Newsletter 3rd December 2018

Posted: 03/12/2018 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

3rdDecember 2018

 Dear parents and whanau

It’s such a lovely time of the year being able to discuss with the children the real meaning of Christmas. The  children are having such an exciting time making props and decorations for our upcoming Christmas show, close friends and relatives are also very welcome to join us in celebrating our Christian culture.

TheKindy Christmas Show will be held here this Friday 7thDecember. At 5.30 the church hall opens, 5.45pm the children will be asked to come out the back with the teachers and the show will begin at 6pm.

The show will be followed by a shared supper.

For the safety of our children we ask you to make sure that NO cars are parked on our driveway.

In order to help teach the Older Children manaakitanga (hospitality), we have invited some of the residents from Churton Leigh Rest-home to come for morning tea and to see the children sing some Christmas songs on Tuesday 18thDecember. The children will be handing out morning tea and the bookmark gifts they have made for our special guests.

We would also like to extend the above invitation to Grandparents and special friends of our children.

‘Little Dogs Barking’ puppet show will be coming to Grace Kindy on Tues 11thDecember at 1pm. Both sessions are invited to come to see ‘Twinkle’ – the cost is $5. Please note that any children who wish to attend from the younger session will need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.



With both of our sessions we are having some very insightful discussions, songs and stories about the birth of Jesus. With our Older Tamariki we are ‘encouraging the children to understand that they are uniquely gifted by God’ (from our Special Character Curriculum). We are doing this by encouraging the Older Tamariki to become reporters of their culture. They have been busy bringing in resources such as photos, video’s, instruments etc that relate to special family traditions and their own unique culture.

The Older Tamariki have even become so confident with speaking that they have embraced using te reo forintroducing themselves.


Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family.

A big Grace welcome to theHeinrich-Agius family, the Morris family, the Willard family, the Young family and the Smith-Cakebread family.


Parent Help

Thank you to the parents who have signed up for Parent Helpfor term 4. Parent help is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

We are requiring each family of the Younger Tamariki Session to put their name down to two parent helps each. The Older Tamariki Session are needing three parent helps per term. Please note that if you have a child to pick-up from school that the afternoon parent help duty can be made earlier to accommodate this.


Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Andrea Boult visited another centre for her Professional Development and has gained an insight in how other centres work.

Pip McGee attended a course on ‘Communicating with empathy’ which looked at ways of recognising children’s needs on an emotional level.


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.



Please label your child’s drink bottle and their lunchboxes. A sharpie can be used from the teachers’ office.

Please make sure there are no chocolates, lollies or products containing nuts in your child’s lunch. This includes no peanut butter sandwiches and muesli bars containing nuts. For the Younger Session please do not bring in any whole eggs (such as egg sandwiches).


Summer Clothing

The weather is starting to turn quite hot, with some very sunny patches, so please remember to pack and label your child’s sunhat.


Waiting List

We have a couple of vacancies in our younger session, during term 4, so 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.


May God bless you and your children.

Kind Regards from the

Grace Kindergarten Teachers


The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 Term Start End
Four 2018 Monday 15thOctober  

Friday 21st December


Labour Day 22ndOctober (Monday) Is a public holiday    
One 2019 Tuesday 22ndJanuary Friday 12 April
Waitangi Day Wednesday 6thFebruary  



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