Newsletter June/July 2016

Posted: 25/07/2016 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

8th July 2016


Dear parents and whanau

We are so very happy to be enjoying the lovely new entrance into our kindy and the done up walkway/hall that we can use for a variety of wet day activities.

Thank you to the wonderful kindergarten parents who helped us to achieve this through our working bee etc.

What a wonderful celebration day we had with the kindergarten children, who sang so proudly to their parents and the visitors to our kindy and the OCC church.


Parent’s morning tea

You are invited to drop in for a cuppa on

Tuesday 2nd August between 9am and 10am in the church hall.

Tea, coffee and a little baking will be provided (please feel free to bring a sweet treat to share if you would like to).


We would like to welcome the following new family to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to the Macdonald family.



We have been looking at the ‘Matariki’ constellation, planets and space. We also have had a focus on Māori stories, waiata and learning some additional Te Reo to incorporate the Māori Language week theme.


Our Christian theme has been ‘God the creator’ connecting this with Matariki and how God has made us different which pleases him but that the love we show from within is what he loves to see (what makes us beautiful to God).


We have had a PJ day for both sessions, this includes the Older Tamariki Children making a fresh fruit salad. We turned the ‘sharing room’ into a little observatory so we could view our paper machē planets with torches. Space sounds including a countdown to blast off were also used to create a wonderful atmosphere.


The Older Tamariki Sessions’ bus trip to the aquarium, at the Marine Education Centre, was fantastic. The children just loved being able to hold the starfish etc.


The Younger Tamariki Session will be incorporating an ‘extension group’ for the five oldest children from next term. The outcomes we aim to achieve are, developing concentration, gaining additional confidence in sharing ideas and listening to each other’s ideas, basic literacy and, at times, further extending their fine motor skills. These are skills that we are also developing with the children currently in our Older Tamariki Session.


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

Nicola Goodman will be speaking at the ECNZ conference in Hamilton regarding her research paper into ‘children’s engagement with their learning using online portfolios.


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 pop into our prayer container (on the sign in table) or speak to one of the teachers. Alternatively feel free to 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 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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