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Week 6 - 9 March 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

As you will have no doubt heard, the end of National Standards was announced at the end of last year. A year before National Standards came into being, the New Zealand Curriculum expectations were developed. Enter National Standards and this piece really got put aside.

Now we have a fantastic opportunity to highlight those curriculum expectations and more. Our reporting systems, sharing both progress and achievement will continue. You will still meet with teachers four times this year. Your children will be central to both the Goal Setting Meetings and the Group Student Led Conferences (Terms 1 and 3) and you will be meeting with teachers, without your child, in Terms 2 and 4 to receive both verbal and written reports. 

Whilst the Ministry of Education team is busy behind the scenes undertaking consultation as to what reporting across learning areas could look like in the future, we want to be talking with you as to what's important to you in terms of reporting on progress. What do you really, really want to know? What's important for our children to know?

The Assessment section in the New Zealand Curriculum document speaks loudly:

"Assessment for the purpose of improving student learning is best understood as an ongoing process that arises out of the interaction between teaching and learning. It involves the focused and timely gathering, analysis, interpretation, and use of information that can provide evidence of student progress."

The Education Minister, Chris Hipkins, is aiming for transparency and therefore all of the Cabinet Papers can be located on the Ministry of Education website. This paper outlines the removal of National Standards, if you are interested.

Some of you may have heard the interview with Sir Ken Robinson on RNZ last Sunday morning. I recommend a listen.

Sir Ken picks up on some points about the difference between having high standards (which, of course, we want!) and National Standards. He also discusses the 'bleaching out' of education and how this militates against the personalisation most required for these times and our children's  future. 

It's no secret, I'm a fan and I'm keen to read his new book coming out soon - for parents: "You, Your Child, and School"From The New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Creative Schools comes an essential book for parents to help their children get the education they need to live fulfilling, productive lives.

Let me know if you are interested and read it, as if a few people are keen, we could get together after we have digested it for a bit of a debrief and chat big ideas. 

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Meet the Board - Tuesday 13 March at 6.30-7.30pm
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March
  • Enviroschools Otari Trip (Student Council Environment Group Only) - Wednesday 14 March
  • Assembly - Friday 16 March
  • Meet the Board - Friday 16 March at 9.30am (straight after Assembly)

Dates to Diary:

  • Year 5 & 6 Pedal Ready - 20 to 22 March
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 23 March
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March
  • Year 4 Camp Visit - Tuesday 27 March
  • School will be closed for Easter on Friday 30 March, Monday 2 April and Tuesday 3 April
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June and Monday 4 June

Need to Action:

  • Year 4-6 Camp Permissions/Payments - Please return Permission Form and Camp Contract to the office by Monday 12 March and arrange payment and bus permission via Online Payments
  • Enviroschools Otari Trip - Please pay $2.80 via Online Payments (under Fees and Donations) by Monday 12 March (Student Council Environment Group only)
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments by midnight on Monday 12 March
  • Movin' March - Walking School Bus - If interested, complete this Google Form by Tuesday 13 March
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 13 March - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Enter the ICAS Tests by Wednesday 14 March via Online Payments 
  • Year 5 & 6 Pedal Ready - Return your Consent Form by Wednesday 14 March
  • SIGN UP NOW for Year 5 & 6 Netball in Terms 2 & 3 by 9am on Wednesday 28 March
  • SIGN UP NOW for Year 3-6 Miniball in Terms 2 & 3 by 9am on Monday 9 April

Important Information regarding Driving and Parking near Schools

We regularly receive phone calls from upset neighbours and the bus company because parents/caregivers have parked in such a way that the buses are unable to get through (esp. on Nevay Road), or cars are parked with their wheels on the footpath making it dangerous for children. Please help us keep our children safe and prevent these frustrating situations. 

Below are guidelines from the Wellington City Council regarding Driving/Parking near Schools:

Driving near schools
Look out for children when driving near a school and follow the directions of the school road patrols.

School road patrol
The roads near schools are always busy before and after school. When you are driving near a school remember to:
  • follow the directions of the school road patrols
  • keep alert as children are still learning about the road and may not behave as you expect
  • always be prepared to stop.
The way you park can impact the safety of children walking to and from school. It can create an unsafe environment for children crossing the road by limiting their ability to see traffic. 

Help keep children safe by:
  • parking legally - stopping clear of yellow lines and off footpaths
  • checking over your shoulder for pedestrians and people on bikes before opening your car door
  • parking a bit further away and walking the last bit to avoid congestion
If you see a vehicle parking on yellow lines or blocking the footpath, call us on 04 499 4444.

If you live near a school
Here are some things you can do to help:
  • Make sure the footpath is clear when reversing out of a driveway, or reverse in to the driveway so you can drive out front first.
  • Trim any trees or plants bordering the footpath so they don’t block access or visibility.
If you see a footpath that needs maintenance, call us on 04 499 4444

Movin' March - Walking School Bus

As part of the Movin' March programme, there is a lot of interest in creating a Walking School Bus for our students. This is a community-led initiative and will need parent help for this to be successful. 

