Thursday, 19 October 2017

Celebrating Diwali through drama and designing rangoli patterns

It's the Indian festival of Diwali at the moment. To celebrate, we've been learning about the story behind Diwali, and Rama and Sita's exile from their kingdom and then their return with the help of Hanuman, king of the monkeys. We acted it out and also wrote about some of the main characters in the legend...


His ten heads swinging and snapping, his twenty arms flailing wildly, the demon king launched himself into the battle!  Ten of his twenty glowing red eyes searching for Rama. I need to kill that man he thought. He kept moving though because he knew that if he stopped the monkey army would sooner or later find his weakness.  Suddenly he saw Rama.  He sprinted towards him and started slashing at him with ten sharp swords! Rama responded immediately and with the battle raging around them they fought their own battle.  Ravana fought like, a demon.

By Hugo M

We've also been designing rangoli art to celebrate Diwali. We had to show how we could transform 2D shapes by doing some tessellation, rotation, reflection and translation.

Some of us made videos to show this maths learning instead of art.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Fitness Baseline Data

As part of our Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Inquiry, we have been gathering some baseline data. We have chosen our "Health Groups" and will be working together to improve our fitness over the next 10 weeks.

We did a beep test and have recorded our resting pulse and pulse after exercise.

We have used the LEARN framework to set health goals for ourselves.

L: Learn to give ourselves feedback
E: Exercise
A: Attitude
R: Rest
N: Nutrition

Athletics Training

Yesterday we started training for our WBS Athletics (next Friday 27th October). We did long jump, sprinting, throwing quoits and throwing vortex. Our Inquiry is called, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?" and we are looking forward to our summer of fitness. 

Road Patrol in Sunny Term 4

We have had a great sunny start to the Term! We have also had a great start to road patrol  with our road patrollers always punctually ready to go out and serve our school.

Check out the new schedule in class!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Nutrition: Jamie Oliver

As part of our "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?" Inquiry we are learning about healthy eating. To spark our thinking we watched videos about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. They were so shocking, surprising and fascinating! 

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Dave the Chicken: Travelling Tales

By Alastair
This is a Travelling Tale named "Dave the Chicken" created by 5 schools from around the world. This was made by students from schools in Bahrain, USA, Columbia and New Zealand.  

Students from the senior area at Worser Bay School created the beginning of the story. 

This was the beginning of the story written by Alastair: Once there was a chicken called Dave. Dave liked bread and silver beat. Dave lived in a farm with 700 other chickens. There owner was fat and liked staying in bed and eating chocolates. One day Percy the cow accidentally stood on Rosie the crow. And the farmer threw a news paper at her. 


By Parker
By Haare

Dave the Chicken by Lachlan
By Lucas

One of our learners attributes is "I am connected." We are aiming to connect globally so that we have a better understanding of the world around us: 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Holiday Story Writing Competition!

Happy Holidays everyone!

As we mentioned at the end of last term, the Social Group is running a 'STORY WRITING COMPETITION' over the holidays.

The entries are due on Friday October 20th (Friday, Week 1). These can be emailed to or give your story to Anna in Matariki.

There are no rules to this competition! Try your best and have fun!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Incredible Trappers!

The trapping team have raised over $500 dollars from the raffle, a great effort! Thanks to all of you who supported this by buying a ticket, or in many cases tickets.  The winner: Christine our lovely librarian.   Yay for her!
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But the job doesn’t end there as today’s trapping adventure shows.  A massive rat!

We are committed to continuing the quest to eradicate pests; Rats, Mice, Stoats and even Hedgehogs so that our native flora and fauna can thrive. We have enlisted some kids from Tautoru to continue the efforts when our current year 6 group move on.

Eco- House Minecraft Competition

Some of our students have entered the Minecraft Eco-house competition. This competition was run by Interface. You can read more:

Here are some of our entries:

Global warming - how you can make a difference

Some of our students have been looking at global warming as part of their student-led inquiry. They wanted to share their learning via this poster with you so we can all be more aware about how global warming will affect us.

Thanks Oscar and Henry


Ways we can help to stop global warming are to:
Plant more trees
Walk or drive electric cars
Saving engage around the house
Switching to compacted and fluorescent light bulbs
Reduce reuse and recycle
Use less hot water
Turn off electric devices when not in use and spread awareness.

Global warming notes/research.
  • Global warming at the current predicted rates will dive 15 to 37%  of living species toward extinction by mid-century.
  • The thicker layer of greenhouse gases traps more heat. This results in an increase in average temperature of the earth and the earth becomes hotter and hotter. This is called global warming.
  • If we don’t take steps to reduce global warming, it will to loss of humans like, plants and animals  

     2.      Climate animation
     3.     National Geographic
     4.     climate change
     5.     global warming
     6.     for kids
     8.     Chose a better tomorrow

Inspiring People: Role Model Day!

Today we had a role model day. Inspiring people came in to talk to our students about the inspiring work that they do. Thank you to all of our guests.

Kimi came in to talk to us about her graphic designing. 

Roland spoke about Government.

Rhian spoke about his music.

John talked to us about being an architect

Arti spoke to us about being a film maker

Gina talked to us about being an author

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Worser Bay Songs

If you want to check out the songs we sing in Wake Up The Brain and choir, OR if you want practice them at home - check out our new SONGS website!

