Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Transition: Matariki and Mahutonga Spaces

Every year we have some time to work in our new spaces with other people that we will be collaborating with. We call this "Transition!" Last Friday, our Year 4 and 5 students took the Year 3 students around the space so that they will be familiar with the layout. We had to think like architects and draw a plan of the space. 

We would like to invite parents to our transition time this Friday!

Transition across Spaces - Friday 24 November, 9.30 to 10am - ALL WELCOME
Come along to Karakia, have a cuppa and then at 9.30-ish you can pop along to your child's new space for 2018. The thinking was to especially provide an opportunity for parents of Autahi children moving to Tautoru and parents of Tautoru children moving to Mahutonga/Matariki to chat with teachers and see their children in their new spot. It's not exclusive, however, as it's also a great chance to meet different parents who have children already in that space. SO ALL WELCOME! The more the merrier really. Come and get familiar in your 2018 environment!

BYOD Question and answer meeting: Friday 24 November - 10am in staffroom
Our Chromebooks and iPads have led to incredible opportunities for our students over the last few years. The school has increased technology by around 50% in the last three years which has been so fortunate. Our learners to be connected more and more. So, we need to keep the BYOD growing in order to keep our students connected to all of the new, exciting learning possibilities.

Senior students at Worser Bay School are able to bring a digital device to school to assist their learning. This is not compulsory but we would like to encourage people who are able, to get on board.

Worser Bay School uses technology as one way of enhancing our mission to teach the skills, knowledge and behaviours students will need as responsible citizens in the global community. Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day.

In an effort to increase access to those 21st Century skills, Worser Bay School allows personal devices on our network and school grounds for students who follow the responsibilities stated in the Student Acceptable Use of Technologies Agreement and the BYOD Information and Permission form.

Worser Bay School strives to provide appropriate and adequate technology to support learning.  The use of personal devices by students is optional, and students who do not participate in BYOD will be be able to use chromebooks provided by the school.

An important component of BYOD is education about appropriate online behaviours.  We will review cyber-safety rules with students frequently throughout the course of the school year and will offer reminders and reinforcement about safe online behaviours.  In addition to the rules outlined in these guidelines, students will be expected to comply with all class and school rules while using personal devices.  The use of technology is not a necessity but a privilege.  When abused, privileges will be taken away.

If you are interested in purchasing a device before the start of school, we have provided some guidance below. If you have any questions before the end of the term, please see or email Nicola or John:
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Students can use their devices throughout the day for collaborative learning, web-based research and applications, including creating documents and presentations.

What students say:

We asked students “How does BYOD help you with your learning?”
“It helps me with my learning because it is easier to sign in. Google Docs help because you can type whatever you want and carry on at home if you want.”

“I think it gives you more freedom with what you can do or can’t do. It helps that you don’t have the pressure to find a computer when you need it. You can definitely use it to learn at home too. You can go on Maths links or keep going with writing docs.”

“Sometimes if you have your own device you can use it when you want. I like to use devices for typing because it is easier for me to get the ideas down.”

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hour of Code 2017

The ICT Student Council Group have been helping teachers to organise the "Hour of Code" event this year. They have been trialling the "Gumball Play Lab" so that we can become experts and teach others.

Students in Matariki and Mahutonga have new login details that they have already received or will receive shortly.

During Computer Science Education Week, tens of millions of students will gather all around the world to participate in the annual Hour of Code.

Watch this space...

You can check out the site at

Monday, 20 November 2017

Getting ready for our Extravaganza of Creativity Evening - Thursday 30 November

We've been creating short plays to share on our Creativity Evening, Thursday 30 November. We have tried different approaches: acting out scenes and seeing what develops; writing scripts based on planning scenes, characters and conflicts; collaborating with different people; sharing our work, celebrating and critiquing it; and writing success criteria. It's looking like a great evening of memorable moments and humour.

Some of the students developed these success criteria today:

And here they are in action:

Friday, 17 November 2017

Brain Memory Game: we are all so different!

We did some learning about how we all learn really differently!

We are engaged and motivated by different things, we remember things in different ways and we like to express what we know in different ways. This is because our brains are really different from each other. In order to investigate how we work differently, we played a memory game to try and remember a bunch of random objects. We all tried our own strategy and then shared back as to how we remembered the objects.

Different people were motivated to play this game by different things. Some people were motivated by the challenge, some people were motivated because it was fun, some people were motivated by the competitive element, while some people were motivated because it was a familiar game to them.
We are all motivated by different things!

Some people remembered the objects by alphabetical order. Some categorised them by where you find them in a house. Some visualised the objects in order to remember them. There were so many different strategies used! It was so cool to think about how this applies to our learning and how one size most definitely does not fit all! Check out a video we watched about this and some pictures of our memory game on the blog.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Worser Bay Duathlon: Raising Funds For KidsCan

We want to end child poverty in New Zealand. We did an Inquiry about this and realised that there are thousands of kids living in poverty in New Zealand. We wanted to do something to help so we organised this event. The donations will go directly to KidsCan from this Give a little page.
Year 4, 5 and 6 will be taking part in this event. You can sponsor us on this site :

All funds go directly to KidsCan!

By Flynn, Nick, Ben, Max and Teddy

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Brain and Maths

As part of our Inquiry, "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?" we have been learning about the brain. We did some learning about Growth Mindset and Maths. We found out how learning happens.

We know that Maths is a creative subject and anyone can learn it!

Today we watched a video about Maths Myths and the Brain by Jo Boaler. We found out that a myth about Maths is that people are not born gifted. Anyone can learn Maths and anyone can do well if they practise, persevere and accept challenges.

When you learn something, synapses fire in the brain. Pathways are formed and the more you return to an idea the stronger the pathways get. When you learn something your brain grows and the learning sticks if you learn it deeply and come back to it often. When you make mistakes synapses fire and the brain grows.

Zumba in Health Groups

As part of our Health Groups this afternoon, we planned our own fitness programme. Some of us chose to have an energetic dance for our cardio. 

Greer W: Today we did Zumba it was so fun we did a Latin one. It was hard but very fun. 

Alba: Today for health groups we did Zumba it was really fun, funny and very tiring.

Eva: Today for health groups I did Zumba and I had a lot of fun. We did some stretches a in it as well.

Friday, 10 November 2017

School Computer Club

The school computer club happens on Wednesdays at lunch time where you can do coding, scratch, computer setup etc.
It is for Year Fours, Fives and Sixes in Mahutonga. Here's a link for the sign up sheet worser bay school computer club sign ups

By Ruby

Stuck in the Sewer: Travelling Tales

This is a Travelling Tale named "Stuck in the sewer" created by 5 schools from around the world. This was made by students from schools in USA, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. Thank you to Isabel, Gina, Lachlan, Hugo W, Reuben and Izar for helping to write the end of the tale. 


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Eastern Zone Athletics Day

 On Wednesday some of us headed to Athletic Park in Newtown to compete against other Easter Zone schools. It was a good day of team spirit and encouragement, with many doing well in their events. Thanks to all the parents who were able to come and support us too.