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Week 8 - 22 June 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

"New Zealanders know little about Asia" was the conclusion of a ‘recent perceptions about Asia’ survey conducted by the Asia New Zealand Foundation. 

This was quite a news item as the Foundation has been working with schools "helping to equip young New Zealanders to  to thrive in Asia" 

To read more about the survey - follow the link:  Perceptions of Asia Survey

With our programmes we try and find opportunities to connect learning to other peoples and places. This may be at a local, regional, national or global level. Asia being one of the focal areas. 

This also aligns with our big strategic goals of:
  • Educating for the future
  • Providing rich and powerful learning opportunities
  • Connecting learners
.......along with the cultural responsiveness, sustainability of people and place and our inquiry based approach to learning aspects of school direction.

Some years ago I went with a Principal's Delegation to China through the Confucius Institute, more recently Nicola was supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation to travel to Singapore on a study tour with other NZ educators. It's been a deliberate choice on our part to be connected and current with this work as when we look at the statistics and where our young people are working and living, it is highly likely that Asia will feature in some way shape or form. 

Like the recent survey, a NZ Herald article in 2017 headlined " Nine in 10 Kiwi school leavers are not equipped to engage with Asia".

This massive chunk of the of the world, Asia, is something we must keep relevant and alive for our children so that it won't be a mystery here on our island at the bottom of the world and we won't be closing any doors to opportunity.

Any ideas please chat with your child's base group teacher, let's keep moving forward.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 26 June
  • Pizza lunch - Wednesday 27 June
  • Autahi Family Story and Mindfulness Evening - 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 27 June
  • Fair Committee Meeting - 7.30pm Wednesday 27 June
  • Assembly - Friday 29 June
  • Year 6 EBIS visit - Friday 29 June

Dates to Diary:

  • Swimming Lessons - Every Tuesday in Term 2
  • Matariki - 7am on Wednesday 4 July
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 06 July
  • Term 3 - 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 Netball Fees are now due - please pay $33, 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 - Wednesday 4 July at 7am

Nau mai, haere mai ki te Matariki,

We will be celebrating Matariki on
· Wednesday 04 July
· 7.00am
· Worser Bay Beach 

We will meet at Worser Bay beach for Karakia and Waiata and some stories of Kupe and the ancestors of the rohe.  Families can walk along the beach, taking in the dawning and appreciating this special time together.  We will make our way back up to School via the long zig zag (Awa Road), stopping to take in the view as we go.  
We will return to school for BYO family Matariki breakfast.  This will be a time to share breakfast with your family in an ‘outdoor picnic breakfast’ indoors, in cosy classrooms.  Please bring a rug and cushions to sit on.
We know that you are aware that our classrooms are usually ‘food free’ to ensure that our rooms stay free of allergens for our students that experience severe anaphylaxis when coming into contact with nuts etc.  We ask for your support by not bring breakfast foods that are full of nuts or any nut spreads.  There will be no cooking or heating facilities so feel free to bring things like croissants, sandwiches, fruit, thermos drinks etc.
Our visitors form Historic Places Trust will lead a discussion about the early history of the Miramar Peninsula. 
We need your help afterwards -  If you can stay and help with our clean at 8.45am that would be great.   Many hands make light work.  We need to wipe down surfaces and vacuum all floor areas to prepare Tautoru and Mahutonga spaces for returning to their ‘food free’ state.  Please let Suzanne know if you are able to help with clean up and wipe down.
It would be preferable to park at the beach as there is plenty of parking and take a brisk/ quickish stroll up to school and back. Please be considerate of neighbours and their driveways.

As per usual, your child/ren must be supervised by a parent or caregiver until 8.30am.  Thanks for your continued support we hope to see you bright and early.

Children will go back to their base group spaces so that they can be organised for the day.   

Children will travel around different Matariki workshops for the day.  

And will return to their classrooms for conclusion of our 2018 Matariki celebrations.    

Deli Items Needed for the Fair

Nau mai haere mai

Now that our fair planning is well underway, there is going to be a lot of information coming out over the next few months, so, as always if there is something you would like more information about, please have a chat to one of the Parent Net Reps – Jackie, Sonja and Tiso

The Deli stall is always a big hit at the school fair, with delicious sauces, pickles and jams (and much more) proving popular each year. 

We would love to have as many people as possible on board to help make these wonderful items - if you need some inspiration take a look at some of the ideas listed below. If you're interested, we can provide you with recipes of our well loved favourites!

Lemon curd
Grapefruit marmalade
Beetroot relish
Caramel sauce
Chocolate sauce
Lemon cordial
Date and lemon chutney
Preserved Lemons
Hot chocolate powder
BBQ sauce
Pizza/pasta sauce
Rhubarb and ginger jam 

So why not gather some friends together and make an afternoon or evening of it over a glass of wine! If this is something you'd like to get involved with, please fill in the attached google form. 

