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Week 6 - 24 November 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

If you have been in Assembly or came to the Wellbeing workshop, you will have no doubt come across the children discussing the concept of 'kaizen' in terms of goal setting. It can also be located in plenty of Blog posts and no doubt some Seesaw entries!

When we look at our school over time , we can see many examples of this incremental and ongoing improvement. I came across this example of kaizen being discussed recently by a company who design beautiful kitchen tools of all things!

"Do you feel your knife designs are always evolving?

The concept of ‘Kaizen’, continuous improvement, influences everything we do. Our goal is to make each knife as the best knife that we can make. In this way, we are constantly refining our knives and constantly evolving.

I don’t ever want to get to a place where I am perfectly happy with what we do, it will mean that I’ve lost the ability to push this craft to the next level."

I relayed this example to the staff as, although our 'craft' is most decidedly very different, we too are constantly refining our practices and constantly evolving.

The Transition Programme in Term 4 is a great example of this. If I look back a few years, this process was fairly quick and minimal. Teachers discussed children in detail with the following year's teachers, but the conversations were more hard data based - not necessarily focussed on the whole child.

We moved onto transition days, then weekly transition sessions which were mainly observing the social and emotional side - now it's very much focussed on the 'whole' and, this year, also including parents who are able to come and connect as well.

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher of the late 6th century BC, of Ephesus (one of my favourite places!) said, "You cannot step into the same river, for fresh waters are flowing in upon you".

I love this, as this is exactly the way we need to respond to our learners' needs, fresh waters are definitely flowing as they grow and develop across their time with us.

We had a Board member a few years ago who enjoyed using the word 'nimble' - I think of her every time I now say it - and agree - for this is what our children need the adults in their lives to be, especially as they transition into new spaces - agile, flexible and quick thinking!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:

    • Senior School Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - Wednesday 29 November
    • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 1 - 9am to 1pm on Thursday 30 November
    • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Training - Thursday 30 November
    • Senior School Extravaganza of Creativity - 6.30pm on Thursday 30 November
    • Assembly - 9am on Friday 1 December

    Dates to Diary:

    • Autahi and Tautoru's Teddy Bears' Picnic - 9.30am - 2pm on Monday 4 December 
    • Enviro Group Meeting - 3.15pm to 3.45pm on Tuesday 5 December in the staffroom
    • Senior School Beach Weeks - 4 to 15 December
    • Sponsored Duathlon for KidsCan - Senior School - Wednesday 6 December
    • Tautoru Farm Visit - Wed 6 and Thurs 7 December
    • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 2 - 9am to 1pm on Thursday 7 December
    • Tautoru Aquatic Centre Visit - Tuesday 12 December
    • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December
    • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 3 - 9am to 1pm on Thursday 14 December
    • Tautoru 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:
    • Year 4 and 5 Road Patrol Trainingcomplete this Permission Form
    • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 1 - no costs, permission only via Online Payments
    • Senior Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - please pay and give permission via Online Payments
    • Tautoru's Farm and Pool Visits - please pay and give permission via Online Payments
    • Bid on the Mini Silent Auction by 9pm on Monday 27 November

    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.

    Want to Join the Enviro Group?

    30 minute meeting - 3.15pm - 3.45pm on Tuesday 5 December in the Staffroom 

    You may be aware that we are now an Enviroschool. This is very exciting because it pulls together many of the threads around Sustainability we have been working on for the last 5 years or so. Our Student Council is largely involved with environmental projects, trapping, gardening, planting and growing trees to name a few of the initiatives. This is a great example of what is known as student agency; kids being active, doing the things they think are important and often leading those things. It is not surprising when you consider what the world looks like today and how our kids perceive their future; they want to act to make the future a brighter one.

    Sustainability also encompasses culture and communities and, for this reason, we are reaching out to interested parties so that we can take joint ownership of the Enviroschools' Kaupapa. If you are interested in joining a group to help plan, plant, make, coordinate with community groups or just muck in and participate in a school centred community initiative, please join us in the staffroom for a 30 minute meeting at 3.15pm on Tuesday 5 December.