Please note that this is for the mornings only. The Walking School Bus will arrive at school by 8.45am and stop at the school gate. Children will then make their own way to their classroom.

If you would like your child to participate, please complete this Google Form by Tuesday 13 March. We will require parents to commit to at least one walking day per week.

Kind regards
WBS Team

Movin’ March is organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council and supported by our local council. Our month-long celebration of walking and wheeling to school kicks off on 5 March. Everyone can take part – even if you live further away. There’s lots of stuff for you and for your children to enjoy…!

Walk, Wheel and WIN!...: 
Students who walk or wheel get their WOW Passport stamped and when their card is full, each student goes in the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers from On Yer Bike.  

Parents send us photos of your school journey via Facebook anytime during Movin’March. We’re giving away family passes to your favourite Wellington Wild Things destinations throughout the month and we’d love to see video or photos of your school journeys!  Or write a blog about how you may have changed your travel habits and why.  We also want to hear your stories as they can help inspire others.   

Students can also take part in our design a Poster Competition to reflect the benefits of walking and wheeling. The regional winners will receive a Panasonic Tough Camera!

Meet the Board - Tuesday 13 March and Friday 16 March

Come and meet the Board! 

They’ll be running two informal sessions at school in mid-March – one in the early evening (Tuesday 13 March, 6.30pm - 7.30pm), and a morning session straight after Assembly (Friday 16 March, 9.30am - 10.30am). This is a great opportunity to share a cuppa and learn about the school’s new strategic plan, the Board’s goals for 2018, what’s on the Fundraising Calendar and how you can get involved, and any general questions or ideas you might have. Hope to see you there!

Otari Trip - Wednesday 14 March

To begin our involvement in Enviroschools for 2018, we have been invited to attend a Workshop at Otari Bush on Wednesday 14 March. The group who will attend are our Student Council Environmental group which includes 32 students across our whānau

We are looking forward to building on our knowledge about native flora and fauna and the delicately balanced ecosystems in the New Zealand bush. The day will be led by Enviroschools' facilitators.  

Students will need lunch, water bottles, hats, wet weather and warm gear.  (Please remember not to order Pizza Lunches!)

Please contact John if you are available to help.

We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Greater Wellington Regional Council for half of our bus costs. Therefore, there is only a small fee of $2.80 to cover the remaining bus costs. Please ensure permission and payment is made via Online Payments (under Fees and Donations) by Monday 12 March.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 14 March

On Wednesday 14 March, 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 12 March

Voluntary Contributions

The Voluntary Contribution for 2018 is $355 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.

A Note from the Office

Easter Dates
Friday 30 March )
Monday 2 April   )  No school on these 3 days.
Tuesday 3 April  )

Queen's Birthday Weekend
School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June and Monday 4 June.

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
  • Enviroschools Otari Trip (Student Council Environment Group Only) - $2.80
  • Year 4 Camp - $65
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp - $230
  • Year 4-6 ICAS Tests - optional
  • Term 1 Mini Polo - $35
  • Term 1 Floorball - $30
Term Dates for 2018 can be found on our website together with our
 Calendar of upcoming events.

Lost Property
Please remember to check the Lost Property Box regularly. Unnamed items are donated to the Salvation Army fortnightly if they are not collected. (We endeavour to return named items to the students.)

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

Gigi, Haru and Zoe.

Emelie, Sam, Suki-lee and William.

Emelia, Jan, Stephanie and Thomas.

Heads Up - NZEI Campaign Meeting - We all want to attract and retain teachers

The NZEI have advised that there will be union meetings during the school day in March. As an employer, we need to allow our staff to attend. For our staff, this will be Thursday 15 March at the ASB Sports Centre, one at 10.00am and another at 2.00pm. To ensure staff can attend and also minimise the impact on the school and parents, we will send 1/2 our staff to the morning meeting and 1/2 to the afternoon. To do this, we will provide internal cover and increase class numbers for the hour. 

There are significant issues in recruiting and retaining teachers in ECE, Primary and Secondary education throughout New Zealand. In general, these issues relate to time, recognition and resourcing. 

Thanks for your support for a very real issue for our children and country's future.

Senior Camp

Senior Camp is coming up at the end of March at Camp Kaitoke. The Years 5 & 6 will have a 3 day camp from Monday 26 March to Wednesday 28 March and the Year 4s will be joining them for the day on Tuesday 27 March.

Camp Information and Permission Forms were sent home in printed form. Here is the digital format:

Please return the Kaitoke Permission Forms (Years 4-6) and WBS Camp Contract (Years 5-6) to the office on Monday 12 March, if you haven't already.

Payment and bus permission can be made via Online Payments - Year 5 & 6 Camp costs $230 and the Year 4 Camp costs $65. Please pay and give bus permission by Tuesday 20 March.


ICAS Tests 2018 - Years 4-6 Only

The ICAS tests (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) for students in Years 4-6 are coming up in Terms 2 and 3. Some of our children like a challenge and these competitions are just that. So we are very willing to organise these competitions if your child wishes to enter. Have a chat with your child and see how they feel about this opportunity. The information is not used as assessment information as it doesn't reflect the New Zealand Curriculum. 

