Thursday, 24 September 2015

Fundraising for Wellington Children's Hospital

As part of our inquiry, we have been thinking about, "who is in our community" and about who we can help out.

Me (Zoe), Jude, Teddy and Oto went to New World to fundraise for the Wellington Children's Hospital, We raised approximately $300. We would like to say a big thanks to Annette John for taking us along and getting us involved! By Zoe

Here are some photos!

Fundraising for Wellington Children's Hospital on PhotoPeach

Grandparent Day

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Grandparent day today. We sang some songs, read some poems and served some kai. Students shared their work with their grandparents and family.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Today we answered some questions on Twitter for #KIDspeakNZ. We really enjoyed it! these are some of the questions that we answered.
‘What would you like your teacher to know about how you like to learn?’
‘Are schools up to date with technology?’
‘If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be?’
‘Everyone's an expert at something, what would you teach your classmates?’
We posted some pictures of us doing the chat….

By Asha & Anna

Grandparent/ Family day tomorrow

It is that time when we invite family to come into school, but hold your horses that day is tomorrow! We will share some learning, give out some coffee, tea and morning tea.  

We all can't wait until that day. See you at 9.15

By Gemma     

Monday, 21 September 2015

Koru Art

They're coming along nicely!

Koru Art

Today we started some Koru art inspired by artist Raewyn Harris. We look forward to showing the finished products later in the week.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Transition: Year 3, 4 and 5 September 18th

We have been working in small groups to answer questions about success. This got us thinking about what we think we need to work on next term... Read what we have to say

Transition Year 3, 4 and 5 Sept 18th 2015 on PhotoPeach

Friday, 18 September 2015

Assembly 18th September

What a great assembly on Friday! 

Thank you to our wonderful presenters... 

Messages from the student council: 

Disco & Joke and Dress up Friday For The Blog

Disco: The Disco was very successful and almost all of the food was sold. Thanks to all the parent and helpers that helped with the Disco!
Toy Swap:  The toy swap went successfully!!!

For the end of the term, on Friday the 25th we will be having Joke and Dress up Friday!!!

Joke and Dress up Friday, is where you can bring in a joke and you can dress up as whatever you like. The student council will pick some jokes that they liked and read them out to the whole school. The winners (1 from each base group) will get a big chocolate frog, but don’t worry, you get a little chocolate frog for participating! :)  You could dress up as a… Fairy, Pirate, Bird, Animal, Princess, Prince, Your friend, Your favourite book, tv or cartoon character
Or any other ideas that you may have! We hope to see lots of jokes and costumes next Friday!

Hunter shared: Miniball season

The Miniball season has ended and Worser Bay did really well.
The miniball teams have loved playing this season. The Wildbulls year 5/6 team came 2nd in division 1 and The Wolves, Wizards and the Wildfires played awesomely. A Special thanks to Kelly, Davey, Tim and all the parents that have helped out with coaching at practice or on game day.

Gemma shared: Netball Season

The Worser Bay Pearls netball season has been great. We all would like to say a BIG thanks to the Best Netball coach Deb and Sarah, the manager and all the parents that helped.
We have all learnt a lot, how to shoot a good goal, pivot, defend, all the ways to pass, how to play and all the position.
Fun games are always the best
So don’t you think you should play a good game of netball

Rat Trapping in our Backyard

Some children from Mahutonga and Matariki have been going down the bank to set some traps. We wanted to get rid of the pests which are eating the seeds, preventing the native bush from growing.
We set 2 traps and we put one weta hotel by the Puriri tree.  We have been baiting them with Peanut butter but as yet have not caught any.  Those rats are really clever managing to trip the trap without getting caught and then cleaning all the peanut butter off so that they are completely clean.  
We are wondering what we need to do differently so that we catch some pests.  Do any of you have any ideas?  Please leave a comment.
Here is one of the traps .
Oto with one of the traps.

We also did some planting of more native trees down the bank with Brian Thomas, the head ranger for the Eastern suburbs.  We planted some Rewarewa, Tuapata,Tarata, Totara, Kawakawa and Kohekohe as well as some species we don’t know the names of.

By Jack.H and Burton

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Class Pictures from Around the World

We have added to this presentation called, "Class pictures from around the world" We are enjoying collaborating with other schools from around the world.

Mahutonga 17th September 2015

Skype with Ben

Today we skyped Ben. He is in England/ Stoke at the moment and has also spent time in London. It was 10.42 at night there and it was Wednesday. It is Thursday here. It was really cool to hear from him!
by Felix and Rowan

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Little Red Riding Hood with a twist by Charlie

Little red riding hood, the giant fail

Wolf is knocking on the door
grandma opens it once more
the wolf gave her a scary grin
and then he ate her, he went in

out the window, riding hood
was walking out of the woods
the wolf was really horrified
Please don’t come now!’ the wolf cried
he tried to put on grandma's clothes
but he ate them! oh no!
he went to look in grandma's closet
no more clothes! ohh... DANG IT!
the door opened, she came in
he tried to hide in the bin
but poor old wolf, he’s too big!
he had this trouble with the pigs!

