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Week 9 - 29 June 2018

Kia ora e te Whānau o Whetūkairangi

Next week we will be having our Matariki celebrations to celebrate 'Maori New Year'. For those of you more recent arrivals to the country you may not be familiar with this annual event. In fact it seems to have become a much larger event, nationally, over the last 10 years or so, than ever.

Matariki is the cluster of stars that can be seen at this time of year - These stars signify reflection, a sense of hope, our connection to the environment and the wellbeing and of people and community.

Having our school positioned on such a significant pā site - that of Whetūkairangi - means we have a very special and authentic connection to the stars. We often use the analogy of our children travelling through our celestial heavens of Autahi, Tautoru, Māhutonga and Matariki, gathering their 'baskets' of knowledge' just like the story of Tane-te-wānanga-ā-rangi (Tāne, bringer of knowledge from the sky)  

This can also be found in our local curriculum documentation.   

Our strategic direction also provides great scope for giving Matariki prominence in the wintery calendar and highlighting the opportunities for great learning it brings. There is the connectedness, the cultural responsiveness, the sustainability of language, people and place, there is the wellbeing aspects, there is the desire for learning to be a social activity......and it's all coming to a place near you next week!

As well as our own celebrations you will find many free events going on across the city. Check them out.  
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage website has good background information too. 
We have plenty of lovely Matariki books to read available through our library.

Thanks so much for the feedback around the recent progress meetings and the overall reporting picture. We will be pulling all of this together and feeding this into our review and planning cycle for 2019 reporting practices.

Wednesday evening was a double whammy with the Autahi mindfulness and storytime evening. A lovely opportunity to learn together and from each other about simple tools that different teachers and parents use to turn the dial down before bedtime. These sorts of practices happen across the school regularly and as part of our learn it, live it, teach it, embed it Positive Education model, the staff also practice these techniques throughout the day. So if you drop your children off on a Thursday meeting morning and see us sitting in the staffroom with our eyes closed, please don't be alarmed!  The teachers shared how children knowing different ways to calm themselves forms part of their 'I am Powerful Plan'.  

Later Wednesday evening the Fair team had a meeting to share progress and next steps. Here's a team of people who certainly are demonstrating both personal and collective power. In terms of giving them the help required as they need it, as a whole community we can be part of ensuring the load is spread, manaakitanga is alive and well and they too have a chance to relax that wee bit more often also. 

Then of course we have the lovely opportunity to get together again next Wednesday at 7am for Matariki. The idea, with the weather gods smiling we can go on a bit of a midwinter mindful beachwalk and be grateful for what an amazing place we learn in, work in, many live in and community we belong to.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ngā manaakitanga


Coming Up this Week:

  • Swimming Lessons - Tuesday 3 July
  • Matariki Celebrations - 7am on Wednesday 4 July
  • Lost Property Clearance - Friday 6 July

Dates to Diary:

  • Term 3 - Mid-term Break - Friday 24 August

Need to Action:

  • Sausage Sizzle - Tuesday 3 July - Order your child's sausages via Online Payments
  • Term 2 & 3 Netball Fees are now due - please pay $33, if you haven't already.

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.    

Senior Swimming Sports - Tuesday 24 July

The annual Worser Bay Swimming Sports is coming up fast!  It is a good opportunity for our Year 4-6 students to demonstrate what they have been learning during swimming lesson alongside some competitive challenge for those who choose it.  

Please put Tuesday the 24th of July (second day of Term 3!) from 9:30-11.30am in the morning in your diary.

The competitive races include:

50m Freestyle  |  25m Freestyle  |  25m Backstroke  |  25m Breaststroke  |  25m Butterfly

We will be needing some parents to assist with giving places and recording the results.  If you are willing to help out on the day, please email John.  The event begins at 9:30am with Freestyle events and then progresses through all other events in the above order.  There may be the need to run heats for some events depending on the number of swimmers but, once underway, the races happen quickly.  We only have the pool booked for two hours so will be concluding by 11:30.

I will be sharing a google form with all students so that they can sign up to the races they are keen on.  When this is complete it will be emailed so that you will be able to see the events your child will be taking part in.

Students who chose not to participate in the competition will have a series of fun races and relays so that they can still enjoy the event. 

Children will need to bring a bag with togs, towel, energy snacks, drink bottle and a warm jersey (for between races). Goggles and swimming caps are optional.

We will be catching a bus to the Kilbirnie pool, leaving school at 9.00am. We need your permission for your child to travel by bus and there is a cost of $10.00 to cover the bus, pool hire and pool entry. 

Please pay this via online payments where there is also a tick box for permission.  Please complete this by the end of the holidays.

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.

To Park or not to Park - that is the question!

Email received this week from a neighbour....

Morning Steph. I'm not a parent of a child at Worser Bay, but have a bit of feedback I'm hoping you can share with parents.

I've noticed that a lot of parents are dropping kids off on the blind corner at the top of Awa Road next to your school.

Traffic is having to cross the center line to get around it, or wait. Sometimes for quite some time.

This morning, the car ahead of me decided to pass and almost had a head on collision with a car coming the other way. Could have been nasty.

If this was a one-off, I wouldn't bring it up. But I'm finding it's happening at around 8am, at least twice a week (I commute this way every day).

Hope you can help!

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.

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 & 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 recent $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)

Soma, Lucca M, Jimi 

Cleo, Beatrix, Amelia G, Petra

Mia  Ollie E, Zoe B, Finlay G, Maddie

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 Mihi 
We are learning our Mihi in Autahi and our goal is for everyone in the class to be able to stand up and share their Mihi to welcome visitors and guests.  So far we have learned how to introduce ourselves and our mums and dads.  Have a look at our blog to see our progress so far. 

Play and Positive Engagement 
There has been a lot of discovery of passions, creativity and consolidation of concepts coming out in our play and discovery this week. Have a look at our blog to get a bit more information on the connections between wellbeing and engagement and the interesting things Autahi is exploring in our discovery time. 


Maths, Maths and More Maths!

This week we have been working on all sorts of Maths activities. There has been plenty of perseverance, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and growth mindset going on during Maths sessions. Have a look at the Blog to see more about our Arrays, Multiplication and Visual Maths, or how we have been estimating and measuring using rulers and non standard objects and how we are creating Body Gardens to show our knowledge of measuring and symmetry (reflectional, transference and rotational symmetry).

We are learning about Matariki in preparation for next Wednesday when we are gathering on the beach and then having breakfast and a whanau day back at school. Have a look at the Blog to see what we have learnt about the Stars and Tawhirimatea- a Song for Matariki. 


Getting hooked into Music

Last Friday we worked with different teachers to learn about the structure of music. We learnt how each bar has 4 counts. In one of our rotations, we listened to salsa music and made up dance moves. In a different rotation, we followed the music with our finger. We are beginning to prepare for our music fest in Term 3! 

Check out our blog posts about Salsa Dancing and following the music!


This week in Maths we have been learning about arrays. We did a Maths challenge to try and hunt down as many arrays that equal different magic numbers. Greta and Rhosyn tell us all about it on the blog.

We have been learning some of the skills to play hockey.
Stephanie Williams,
28 Jun 2018, 16:47
Stephanie Williams,
28 Jun 2018, 16:47
Stephanie Williams,
28 Jun 2018, 16:47
Stephanie Williams,
28 Jun 2018, 16:47