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Week 5 - 17 November 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Well, the Fair of Legends is behind us, and legendary it totally was.

The atmosphere was tremendous and to observe the community pulling together so tightly to do the best job possible is difficult to put into words that give it justice.

At our staff meeting on Monday, we had a bit of a chat about what a great day the Fair was and also how when we arrived at school the next day it was impossible to believe there had been all of those people inside and out, with bulging bags and smiling faces present. The rooms were 'normal', the grounds spotless and I even noticed that the Fair Signs were down as soon as it was a done deal. Remarkable work on all fronts! Talk about great role modelling for our tamariki!

I know the team will have already started thinking about the successes and having brainwaves for the future (not too many this week maybe!). Similarly, in terms of learning, we always need to keep looking down the track and keep things relevant and aspirational. A few months back we checked in with whānau, staff and children as to what you absolutely loved about the school and wanted to keep, and also areas for improvement. You have seen the outcome of this in the form of the 'Word Clouds'.

From here, we could see that some of this was put in the bigger 'strategic direction pot' and other items will be featuring in the 2018 Annual Plan. We have our vision, our values, our principles and have now redeveloped our Strategic Goals too! This can all be found in our Curriculum Document, including the current Strategic Goals.

If we think of a New Entrant starting in Autahi today........ what big picture goals will support them to leave in Year 6 as connected, curious and confident thinkers?

Draft Strategic Goals 2018-24

We are committed to:
  1. Educating for the future
  2. Providing rich and powerful learning opportunities
  3. Connecting learners
Underneath these, fit various layers, illustrations and diagrams still in early formations, still incomplete.

What do you think of these for big picture goals? Can you see your child/ren reflected in these? Any thoughts please get in touch before December is upon us.

Hope to see you tonight at the Board 'Thanks to the Community' for all the support over 2017:

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

This is a 'family friendly' event. The Board will supply platters for adults. Drinks for adults and drinks/food for children can be purchased by parents.
The forecast is looking good! Plenty of room for children to play, parents to mingle and a great opportunity for us to thank you for your energy!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:
  • Parent "Thank You" from the Board - 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 17 November
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 22 November
  • Transition across Spaces - 9.30am to 10am on Friday 24 November
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 24 November

Dates to Diary:

  • 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
  • Autahi and Tautoru's Teddy Bears' Picnic - 9.30am - 2pm on Monday 4 December 
  • Senior School Beach Weeks - 4 to 15 December
  • Sponsored Duathlon for KidsCan - Senior School - Wednesday 6 December
  • Tautoru's Farm Visit - Wed 6 and Thurs 7 December
  • Tautoru's Aquatic Centre Visit - Tuesday 12 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December
  • Tautoru's Worser Bay Beach Visit - Thursday 14 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:
  • Book your Progress and Achievement Meeting by midday on Monday 20 November
  • Order your Pizzas by midnight on Monday 20 November
  • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Trainingcomplete this Permission Form by Friday 24 November
  • Senior Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - please pay and give permission by Friday 24 November
  • Bid on the Mini Silent Auction by 9pm on Monday 27 November

Board Shorts

What a wonderful day it was at the Fair of Legends on Sunday. The weather Gods decided to behave and our school and wider community turned out in great numbers to enjoy themselves and support the school. The effort that the pupils (and a number of adults) went to with their costumes was great to see and added to the buzz on the day; and it simply wouldn’t have happened without the dedicated effort put in by Deb Maxwell and the Fair Committee, and all of the family members and staff who helped in some way before and on the day.

It was also great to see representatives from our wider community – including Steve, Craig and Annie from our major commercial sponsor Jewetts helping out on the Rapid Raffle; ex-pupils and their families turning up in great numbers with some ex-pupils helping out on stalls; Team Wellington footballers dropping in; Scots College boarders helping out; the Rongotai College Band providing entertainment and musical backing to the Running of the Balls; and the Plastic Free Peninsula (PFP) crew sorting through the rubbish long after most folk had headed home. They say it takes a village to raise a child – and it certainly takes a community to support a school!

