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Week 2 - 9 February 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

We have got off to a terrific start to the year, if not slightly odd with the 2 short weeks. I'm not sure whether this easing back into things is a good idea or not, but what I am sure about is that we are all revved up and determined to make this year even better than last year!

Soon you will have your Goal Setting Meetings with your child/ren and their base group teacher. Just like new years' resolutions, we need to get focussed on a couple of areas for improvement, but not too many, as then it becomes too hard and well...... we may never start! That's why these resolutions often fall off the radar.... quickly!

Research tells us that having goals is incredibly important. They serve 4 critical functions:
  1. Goals direct our attention, both cognitively and behaviourally, toward what matters.

  2. Goals energise people, and difficult goals are more energising than easy goals or no goals.

  3. Goals impact persistence, and hard goals particularly impact persistence because they prolong effort - impacts performance.

  4. Goals lead to the discovery of our skills and resources.
Yes, there are SMART goals but we like the notion of SMARTER goals - where the E = exciting and R = rewarding (as well as the mantra of specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound).

Having such a strong emphasis on the whole child and wellbeing at our kura, we view the setting of goals as key. This happens regularly throughout the day, the week... but these upcoming Goal Setting Meetings set the direction for the year. The more challenging the goal, the more likely we are to build perseverance and passion = 'grit', and it's grit we need!

We also like to keep the child at the centre, what do they want to work on, what about their strengths - what are they already good at and how might we support that to build on that? For example, what about the child who naturally mentors others, supports their classmates and shows leadership of themselves and others? Where might they be able to take those skills in 2018? Let's aim high!

Then there is willpower and waypower - how do we support our children to break their goals down into 'kaizen' steps - small manageable stepping stones so that these smaller accomplishments provide the motivation for the bigger ones?

So, easing into 2018? I don't think so! Please have a think before the meetings as to what's really important, have a chat with your child/ren, and teachers will be also having conversations leading up to these meetings as well. They are also a great opportunity to get to know your child's base group teacher a little more as well, even if they are timebound!

I've talked about this concept of grit before and am sure to again. If you are interested in finding out more, please check out Angela Duckworth's work. You may even want to take the quick survey for yourselves - our teachers did!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming up this Week:

  • Family Picnic - Games, Fun and Frolic - Miramar Park - 6pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 February

Dates to Diary:

  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 21 February
  • Powhiri - Friday 23 February
  • Senior Zoo Trip - Monday 26 February
  • Junior Zoo Trip - Tuesday 27 February
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March
  • Year 4 Camp - Tuesday 27 March

Need to Action:
  • Please read the Important Information re Allergies and Stephanie Hayes below
  • Volunteer to help with Sausage Sizzles and Pizza Lunches in Term 1 - email parentnet@worserbay.school.nz
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 13 February - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Book your Goal Setting Meeting by midday on Monday 19 February
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 21 February - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments

Important Information regarding Allergies

As in any environment, we have students with allergies, the most common being nuts, eggs and dairy. Allergic reactions can be so severe that they may be life threatening.
We have students that are severely allergic to ‘traces of nuts’ and dairy and this is a life threatening allergy. For one student, Otto who is based in Tautoru, allergens do not need to be ingested to bring on a severe reaction. These reactions can occur, and have occurred, for Otto when he has come into contact with something or someone that has had, or been around, nuts. It can happen by touching materials that someone else has touched. The nature and character of our school means that students work in different spaces, so class routines are encouraged in all areas across the school. 
We aim to educate and work in partnership with all students and whānau across the school to provide a safe environment.
We continue to minimise the risk of accidental ingestion or contact with food allergens by using these key strategies:
  • Re-iterating to students - NO trading or sharing of food, drink bottles or eating utensils.
  • Ensuring students with allergies eat lunches and snacks that have been prepared at home by their caregivers.
  • Carefully managing and supervising students during eating times.
  • Washing and drying hands before and after eating.
  • Wiping down and cleaning surfaces when students must eat inside - due to bad weather.
We ask for your support to keep our school environment safe by: 
  • Avoiding eggs, muesli/nut bars, whole nuts and peanut butter/nutella spreads, etc, at school.
  • Reinforcing the importance of good hand-washing practices before and after eating.
  • Reinforcing our message that food is not to be shared at school.
We thank you for your continued support in keeping Worser Bay School inclusive and safe for all students. 
If you would like to find out more about this, you can visit the Allergy New Zealand website.
WBS Teaching Team 

Please Read this Letter from Stephanie Hayes' Parents

Dear Worser Bay School families

Our daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) in 2015. She is still receiving treatment and has regular hospital appointments and medication.

