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
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     5.     global warming
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     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

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.

"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:

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:

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...