Monday, 21 August 2017

How Can We Change The Way We View Mistakes?


Mistakes help your brain to grow!

Students crumpled a piece of paper and threw it at the board (maybe with some feelings of frustration.) Students retrieved their paper, smoothed it out and traced the creased lines with a coloured pen- this represented the brain growth. Synapses grow in your brain.

We will display the paper to show them the importance of making mistakes.

Irene Van Dyk coaches Worser Bay Ferns and Worser Bay Unicorns!

We were incredibly lucky this Monday morning to have Silver Fern Superstar, Irene van Dyk, come and coach our 2 Netball teams.

We did lots of drills and then had question and answer time with her.
We learnt that....
- if you want to be a Silver Fern shooter, you need to practice AT LEAST 100 shots a day
- that her nickname is 'eyes'
- it took her 9 years to get into a rep team!!!!
- when someone has their arms up blocking you - just push them down!
- being short is good cause you are nippy and quick
- if someone is pushing you - SKILL ALWAYS BETS ARGY BARGY
- that she is very very very tall
- she travelled NZ, Australia, Malaysia and  England to play for the Silver Ferns

video

Huge thanks to Deb for organising Irene to come to WBS and to all the parents who helped out!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Gratitude


As part of our Positive Education Programme, we like to take the time to say what we are grateful for. 

Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop - Tuesday 22 August

Come along to our Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop is on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45pm in Tautoru.

Student wellbeing, or actually wellbeing in general, is being talked about, written about, thought about wherever we turn. Wanting our children to grow up resilient, adaptable, open to new experiences and feeling good and doing good has to be something we all want. It's not just a grab bag of feel good 'stuff' - there is a science behind this.

Eighteen months ago we introduced what is known as Positive Education. “Positive Education is the bringing together of the science of wellbeing with best-practice teaching to enable individuals to thrive.” We are looking forward to sharing a bit of background, the model we use and some of the outcomes we have had with you on the 22nd.

We will hear first hand from some children, get to experience some of the activities and a couple of our parents will also be linking this with life outside school. Plus, Board members will introduce you to our Online School Policy site 'Schooldocs', many of which link in some shape or form to student wellbeing.

I'm sure you will have plenty to contribute to the discussion. It's a great chance to chat about what you do at home already in this sphere and also learn from others. That's what a community is all about. Let's grow and work together to build a strong foundation where our children can flourish.

We aren’t making a choice between wellbeing or academic pursuits as there isn’t a choice to be made!

From IPEN - the International Positive Education Network

Hope to see you there. (Hope is actually a great predictor of wellbeing and performance!)

Friday, 18 August 2017

Taking Action: Peace Week

Today we spent the day Taking Action. Last week, we learnt a lot about nuclear history and why New Zealand is nuclear free. Today we used what we have learnt to take action. We made plays, movies, songs, art, persuasive letters, poems...

These are some of the things that we came up with: 


By Mateo and Anatole
By Alexandra: "I felt sad that animals were dying from pollution!"
By Nell and Isabel: Peace Poem
By Charlotte: Comic Strip about Chernobyl
By Charlotte: Comic Strip about Chernobyl
By Rim, Ari and Hunter T
Visual Art about nuclear weapons
By Jessie
By Bethen
By Parker
The Creative Process: We are writing a song!

Peace Art: By Haare
By Kaia
By Luca, Nick, Ollie and Oscar
By Alastair and Hugo W
By Alastair and Hugo W
By Janne

By Orla

Iko Iko Band

Iko Iko Band


We have learned a new song and we taught it to the rest of the school at assembly this morning! It’s from New Orleans and has a Funky New Orleans rhythm. It is about the different Indian tribes in New Orleans who compete to steal each others flags.  They do this every year during Mardi Gras, a big festival.
The kids who are playing the song are funky kids!  We are learning to use drums with different rhythm patterns playing against each other, coordinating the guitar players and we even have some kids on the spoons.


We are learning some more songs so that we can visit the library and some other local places to share our love of music.

Come and join us, learn some new tunes and get into the groove!


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Maths Week Collaboration with our friends at Auroa Primary School

It's Maths Week!

Last Friday we wrote our own Maths problems for each other and our friends at Auroa Primary School. You can see our problems if you scroll down to Week 4 on our Online Maths Document, Term 3, 2017

Check out their Blog: Auroa Primary School/ Room 3 Blog

Some of the students at Auroa School solved some of our problems:




They wrote some problems for us: 


We have solved these problems and have put them on Seesaw. 
By Rico
By Flynn and Henry

By Elliot
By Caitlyn

Earthquake Drill



Drop, cover, hold! Yesterday we did an earthquake drill. It is really important to know what we would do if there was an earthquake.

Year 6 visit to EBIS

Today the Year 6 students visited EBIS where many of them will continue their learning next year. We saw lots of past Worser Bay School students who did a great job of looking after us, introducing us to new areas of learning and talking to us about what EBIS is like.

We started by meeting with the principal and the assistant principal. Then, together with students from Miramar North, we got into rotation groups. The options were visual arts (making masks), science (hands on activities), design tech (scratch and robotics), food technology and multi-media. We each had the chance to do two of the options.








Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cosmic Kids Yoga


Our students have been running their own "Wake up the brain" yoga sessions. They have enjoyed the Cosmic Kids Yoga sessions. You can access them: https://sites.google.com/a/worserbay.school.nz/matarikiwbs/morning-wake-up/yoga

Speaking of Wellbeing and Positive Education, here is a note from last week's newsletter: 

Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop - Tues 22 August
Our Student Wellbeing Parent Workshop is coming up fast on Tuesday 22 August at 6.45pm.

Student wellbeing, or actually wellbeing in general, is being talked about, written about, thought about wherever we turn. Wanting our children to grow up resilient, adaptable, open to new experiences and feeling good and doing good has to be something we all want. It's not just a grab bag of feel good 'stuff' - there is a science behind this.

Eighteen months ago we introduced what is known as Positive Education. “Positive Education is the bringing together of the science of wellbeing with best-practice teaching to enable individuals to thrive.” We are looking forward to sharing a bit of background, the model we use and some of the outcomes we have had with you on the 22nd.

We will hear first hand from some children, get to experience some of the activities and a couple of our parents will also be linking this with life outside school. Plus, Board members will introduce you to our Online School Policy site 'Schooldocs', many of which link in some shape or form to student wellbeing.

I'm sure you will have plenty to contribute to the discussion. It's a great chance to chat about what you do at home already in this sphere and also learn from others. That's what a community is all about. Let's grow and work together to build a strong foundation where our children can flourish.

We aren’t making a choice between wellbeing or academic pursuits as there isn’t a choice to be made!

Maths Week

It is Maths week this week, so of course we have been doing lots of Maths!

As part of Maths week, there are 'Daily Dollar Questions'. These are questions where we can earn 'money' by answering different questions each day - and the best part is loads of people in NZ are all participating!





Since it is Maths Week, our Online Maths is full of different problems that we have generated ourselves. 



We have also made Maths Art and Maths stories while the Year 6s were at EBIS.





If you would like to check out the Maths Week website and explore some of the games and activities follow the link!  https://mathsweek.org.nz/