    Check out the Enviroschools' website.

    Stationery 2018

    Our online ordering of students’ stationery has been very successful, so we have teamed up with OfficeMax MySchool again for 2018! During 2017 we were rewarded with over $1000 because of your support ordering stationery through OfficeMax. These rewards went towards resources and art materials the students used to create amazing pieces of art displayed in our 2017 WBS Arts Celebration. 

    There are also great benefits for you:
    • You receive competitive prices direct from the supplier.
    • Save time by avoiding busy retail stores.
    • Free delivery on orders over $46.00.
    • Order early and have plenty of time to cover your books.
    • Your child will start the year with the correct supplies.
    • Every dollar spent with OfficeMax MySchool will earn us School Rewards.
    • So, for 2018, you can order online at www.myschool.co.nz/worserbay using your credit card. Simply select your child's Year Group and follow the instructions on the website. Website orders over $46.00 qualify for free delivery.
    Delivery must be to your home or place of work – not to the school. You can also ring your order through and pick it up from OfficeMax at an agreed time that works for you.

    To order by mail order and/or pay by cheque, all you have to do is go to www.myschool.co.nz and, when you get to the checkout, click on the Mail Order Form button. This will build a customised mail order form for you to print. Stationery lists will be online by Monday 11 December, and everything on the list is a must for 2018 .

    There are additional products available, that’s up to you. If your child already has a book bag and pencil case, this does not require purchasing again. Your child may have a few books left over that you can also remove from the list. If your child is Year 4, 5 or 6 and already has a pair of headphones at home that they can bring to use at school, there is no need to purchase those.

    Please note:
    • Orders can be placed from Monday 11 December.
    • Orders must be received by Office Max prior to Wednesday 10 January to guarantee delivery before school starts.
    This year our stationery drop off time is Tuesday 30 January from 9.00am - 10.00am, so you can pop in, if you would like to, say “hi”, catch up on holidays and get the books in the right place. Teachers will be in a meeting from 10.00am, so please stick tightly to this timeframe.

    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

    A Note from the Office

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

    We would encourage you to send your children to school with sunscreen 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:

    For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy on SchoolDocs.

    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 4 Floorball - $26
    • Year 1-4 Netball - Term 4 - $29
    • Senior Trip to Otari-Wilton's Bush - $6
    • Tautoru's Farm Visit - $14.50
    • Tautoru's Pool Visit - $5.50
    Yummy Stickers
    Thank you to everyone who collected Yummy Stickers this year. Thanks to your help, we have just received $390 worth of Sports Gear for our school. Please keep collecting those stickers.

    Here are our previous results:

    2015 - $377
    2016 - $435
    2017 - $390

    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
    Eva, Olive, Vera, Violet, Evie, Greta, Nye and Pyrenees.

    Matariki and Mahutonga
    Kaia, Kirsty, Thomas and Yasmin.


    During Discovery time, children work on their own mini projects or play. During this time, they are being critical and creative thinkers as they tackle projects and social dynamics. You can see our learner attributes of being a thinker, being powerful, being connected and being a goal setter coming through in our play. We have been very busy thinking like builders, planners and designers this week. Have a look to see what we’ve been up to. 

    Helping Hands 
    We’ve been reading the book Hands Are Not For Hitting and have been thinking about what our hands are good for. We have come up with some fantastic ideas about how our hands can be kind and helpful. Have a look at our Blog to see our ideas about what helpful hands can do! Many hands make light work! We have helping hands in Autahi!


    Transition to Mahutonga/Matariki
    It has been fun to work in our new space and collaborating with different people!

    Scott and Wanwan’s Literacy groups have been learning about alliteration. They spent the week recrafting and editing their pieces of writing ready for publishing.

