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Week 8 - 8 December 2017

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Welcome to the final Newsletter of 2017..... next week expect a shorter version - more of a list of 2018 dates to diary and any final 'wrapping it up in a big bow'.

On Monday night the Board and staff got together to celebrate the year and, more specifically, the achievements of our children over the year.

We certainly kept 'the whole child' in mind and also paid heed to achievement against the National Standards. Even though we aren't sure what will be happening with National Standards in the future, there have been pluses since their introduction - in terms of the rich conversations we have about learners, about progressions and about expectations.

Here is what out children think:

As this states - What you focus on flourishes and this is very clear......... all of the areas mentioned by our children have been central to the programme this year. This reminds me of the quote "It's what teachers do moment by moment that makes a difference" and a difference they have!

When I got home from the Board meeting on Monday, my ever patient 'other' was waiting with a cup of tea at the ready. He said "You always say, it's the best year yet!" I pondered this for a while and agreed, yes, I do always say it, and it's true. Each year does get better and better - and it must, for there is no option!

We can't get better and better, however, without our children, our Board and our community being central and us all learning and making sense of this thing called education together.

I'm looking forward to catching up with some of you at the Year 6 Parent Drinks on Tuesday at 6pm and then many more of you, hopefully as many as possible, at 'The Wrap' on Thursday at 5.30pm where we celebrate 'the best year yet' together.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:

  • Senior School Beach Week continues - 11 to 15 December
  • Tautoru Aquatic Centre Visit - Tuesday 12 December
  • Mountain Biking - Tuesday 12 December
  • Year 6 Dinner - 6pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 December 
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Walk to Tarakena Bay on Wednesday 13 December 
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 December (Autahi and Tautoru Only)
  • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 3 - 9am to 1pm on Thursday 14 December
  • Tautoru Worser Bay Beach Visit - Thursday 14 December
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Walk to Breaker Bay - Thursday 14 December 
  • The Wrap - 5.30pm to 7pm on Thursday 14 December
  • Sports Sign Up for Term 1 2018 closes at 9am on Friday 15 December
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Fun Day at Worser Bay Beach - Friday 15 December
Dates to Diary:

  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Xtream - Monday 18 December
  • School finishes at 1pm on Tuesday 19 December
  • Powhiri - Friday 23 February 2018
Need to Action:
  • SIGN UP NOW for Term 1 2018 Sports by 9am on Friday 15 December
  • Autahi Bush Walk - Group 3 - no costs, permission only via Online Payments
  • Order your Pizzas by midnight on Monday 11 December (Autahi and Tautoru Only as Mahutonga/Matariki are on the Tarakena Walk on Wed 13 Dec)
  • Tautoru Aquatic Centre Visit - give permission and pay $5.50 via Online Payments
  • Mahutonga/Matariki Walk to Tarakena Bay - please complete this Google Form if you are unable to pick up your child at 2.30pm from Tarakena Bay
  • Year 6 Trip to H2O Xtream - give permission and pay $7 via Online Payments

Whole School - SIGN UP NOW for Sports in 2018

It’s that time again when we need to look ahead and register our school sports teams for Term 1 competitions in 2018. 

If you would like to sign up your child to play Netball, Floorball or Mini Polo in Term 1 2018, please fill out this Google Form by 9am on Friday 15 December 2017

Please note that your email address will be shared with the Coaches and Managers.

Once your child has been registered, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the season.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 December - Autahi and Tautoru Only

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
If your child is in Mahutonga/Matariki, please do not order as your child will be walking to Tarakena Bay and we will be unable to deliver pizzas to them.

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. 

Board Shorts

The Board met for the final time this year and, as we do at the end of each year, we had a chance to take some time to reflect and celebrate the progression and achievement data against the National Standards in Reading, Writing and Maths. The Board would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of all staff as they continue to innovate and lead authentic learning opportunities focussing on the whole child. It is evident that the teaching team have an in-depth understanding of the learning
needs of each child and continue to implement strategies to progress the learning of those students who require more targeted support. Whilst widely acknowledged as only one component of a child’s progression, the Board was very pleased with our students' performance against the National Standards. More detailed information will be provided about the 2017 achievement results early next year.