We are also looking for someone to lead our fabulous Deli stall, if you would be keen to do this alongside Hannah Thornton who has led this stall for a couple of years, please let us know by emailing parentnet@worserbay.school.nz 

Parent Net Team
Jackie, Sonja and Tiso.

Parking at the School Gate

We are very appreciative of the care taken and manaakitanga taken at our 'school gate'.  We don't want our school ending up in an article like this!

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 Netball - $33
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.)

New Sports Equipment - huge thanks to Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust

Thank you Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust for granting us $2000 towards our sports equipment wish list.  We have purchased 45 balls, 60 skipping ropes, 2 x soccer goals, 1 x Silver fern yr5-6 junior netball kit – including 4 x balls, bibs, spots, first aid kit, whistle and a water tray for Autahi.

Our kids have loved having the new sports equipment.  There has been increased netball shooting practice and lively football games at play times.  Our new entrants have loved using the water tray.

Please support New World Miramar and Pak’n’Save Kilbirnie who have made this grant possible.

Home Loan Offer with ASB...

ASB Home loan offer!
Thanks to ASB for a $500 donation to the school via the Home loan offer!!  These funds will be put to good use!

$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)

Ethan, Cara, Otto, Maggie

Zen, Zayden, Yoichi, Kura

Milla, Yoshi, Charlotte, Nell, Liam 

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.

Congratulations Christine - Librarian award

We are thrilled that Mia successfully nominated Christine as the Upstart Scholastic Star Librarian for the August/September 2018 issue of Upstart Magazine. 

Christine said "I feel overwhelmed with gratitude!  Mia wrote a beautiful 'Star Librarian' nomination for Upstart Magazine. They obviously loved her writing - Mia's nomination of me was successful, and she has won some Scholastic books for the library, and for herself too."

Please see Mia's wonderful effort below. 
The best librarian is Christine, she is kind and helps everyone issue and return books. Since Worser Bay is a small school, Christine only comes in on Fridays. She always makes the most of her visits by teaching the Year 4 to 6 kids how to issue and return books, and how to make overdue slips.  Whenever new books get donated to the school, Christine helps us put on the barcodes. She then recommends the books to the kids of whatever age the book is suitable for. She is awesome and she deserves to be nominated because she stands out from the rest!


Science is all around us. Last week we had a visit from Charles from the Wellington Zoo who came to help us help us find out what kind of things might be living in our school gardens. We worked together with a buddy with the help of some amazing equipment to go searching around and found all kinds of insects and seeds. 

Check out our blog to see more of what we found (No creepy crawlies I promise).

We have been looking at different actions we can take as kaitiaki of our local environment. Here is an amazing rat trap designed by some of the awesome Autahi thinkers. 

We have been reflecting on all the learning we have been doing so far this year and thinking of ways we can take action to help our gardens and all the living things that call it home. 

For more information be sure to visit the blog and see some of our writing about recycling and other creative ideas.


World Writing Buddies
Last term everyone in Tautoru wrote letters that were sent to children at two schools - one in Australia and one in Luxembourg. This week a group of us received our first replies back and boy were we excited to find out about our writing buddies in Australia! 

Taking part in the World Writing Buddy programme gives our learners an authentic purpose for writing. Being involved in a collaborative programme like this also helps our children to continue developing positive relationships - visit our blog to find out more.

Kaitiaki Actions

This term our Inquiry has focused on our school environment and how we can be Kaitiaki (guardians) of our special place. Over the last few weeks we have been practising positive purpose through the Taking Action phase of our Inquiry. 

Positive purpose is the idea of 'giving back' or 'doing good' (an act of service) for someone or something else. All of our Inquiry actions are related to making improvements to our Worser Bay school environment. 

Take a walk around our school grounds to see what we’ve been up to. Head over to our blog to read more about purpose and wellbeing.


Matariki and Māhutonga have 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. The scientific terms are the prefrontal cortex (Thinking Brain) and the amygdala (Emotional Brain). Find out more on our blog.

We walked down to Miramar Kindergarten to sing for them and practice having positive purpose. We did this because we know that spreading kindness and joy, not only makes other feel good, but also make ourselves feel good. 

Check out some of our Quick Writes about WHY we went and sang with them and what we hoped it would do. 

“I want the kids there to feel happy and to jump around and to have fun and I most importantly we all wanted to have fun. What I feel after is to feel that I made the kids have fun. Why we are doing this is because we want the kids to have lots of fun and to sing along if that want to.”

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

UPDATE: THANK YOU Worser Bay School.  
You have donated 55 pairs of pyjamas WOW! 
Last day for donations is Friday 29 June.

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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.

Stephanie Williams,
20 Jun 2018, 18:55
Stephanie Williams,
20 Jun 2018, 18:55
Stephanie Williams,
20 Jun 2018, 18:55