Many of you know and understand how important it is that Stephanie attends school just like your child(ren) – but for new families to the school, and, as a reminder, please read and follow the information below.
While Stephanie is still on treatment she has low immunity. Lowered immunity means she is more susceptible to illness than other children. In particular, chicken pox, measles and the flu can have serious consequences for her.
Please notify the school immediately if there is chicken pox, measles or flu within your family. It's very important that you do not send your child(ren) to school if they are unwell.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 21 February

On Wednesday 21 February, 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 19 February


Volunteers Needed

We need you! We have an exciting line-up of fundraising events this year. We had a fantastic 2017 (thanks to our wonderful parent/whanau community) and want to keep the good times rolling. We’ll be publishing the 2018 fundraising calendar shortly - a mix of tried and true favourites plus maybe one or two new events.

Can you help? The Sausage Sizzles and Pizza Lunches are very popular, but we need a refresh of volunteers. Are you available on some Tuesdays or Wednesdays to help with either of these? Please let us know so we can hit the ground running!

Please contact your friendly Parent Net rep via parentnet@worserbay.school.nz or Steph or Carolyn in the office. Many thanks!

Goal Setting Meetings

These are the first formal connection point for the year. These will happen in Weeks 4 and 5 – 20 February to 2 March. Please book a time with your child's base group teacher (see how to below). Your child, with support from yourselves and the teacher, have a chat along the lines of how they are feeling about their learning, their strengths, what they are proud of, what they enjoy, and what they would like to learn and improve. The idea is for the child to own the goal so that it's not 'done to'. It can take some good prompting when required!

To book your meeting:

Go to: http://www.schoolinterviews.co.nz/
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: g9vbg

Bookings will close at midday on Monday 19 February.

Please Note: Autahi will be having their meetings later in the term. Watch this space!

Voluntary Contributions

At Worser Bay School, we enjoy an active school community and depend heavily on the families and whanau who contribute to the school in many different ways.  

The Ministry of Education provides all schools with a decile-based Operational Grant, which funds basic administration, teaching and property running costs of schools. As a decile 10 school the Government considers our students come from the highest socio-economic area, so we receive a smaller operational grant per student than lower decile schools. As a school with a smaller roll our funding base is more modest than other larger schools.

To enable us to provide a quality educational environment and additional resources to enhance the learning we strive for at Worser Bay School, we particularly rely on the Voluntary Contributions made by our families and whanau. They make up half of the fundraising we undertake each year. Follow the link for more information about Fundraising

The Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 per student (an increase of $10 per student). If this is paid before the end of Term 1, you may pay a reduced rate of $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 (Friday 13 April) and by the end of Term 3 (Friday 28 September), to reduce the administrative costs involved. Please discuss with office staff or pay online via Online Payments.   

Tip for Online Payments:  
If paying your Voluntary Contribution in Term 1, change the amount to pay to $305 to get the $50 reduction.

Voluntary contributions are tax deductible. Go to this IRD Website Page for more information about how to claim a tax credit. Annual receipts are available on your account.

Further information about Balancing the School’s Books and the Drivers for the Annual Budget are available at Board of Trustees message.

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 and 2, 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 2, 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!

A Note from the Office

Sun Protection
In Term 1, students will still 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 - $355 (or $305 if paid before the end of Term 1 - Friday 13 April)
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
Term Dates for 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

Lucca, Mackenzie, Zane and Zoe.

Aila, Luca M, Luca S and Lucy.

Avery, Eleanor, Luca and Rylan.


Welcome to Avery, Bryce, Cara, Jimi, Mackenzie, Megan, Morten, Nicolas, Rayyan and their families who are new to Worser Bay School.

Welcome, too, to Leo and Shuyong who already have siblings at Worser Bay School.

We look forward to guiding your development and learning.

Next week, we warmly welcome visitors Mary Ely and Kiri Batty, our Education Review team, who will be working with us from Tuesday to Friday. 

Welcome to Our 2018 Family Picnic

Please come to our Annual Family Picnic on Wednesday 14 February. The informal event is held at Miramar Park, 75 Darlington Road, Miramar (tennis court end) and runs from 6.00pm - 7.30pm. 

