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Week 6 - 8 June 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

I came across an interesting article recently about what’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story. There are so many options these days too - whether this storytelling is with physical books, audio books, online books….. and on we go!

A recently published study by Dr John Hutton at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital discusses an apparent ‘Goldilocks effect’. Some types of storytelling may be too cold, some too hot and some - actually just right! In this study, the 27 children underwent brain scanning whilst the different types of stories were shared. The MRI scanned for activation within certain brain networks and the connectivity between the networks. Although this is one study and a class size of children, I do think it’s interesting to see what the researchers found:

Audio only - too cold
Animation - too hot
Illustration - Just right!

The children’s understanding was ‘scaffolded’ by having the images as clues. 

There is also the emotional bonding that happens when you are reading a book, especially a picture book with young and not so young children. We have a great range of what is known as ‘sophisticated' picture books for older children available in our Library too.

If you can’t find the time to read with your child/ren as often as you would like and if you are relying on electronic devices for young children, this research suggests moving toward a more minimal version of a narrated, illustrated ebook as opposed to audio only or animation. So, a small study - but interesting food for thought all the same!

This week some of you will have attended the Progress Meeting with your child’s base group teacher. At this meeting, you will have been asked to provide some feedback as to how the 4 different sessions (1 Goal Setting and 1 Student Led Conference, 1 Interim Progress Meeting and 1 Final Progress Meeting + ongoing Seesaw) over the year give you a good well rounded picture of whole child progress and achievement and if there is anything else you would like us to consider. We will collate this information and feed it back into our review cycle.

If you are going for a jig at the Ceilidh this weekend, have fun and you will be guaranteed a warm glow on the inside and the out! Thank you so much to the organising team who are keen for our parent community and friends to have some fun and fun-d-raise at the same time!

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Ceilidh - 7pm on Saturday 9 June - Miramar Bowling Club - Door Sales Welcome
  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 12 June
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 June
  • Assembly - Friday 15 June

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 22 June
  • Autahi Family Story and Mindfulness Evening - 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 27 June
  • Year 6 EBIS Visit - Friday 29 June
  • Matariki - 7am on Wednesday 4 July
  • Mid-term Break - Friday 24 August

Need to Action:

  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 12 June - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Term 2 & 3 Miniball Fees are now due - please pay $72, if you haven't already
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 June - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments by midnight on Monday 11 June

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 13 June

On Wednesday 13 June, 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 June

Matariki - Save the Date - Wednesday 4 July at 7am

We will be celebrating Matariki - Māori New Year on Wednesday 4 July. We will be starting the day at 7.00am with a Karakia and BYO shared breakfast together.

Throughout the day children will be involved in Matariki learning through the arts, moving around different workshops and working in whānau groups. There will be further information in the next few Newsletters, so save the date now.

Vacancies - Part Time Teacher Aide Positions x 2 - Fixed term for 2018 

We seek two motivated and capable people to join our learning support team as a Teacher Aide. This is a fixed term, part-time position.
23 July or before - Start date negotiable to 15 December 2018.
One role - 25 hours per week, Mon-Fri, 8.45am - 1.45pm term time only and
the other role - 20 hours per week, Mon-Thur, 8.45am - 1.45pm, term time only.

These positions involve working closely with teaching teams and primary-age students to support learning, mainly in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Additionally, you will be working with senior students, the Pupil Activity Leaders (PALs), to lead playground games at breaks.
Capability in using digital technology is essential.

Successful applicants will have:
  • Initiative and a proactive attitude to their work
  • Ability to problem solve, be flexible and responsive
  • Great interpersonal skills, ability to work as part of a team
  • Confident and capable of supporting students to build social/emotional skills
Experience as a Teacher Aide is preferred.

Please send covering letter, CV and completed application form by email to office@worserbay.school.nz or via the post to: 

Worser Bay School
168 Seatoun Heights Road
Wellington 6022

For further details, contact Suzanne Kershaw.

Applications close Friday 22 June at 4pm.
Applicants for this position require NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Shortlist by 27 June 2018
Interviews will be 29 June – 04 July
Start date: Negotiable – however our preference would be to be available as soon as possible.