While the final fundraising result is not known at the time of writing, the Fair of Legends confirmed the great support we have from our school and wider community, and the high regard that the school is held in by our community.

The Fair is one of the most obvious examples of the work and effort that is put in by many, many people and organisations throughout the year that help make our special school tick. The note of gratitude from the staff @ WBS in last week’s Newsletter summed that up perfectly – and the Board is delighted with the support that you, our community, has provided throughout the year.

We are very much looking forward to catching up with all those who can make it along to Chocolate Fish Cafe, Shelly Bay from 5.00 – 6.30pm today (Friday 17 November). This is an opportunity for Worser Bay School and the Board to say thank you to you all (and to thank each other), and celebrate the contributions that so many of you have made in so many different ways to the school throughout 2017. For those who haven’t been before, this is a 'family friendly' event. The Board supplies platters for adults. Drinks for adults and drinks/food for children can be purchased by parents. We had a wonderful turnout and a lot of fun last year - so come along!

At our meeting last week, the Board was delighted to formally welcome Dana Carter onto the Board in a co-opted capacity. Dana and her husband James’ daughter started in Autahi earlier this year. Dana is the Co-ordinator of the Enviroschools programme in the Wellington Region, based at Greater Wellington Regional Council. She has had a 17 year career as a resource management and sustainability practitioner in government and private practice, and is guided by a desire to care for our environment and future generations. Dana’s co-option is part of the Board’s efforts to ensure we have the full range of skill-sets required to be an effective group of Governors, and that the Board is representative of families across the school to maintain effective succession over time.

The Board

Running of the Ball Winners
Congratulations to our Running of the Ball winners:

1st Prize: Charlotte Key
2nd Prize: Natalie Hogg
3rd Prize: Jessica Ringrose

WBS Mini Silent Auction
The Silent Auction at the Fair was a great success - thanks to organisations who donated and bidders who bid online and on the day. With over 67 Lots this year, not all Lots were bid on, so we now have 6 Lots available to bid on. 

So, click on this link, start bidding, share the link with family, friends and colleagues. Online bidding closes at 9pm on Monday 27 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. 

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 22 November

On Wednesday 22 November, 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 20 November. 

Staffing 2018

We are thrilled to have Ximena Aitken, from Island Bay School and Carl Pynenburg, from Balmoral School in Auckland joining our whanau in 2018. However, also sorry to be saying a very fond au revoir to Wanwan Liao who will be taking up a position at Newtown School (not far away!)

We never have staffing concrete or inflexible as teachers needs, like student needs, can change as the year progresses. We also like to work as a whole, of interconnected parts..... which means we can be more responsive. To this end, please find our starting point for next year below.

Junior Team
Gillian Menaker, Shona Fort, Scott McGregor, Susie Keenan, Ximena Aitken and Carl Pynenburg full time from Term 2.
Gillian will be leading the team in Autahi and Ximena in Tautoru.

Senior Team
John McDougall, Anna James, Gabrielle Meech and Nicola Stevenson.
John leads the Senior team.

Suzanne Kershaw, continues as the Additional Support Coordinator, Chief organisation guru, Reading Recovery teacher, Student Achievement analyser..... and that's just the start of her role description. Basically, Suz works small miracles across all areas!

Carl will be working part time across the school over Term 1, along with Hayley. I'm sure we will still see plenty of Chris, Sherwin and Neil as well in this capacity - still being worked through!

Cloe and Tori will continue with providing extra support in classrooms, along with Christine in the Library and our darling Office staff - Carolyn and Steph!


Better mention that I'm here too - Jude.

