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Week 2 - 11 May 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

The opportunity to engage in the conversation about the future of education was highlighted in last week's Newsletter and you can find the information in there again this week. 

Over the last few years, the debate around scrapping the school decile system for something that is more equitable and fair has been a hot topic. The discussion continues, but, without the aid of a small (or large) miracle, I can't see the amount of funding a school like ours receives changing anytime soon.

This means we rely so heavily on our community to support our income, through Voluntary Contributions (we have had an amazing 84% response) and various fundraising ventures.

Complimenting our weekly income from Sausage Sizzles and monthly Pizzas, we have our other events. Just this week we have the first children's Disco of the year. A few weeks later, on 9 June, it's the Ceilidh, a bit of a social knees up for parents, friends and neighbours, and highly rated by the community as well worth booking a babysitter for!

Last week, the first Fair Meeting for the year was convened. The School Fair - mark the calendar now - it's on Sunday 11 November - is our biggest fundraising event and recognised across Wellington as one of the 'must go to' Fairs! The site itself lends itself beautifully, the theme is always interesting and it's one of those times where almost all families in the school 'muck in' in some way. So our appreciation to all of the new parents who came along to this first meeting and are keen to get involved. For those of you who would like to be more involved but couldn't make it, your Parent Net rep will be the person to chat to in the first instance.

Parent Net - Jackie in Mahutonga/Matariki, Sonja in Tautoru and Tiso in Autahi are the names and faces at the end of the Parent Net emails and people on the ground helping connect and coordinate. They form another mighty important part of the community jigsaw when it comes to bringing people together for supporting teaching/learning and also rallying support for our fundraising ventures.

The Board of Trustees, yet another group of dedicated parents within the school, have some great information on the website that provides more context for our fundraising requirements. http://www.worserbay.school.nz/be-involved

So, hope you have your  on for the Emoji disco tonight! Thanks to our Disco Organiser Extraordinaire and merry band of helpers. I'm sure the children will love it, and I hope they thank you!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 15 May
  • Order your WBS Hoodies by midnight on Sunday 20 May

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • Fair Committee Meeting - Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm in the staffroom
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May
  • Fair Craft Stall Meeting - Thursday 24 May at 2.40pm in the staffroom
  • Assembly - Friday 25 May
  • Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May
  • School will be closed for Queen's Birthday Weekend on Friday 1 June AND Monday 4 June
  • Ceilidh - Saturday 9 June - Miramar Bowling Club

Need to Action:

  • Swimming Lessons in Term 2 - Please pay and give permission via Online Payments, if you haven't already done so.
  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 15 May - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Order Your Worser Bay School Hoodie Now via Online Payments by midnight on Sunday 20 May
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments by midnight on Monday 21 May
  • Find out your Character Strengths in preparation for the Pos Ed Whānau Day on Friday 25 May.
  • Book Your Progress Meetings now.

Please Read this Letter from the Parents of Stephanie Hayes - 11 May 2018

Dear Worser Bay School families

Our daughter Stephanie was diagnosed with leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) in 2015. In April she finished her 2.5 year treatment plan. This was a major milestone and we are very relieved to have treatment behind us. She now starts ‘surveillance’ during which she will be monitored regularly. We still need your help and support around illnesses and immunity. Please read on.

Dave and I are very grateful for your understanding and concern during her treatment. Thank you for keeping a close eye on your family’s wellbeing and keeping your children away from school when they were sick. This certainly enabled Stephanie to attend school most of the time - and kept our worries in check.
Stephanie still has low immunity – and this will continue through winter and spring. Her cancer treatment wiped out all her immunity to illnesses she was vaccinated against as a baby – and she cannot be re-vaccinated until she has normal immunity levels again. It takes time. She will probably start having vaccinations in August / September. 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.

As always, many thanks for your ongoing support. We very much appreciate it.
Kind Regards
Cath Peebles and Dave Hayes (Stephanie's parents)

Positive Education (Pos Ed) Whānau Day - Friday 25 May

As part of our Positive Education programme, we’d like to invite all parents and wider whānau who are able to, to join us on Friday 25 May when we will be working in Whānau groups to learn in more depth about Character Strengths. (Whānau groups are when the children are in groups with their siblings and others so that the whole school learns together.) 