Monday, 25 September 2017

DODGEBALL from the Social Group

We have been organising a few Dodgeball games throughout the term on a Friday.
Thanks to everyone who came down and played. You all played really well and we all had fun. Here is some 'Moment in Time' writing about playing.
Alastair, Haare, Parker, Jan, Joel and Hugo and the rest of the Social Club.

Who-oosh! A ball flew past my face only then I noticed I was in the battle field of dodgeball.Swiftly, I grabbed a ball and returned fire. The target dropped. I felt a hand grasp my shoulder and heard breathing. Someone was using me for protection.By Joel

3 2 1 go! I ran towards the balls lined up in the court. I lifted my arm to throw the ball and smashed the ball into some one in the back line and they smashed to the ground and ran to the  side bench. Poof! A person in my team got hit. “Ok, you're off”.  I ran onto the field as fast as the wind.  The balls were flying everywhere. People getting hit. Battle raging. Bang! I ducked as a ball flew past my head like a bird. “Phew. That was close”.  Seconds later……I ran threw a hail of fire of balls raining, pounding and spitting at me. But I dodged every shot. “I saw a netball on the ground and quickly grabbed it before anyone else could get it.I threw the ball. The ball flew high until came down and hit someone.   By Alastair

Worser Bay sure has some talent!

Huge SHOUTOUT to all of the participants, finalists, organiser and audiences who helped make Worser Bay's Got Talent happen.

Here is some writing about it from the organisers.

There were so many good acts and everyone had lots of fun auditioning and no one got upset that they didn’t get in. Also everyone did something creative and did something different. Our top finalists were really happy that they got in but it all came down to the finals the five finalists all did really well they were Talia and Eva, Alex B, Coco, Liam, Lucas and Alastair.
By Orla

Today we did Worser Bay's got talent. Everyone did their hardest and all gave it their best shot. But it all came down to the finals. Our top 5 finalists Talia and Eva Lucas and Alistair, Coco, Liam and Alex.
By Molly

“ And welcome to Worser Bay Got Talent.” I heard Mia shout to all the auditioners.  

We called the first auditioner. Then the next and the next and the next until the day was finished, oh what a great time we had!”
By Alba

“And welcome to Worser Bays got talent 2017, and yes we want all talented people from Worser Bay school”. All the judges were waiting as the first auditioner came out, “hello Liam” all the judges said “when you're ready” ……… “very good Liam” next up is …..

The following week
“Here we have all the finalists, we have Liam, Eva and Talia, Lucas and Alistair,  Alex barnes and last but not least Coco. You have all done very well”.
By Mia

Friday, 22 September 2017

WBS election

Talking about being powerful we gave the students a chance to vote for each political party. And... it's a landslide to Labour on 57%, with the Greens on 27% and National on 12%. Let's see what the rest of NZ decides tomorrow.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Here's to the Coaches!

A MASSIVE shoutout to the Coaches

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For a small school we have a big presence on the local sporting scene.  We compete with super energy, the best sporting attitudes and with great teamwork on display. But, none of this would be possible without the people who make it happen; a very dedicated group of parents, THE COACHES!

We would like to express our gratitude for the time, commitment and energy which these people have put in over the year.  They have ridden the highs and lows, been there to encourage and support and most importantly to create ongoing enthusiasm in our kids for Sports.  For many this is an entry into lifelong activity and our coaches have made this a positive experience.

We all want to say a huge Thank You for supporting and managing the teams.  Amazing work!  He tino pai o mahi!

Student Led Conferences: Our Final Offer!

SLCs: Be in Fast:

Wednesday 27th Morning 8:15 we are organising a Wednesday morning slot for SLC’s for anybody who has not been able to get into school during the day.

The Student Led Conferences thus far have been incredible with kids talking about and leading their parents through their learning independently.  It represents real ownership of their learning and shows how far we have all come. The kids have all spoken so confidently!
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Sadly we will not be having student led workshops.  These have been great too and really diverse; a haka workshop, sketching, coding, number talks, sprints, science and so on.  Great work kids!

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Science experiments as a student led workshop.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Character Day with Gabrielle and Wanwan's whanau group

 Today we got into whanau groups to learn some more about character strengths. We created some plays showing different character strengths and others watching gave us feedback and told us what character strengths our plays had. Humour was a strength of everyone - come to assembly on Friday for an example.

We also watched this video about two frogs... can you work out what character strengths they were using?

Then, like the frogs, we also made butter from cream. Ask us how! Some groups used real perseverance because they were trying and trying with milk instead of cream!!

Lastly we made up our own games especially focused on one or two of the character strengths. It was a fin day together.

Character day.
Today was character day and we did all sorts of fun activities in our whanau group which in case you don't know is a group with our siblings and some people from a Autahi, tautoru, mahutonga and matariki. My whanau group made butter from cream and we made up our own games and demonstrated how to play the games we made up and the last thing we did was make up our own plays.
By Nela

today was really fun we got jars fulled of cream all of us shakes the jars into butter. I loved it when one-one gone and PRANKED US!!! filling some of the jars with milk instead of cream it was cool and annoying we did this in groups of course my group was one of the pranked groups!
By Ruby

today we had whanau day and we got into our groups and what we did was we made cream and also ate it, we made our own games and we played splash.I learnt that it is really hard to make up your own games.
By Cruz