The Board would also like to thank you, our school community, who have supported the many fundraising activities for the year.  As a decile 10 school, we are very dependent on our locally raised funds, which is achieved through a combination of voluntary contributions and fundraising activities and events. Taken together, this equates to approximately $500 per child per annum. We appreciate this takes a lot of hard work from many people and our children are very grateful for your efforts!  Without our locally raised funds, we would not be able to continue to provide the quality education that enables our children to thrive. Achievement of the fundraising target means we can continue to maintain our current staffing levels (and staff:student ratios); and invest in those areas that make the biggest difference to student achievement, including technology and other learning resources, professional development for our teaching and support teams, and maintenance of the school facility.
With this in mind, the Board has also reviewed the levels of our Voluntary Contributions for 2018 and believe that a small increase is required to ensure we can continue to provide a high-quality learning environment. As such, the Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 per student (an increase of $10 per student). If you pay the full amount in Term 1, you will receive a $50 discount and the rate will be $305 per student. We appreciate that family incomes may be stretched and payments can continue to be made by instalments during the year. If you wish to pay in 2 instalments, these will be $177.50 to be made by the end of Term 1 and by the end of Term 3, to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay via Online Payments in 2018.  

Voluntary Contributions are, of course, voluntary, and we appreciate that you have the choice as to whether to pay them or not – but they are critical to the school’s ongoing financial wellbeing and the quality of the education the school can provide to your child(ren). Further information about Voluntary Contributions is set out on the school’s website.

It was pleasing to see some staff and families access SchoolDocs and provide feedback on the Worser Bay policies that are available through this portal. For those who would like to review and provide feedback, please go to WBS Policies and Procedures. Term 4 policies are now ready for review and comment. Finally, we are looking forward to seeing all of you and your whanau at the end–of–year Christmas Wrap next Thursday 14 December. It is always a great way to conclude the year, and a very special opportunity to send our Year 6 learners off on the next step in their learning journey. We would also like to wish those families of our departing Year 6 students all the very best and thank you for your contribution to the Worser Bay School Community. We hope you will keep in touch with the school as you will always be part of the WBS community. For those of you that can’t make The Wrap, we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and a restful and relaxing start to the New Year. 

The Board

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 Holidays
School finishes at 1pm on Tuesday 19 December 2017 and starts back on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at 8.55am.

Stationery Drop-off date is Tuesday 30 January between 9am and 10am.

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
Term Dates for 2017 and 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Powhiri - Friday 23 February 2018

You are warmly invited to a Welcome Celebration for new children and their families into the heart of our school. Our welcome Powhiri is an opportunity for us to formally welcome you to our kura. This happens on an yearly basis and this invitation is for children and their families who have started during Terms 3 and 4, 2017 and who will start in Term 1, 2018. If you haven't had the opportunity before then please feel free to join us.

We recognise that some of you already truly belong, but this is an opportunity to be formally welcomed into the unique and vibrant learning community which is Worser Bay School.

Welcome to the whānau.

Who?  Children and their families who have started/are starting school from Term 3, 2017 through to the end of Term 1, 2018.
Where?  Worser Bay School/Te Kura o Whetūkairangi
When?  Friday 23 February, 9.15am - 10.00am (approx)
What do we do?  Families are 'called on' into the courtyard by staff members and are seated. A bit of chat and waiata follows. 

We hongi and then children already at school return to class. Parents, grandparents, younger siblings, etc, are invited to morning tea and to mix and mingle in the staffroom. It's all a little weather dependent, so same place, same time but we may need to change to inside. You will be guided, so don't worry!

School Leavers 

Children will be able to download a copy of their documents from their school Google Apps accounts using Google Takeout as a means to allow them to easily transfer a copy of all of their content from their school account to their own account.

Children will need to:
  • Log into their school Gmail account
  • When they are logged in, click here: Google Takeout
  • Select what you would like to download 
  • Click on “Create Archive”
A file will be downloaded onto your computer

Children will no longer have access to their Google Accounts after the 18th December.

If you have any questions, please speak with Steph.

  • Sign into your Parent account at https://app.seesaw.me
  • Click on your Profile Icon on the top left
  • Click on the Gear Icon
  • Click on Account Settings
  • Click on Download Journal Archives
  • Click on the Download Zip button to download the archive to your computer.

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

Charlie, Ella, Kate, Oscar and Suki-lee.

Anastasiya, Cameron, Cooper and Tigerlily.

Charlotte Bl, Eleanor, Isabella, Mateo, Nikora and Reuben.


Welcome to Lucca and his family who are new to Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.


Bush school, long walks and Teddy Bear Picnics, oh my! 
In the last two weeks, we have started on our Bush School sessions with Kirsten and been on a fantastic Teddy Bears' Picnic at Miramar Park. Last Thursday we had a group of 13 Autahi children and 5 intrepid parents venture out down to the bush at the end of Darlington Road. While there, kids climbed rope ladders and slack-lines, played games of the Big Bad Wolf, built huts and used potato peelers to carve sticks. There was so much teamwork, collaboration and exploring going on. Have a look at our Blog to find out more!