Character strengths are an integral part of our flourish model. Have you checked yours out? Here's the link, if you are curious.

On the day, each group will be looking at some specific character strengths in detail. The group will then design and make a poster that will be our visual reminder of that character strength that will be put on the walls in all spaces. We will do some activities to help with understanding of that strength, and create some drama around it. We would like parents to help us manage the smaller groups that will look in depth at one character strength.

This is a great opportunity for you to work with us to learn more about the character strengths and share your knowledge and experiences. Please sign up, if you’re able to help. Thanks in advance.

Positive Education Team

Progress Meetings

Please book your Progress Meetings with your child's base group teacher if you are parents in Tautoru or Mahutonga/Matariki.

If your child is in Autahi there is a different schedule - watch this space!

Last term teachers met with you and your child to discuss how the year had started and set some specific goals looking ahead. This term it's an opportunity for parents to meet with the base group teacher (without children present) to learn more about 'whole child' progress to date, including progress against the NZ Curriculum levels in Reading, Writing and Maths. At this time, you will also receive a written report. 

Next term it's Student Led Conference time and then the Final Reporting Meeting/written report (again without children) occurs in Term 4. 

At the end of these upcoming meetings teachers will be asking you a couple of quick questions around reporting. With the demise of National Standards it now means that schools have more freedom in what is reported. Whilst the Government is doing more work around this, we have pretty much stuck with the status quo for now but see this first meeting as a great time to start the conversation about what matters most. Of course you will have a variety of opinions and we will throw them all in the mix during this year, see what legislation may come our way and go from there. 

These Progress Meetings are to be held from Tuesday 5 June until 15 June. 

Bookings will close Tuesday 5 June at 9am.

Please follow the instructions below:
Go to: www.schoolinterviews.co.nz
Enter the Worser Bay School Code: zru6v

Worser Bay School Sweatshirt/Hoodie - Available by Order - Limited time only!

Worser Bay has its very own, beautifully designed, branded hoodie!  

There is an option to add your child's name to the lower back of the sweatshirt - makes for easy identification of child and hoodie!!

Kids Hoodie (Unnamed):  $50
Kids Hoodie (Named):  $57.50
Kids Sizes are:  S, M, L, XL     
Sample sizes are in the office.  

This year, zip up hoodies are available for adults. If you wish to order, please order under your child's name.

Adult Hoodie (Unnamed):  $55    
Adult Hoodie (Named):  $62.50
Adult Sizes are:  S, M, L, XL
Sample sizes are in the office.  

These are available only by Order via Online PaymentsOrders will close at midnight on Sunday 20 May.

Profits go to the school as part of our annual fundraising.

First Fair Committee Meeting - Come One, Come All! - Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm

We are having our first Fair Committee Meeting for 2018, and we'd love to see some new faces and have some new people on board. 
We have a number of people in their final year/years at Worser Bay so we have some gaps to fill! If you are keen to be involved, we'd love to have you. 

Some of the jobs we do on the Committee are:

Comms - getting the Fair messages out there using the School Newsletter, Facebook, etc.
Infrastructure - booking gazebos, bouncy castles, BBQs, etc, organising their pick up and drop off.
People and Resources  - getting people on-board, whether to help on a stall, or lead a stall, etc.
Donations -  being at the shed before or after school for 15-30 mins so that people can drop off their goods for the Fair.
Business Relationships - going out to local businesses to see if they will support the Fair, getting donations for the Silent Auction and Rapid Raffle, etc.
Procurement - making sure we have all the bits and pieces needed for the Fair (e.g. cutlery, pricing stickers, food, etc)

You won't be left on your own - we are looking for people to join existing teams. So whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we would appreciate any help you can give us. 