A Note from the Office

SchoolDocs Policy Review for Term 2
Reporting to Parents
Please log on to SchoolDocs and consider the above policies and provide feedback by the end of term.

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 2 & 3 Miniball - $72
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.)

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)

Haru, Marlon and Tommy.

Ben, Eddie, Oscar and Yoko.

Cruz, Griffin, Max, Megan D and Stephanie.


Welcome to Maggie who already has siblings at Worser Bay School and Nikita whose family is returning to Worser Bay School.

Nau mai Haere mai. Welcome to the Worser Bay whānau. 

Joining Worser Bay School

If you are in zone... we would love to hear from you if you have a child turning 5 in the second half of 2018, or early 2019, who would like to attend Worser Bay School.

If you know of any other children living in zone who would like to come to Worser Bay School, we'd also like to hear from them too!

To check our geographical zone - see Joining our School.

Thank you


Our Visual Mihi
In Autahi this week, we are learning to introduce ourselves using a mihi. A mihi is a basic introduction. It tells people where you are from and who you are. We are focussing on who we are, our grandparents and our parents. Check out our Blog for more information. Here we are working on our visual mihi:

Autahi Architects
One of the activities during Discovery this week was a bridge building challenge to help some lost animals cross the gap in the table to reach a water hole. The Autahi builders were up to the challenge and displayed lots of teamwork as they constructed their bridges. Check out our Blog to see more of our creations.

Autahi Family Story and Mindfulness Evening
You are invited to come in PJs, bring your favourite bedtime story and, if you have any relaxation tools you use at home, it will be an opportunity to share them as a class. I will ask for a few parent volunteers to read a story to the class. We will try a few children's breathing and meditation techniques and then we will go home zen and mindful! Please let me know if you can make it, if you’d like to read a story and if you have any mindfulness or 'calming down our bodies' techniques to share with the class.

When:  Wednesday 27 June, 5.30 to 6.30pm
Where:  Autahi
Who:  You and your children
Why:  To celebrate our class and share some mindfulness and good old stories!


I Am Powerful Plan
Life is full of great moments and moments when things don't go the way we thought that they would. How do we learn to make the best choices when we are feeling angry or mad or sad? Tautoru has been learning about different emotions over the past weeks, and now we have begun to learn about the Thinking Brain and the Emotional Brain. These two brains - or parts of our brain - help us to understand how we feel and make decisions about how we act. Have a look in our Blog for what we have been doing to become powerful learners.

We are always doing fun Maths at WBS. Have a look at our Measuring and Statistics work connected to the beans we planted at the Botanical Gardens.

We had to measure our bean plants using centimetres, then we made a tally chart and a graph, and finally we talked about our results using words like “more”, “most”, “less” and the “same”. We learnt how to show five marks on a tally chart, by drawing four lines and then one across, like four fingers on your hand and your thumb across.

Also in Maths, we have been talking about symmetry. We made symmetrical bugs. It is tricky to get both sides exactly the same, but using problem solving and perseverance, we realised that if we fold the piece of paper and cut out both sides of the body or head, or both legs, wings or feelers at the same time, we could get them to be the same. Have a look at our Symmetrical Bugs on the Blog.



Goal Setting
We set weekly goals. Our weekly goals help us to make baby steps to reach bigger goals. This week we have made goals about our Aroha. We are going to evaluate our goal about Aroha at the end of the week and move ourselves up the Aroha Maunga.


The Tale of Inclusive Friends
We started this “travelling tale”. It got sent on to other schools around the world and created a unique tale for a global audience.

The tale got passed onto:
  • Durham Academy, USA
  • Shekou International School, China
  • American International School of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
We had a lot of fun making this tale! Please watch the tale on our Blog.

Maths Helping Circle
We have been using helping circles in Writing lessons for years! We wondered how this might work in Maths. We used a Number Mat (a way to show how to solve a problem in different ways) and read it to one another to see if changes needed to be made.

Stephanie Williams,
4 Jun 2018, 17:30
Stephanie Williams,
4 Jun 2018, 17:30
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