Nature's Powers Inquiry 
We have been exploring the powers of nature, like the sun, wind and water. We have been reading and writing about them, making creations that can be powered by wind or water and exploring Te Reo Maori myths and legends about the Sun and Wind. Have a look to see some of what we have been up to!


We had a great start to our EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) going down to Miramar park for Teddy Bears’ Picnic. What a gorgeous day! Come to our Blog to see what some of our highlights are.

Farm Trip
Tautoru went on a Farm trip on Wednesday and Thursday this week as part of our EOTC.

The farm is located in Te Horo, roughly an hour bus ride from Wellington.

When we arrived, we got to watch 5 cows being milked, some children got to have some ‘close up’ experience with the cows. We got to use high pressure hoses to wash the cow poo and wee away. What fun!

After that we walked around with Stacey, the farmer, to see some other cool things. We saw some cattle and chickens. Stacey shared with us a lot of her knowledge and experience, it was so interesting!

The best part for many of us was going on a ride on the back of a ute!


Tautoru - Upcoming Events
In Week 9, we have more exciting EOTC activities planned for the children. 

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.


Last Thursday we had a poem, music and play extravaganza. Watch some of our plays on our Blog. What a lot of fun! 

Interface Minecraft Competition Winner is... Alex G!
Some of our students entered a Minecraft Competition run by Interface. All of our entries were awesome and thank you to the ICT Student Council for organising this at Worser Bay School. 

And the winner of the Primary (Year 1-6) is... Alex G! You can see the winning entry on our Blog.

See Minecraft Marvels on Interface

Hour of Code
On Wednesday we had an "Hour of Code" event. Schools across the world have signed up to be part of this event. Meet our new robot called Bob. We learnt how to code using building blocks.

Otari-Wilton Bush Walk
We went to Otari bush our group did a mixture of walking and running a three hour track up and down hill. I thought that I walked and ran well and my fitness levels are high. On the walk we saw kereru and tui and lots of other native birds. We also saw the 800 year old rimu tree.
I didn't have any problems with the walk fitness wise and could've easily done it again.
We walked past cows once and they suddenly stood up and gave us a bit of a fright which sent everyone running.
Nicola lead us the wrong way on a track and we turned round and wandered back the right way.
The terrain really changed from the bottom of the hill compared to the top.
Overall I thought it was a really fun day out and would love to do it again
By Chester

Otari Part 2
We were the slowest group around the walk at Otari. That’s because we stopped to look at everything!
Ferns creeping up trees, fungi, insects hiding in trees, fallen berries, flowers and fruit; it takes time to be a real observer.
This photo is taken on the Kohekohe track, a magical glade. It felt open and mysterious. Sophie and Mel were able to tell us many of the names of the trees and plants as we went.

Read some of our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind? Reflections on our Blog

Greer T: My healthy body healthy mind reflection is...
What went well was my running and pushing myself harder and being more motivated. I think I am proud of making my decision in the highly competitive because I am running with more pressure on my back. How has being healthier affected my mind? It has affected my mind because I have been more organised and relaxed And I have been proud of making good decisions about my healthy body and healthy mind. My next steps are to stay organised and relaxed and train harder for the duathlon.

Beach Inquiry
We have also begun our own Inquiries on the beach. We have all generated questions and have been observing and thinking like scientists. Check out photos and questions that we have generated on our Blog.

On Wednesday we had our Worser Bay Duathlon. We are proud of all of our students who took part and raised money for KidsCan. You can donate on this Give a Little page.

Weeding our local sand dunes
As part of Beach Week and a commitment to give back to our beautiful world, we have been weeding the sand dunes. Many of us remember planting the dunes last year with the City Council and it is great to see so many of the plants flourishing.

Mahutonga/Matariki Upcoming Events

Our EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) programme will continue until 15th December. 

On Tuesday 12 December, some students will be going Mountain Biking. If this is your child, please make sure you give permission via Online Payments (there is no charge). We will be leaving school at 9.30am.

On Wednesday 13 December, the senior area will be walking to Tarakena Bay. Please pick up your children from there at 2.30pm. John will transport those children who are going to ECAT (after school care).

On Thursday 14 December, we will be walking to Breaker Bay and on Friday 15 December, we will be spending the day at Worser Bay Beach.

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 for the whole school. 

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 give permission and pay $7 via Online Payments and let Nicola know if you are able to help with this trip (drivers and people who can stay for the day to help supervise). 

Christmas Competition
There will be 3 competitions on 19 December.

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

Carolyn Brett,
5 Dec 2017, 12:44
Carolyn Brett,
5 Dec 2017, 12:44
Carolyn Brett,
5 Dec 2017, 12:44