Newsletter December 2015

Posted: 16/12/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

15th December 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

What a wonderful and exciting term we are having celebrating the birth of Christ in so many different ways. Such as making props for the Christmas show, decorations to take home, baking and of course holding the actual Christmas show itself.

We had a lovely evening for our Christmas show, with families coming together singing and sharing supper. The children were just fantastic either singing on the stage or singing from the laps of their parents.

We would like to farewell our lovely teacher Beth Henderson and also send out our best wishes and prayers as she moves back to Auckland to help care for her sick father.

We have all appreciated her being part of our teaching team.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Immanuel Perera (mum Therese and dad Dan),

 

Appreciation and Fundraising

Thank you to those parents who helped us move the chairs for the Christmas show and for also helping us clean up afterwards. You were such a blessing with your kindness.

Thank you to Jillian (Toby’s mum) and our ‘Abacus’ fundraising supporters for helping us raise $382.

The babysitting club raised approximately $200

All of the above proceeds will be used in funding our extended playground.

 

Programme

Our focus for both of the sessions is Jesus, the son of God. Also reiterating that Jesus wants ‘kindness and love’ for Christmas, also how we can show kindness and love.

We are continuing to do a variety of extended activities over the week with the Older Tamariki Session, such as baking, making sherbet and also creating driftwood Christmas decorations.

We had Esther (our reliever) doing felt making with the children.

Heather (Alex’s mum) recently conducted a music session and Rachel, from Easy Swim, spoke to the children about water safety.

Last week we had Mark and the Fire fighting team visit with their fire engine. The children really enjoyed washing down the Youth Pastor’s van.

  

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

Mrs McGee recently attended a refresher course in first aid and a Supervisors Network Meeting.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that 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 prayers.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 1 2016. 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 a couple of spots available for mid 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Help Needed

Is their a builder in your family that would be willing to help us with some small maintenance jobs?

 

The Term Dates are as follow:

Term Start End
Four 2015 Monday 12th October Friday 18th December
One 2016 Tuesday 26th January Friday 15th April
Two 2016 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July

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Newsletter October 2015

Posted: 29/10/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

29th October 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

We are so very happy and proud to be exploring and playing with your children in our new extended kindy playground. The space is fantastic and the children are so very happy having the extra space to enhance their climbing skills and for team sports and games.

This week we have lots of excited children who have begun practicing some of the Christmas songs they will be singing to you at our Grace Kindergarten Christmas Show.

Please mark in your diaries the date for the show which will be Friday 4th December, starting at 6pm.

 

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Tomas Schepers (mum Ann and dad Stijn), Julian Nestmann (mum Daniela and dad Michael), Noah McGee (mum Shayna and dad William) and Toby Hunter (mum Jillian and dad Mark).

 

Appreciation and Fundraising

Thank you to all of our families who have taken part in our fundraising efforts, we feel truly blessed to be part of such a supportive and encouraging community.

Thank you to Sym Gardiner, from the Grace Kindergarten Board of Management, your continuous hard work over the holidays has been particularly noticed as well as assisting to build our wonderful shed.

Please note that the last fundraiser for the year will be the ’Baby Sitters Club’ on Saturday 12th December.

 

Programme

Lots of outdoor play – It is so lovely hearing the joyful squeals and laughter of the children enjoying the new larger playground. The teachers are so very happy and have planned a variety of physical play to extend the children’s gross and fine motor skills in the outdoor environment.

We are currently observing the children’s interests as to what focus to start this term. Our Christian focus for both of the Older session is spontaneous prayer.

 

Other

We have now put up the bible verse which Ashleigh (Miss Best) gifted us, ‘Let the children come unto me’. Esther Van der Voorn (a former board member) had a few years ago expressed that this would be a lovely verse to have up on our wall. So this will be a lovely reminder of both Ashleigh and Esther.

 

Teacher Goals/Reviews and Professional Development

The teachers have recently done a ‘Music Review’, which has given us the chance to reflect the ways we incorporate Music into our planned and unplanned portion of our programme. This was also an opportunity to research, compare and to inspire each other.

Miss Henderson has recently attended a refresher course in first aid.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that 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 prayers.

 

Sun Safety

Please remember to bring your child’s sunhat to kindy, also to apply sunblock to your child before their arrival. However if you have forgotten you are welcome to use the kindy sunblock which is on the sign-in table.

