understand evaporation and making our own water cycle models. 

Can you help our Service Team out by donating small gifts for our Christmas in a Shoebox drive? 
Click here to find out more. 

Kickstarting our day!
This term we begin our mornings by participating in activities that all help to promote our well-being. Our choices this term are yoga, PE, boot camp and dance (Monday-Tuesday) and music, singing, drama and service. We love kick starting our day with these fun, collaborative and creative opportunities. It’s a great chance to work with different people and share our strengths but also take risks. It sets us up for the day with positive emotions and great focus. Click on the links above to find out more.


We have been taking Statistics around our Health. We have been tracking our Pulse rates before and after exercise, as well as thinking about our sleeping - and whether we are getting enough! Check it out on the Blog!

Creative Alchemy
With local artist Stephanie’s help, we have been learning about how we can use art to express our emotions and how sometimes painting an emotion will release it.

Character Archetypes: Developing Our Own Characters

Character Archetypes: Developing Our Own Characters
We have been using the Character Archetype framework to invent our own characters. Everybody is involved in making whole casts of new beings to inhabit new worlds. Incredibly creative work!

The next thing we will do is make stories using these characters. Exciting stuff! 

Parker’s Hero Figure

The Cardiovascular System
Thank you to Bec who talked to us yesterday about what happens to your body when you exercise. Read some of our Quick Writes on the Blog. 

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