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Week 7 - 1 December 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

From the beginning of this final term of a school year, our heads are very much in 2018. We want to 'hit the ground running!' and try to limit what is called the 'summer effect' on student progress.

As a whole school community, we need to constantly review what we can do differently to improve learning. This includes the teachers, leaders, whānau and the learners themselves. I think this is one of the biggest changes from 'back in the day'. The children, our learners, need to be insiders to their learning, it's not done to them and it's not a secret!

Teachers have spent a good part of this term analysing progress and achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths. You have been part of the conversations when you attended the Progress Meetings recently and received a written report. (A slightly different cycle for Autahi!). These conversations amongst the staff also include groups of students - whether it's gender, ethnicity, cohort... which groups are progressing as expected? which aren't? if not, why not? and what are we going to do differently? This forms the basis for Teacher Inquiry and Professional Learning in 2018.

When we look at our data, it's interesting to look at trends over time, at the national picture and international studies too. Some of you may have seen an article this week titled "Kiwi girls outperform boys". It makes interesting reading and also reinforces why we have such a strong focus on Positive Education and the whole child as "The report recommended schools support both boys and girls who have trouble forming healthy, positive and mutually supportive relationships with others".

We will be confirming our achievement targets for 2018 soon and look forward to sharing them with you at the beginning of next year. It's very much a wind up to the end of the year in this place and then we will be able to enjoy long summer days, safe in the knowledge we have done the best job we can.

I'm thinking we will see plenty of you in and around school in the next few weeks - whether it's helping out in a multitude of activities..... Enviroschools Meetings, Year 6 Parent Drinks, Dinners, Teddy Bear Picnics, Farm Trips, Poetry Evenings, Bush Exploration, Sausage Sizzles..... Beach Week, Duathlons...... remember to eat and sleep!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:

  • 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
Dates to Diary:

  • Tautoru Aquatic Centre Visit - Tuesday 12 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 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 Xtream - Monday 18 December
  • School finishes at 1pm on Tuesday 19 December
Need to Action:
  • Autahi Bush Walk - Groups 2 and 3 - no costs, permission only via Online Payments
  • Tautoru's Farm and Pool Visits - please pay and give permission via Online Payments
  • Order your Pizzas by midnight on Monday 11 December

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.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 December

On Wednesday 13 December, 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 11 December. 

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.

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
  • 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

Abigail, Chloe, Fabian and Henry.

Anneke, Olivia, Sitara and William.

Nell, Hunter, Lily and Isabel 


African Dance 
It was really exciting to watch Naby dance and to hear the drums beating! We all got a chance to learn the dance and learn a bit about the drums and how drumming and dancing is used in West Africa. We all gave it a try which was great for having a growth mindset and reminding ourselves to try new things!

We’ve been trialling a buddy system with our Year 4s and the New Entrants. There is so much research around the benefits of mixed age work and mentor-like relationships, not to mention the benefits of making positive relationships with others in our school. It’s been really great getting to work with our buddies. When we are so new to school it’s really nice to walk around the school grounds and see big kids we know! 


We Have the Power!
This term, our Inquiry has been looking into how we can use our power to change things around us for the better. Some of us have chosen to work in groups and many of us have chosen to work on something personal. A few groups are looking into how we can reduce the amount of paper we waste at school and another group is trying to find a way to limit the amount of plastic in lunch boxes. A few of us are thinking of things we can do to help more around our homes. Head over to our Blog to see all the ways we have decided to use our power.

Writing Workshops
This week our writers have been running workshops for each other. We have had workshops focused around punctuation, using WOW words, editing and much more! It has been wonderful to see all of the writers collaborate with each other and use each other's strengths. We were impressed with how keen our writers were to lead a workshop.

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.

Dairy Farm Visit:
On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December, we will be visiting a dairy farm at 845 State Highway 1, Te Horo. (You will have received an email from advising on which day your child will be going.)

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.

The bus will leave Worser Bay School at 9.15am each day and return at around 2.30pm. 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 leave school at 9.30am, 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.


Please let us know if you can help anytime during our Education Outside of The Classroom (EOTC) weeks. You can sign up on this Google Doc:

Beach Weeks - Parent Help

Upcoming Events

Our Inquiry focus is around the Power of the Body and we are 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 Xtream 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 Xtream 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). 

In our Transition Groups (now new Base Groups for 2018,) students were given a Maths problem. They had to problem solve in teams. It was so exciting! Some of us acted it out and some of us drew the answer.

Parents were also invited to hang out in the spaces. It was great to have the opportunity to show them around.

Thank you to the parents who came to the Bring Your Own Device meeting after transition. If you have any questions about BYOD, please email Nicola or John.

Otari Bush Walk
The Kohekohe track.
We were the slowest group around the walk at Otari. That’s because we stopped to look at everything!

Christmas Competition
There will be 3 competitions on the day.

1. Best dressed
2. Best Christmas plays and dances
3. Best Christmas songs and playing a musical instrument.

Please dress up Christmassy to have more Christmas fun!!!! 
Please make sure thousands of people at Worser Bay sign up!!!! Remind your kids!!!!!!
The person who wins gets the title Christmas Princess or Prince to be called for the week we come back to school! They will also get a crown and a receive coronation!!!
If you win, you can perform your winning category to the school in Assembly, if you want to!!! 
Merry Christmas :) thanks xxx
Nell and Isabel

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
Carolyn Brett,
26 Nov 2017, 16:51
Carolyn Brett,
26 Nov 2017, 16:51
Carolyn Brett,
26 Nov 2017, 16:51