Please note that the children will have sunblock reapplied to them by the teachers at 1pm. Please let the teachers know if your child has an allergy to sunblock or if you would rather supply your own sunblock for the afternoon.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 4. 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 a couple of spots available for 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December
     
     

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28th September 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

It has been such an exciting time with lots of social events tied in with the fundraising for our new playground. Thank you all so much for your support. Please checkout our fundraising thermometer.

Already we have had our new storage shed built, temporarily in front of the fort. Later on this week the landscaping will begin and then the safety matting will be laid during the second week of the school holidays.

This Wednesday we are having a ‘coffee and Play’ from 10am to 11.30am for parents and their children who would like to come into our centre for a casual visit.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Huntley Pyke (mum Suzanne and dad Steve), Sylvia Hawkesby (mum Gillian and Christian), Harriet Lester (mum Liz and dad Justin), Jack Britton (mum Sarah and dad Alex), SebastianCole (mum Kerry and dad Matthew), Luke Cobham (mum Kirsty and dad Josh), Lachie Morrison-Clark (mum Carey-Anne and dad Alex) and Makayla Goh (mum Sandra and dad Jonah).

Appreciation

We would like to express a big thank you to Debbie Moore (Bria’s mum) for the work she has done in organizing the silent auction. What a huge success with $1,395 raised.

Thank you to Blair MacDonald (our board member) and fellow cake bakers, for raising $450 at the Movie night.

Also to Mel Lienert (our 4th teacher) and Prolight Electrical who organized our disco, plus the wonderful team of parents who helped to support this social event. We raised a fantastic $806.

We also have greatly appreciated those parents who took part in our ‘builders working bee’.

and having the water trough legs freshly painted by Michelle Stevens (Felicia’s mum).

 

Art for Christmas Gifts

With Christmas approaching next term we would like to encourage you to start thinking about the special people around you that may cherish a calendar, greeting card, notebook or diary that has your child’s own art on it. Your child has already been busy doing a piece of artwork for this fundraiser. Further information, including the art, will be on display for you to view and place orders at the beginning of term 4.

Later this week we will be sending out information in regards to promoting a bake sale and second hand book and toy sale. This will take place in Johnsonville on Saturday 17th of October (next term).

 

Programme

Our Christian focus for the Older sessions is continuing with ‘God made our bodies for a purpose’. We also added science experiments to help emphasise this.

The younger session has been looking at ways that “God has made our food’ (trees, vegetables growing etc).

 Other

The teachers have been working on a review about ‘Gaining a Maori Perspective’ during our sessions. Please see the board set up near the sign-in table.

Praying for you

Did you know that 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 prayers.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 4. 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 a couple of spots available for 2016. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter August 2015

Posted: 10/08/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

10th August 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

What a great term we are having with lots of Social and fundraising events happening. This is such a great way to connect with other families from Grace Kindy and form closer relationships. We started off this term with a dessert evening at the Teal’s house. This was followed by a movie night at the Light House in which we raised over $450 for the new playground. Thank you to all that encouraged your family and friends to join us. And also for the enthusiastic board members who organized and baked some wonderful cakes. It really was a great movie, thank you Blair.

The disco is the next exciting event, so please practice your dance moves with your children and book in Friday 11th September 5.30pm to 7pm in your calendars. We will need some helpers with this so please look out for the ‘help list’ which will be on the parent sign-in table from Tuesday.

 

Our Programme

Our Christian focus for both sessions is on ‘forgiveness’ – How to fix mistakes made and forgiving each other.

This term we are focusing on the way our Younger Tamariki actively explore their environment and what they are learning. Our focus with our Older Tamariki is ‘Ways we communicate with our bodies’ and the ways the teachers incorporate literacy and numeracy into this focus.

Teachers’ Professional Development

Mrs Wee attended a workshop which looked at ways of incorporating the Maori language into our programme in relevant ways.

 

Praying for you

Did you know that 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 prayers.

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 3. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We may have a couple of spots available at the end of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied. Please contact one of the teachers if you can do this.

 

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter July 2015

Posted: 07/07/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

2nd July 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

We have had a wonderful term with lots of action on the new church hall site. The children loved observing the crane and electric scissor lift at work from our especially set up viewing area.

