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

Nic and Scott's Whanau Group: Character Day 2017- Our Movies

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Little Garden Classroom Kit



School Kit have kindly given us a Little Garden Classroom Kit. In the kit there is a box of 30 seed pots that contain seeds, soil pods, pots, labels, growing instructions and a class seedling tray with a sprouting and re-potting guide. This year Little Garden has a pollination theme and the seeds are an assortment of 3-4 bee-loving, flowering plants. 

Our Student Council Gardening Group have set to work. Watch this space!

Being powerful: learning to negotiate and be peace makers

As part of exploring how we can be powerful we have been learning a little about how to negotiate. All of us run into conflicts from time to time and we are learning to resolve them in ways that we can all walk away happy, with win win solutions. This is part of an introduction to peer mediation. It helps us have more peaceful and happy environments.

We looked at a format for discussions we can have when a problem arises:

1. State what you want: “I want to use the book now.”
2. State how you feel: “I'm frustrated.”
3. State the reasons for your wants and feelings: “You have been using the book for the past hour. If I don't get to use the book soon, my report will not be done on time. It's frustrating to have to wait so long.”
4. Then it's the other person's turn to share their wants, feelings and reasons for both.
5. Summarise your understanding of what the other person wants, how the other person feels, and the reasons underlying both.
6. Invent three optional plans to resolve the conflict.

7. Choose one plan and shake hands.
We will keep practising this when conflicts arise. Things we have found difficult so far are saying our feelings, saying the other person's wants and feelings, coming up with a few options to resolve the problem.
When we are confident to use this method of negotiating, hopefully we will use it at home too.

Eco-House Minecraft Competition


We have found a Minecraft Competition that we want to enter. We thought that other students might want to enter as well. Nicola will send in the entries. Send entries to her by next Friday 29th September.  nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz

"How do you put ‘Eco’ into a Home?

So, what are we looking for in the perfect Eco-House? Some of the key elements will be:
Low environmental impact: How does it fit with the world around it? We want to see a minimal impact on the environment – both in construction and on-going use.
Sustainable: We want to see use of sustainable materials in the construction.
Energy-efficiency: How energy efficient in the house? Construct is so that it makes best use of renewable energy resources, for heating and lighting, etc."

Overall, you need to create us a building that’s friendly to the environment around it – and explain why you think it is."


This is Ollie's design


You can find out more at:
https://interfaceonline.co.nz/minecraft2017/


By Thomas, Lachlan, Hugo W and Alex B

Hutt Central play our game!

As part of our Inquiry, we made up our own games. We were very excited to receive 19 letters from Hutt Central School who played our game. 


Dear Hutt Central School,

Thank you so much for our letters.

It was really cool that you played our game. Thank you for all of the advice.

We will put the levels in to try and make our game more interesting.

We are glad that you found it simple to play.

We like how you said that it improves your accuracy. It improves ours too.

If you get a goal, you get a point. We need to include these in our instructions. The person with the most points win the game.

We like the suggestion that if we get a goal then you can give someone a dare.

From D, M and H

Hands on Fractions

Today in Maths, we used different tools and pictures to explore fractions and what they look like. We invented our own games to play to help us learn what fractions look like and how we can use them.


Some of the activities we did included...
- using play dough to make a fraction pyramid
- playing memory and matching up different fractions
- we invented a game called 'Fraction Bounce' where we have to draw a fraction that someone says as quickly as we can
- match up different fractions to make a fraction wall.






Friday, 15 September 2017

International Dot Day!


Today is International Dot Day. We have been thinking about the character strength of creativity. 

"International Dot Day is named for the classic Peter H. Reynolds storybook The Dot. The book shares the story of a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to “make her mark.” 







Here is the story read beautifully by Emelia:

Catch up with Room 3 at Auroa School


Orla: Today we skyped Auroa School. We talked about our learning. They were talking about how they got to choose their own learning around the STEM subjects. Some of them chose trapping and some grew bacteria from Mr Webb's phone.

Hana: We talked about our Inquiry. They had a camera that they put in the bushes so they can see the pests. They 3D printed platforms to put cat biscuits or peanut butter to attract the animals. Here are some of the images that they have captured.


Peter: The kids at Auroa School played the game that me and Ollie made up. They said that it was a bit like piggy in the middle. The aim of the game is to not let the person in the middle catch it. It was exciting that they played our game.

You can check out their blog: http://mrwebbauroa.blogspot.co.nz/

Kicking off our Student Led Conferences


Today we kicked off our Student Led Conferences (SLCs). Students shared their learning with parents while others led workshops. The workshops were designed to showcase some of the things that we do in Matariki and Mahutonga. The students led workshops around yoga, bootcamp, drawing, art, number talks, maths, drama, inquiry...

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Maori: Hongi me te Mihi



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We begin the session with a hongi, everybody greets each other.

It is Te Wiki o te Reo Maori and just another week of Maori for us.
To begin each session we hongi, an exchange of breath and then mihi to each other.  Some people are becoming really fluent with theirs.  We are also making the mihi into a digital presentation to share at SLCs.  

Some of the additional phrases we have been using include:
No hea Koe - Where are you from? Practicing pronouncing Maori place names correctly
He aha tenei? - What is this?
He tino pai to mahi e hoa! - Good job mate!

Let’s make every week of the year Te Wiki o te Reo Maori!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Inspirational People Portraits

Our students have been writing biographies about people that inspire them. These people have used their power to influence positive change. Our students have created portraits to represent their inspirational person.