Newsletter May 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

25th May 2016


Dear parents and whanau

What a fun and busy term we are having. There have been lots of finishing work being done to our kindy foyer and all looks to be on target for the Kindy and Church Open day celebrating the new church facility, on Saturday 11th June starting at 1pm.

The kindy will be open in a reduced capacity for all our visitors to check out what we do, and there will be some other activities for the children in addition to this. The official ceremony begins at 2pm and our kindy children are very excited to be involved in this by singing ‘God made the earth, God made the sky…’

Justin Lester will be officially opening the facility followed by afternoon tea being served at 2.45pm providing an extra opportunity to mix and mingle.

Parent help spots not yet filled in for the term. A reminder that parents are required for two parent help duties per term for the Younger Tamariki Session and two to three 3 duties per term for the Older Tamariki Session.


Road works and parking

On Monday it is forecast for the replacement of the water mains in Ngatoto St to reach outside our kindergarten. Potentially this will mean very limited parking outside on the road.

During the peak drop off, 8.30am to 9am, the teachers will endeavor to provide a drop-off for parents who are wishing to sign the children in at our main doorway, and have the teachers take their child into kindy for them. After 9.15am you can park for 5min, down the driveway, while you enter the kindergarten to drop-off or pick up your child.

If you would like to spend more than 5 minutes in our kindergarten during this time you will need to park up on the road.

Please note the parking of cars down our driveway will only be temporary due to the roadworks.


Working Bee

Our Kindergarten working bee will be held this Sunday at 12.30pm

Thank you Pete Rhodes-Robinson who has spent most nights painting our kindergarten entrance hall, including doors.

Thank you also to Mark Williams, Matt Wet, Simon Gill, Hamish Mowat, Rhys Musson and James Rees-Thomas who heightened our playground fence.



We are having a focus, for both of the sessions, on ‘Children gaining the ability to be creative and expressive’. Through this theme the children have been actively learning sign language, exploring acting out stories, using props to make up their own stories. Plus drawing their own illustrations to express their ideas.

Please check the Blue Learning snapshot board for some of the older children’s responses to our planning. Please also check out the notice board (by the kitchen door) for examples of how we encourage our younger children to learn with and alongside others.


Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are still available for purchase. Please see one of the kindergarten teachers re purchasing options.


Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs McGee attended a Health and Safety Course plus a Supervisors Network meeting.


Did You Know?

That the average children’s yogurt contains almost 5 teaspoons of sugar (19 grams)


Praying for you

Each week the teachers pray for your children? If you have a specific prayer need for your child or for your family please speak to one of the teachers or send us an email.

We will happily include that in our weekly prayer time.


Winter Clothing

Please remember to make sure that your child has access to a warm sweatshirt or jacket for outside play, if it isn’t raining.


Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.


Waiting List

We have an available spot for our Younger Tamariki session at present.

Please grab some flyers, from our sign-in table, if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.


Help Needed

Is there someone in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs? We are needing some shelves and brackets to be installed in our new shed. We also would like some shelves installed in a small cupboard for our puzzles and board games.


May God bless you all in the coming weeks ahead.

Kind regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers


The Term Dates for this year are as follow:


Term Start End
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Easter Friday 25th March Tuesday 29th March

(school holiday)

Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July
Three 2016 Monday 25th July Friday 23rd September


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