This week we held Fancy dress-up days with lots of excited children enjoying ice-cream parfaits and having their photos taken in the photo booth set up.

Miss Henderson (Beth) has settled in well to her new position, as a full time teacher, so we are all feeling very fortunate to have already formed a close teaching team.

We would like to welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Dulain (mum Gayani and dad Milinde).

Praying for you

Did you know that 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 prayers.

Teachers’ Professional Development

During the school holidays we will have a speech and language therapist (Christian Wright) providing us with professional development regarding language development, as well as working with children who have English as a second language.

Our Programme

This term for our Older Tamariki we had a focus on Maths and Construction, where the children have had opportunities to use tape measures for finding numbers, ruling and cutting out lengths of paper as well as lengths of wood. We also celebrated Matariki, the Māori New Year. The Younger Tamariki have had a variety of waiata and te reo used in books and CDs. The Older Tamariki have been involved in Māori art by exploring koru shapes for screen printing. They also have been making fry bread and participated in a variety of games using te reo. As well as storytelling, non-fiction books and YouTube video’s on space.

Next term our Older Tamariki will be going on a bus trip to Te Papa to participate in a Matariki programme.

 

Parent Night

Kellee Teal has kindly volunteered to host a dessert evening for parents, caregivers, teachers and board members to socialise together on Thursday 23rd July at 7.30pm.

 

 

Parent Help

A reminder to please put your name on our parent help roster, which is now out for term 3. This is a great opportunity to connect with your child and their friends whilst providing much appreciated help for the session.

 

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available during the middle of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied. Please contact one of the teachers if you can do this.

 

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October Friday 18th December

 

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Newsletter May 2015

Posted: 28/05/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

28th May 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

There is a lot of excitement again with the children, from both of the sessions, now that the new church hall construction is well under way. We are encouraging the children to express their ideas, describe and predict what will happen next with lots of problem solving questions.

With this regained interest in building, our older children have been busy drawing up and labeling their own building plans. Their fantastic outdoor and indoor house plans will soon be displayed for parents to view.

 

We would like to welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Sofia (mum Amy and dad Oliver), Maliha (mum Amy and dad Daniel) and Huntley (mum Suzanne and dad Steve)).

 

This week is ‘Samoan Language Week’ so we are taking this great opportunity to engage the children with the Samoan culture through a discovery area set up, through songs, stories and with our older children making coconut buns to share with the younger session. A special thanks to Opeta and Noga who have helped the teachers in learning some new songs and a Samoan Grace. Also to Splendira who has shared some Samoan items, including a precious Fale Samoa (traditional model of a house).

 

We are currently encouraging early literacy by engaging the children to act out stories and through storytelling. They have been enjoying learning new ways of using creativity and literacy for a purpose, such as writing words and making Mother’s day cards.

 

Our Christian theme this term for both sessions is ‘Serving like Jesus’. We have also had the older Tamariki session children involved in making ‘prayer and praise’ rocks for making up the building foundation of the new church hall. The teachers recently attended a professional development day on additional ways of implementing our Christian culture in creative ways.

 

Grace Kindergarten Annual Update

Please join us for dessert and an update about Grace kindergarten. The proposed layout of our enlarged playground will also be presented for discussion.

 Parent Help

The start time for parent help for the later part of the Younger Tamariki Session is now 11.00am.

 Artistic parent wanted for mural

We are currently thinking about adding a mural to our new playground, once extended. If you are able to help us with this we would really appreciate your assistance. Please see one of the teachers.

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available for our Younger Tamariki session, during the middle of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied.

Any donations of tissues are greatly appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October TBC

 

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These are the details for the Grace Kindergarten Annual Update.

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Newsletter April 2015

Posted: 27/04/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

 

24th April 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

Welcome back to term 2 with some lovely sunny weather. We have had a great start to this week with the children very eager to get to know our new teacher Miss Henderson (Beth). Thank you to our parents who have gone out of their way to make her feel so welcome, she has already become a valuable part of our strong teaching team.

Please note the change of the parent help start time for the Younger Tamariki Session from 11.15am to 11am start.

We would like to welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Georgia (mum Sophie and dad Ryan), Malachi (mum Amanda and dad Nathan) and Samuel (mum Emma and dad Mark).