Here's an intro from Carl:
Kia Ora to all of you in the Worser Bay community. Firstly, I'd like to thank Jude and the Board of Trustees for offering me the opportunity to join such an awesome whānau. I am originally from Auckland where I have been teaching for the past 3 years at Balmoral School. I am hugely passionate about the performing arts and have been involved in stand-up and improv comedy over the last 10 years. I enjoy sharing my passion for reading and digital technology as well in the classroom. You can often find me playing football or netball during the week and relaxing with a good movie in the weekends. I look forward to starting a new chapter of my life in the capital with you all in the new year. 

Ngā mihi
Carl Pynenburg

So, come along to the Transition session next Friday if you can make it and get a feel for the spaces, especially if your child and yourself are on the move across and maybe meet some new whānau as well. (More details below.)

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
  • Floorball - $26
  • Year 1-4 Netball - $29
  • Senior Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - $6
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

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
Gigi, Ocean, Petra and Zoe C, Caleb, Sabine, Sammy and Zoe B.

Matariki and Mahutonga
Ben and Stephanie.


Observing like Scientists 
We have been planting our little gardens thanks to all the donations we got! It’s been lots of fun. Everyone in the class has their own plant and each day we water it, look after it and observe it. We have scientist observation sheets in our Maths books and each day we are looking closely and noticing changes! Some of the plants have sprouted in just a few days and others haven’t shown any changes. We wonder why that is? Have a look at our Blog to see more!

Wrapping up our Body Inquiry 
After doing a lot of learning about our body, we went back to our original ideas and we saw what we thought we knew at the beginning of our Inquiry and how that had changed. Have a look to see more closely.


Tapa Cloths
Do you know how Tapa cloths are made? Have a look at the Blog to see how they are made and how we used our creativity to design our own.

Literacy Outside
Did you know that one of our Literacy groups went on a Mission to Mars. Have a look at the Blog to see some of the activities they were involved in. There was lots of problem solving and collaboration going on outside this week.

Two Literacy groups used the good weather to do lots of their writing outside. There was plenty of student choice in what to write, where to write and what tools to use. You can read some of our stories that show Appreciation of our Environment.

This week we looked at 2D and 3D shapes. We designed our own lunchbox by drawing the foods we wanted and then naming the shapes within the lunchbox. Have a look at some of them on our Blog.


Tautoru - Upcoming Events
In Weeks 8 and 9, we have planned some exciting EOTC activities for the children. We hope some of you will have time to join us for the fun, as we will be needing parent help for all of these activities. Please let your child’s base group teacher know if you can help out on any or “all” of the trips. Many thanks for your support.

The permission and payment details will be uploaded toOnline Payments shortly.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic (Autahi and Tautoru):
On Monday 4 December, we will have our annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Miramar Park. We will leave school and walk to the park (9.30am), have a day of activities and games and a picnic lunch (all parents invited) and then head back to school at 1.40pm. Bring your teddy bear, lunch, morning tea, drink bottle and plenty of clothes for all weather.

Farm Visit:
On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December, we will be visiting a dairy farm at 845 State Highway 1, Te Horo. We have the opportunity to see the cows being milked, watching the tanker take the milk away and feeding some calves. We are very likely to get dirty during this experience, so will need gumboots and old clothes (as well as a jacket and a hat). If we do not have gumboots, we are are not allowed to go near the milking shed.

We will also need morning tea, a drink bottle and lunch. We will go to Te Horo school for lunch and a play, before returning on the bus to school.

Aquatic Centre Visit:
On Tuesday 12 December, we have booked the Splash pool at the Aquatic Centre, for the children to have a swim. We will be leaving school at 9.30am, will have a swim and a short play at Kilbirnie Park, and then return to school at 12.30pm.

Worser Bay Beach Visit:
On Thursday 14 December, we will be having some Athletics activities and a free play at Worser Bay beach. We will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning at 12.30pm. Please ensure that your child has a sun hat and suitable shoes and clothes for a day at the beach.