    Here are some examples and check out our Blog for more:

    Ben bought blue boots, Benjamin’s baby’s blue boots.
    Benjamin’s blue boots blast because Benjamin’s blue boots are blasting boots. 
    Ben’s boots bring beautiful bees.

    Little Lillian’s lizard Lenny loved life like Luke’s lizard Lax.
    Lenny and Lax like lawns and licking little lollipops .

    Hyrdo, Wind, Solar Power
    In Tautoru we have just finished our latest inquiry into Hyrdo, Wind, and Solar power.

    Here are some comments from the students about this inquiry:

    Wind - “I liked how we could research information on the computers. We were able to work as a team and help each other”
    Did you know that wind travels around the world in many different directions?

    Hyrdo - “I liked how we could make something cool. I liked that we got lots of choice.”
    Did you know that the biggest dam in the world is in China? It produces more than 30,000 megawatts a day!

    Solar - “In this Inquiry I liked working with the seniors to make the solar ovens. They were really good help.”
    Did you know that photons from the sun split when they hit your solar panels? They then turn from light photons to electrons.

    Tautoru's Christmas Helpers
    This team of tender, thoughtful Tautoru thinkers (aka the Service Team) have ONE more week to collect as many toys, books, personal items and clothing as they can to package up and donate to the City Mission, in our joint effort to put smiles on faces this Christmas. They have done an amazing job of writing to businesses in our community for help and donating many items themselves. If you would like to join us in our crusade, we would LOVE one last big drive to help us collect as much as we can for a worthy cause. Please drop any donations off in Tautoru.

    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.

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

    Please give permission and make payment of $14.50 via Online Payments.

    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. 

    Please give permission and make payment of $5.50 via Online Payments.

    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.


    Getting Ready for our Extravaganza of Creativity Evening - Thursday 30 November
    We’ve been having a lot of fun exploring different ways to create dramatic plays and working with different people to prepare ourselves for our Extravaganza of Creativity Evening next Thursday 30 November at 6.30pm.

    Hour of Code 2017
    The ICT Student Council Group have been helping teachers to organise the "Hour of Code" event this year. They have been trialling the "Gumball Play Lab" so that we can become experts and teach others. 

    Students in Mahutonga/Matariki have new login details that they have already received or will receive shortly. 

    During Computer Science Education Week, tens of millions of students will gather all around the world to participate in the annual Hour of Code. Watch this space... 

    You can check out the site here.

    3D Cubes
    We had this problem that had 3D cubes:

    First we discovered all the things that it could be. Some people thought it looked like a flower and others thought it looked like a Minecraft flower. At first I thought it looked like a stamp that looked like a plus.

    Then we organised our thinking into a chart. We found out that each time the pattern grew it added five. It added one to the top and one on the four sides.

    We drew the next two in the sequence so we could check if it was right. We thought that we would find the tenth in the sequence. We did this by adding five. From there we did trial and improvement to find a formula.

    The formula is x = (x-1) X 5
    (x is the sequence)

    BEDMAS is to help us with order of operations. It helps us make the formula.

    By Zach

    Last Languages for 2017
    We have had heaps of fun in our Languages programme this year - a huge thank you to Cloe, Maria, Sarka, John and Wanwan.

    Patterns in Maths: Triangle Numbers
    We have been exploring patterns in Maths using visual prompts. There have been some great questions to help explore the ideas.

    This is an example of some of the thinking which Alexander, Rico and Jan have been doing. Exciting stuff.

    Message from Violeta and Leola 
    You can respond on the Padlet on our Blog.

    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

    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 Monday 27 November, if you haven't already.

    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 have organised a Duathlon fundraising event with KidsCan, involving 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!

    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 Extream Trip - Parent Help Needed
    We will be taking Year 6 students to H20 Xtream on Monday 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). 
    Carolyn Brett,
    19 Nov 2017, 12:44
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    19 Nov 2017, 12:44
    Carolyn Brett,
    19 Nov 2017, 12:44