At the end of last term we looked at the theme of ‘Our Changing Environment’ with the Older Tamariki enjoying making their own sandwiches from the vegetables we had grown at kindy. We also were able to observe and discuss the several concrete trucks that pumped concrete up through a tall pipe and down into a very long hose which reached into the new church hall foundations.

This week we have been currently looking at the theme of ‘Anzac Day‘. The Older Tamariki have listened to stories about Anzac day with some of the children interested in painting poppy images. We also watched a Youtube video about the poppy and how we honour Anzac day in NZ. Our wonderful children made so many Anzac biscuits that we were able to share them with the Younger Tamariki.

 

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available for our Younger Tamariki session, during the middle of the year. Please grab some flyers if you know of friends and family who might be interested in joining the Grace Kindy family.

 

Class Photo

A reminder that we are currently selling class photos, taken late last term. The cost is $10 each and ALL of the money raised will go towards purchasing safety matting for our additional kindergarten playground.

 

Entertainment Books

Please support our kindergarten’s fundraising efforts for our new playground by purchasing and encouraging friends to purchase an entertainment book.

 

Help Needed

We are looking for someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied.

Any tissues donated will be appreciated, especially with the chilly mornings now approaching.

 

Reminders

As the weather is now very changeable, please remember to include your child’s sunhat and coat. We have sunhats for sale at $20 each, as well as Grace Kindergarten tee-shirts.

 

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The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October TBC

 

 

 

 

Newsletter March 2015

Posted: 11/03/2015 in Uncategorized

Newsletter July 2012

10th March 2015

 

 Dear parents and whanau

We are all having a lovely first term back with the mostly sunny days. The children have loved having lots of physical play and enjoying exploring water outside with pipes, the water canal and watering the little garden we have planted together. The lettuces are just about ready for our end of term sandwich making.

Please welcome the following new families to join our Grace Kindy family. A big Grace welcome to Hunter Hearn (mum Janine and dad Nicholas), Siena Ng (mum Merridth and dad Richard) and Splendira Opetaia (mum Noya and dad Opeta)

 We can hardly believe that the end of term is soon approaching, along with Miss Best’s farewell. Please mark in your diaries that we will be having her farewell during our Fish n Chip evening. This will be held at Grace Kindy at 5.30pm on Friday 27th March. Please bring your own takeaways. Tomato sauce, tea and coffee will be provided.

In preparing the children for having a new teacher next term, I asked the older children what characteristics the new teacher should have. We were told that the teacher “should be kind” “should help people” “Be able to make children better” and to be “as tall as Miss Best“. They were quite excited about being able to SKYPE Miss Best when she arrives in England.

We are still following with our theme of ‘Our Changing Environment’. The vegetable planting was a great success with the children also being involved with using the wheelbarrow to unload the plants etc from Mrs McGee’s car to the back of the kindy.

The Older Tamariki went on a trip to Cummings Park library, where we had the opportunity of seeing what goes on behind the librarian’s desks as well as learning new rhymes and finger songs.

A big THANK YOU to Chrisna Moffat who kindly showed our Older Tamariki her fabulous paintings. The opportunity of having a recognised Artist at kindy was a real treat for us all.

 

Waiting List

We will have a couple of spots available for our Younger Tamariki session, during the middle of the year.

 

Class Photo

A reminder that we will be having a class photo fundraiser this week. A class photo will be taken of the Younger Tamariki during the session held on Friday 13th March. The Older Tamariki will have their photo taken on Thursday the 12th March.

 

Dress-up Day

We will be having a ‘Red’ theme dress-up day with red pikelets and many red themed activities available. The Older Tamariki will have their dress-up day on Tues 17th March with the Younger Tamariki on Wed 18th March.

 

Needs – Can you help?

We are needing a parent to help with our entertainment book fundraising. If you are unable to do a parent help this term perhaps you would please help us out with this fundraiser. Our previous parent who did this is happy to show you what to do.

We also need someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied.

Do you know someone who has access to wood, that is not tanilised, for our carpentry table? The Older Tamariki would greatly appreciate any wood that can be contributed. Please let one of the teachers know if you can help.

 

Reminders

As the weather is now very changeable, please remember to include your child’s sunhat and coat. We have sunhats for sale at $20 each, as well as Grace Kindergarten tee-shirts.