Maths and the Brain
As part of our Inquiry, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?", we have been learning about the brain. We did some learning about Growth Mindset and Maths. We found out how learning happens.

We know that Maths is a creative subject and anyone can learn it!

Today we watched a video about Maths Myths and the Brain by Jo Boaler. We found out that a myth about Maths is that people are not born gifted. Anyone can learn Maths and anyone can do well if they practise, persevere and accept challenges.

When you learn something, synapses fire in the brain. Pathways are formed and the more you return to an idea, the stronger the pathways get. When you learn something, your brain grows and the learning sticks if you learn it deeply and come back to it often. When you make mistakes synapses fire and the brain grows.

See the posters that we made and the Jo Boaler videos that we watched on our Blog.

We also did some learning about how we all learn really differently! We are engaged and motivated by different things, we remember things in different ways and we like to express what we know in different ways. This is because our brains are really different from each other. In order to investigate how we work differently, we played a memory game to try and remember a bunch of random objects. We all tried our own strategy and then shared back as to how we remembered the objects.

Different people were motivated to play this game by different things. Some people were motivated by the challenge, some people were motivated because it was fun, some people were motivated by the competitive element, while some people were motivated because it was a familiar game to them. We are all motivated by different things!

Mia remembered the objects by alphabetical order. Nela and Daisy categorized them by where you find them in a house. Edie wrote a big list of them in her head and then copied down the list on paper. Anna visualized the table they were on and took a picture in her head. There were so many different strategies used! It was so cool to think about how this applies to our learning and how one size most definitely does not fit all! Check out a video we watched about this and some pictures of our memory game on the Blog!

Zumba in Health Groups
As part of our Health Groups this afternoon, we planned our own fitness programme. Some of us chose to have an energetic dance for our cardio.
Greer W:  Today we did Zumba it was so fun. We did a Latin one. It was hard but very fun.
Alba:  Today for health groups we did Zumba - it was really fun, funny and very tiring.
Eva:  Today for health groups I did Zumba and I had a lot of fun. We did some stretches in it as well.

Worser Bay Duathlon
We want to end child poverty in New Zealand. We did an Inquiry about this and realised that there are thousands of kids living in poverty in New Zealand. We wanted to do something to help so we organised this event. 

Year 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in this event. You can sponsor us on this Give a Little page. All donations will go directly to KidsCan!
By Flynn, Nick, Ben, Max and Teddy

Interzone Athletics
Congratulations to Chester, Cruz, Greer T, Rim and Zach who made it through to Interzone Athletics next Tuesday.

Otari-Wilton's Bush Trip - Wednesday 29 November

On Wednesday 29th November, we are going to Otari-Wilton’s Bush for a solid half day of tramping, taking in the sights while testing our fitness and reviewing our knowledge of native flora and fauna.

We will be meeting Rewi at the information centre at 9:45am for a brief introductory chat, then heading off for a good walk. The students will be able to choose between a 2+ hour tramp or a 1 hour option depending on their level of enthusiasm. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open as we walk, identifying trees and birds and making observations about the success of the reforestation in that area; asking how is Tane’s Cloak looking?

The group who walk the shorter distance will do a nature treasure hunt in the areas close to the Otari entrance. We will meet for lunch in the picnic area and then spend some time playing games.

Students will need to bring morning tea, lunch, sun hat, water bottle, as well as a raincoat and warm gear. (The longer tramp gets up onto the skyline and is quite exposed; cold on a cold day).

There is a cost of $6 per child to cover the cost of the bus. Please give permission and make payment via Online Payments under "Fees and Donations" by Friday 24 November.

We have already had some kind parents offering to help but could do with a few more. Please let Nicola know if you are able to help on the day.

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.

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 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!

Year 6 H20 Trip - Parent Help Needed
We will be taking Year 6 students to H20 Xtream on 18th December for an end of year fun day out. Please let Nicola know if you are able to help with this trip (drivers and people who can stay for the day to help supervise). 
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