The weather is looking OK at this stage. We will email you and let you know if we are going with the Postponement Date of Wednesday 7 March. But - we usually try to go ahead - even if we have to pop warm clothes on! It's active anyway!

For those of you who haven’t been to one of these, this is a great chance to get together again after the summer break, have a catch up and meet some new people. Bring along a picnic for the family and wear some comfy clothes so that you can take part in some fun and frolic. 

Heads Up - Upcoming Junior and Senior Zoo Trips

This year we are joining up with the Zoo to be part of their Bush Builder program. The program works to get children to "discover for themselves the wonder of the world around them, in their own schools and homes, and to empower them to take positive action in their own communities."
  • Mahutonga/Matariki will be visiting Wellington Zoo on Monday 26 February
  • Autahi and Tautoru will be visiting Wellington Zoo on Tuesday 27 February 
The students will engage in Workshops around the idea of kaitiakitanga. Then they will have some time to explore the Zoo. 

Children will need comfortable walking shoes, sunhats, weather appropriate clothing, a drink bottle and a lunchbox full of food! 

There will be a charge for the bus. Please keep an eye out on Online Payments next week.

Heads Up - 'Welcome to Our Learning Space' - Wednesday 7 March

We will be having an orientation session 'Welcome to Our Learning Space' on the morning of Wednesday 7 March. Details will be coming with exact timings next week. This is when you see the 'learning in action', get to join in the fun and have a chance to ask any questions.

Your child will show you around their classroom space and demonstrate some of their learning and daily routines.  Some of you were able to get to know your child’s learning space and teaching team through our Transition Morning in Term 4 2017. For some of you, this may still be a new space to explore, so please feel free to pop in and say 'hi' if you haven’t had a chance to catch up yet. 

This will also be an opportunity to celebrate the first 6 weeks of learning for the year together.

In the meantime, if you have any specific worries about your child's learning, please contact the base group teacher and make a separate appointment to chat privately. 

Session times will come out in next week's Newsletter.  We hope to see you there. 


Systems, routines and predictability 
We are trying to help foster self motivated and responsible students. One way to encourage that is through predictability and routine. When children know what they are meant to do or what is coming, they feel more settled and secure (as do most of us!). Have a look at our Blog to see some of the simple routines we have in our class and what they are encouraging. 

Positive Purpose 
Some of the kids in the class recognised a problem we were having and took it upon themselves at our Discovery and Play time to solve it. They came up with a wonderful solution and worked on it themselves acting like engineers and scientists throughout. Have a look at our Blog to see their clever solution and wonderful teamwork.


We have been exploring the concept of Manaakitanga, thinking about how we can ensure our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around us in our new groups. We are trying different Wake Up your Brain activities and we are getting to know our new teachers, base groups and learning groups with different activities. You can visit our Blog to see more.

Waitangi Day
What is Waitangi Day? What do we celebrate during Waitangi Day? Why is there a Treaty? How can rules help us? These were a few of the questions we thought about while we learned about the history of Waitangi Day.

We explored the meaning of rules by trying to play a game without rules. It didn’t work! We learned that rules can help us to know what to do when we are doing activities together. Some of us have begun to think about the rules that might be important to help us show manaakitanga in Tautoru and help make it a great place to learn.


Happy New Year from our friends in Brindas/ France
We have had a great start to 2018. We were very excited to hear from our friends from CM2 de l'école de Brindas, France.

They wished us a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year! They made a Star Wars-themed Movie that our students loved.

Nell and Isabel led a team to make a movie for students at Brindas School. Watch our movie here.

Our Inquiry about Forest Protectors
We have begun our new Inquiry - Forest Protectors! As a tuning in activity, we did 4 rotations. One of the rotations was a provocation - what if there was no pest control in New Zealand? We worked in small groups to create a consequence map. We decided that trapping is a good idea! Check it out on the Blog - Pest Control! A second rotation was about locating the native trees we have at our place. We followed a treasure map to find hidden native spots and took pictures of the trees. We then had to identify what type of tree it was by researching through image searching and spotting similarities!

This is what we created!

As part of our Forest Protectors Inquiry, we read the story Rata and the Tree. We are exploring Rata's responsibility - "to teach the younger generations about respecting the children of Tāne". Hop onto the Blog to see some our poetry we created!

Yoga and Bootcamp are part of our “Wake up your Brain” activities. This is a great way for us to get ready for the day!


Learning about our families
We have been talking about what our cultures are and learning more about our families. See some of the family trees we’ve worked on with parents at home!

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