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Week 7 - 15 June 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Each year we set annual achievement targets based on our student achievement data. This previously was against the National Standards and is now against Curriculum Levels.

We have a range of targets that cover reading, writing, maths and both stretch / excellence targets and those more focused on raising achievement for our children who aren’t achieving at expected levels for their age.

Within these annual targets teachers are engaged in what are called ‘cycles of inquiry’. This means that they all have identified groups of students within these big targets that they design for, track progress and delve into what’s working and what else they may require. It’s pretty much a scientific approach, but involving both the heart and mind as relationships are key.

A few weeks ago the staff celebrated what progress we had made against the targets in 3 months, this included ‘the summer effect’ which is known as the summer holiday ‘dip’.

You can be rest assured tight, very tight processes are in place and the teaching team know these individuals and groups of children very well.

The word ‘design’ is an exciting one as teaching really is a dynamic, creative process - based on research. And…….we have never known so much about how children learn. What we need to keep in mind is what progress looks like…..and how it will look different for different people. The famous quote “Children are like popcorn, they pop at different times...some pop early, some pop late” I have used many times. I first heard this when I heard Professor Zhao speak at a Conference many years ago. He says a lot of great ‘stuff’ in fact! Try http://zhaolearning.com/ - if you want to delve more deeply.

Whilst many things have changed in the world of teaching and learning and become more complex in many ways it’s also exciting times. It is going to be very interesting to see what comes out of the Government’s 3 year Education Work Programme. The aim is to  

“ develop an education system that meets the needs of the 21st century from early learning through tertiary and beyond”.

The work programme includes:

·         the NCEA review

·         a review of Tomorrow’s Schools

·         developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy

·         a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners

·         development of a strategic pathway for Māori-medium education

·         an action plan for learning support

·         an early learning strategic plan

·         a comprehensive review of school property

·         a programme of change for vocational education

·         a full review of the Performance Based Research Fund

·         better support for the research aspirations of our tertiary sector

One of our parents was fortunate to attend the Education Summit in Christchurch recently. It certainly sounded like an uplifting and powerful event. If you are interested in keeping up to date with changes in education check out the Ministry of Education’s link.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 19 June
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 22 June

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • Pizza Lunch - 
  • Wednesday 27 June
  • Autahi Family Story and Mindfulness Evening - 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 27 June
  • Assembly - Friday 29 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 19 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
  • Year 6 EBIS Visit - No cost. Please give permission via Online Payments
  • Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 27 June - Order your child's pizza via Online Payments by midnight on Monday 25 June.

Pizza Lunch - Wednesday 27 June

On Wednesday 27 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 2 July

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!

Year 6 EBIS Visit - Friday 29 June

On Friday 29 June, the Year 6s will be visiting Evans Bay Intermediate School. They will be travelling by bus to and from EBIS. There is no cost for this, however please give permission via Online Payments. You will find it under "School Trips".

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

We will be celebrating Matariki - Māori New Year on Wednesday 4 July. All whānau are invited to join us at 7.00am with a Karakia and BYO breakfast together, before the school day starts as usual.

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 policy 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.

Cars in 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 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)

Gigi, Chloe, Leo, Nikita

Olive, Ocean, Sitara, Alfred

Naomi, Orla, Daisy, Nye, Hunter T, Greer W and Evan 

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

Fair Committee meeting 

Wednesday 27 June at 7.30pm in the staffroom.

See you there.


We have been discussing the brain and how the more we do something the clearer the path is in our brain and the easier that thing becomes next time.  We talk about it in terms of a track that can either be overgrown or maintained.  The more we walk the track, the easier it is to find.  Have a look at our blog to see how we are putting this somewhat abstract idea into practise in our daily routines in Autahi.  

As a staff we have been learning about UDL (Universal Design for Learning) and how engagement, choice, multiple means of exploration and expression and self reflection are incredibly important tools for removing barriers to learning.  At Discovery time there are so many of these UDL principles being enacted.  Take a look at the blog to see the choice, self-direction, multi-media and engagement that is going on. 


Our Kaitiaki groups are busy making, creating, investigating and informing. Team Worm has spent the week designing mini worm farms which will be set up in Tautoru. We have had a box of worms delivered to school and we hope to have the worm farms up and running this week.

We spent time in between the showers digging in our school gardens to investigate the types of worms we have and how many live in places like the compost, our school garden, and the planter boxes. We were very excited to find so many working their way through the soil.

Check out the blog for more information and updates.

Chess has quickly become a big hit in Tautoru. With the weather over the last couple of weeks being a little on the wet side we have introduced the students to the world of chess. It has been great to see games being played with much interest before school and also during kids-led learning. We already have a number of students that are familiar with the rules and it has been a fantastic opportunity for students to develop their resilience, creativity, and problem-solving skills.


Anna’s basegroup have a goal to be able to understand what the Karakia means in English. We want to be able to translate the words and the ideas, so that we can use them in our learning. 

We brainstormed many ideas about ways we could achieve this goal. Check them out on the blog! Stay tuned to see our progress on the goal.

Jessie (Year 6) wants to help!
Hospi’s Pyjamas for Winter Appeal

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Please donate a pair of NEW flannelette pyjamas.

Wellington Hospitals Foundation is calling for brand new pyjamas for sick children both in Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital, and out in our community.

Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital sees a significant increase in the number of children who are admitted to hospital over the winter months, and many of them come without a pair of pyjamas. For many Wellington families in need, the simple act of having warm pyjamas and heating their home is more than they can afford. A warm pair of pyjamas, to keep our children warm at night, can help prevent them from being admitted to hospital this winter.

Purchase a pair of flannelette pyjamas  (Postie Plus, Farmers, KMart and The Warehouse have a great range and at great prices)

Drop them into school by FRIDAY 29 JUNE

All donated pyjamas MUST BE BRAND NEW. Size 2-10, flannelette 2 piece pyjama button shirt sets preferred. Unisex, Boys and Girls pyjamas needed.

Drop Off Pyjamas 
Pyjamas can be dropped off at Worser Bay School in MĀHUTONGA classroom into the HOSPI PYJAMAS APPEAL BOX in the mornings before 8:30am and straight after school - Jessie will collect them and bring them home so we can deliver them all to the Hospital Foundation on Friday 29 June after school.

*All pyjamas must meet NZ product safety standards for fire safety. Due to the risk of infection, only new pyjamas can be accepted.

Some of us went for a mindful walk this week, walking very slowly and feeling into our bodies.

Stephanie Williams,
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Stephanie Williams,
10 Jun 2018, 14:29
Stephanie Williams,
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