So, come along on Tuesday 22 May at 7:30pm in the staffroom. If you want to have a chat with anyone first, feel free to contact Deb on 021 036 7467 or deb.maxwell@yahoo.com or Jackie  on 027 277 1603 or ross.maitland05@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Craft Stall for the School Fair - Thursday 24 May at 2.40pm in the Staffroom

Anyone who is crafty is welcome! The more the merrier......We will meet at 2:40pm on Thursday 24th May. We will have examples and ideas and will be looking for any new ideas you may have. For more information, contact Shanon Peters at shanonpeters2@gmail.com

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 23 May

On Wednesday 23 May, 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 21 May

Worser Bay School Ceilidh - Saturday 9 June

It's that time of year again when we have our annual tradition for the Worser Bay School and the WIDER community - our Ceilidh.

Tickets are now on sale via Online Payments - so get purchasing - invite as many friends as you can along - book your babysitter - we want this to be our biggest and best one yet! 

For those of you who don't know, a Ceilidh is a social event with Scottish folk music and traditional dancing. The band will lead us though the dances and there will be folk there who have danced before, so if you have never been to a Ceilidh before, now is your chance. It's the best fun you can have with tartan on!

Date:   Saturday 9th June
Time:   7.00pm - 10.30pm
Place:  Miramar Bowling Club
Cost:    $40 (includes light supper) 
Live Scottish Band and Piper

Tickets bought via Online Payments can be collected from the school office on Fridays only after school drop off or school pick up.

Families from the wider community can purchase their tickets via Parent Net. Please email: parentnet@worserbay.school.nz

So, let's make this happen and let's make it BIG! We are all so looking forward to it and can't wait to see all of you and more there!

The Ceilidh Team and Parent Net

A Note from the Office

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

Prevent the Spread of Common Winter Illnesses
With winter approaching, take a look at the Ministry of Health’s website for information about how you can prevent the spread of common winter illnesses such as flu and colds at our school.

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
  • Seesaw Annual Subscription Fee - $10
  • Term 2 Swimming Lessons - $70
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.)

Sushi Lunches - delivered every Friday. Place your order via Online Payments on our website.
Orders are accepted up until 9.00am on a Friday morning. A full menu, prices and allergy information can be obtained from 
Online Payments.

Education Summit 2018

You may be aware that the the Government is holding two Education Summit Events in May. One in Auckland and one in Christchurch. Taken from the website, it states: 

"The Summit events are part of Kōrero Mātauranga, a national conversation about education, which was launched by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, on 23 March. This represents the Government's desire for a more collaborative approach to education.

The goal is to bring together the wider community and the education sector to achieve shared ownership of a vision for the education system for the future.

This process will set the direction of travel and agree shared priorities across the whole system – from early learning, schooling and tertiary through to lifelong learning."

All New Zealanders are encouraged to be part of the conversation. As part of this, there is an opportunity for everyone that is interested in New Zealand Education to complete the survey here. The four questions you will be asked to respond to are:

Education Conversation Survey Questions
  1. If you were the boss of education in New Zealand, what would you do first?
  2. What does a successful student of the future look like to you?
  3. What will they need to know and be able to do?
  4. What things need to be in place to make sure every learner is successful?

Home Loan Offer with ASB...

$500 gets donated to Worser Bay School 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. 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 powerful... 
  • I can think about overcoming challenges
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I do not give up
  • I understand that not knowing is good
  • I take action
  • I can make decisions about my environment (sustainability)

Cara, Leo, Soma and Willow.

Abigail, Addison, Billy and Bryce.

Ari, Jessie, Joni, Pyrenees, Ruby and Tommy.

Library Day
Come to the Library after lunch on Wednesday 16 May for a fun book time. Organised by the Library Group in the Student Council.


Buddy Time
This week in Autahi we have been working on building positive relationships with our big buddies from across the school. Sometimes when we find that something is a bit tricky we can work together with our buddies to help us learn. Our buddies from Mahutonga/Matariki came to visit to help us learn more about using the computers and take photos of our learning to put up on Seesaw.

Then on Tuesdays this term, we get to spend some time buddy reading with our buddies in Tautoru. It’s great to be able to share our learning and feel supported by our friends. We are learning to listen carefully and take turns with our buddies. Come and check out our Blog to learn more.