Riding hood came in and saw
an upset face, some soggy paws
the wolf looked guilty
and slightly dumb
she said I’ll shoot you
after one!

She said three, and next two
when she said one, the house went “BOOM!”
so riding hood, the girl in red
was happy that the wolf was dead!

  • Charlie

What is success?



Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Big Shakeout is scheduled for: Thursday 15 October, 9.15 am

While we will take part in the earthquake drill at 9.15 am, this is a great opportunity to test our systems regarding emergency evacuation. This will be a bit of an unknown in reality..... phone lines will be clogged and email probably down BUT we can simulate the exercise as much as possible on this day.

Thanks to those of you who have returned your new Emergency Contact Forms. Some of you have nominated 5 'others' plus yourselves who can pick up your child/ren, some of you 5 in total. That's fine..... it was, in hindsight, open to interpretation. 5 or in some cases, 7, nominated adults go a long way towards great support in an event of an emergency. Thank you.

So what will happen on the 15 October 2015?

  • Parents will get a reminder email and text from the school office at two different times of the day leading up to the 2.30pm pick up.
  • This will allow us to check these systems at our end and also for you to double check you haven't got a new mobile number or email address lately!
  • If you are unable to collect your child yourself, you will need to contact someone on your Emergency Contact List.
  • Children will remain in class spaces at 2.30 pm.
  • Staff will be at both school entrances with lists of children's names and nominated contacts who can pick the child/ren up.
  • (If wet, we will let you know where.)
  • Parents' nominated contacts will see a staff member who will check the list and provide them with a WBS stamped piece of paper with the child's name on it.
  • This piece of paper will be taken to a staff member who is with the children in the class space and only then will the child be ticked off and able to leave.
  • We are in conversation with ECAT (After School Care) regarding their emergency systems and will let any parents whose children go to ECAT the lay of the land in plenty of time. 
As in the case of a 'real' emergency, please do not telephone or email the school. The staff will be too stretched. Just know that your child/ren will be looked after until you or a nominated contact can get to the school.If you haven't completed the forms, please do so asap. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

Using Kaizen to set goals

All year we have been setting goals for ourselves at the beginning of each session. We have also been reflecting on these goals. Recently, we have been thinking about Kaizen and how this can help us to improve our goal setting. We have been talking about making small improvements to meet a big goal. 

Kaizen is a Japanese word. Kai, meaning change and Zen meaning good. The type of change is small and incremental. Small changes in the right direction add up and eventually we are able to meet our big goal. 

Gardens in Newtown

Today some kids went with John to some gardens in Newtown and got some inspiration for the gardens we are going to build at school. By Gretel

Here is a movie about our trip:

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Who are our ancestors?

We entered the ko wai ō tātou tīpuna (who are our ancestors) competition. I wrote about my great- great- great grandfather, Arthur Carkeek. He was a courageous man who fought in war.
I made it into the top 5 out of 1265 entries and so my entry made it into the book that got published. The school got 5 copies of the book and so did I. The book will be available in the school library.
Thanks Emma. R

Boot Camp

Boot Camp
In Mahutonga and Matariki for our wake your brain up activity down at bottom court we do boot camp.The exercises we do are 4 laps of running around bottom court for the warm up. Burpees, walking lunges, scissor lunges, squats,tuck and rolls, bear crawl, duck walk, crab walk, the ladder, shuttle runs, plank, uphill and downhill running. All followed by stretching at the end. Here is what some people think of Boot camp...

Boot Camp really helps me because I am getting fitter, faster and stronger and that’s helping me in my sports- Hunter

If you do bootcamp only once, your muscles tend to hurt, yet when you do it more than once, you get to like it and you do it more often- Jude

I think that boot camp is really good for your health- Jack M

Boot camp is really good to do when you need exercising- Takehisa

I want to be a runner when I am older so boot camp will really help me- Rico

It gives me a good start to the day- Chester

It helps me get fit and it gives me a good start to the day it also helps me with my Goalkeeping agility- George

Helping People in the Community

Helping People in the Community:

In Matariki and Mahutonga we have been working on a plan to help the community.
We have been thinking,
What could we do to help?

So we have made a plan to help.
We have had lots of ideas,
We got into groups and got a sheet of paper to come up with as many ideas as possible.
  • What could we do to help?
  • Who are we going to help?
  • When should we help?
  • Where are you going?

We are then going organise a trip  somewhere our choice to see how they think we could help them and the community.

From there we will ask some questions about what they do to help The community and why they help them.
Some people have already made some interesting plans:

  • Frankie and Chanel hope to go to a Kindergarten
  • George and Lucie are planning to return to St Aidans
  • Emma M And Josie are planning to go to the SPCA
  • Somebody was talking about visiting a rest home and taking plants or art works or something else.

We have been getting really stuck into this piece because we have had so much interest on whose role is it to care for the elderly and who is in our community.

By Frankie And Chanel  !!!!

Empathising with refugees through the Save the Children Advert

This is us learning about refugees at Te Papa