We need a minimum of three students per subject to keep the fees at a reasonable level.

There are six subjects to choose from. The sitting dates and prices are as follows:


Sitting Date


 Digital Technologies

Tuesday 8 May



Tuesday 29 May



Wednesday 13 June



Thursday 14 June



Tuesday 31 July



Tuesday 14 August


The closing date for entries is Wednesday 14 March. Please pay via Online Payments

For more information, go to: www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.


SIGN UP NOW for Term 2 & 3 Sports

Year 3 - 6 Miniball
If your child wishes to be part of a Worser Bay Miniball team, please complete this Google Form by 9am on Monday 9 April.

For those of you new to the sport, Miniball is a modified version of basketball played on a smaller court with lower hoops and a smaller ball. There are two age grades: Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. 

Each team needs a squad of 7 players, a referee and a parent coach/manager. Please indicate if you are able to assist. 

Games are played at ASB Stadium Kilbirnie and are 30 minutes long:
* Years 3 & 4 play on Wednesdays between 3.30pm and 5.30pm 
* Years 5 & 6 play on Mondays between 4.00pm and 5.30pm 

Miniball Leagues run for 12 weeks:
* Years 3 & 4 - 9 May to 8 August (Exclusion Dates: 11 and 18 July due to School Holidays)
* Years 5 & 6 - 30 April to 6 August (Exclusion Dates: 4 June due to Queens Birthday, 9 and 16 July due to School Holidays)

Practices tba. The cost will be approx. $75 (depending on the number of players)

Please ensure that your child can commit for the whole 12 weeks. Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the term. 

Yr 5 & 6 Netball
If your child is keen to join a Netball team in Terms 2 & 3, please complete this Google Form by 9am on Wednesday 28 March.

Games are played on Saturday afternoons at Evans Bay Intermediate School, Tacy Street, Kilbirnie.

We will also need a coach/manager for each team, so please indicate if you are able to help. Teams are expected to wear the Worser Bay Sports T-shirt and a black skort which can be hired from WBS.

Once your child is committed to a team, the expectation is for them to see out the duration of the season. 


The Learning in Play 
We have been up to so much in our learning through play. From practising Kaitiaki in the vet corner, to building our fine motor skills through beading, we get up to a lot in a day. Have a look at our Blog to see what we’ve been learning!

A Look at our Interdisciplinary Learning 
Last week our play, reading and writing all connected and the results were fabulous! Have a look at an example of the way we connect our learning and make it hands on, fun and practical! 


Kaitiaki o te Ngahere - Forest Guardians
Why are native plants important? How are they connected to native animals?

This week we have been learning about native plants and how they are important for native animals like insects and birds. We have been looking closely at the different natives around our school and thinking about how they are connected to our natives birds.

Kanuka bush. Native bees like the nectar from the flowers.

I Am a Thinker - Kids Led Learning
How many different kinds of learning are there? What if kids can lead their learning?

Our Learner Attribute for this term is 'I am a thinker.' Part of being a thinker is solving problems, having and sharing ideas, and organising our ideas. In Tautoru, we have periods of Kids Led Learning when we are not in a learning workshop. We can choose different kinds of learning to do to practise our organisation of ideas and problem solving. This might include different challenges, choice writing or creating with our imagination.

Here are a few of the different Kids Led Learning from this week.

The Marble Run Challenge: Create a marble run using a paper plate

The Buddy Writing Challenge: Create a story with a buddy


On 23rd February we welcomed our new families and staff at our Powhiri. It was a magical event! Thank you to Olivier for taking these beautiful photos on our Blog.


Bonjour Brindas School!
Our friends at Brindas School in France sent us a game to play. We had to guess who the students were from their descriptions. We think that their English is very good.

We asked them some questions about schools in France and they answered. You can read their responses on their Blog. They asked us some questions too. You can see our slide show on the Blog.

Kevin's Visit to Worser Bay
Meet Kevin. He comes all the way from the USA. He loves to travel and has been all over the world. He spent a week with us at Worser Bay School. See our Blog to find out more about where he has been. We have also made a couple of movies. 

Patterns in Multiplication
Many of our students have set themselves goals to learn their multiplication tables. We have been looking at patterns in the multiplication grid.

By Orla

Ways to Practise Multiplication Tables:

Learning in Action Morning
On Wednesday, we led a variety of Workshops for each other. There was a Waiata Practice Workshop, lots of different Number Knowledge Workshops, a Trapping Workshop, Sketching Workshops, Google Drawings Workshops and a Tech Workshop.

It was awesome to see experts prepare and plan workshops to learn from each other. Check out our Blog post!

Heads Up - Miramar North Bush Walk and Activities

On Monday 19 March and Friday 23 March, we will be spending most of the day doing bush based activities in our local bush at Miramar North.  Joakim will be supporting us in our learning, taking the opportunity to observe the bush ecosystems closely.

Nicola and John's base groups will be going on Monday 19 March, Anna and Gabrielle's on Friday 23 March. Please email your child's base group teacher if you are available to accompany us on either of these days as we will be walking from school.

Senior Team

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