Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Walking the Length of New Zealand

Each base group is seeking ‘donations’ of steps from their school community in an effort to cover the length of NZ in one day. We are trying to walk the whole of NZ in 24 hours.

We need each of you to donate 10,000 steps on Thursday 24th of September 2020. Make sure to ask everyone you know, even animals and your great, great, great, great Grandparents. 

If we told you you would need 278 people, walking 10,000 steps each to walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff would you be up for the challenge? Think of it as a fundraising event without the fundraising.

Friends, Family, Pets: Please send us pictures and a short explanation of your walk/run on 24th September so that we can share them on our blog. Please make sure you join our quest to walk NZ in 24 hours!

By Social Positive Purpose Group members Will, Rhosyn, Coco, Mastani and Hadley

Our Brains are Growing!

A wee while ago I was watching a movie. The scene below came on and it made me think about how our brain grows when we're faced with a challenge. See what you think??

I showed it to the students in Matariki, to see what they thought.. They quickly incorporated it into their 'mistake dance'. 

In Māhutonga/Matariki we are learning to embrace our mistakes, celebrating them as BRAIN GROWTH!


"When we make a mistake we shout gleefully 'I made a mistake!'" - Amelia

"When we make a mistake it helps our mind to learn more things" - Jack

"If you don't make mistake then you won't learn anything" - Ajooni 

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Writing Talk

So you've heard about the wonderful world of Number Talks.. but how could we take this precious dialogue to our literacy programme? Well today we had great success with a Writing Talk! 

Using an exemplar of explanation writing 'what happens when you fall asleep?' we discussed different aspects of the texts and its effect. 

We had some great thoughts around the structure of the piece and lots of students were quick to give their advice on improvement.

We have been working hard at discourse, making sure we a listening and adding on to our peers thoughts. This helps us to to learn together!

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Positive Education Workshops

 We have been consolidating our learning in Positive Education by planning workshops to share with others. 

We have been working hard in Positive education to better understand the science of brain function - tricky stuff! We have managed to plan amazing workshops to share all our important learning around this. 

Last week we presented these to Tautoru. We showed great Leadership and Love of Learning... and perhaps a little patience! 

We are so keen to share these with you at Student Led Conferences - so come along on Tuesday next week to see what we've been up to... and perhaps learn something new!

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Nuggets of Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and expressing your appreciation is one of the simplest ways to bring greater joy, love and optimism into your life. Here are some nuggets of gratitude from the Worser Bay School community...

Made with Padlet

Friday, 28 August 2020

WBS Interzone Cross Country Representatives

We are so proud of our WBS Interzone Cross Country Representatives!!

I was not too nervous in the car going but when we got to the track I was so nervous I felt sick. I started to warm up and got more nervous by the second. I was using courage to do the race. We lined up at the start. I was at the front of our line. The horn went and we were off sprinting down the track. It was a fast race and I was in 7th place for most of the race. I was pacing myself and using perseverance. We were coming down to the last 150 meters and started sprinting, I got into 6th place in the sprint and finished in 6th. I was stoked with the result. I had mud everywhere though, it was a good race and I was very tired. I could hardly walk. I really enjoyed running the race and it was a great opportunity.

I was very cold and nervous at the lineup for the beginning of the race, while they sorted out the rest of people's places I chatted a bit to the person in front of me then I got ready to run, the person hooted the horn (the gun still wasn’t working). I sprinted up the grassy field and around the corner there was a muddy area you could hear everyone's feet pattering against the muddy ground. I ran the best I could. The course was spread out between 3 fields; there were uphills and downhills along the way. At the finishing stretch I sprinted through the finish I used perseverance and I came 14. I was proud of myself. It was amazing!!!

I was nervous at the start and then the horn went toot. I was at the back of the pack when I rounded the corner. I somehow got to the front. I was using perseverance to stay up there at the front then 2 people passed me. The most annoying part was the concrete hill that you had to run up. Then we were on the home straight. I ran through the finish line in 5th place. I was happy!!!

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Navigating the Journey; MAKING A TREATY

 Today we began our Navigating the Journey, Sexuality Education.  Really important at the foundation of this learning is that all of our students feel safe, that they will be listened to and treated with kindness and respect.  

These are the main ideas captured here.  
We will be putting the ideas together as a document and having all students sign it.  It is fair to say that, while there is some nervousness, students are fascinated and looking forward to a lot of new learning.

We will be exploring ideas which reinforce messages central to Positive Education, developing strong, respectful relationships with each other, communication skills as well as learning connected to growing and changing.  We will keep you all updated as we progress through this learning. 

Kawakawa Writing

For us here at WBS, cultural and environmental sustainability go hand in hand. This week we have been learning more about kawakawa - the endemic plant species well-known for its use in rongoā, traditional Māori medicine. Some students have been writing comprehensive explanations, others have been getting out into the ngahere/forest to learn how to forage and make kawakawa tea. 

                                                                                                           - Nye W

                                                                                                                         - Charlotte C

                                                                                                                                   - Ella M

We say this karakia before collecting kawakawa leaves, to show respect to the domain of Tāne Māhuta and Papatuānuku. 