Perspective and New Ideas
One of the character strengths we are exploring this term is Perspective. We want to find out how looking at things in different ways can help us become powerful learners. We’ve learned that Perspective can help grow our thinking when we solve problems or share ideas with others. We can use it for solving Maths problems, improving our writing or any other kind of learning.

We can describe Perspective as:
  • looking at things in different ways.
  • finding different ways to solve a problem.
  • making a different choice.
Have a look at our Blog at the many different ways we have used Perspective this week.


I am Powerful
How can I be a powerful learner? What could that look like? How is this important?

This term we are practising being powerful and what that might look like when we are at school.

We know that being powerful means that:
  • I can think about overcoming challenges 
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I understand that not knowing is good
  • I take action 
  • I keep trying and don’t give up 
  • I can make decisions about my environment 
We have started to think about what we do that makes us powerful already, and how we can keep learning how to develop other behaviours that make us powerful. Have a look at our Blog for some of our ideas so far.



Developing Mathematical Thinkers
Our aim is that students will be able to: 
  • question 
  • challenge 
  • agree and disagree
  • extend explanations to justification
  • use exploratory talk
  • accept high levels of cognitive demand
We have used a no hands up rule throughout the whole space. We are asking students to talk to partners and anyone can be called upon to answer a question. This means that everyone is thinking about what the speaker is saying and are listening for understanding.

We have developed rights and responsibilities for discussion:

We asked some of our students how they feel when they approach to a challenging problem:

Griffin:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel happy because I love 💖 challenge that makes my brain jump.

Jude:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths, it makes me feel confident and brave because I know I can do it!!!

Ruby:  When I come across to a challenging problem I feel excited because then I will be able to work more stuff out and learn a new Maths perspective.

Zoe:  Sometimes it makes me feel that I should try it, because I want to get better at my Maths.

Emelia:  When I come across a hard question in Maths I feel confused (sometimes) until it gets explained then I find a way in my head.

Flynn:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel challenged and excited.

Nick:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel challenged and excited to try the question.

Hana:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel like I need to work harder to get the answer because my brain needs to work harder to get the right answer.

Eva:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel excited because I get to learn new things.

Evan:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel annoyed or determined. I can be annoyed because I just want to finish the Maths question. I feel determined because I'm excited and I want to learn the answer one day.

Orla:  When I come across a challenging question in Maths it makes me feel like I need to challenge myself and keep trying even if it is hard or I don't know how to figure it out.

4 Dimensions of Health: Hau Ora
We made a human whare, discussing the different parts.

We have been using the whare as a metaphor to examine the 4 dimensions of health; Hau Ora.
  • Taha Tinana (the body)
  • Taha Wairua (spirit)
  • Taha Whanau (Family)
  • Taha Hinengaro (mental health) 
Find out more on our Blog.


We also looked into What makes each wall strong? Everyone is going to have different things that make each pakitara (wall) strong, so what are yours? Check out some of ours on the Blog: Our Four Walls

Positive Purpose
We have started learning about how having a positive purpose (doing good or helping others) helps us to feel good too. It’s part of our flourishing model. We’ve written about what we’re doing at student council that helps others.

WBS XC 2018
Wow! What an amazing event! Our students showed great resilience and perseverance to get around the course. We loved how some of our senior students helped the younger students in Tautoru and Autahi to complete the course.

Students set themselves challenging goals leading up to the event. We have been demonstrating our learner attribute - I am Powerful!

Worser Bay Kids: We are proud of you all!

Low Floor, High Ceiling Tasks: Algebra
Stanford Professor, Jo Boaler, says that "Mathematics classrooms should be places where students work on mathematics tasks with a low entry point but a very high ceiling – so that students are constantly challenged and working at the highest and most appropriate level for them." You can read more: How students should be taught mathematics: for parents

Today some of us looked at this sequence. Students were asked "How is the pattern growing." It was interesting to see how others visualise the patterns. Read about our learning on the Blog.

We are Designing Because We are Forest Protectors!
We are Inventing Because We are Forest Protectors!


We have been thinking about the problems which confront our native flora and fauna and are taking action to do something about it. Before we make anything though we are learning about the design process. Read about it on our Blog.

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