You can read more about kawakawa and rongoā here. 

Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Growing Shapes

4 Boosting Message by Jo Boaler and her students

We have been looking a number of tasks that involve "Growing Shapes." Students are learning to take risks with the challenges, make mistakes, fix their mistakes and understand that this helps the brain to grow!

We have started with the question, "how do you see the pattern growing?" It is fascinating to see all of the different ways that students see the growth. 

We have been making tables, exploring patterns and even thinking about rules for the sequence. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Positivity: Training our Brains


This week we have been learning more about optimism and the role our brains work to process emotions.

We learnt about Negativity Bias, that our brains are programmed to focus on negatives (it's what helped our ancestors survive!). We have to train our brains to focus on positives or silver linings. 

Good news! Thanks to neuroplasticity we can practice positive thinking to get better at it - like working out a muscle!


We created our own positive messages for our fridges at home. A reminder that we can focus on positives and our brains just need to practice!

Character Strengths and the Arts Celebration

At Worser Bay School, we believe in a strengths based approach to learning. Character Strengths are the positive human qualities that serve as pathways for living a good life. Knowing and applying your Character Strengths is the key to you being your best self. 

In some of our reflections last week, we spoke about the Character Strengths that we needed to dial up to perform at the Arts Celebration...

Jack M: I used Bravery because I was very shy. I heard a little stage fright. It was so so so so so so fun! I did a funny script. The light colour was yellow. I was trying my best in the play.

Beatrix: I had to use humor to make my audience laugh more than me. I used creativity for my poem. I used leadership and helped my team practice and get up on stage. I am grateful that Elliot's mum took time out of her day to record us. I had to use bravery when I got on stage & I got a little stage fright.

Leadership: By rounding up my group members for the final practices. 
Bravery: By going up on the big stage and performing our mostly improvised play. 
Gratefulness: By being grateful for the panda costume mum made. 
Teamwork: Me and Nicolas worked together to produce a magic box poem. 
Zest: I used zest in the play by being energetic. 
Perspective: I considered the advice of others and tried to incorporate it into the play.

Kura: I used justise, making sure everyone had the amount of lines that they wanted we worked together to learn the lines off by heart. I used Social intelligence and creativity to make a play.

Yoichi: I used bravery when I was on the recording. I used creativity for the lines in my play with Luca. I used Fairness for having the same amount of lines in the play

Tigerlily: I had to dial up bravery because when we had to get it filmed it was a bit scary. I had to used leadership when I was practising our play when it got a bit confusing. I used teamwork and social intelligence when it got super hard and when my friend got nervous. I used creativity when writing my play and adding extra parts. I was grateful for Scott who set up the stage. Im grateful for everyone who helped with the art celebration. The play went really well it was super fun and quiet funny my play was called "Big Sister."

William: I used bravery, by not getting stage fright when sharing my play and my poem. I also used creativity when making my poem and composing music for numberfrog! I used teamwork when making my play and numberfrog music. I used appreciation of beauty and excellence by appreciating all the excellent plays there were! I was grateful for ethan for volunteering to be part of my play.

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Murals: One Week On!


Just one week and the murals, documenting our rich history are nearing completion.  Cloe, Madi and Teuila have orchestrated this amazing adventure in The Arts, taking us on a journey through time.  They have used all sorts of materials, found objects, leaves, nik naks, treasures and junk.  One man's trash is another's....... 
The work was to be viewed as part of our Arts Celebration.  It will be available on the blog, on seesaw and on the classroom walls.  You are invited to come and see it, look and learn about our amazing past.
We would like to do this again as an outside mural.  Let us know if you would like to help out!


Arts Celebration... Watch this Space!

We have used our creativity, bravery and perseverance to create our poems, plays and songs. We have practiced, practiced, practiced! We are looking forward to sharing everything we have done with you all very soon... Watch this space!

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Historical Collage Murals

We have begun working on large collage murals which tell the stories of our past from Tane te Wananga through to Maui, Whatonga, Tara and Te Whiti.  We will also include the arrival of our school on the site. It is a really abstract piece!  We looked at the work of the New York artist Conrad Marca-Relli for inspiration.  Our Artists in residence, Cloe and Teuila have been directing the project and everyone will be having a go at tearing uo paper and other materials to contribute to this amazing project.

Below is a work by Marca-Relli.

Conrad Marca-Relli (1955) | Abstract painting, Art, Collage art

The mural will be going up on the walls of Mahutonga Matariki next week.  Come and have a good look at them and see if you can identify the story they set out to tell.

Publishing Our Writing

In Māhutonga Matariki, our students have been publishing pieces of writing that they are proud of. This is the final stage of the "writing process." Students have been publishing these pieces to share with you as part of the Arts Celebration. 

It is really important that students have an authentic audience for their writing. This engages writers and gives them a purpose to write. When students have an audience, they learn that their ideas and opinions are interesting and meaningful to others. This is engaging and develops enthusiastic writers who want to edit and improve their work.

We are learning to see ourselves as writers with something interesting to say!