We have sunblock available for you to use on your children upon their arrival. The teachers will apply sunblock to the Older Tamariki after they have had lunch, as the day is now longer for them.

Please check out our facebook page (you don’t need to be a member to see it). It contains all of our updates, plus if you like or follow it you can receive updates to your newsfeeds.

We have flyers available for you to give to friends and family on the information table if you know of families who are looking for a kindergarten.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October TBC

 

Newsletter July 2012

4th February 2015

 

Dear parents and whanau

I hope you have all had a fun and safe Christmas holiday period, making the most of the lovely sunny days we have been blessed with.

As you will now be aware Ashleigh (Miss Best) has taken on an exciting opportunity to travel overseas next term. While we will all miss having Ashleigh as part of our teaching team we are also very excited for our close friend and colleague. For 7yrs we have prayed together for your children, the families of Grace and each other. We know that we will all still remain close friends and we look forward to SKYPing Ashleigh with your children on our big screen tv.

We have had a large number of new children join our Grace kindy family from last November.

A big Grace welcome to Adam Parker (mum Tania and dad Dave), Caleb Rae (mum Robyn and dad Andrew), Faith and Emily Yate (mum Caroline and dad Mark), Mackenzie Hume (mum Mel and dad Andy), Hetty Humphries (mum Megolin and dad Hunter), Isla Jenkins (mum Lyndsey and dad Adrian), Isabella Lauchlan (mum Stephanie and dad Ben ), Bria Moore (mum Debbie and dad Richard), Jayden O’Brien (mum Susan and dad Daniel), Lucy Rees-Thomas (mum Nicky and dad James), Olivia Sharma (mum Sybille and dad Ankit), Jake Uy (mum Jocelyn and dad Johnny), Heidi van Rij (mum Rachael and dad Stuart), Johnny West (mum Anna and dad Matt) and Isabella Yeoman (mum Rebekah and dad Ben).

We are currently looking at the theme of ‘Our Changing Environment’ due to the large portion of our children interested in the construction work now in progress for the church hall. Please see our ‘learning snapshot’ noticeboard, where we will record our planning and the children’s responses to this exciting project. We will also be doing some planting of vegetables in the next week

The teachers have all had a wonderful week back with your children. Once again we are all amazed at how well the children have settled back into kindy and embraced the change of hours. We are conscious of the heat and the effects of tiredness that come with the very hot outdoor play so we have made a few slight changes to the structure of the session that we feel will benefit the children.

 

For the Younger Tamariki Session, that is held on Wednesday and Friday, we will have our welcoming time followed by morning tea at 9.45am. We will then continue with our free play/exploration time at approximately 10am.

At 11.30am we found that the children embraced our music program, which was held in the hall. This consisted of the children using props and playing instruments, demonstrated by the teachers, to action songs. We also will be including some exploration songs where children can trial out their own moves and beats to a variety of styles of music.

We found most of the children had become quite hungry well before the original lunch break so we will change the lunchtime to 11.45am.

We will also need to change the later parent help start time to 11.30am, so we can set up for our lunch etc.

 

For the Older Tamariki Session, that is held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, we found that the children were more attentive to our story/discussion time (based around the children’s interests) straight after they had eaten. So we have adjusted our structure of the mat time slightly.

9.45am we will have our welcome song and music, followed by morning tea.

10.15am we will have our story/discussion/research time then we will continue with our free play/exploration time at approximately 10.30am

The children having a turn at the weather chart will now be based on a list of children’s names rather than being done by the parent helper’s own child. This is due to having 2 parent helpers per session and only one chart. We do have a couple of ‘jobs’ the parent helper’s child will be able to do on the day though.

Please check the website for the whole programme.

 

Needs – Can you help?

We are needing a parent to help with our entertainment book fundraising. If you are unable to do a parent help this term perhaps you would please help us out with this fundraiser. Our previous parent who did this is happy to show you what to do.

We also need someone to kindly volunteer to sand and paint the legs of our water play troughs. Paint and sandpaper will be supplied.

Do you know someone who has access to wood, that is not tanilised, for our carpentry table? The Older Tamariki would greatly appreciate any wood that can be contributed. Please let one of the teachers know if you can help.

 

Reminders

As the weather is now very hot, please remember to include your child’s sunhat. We have sunhats for sale at $20 each, as well as Grace Kindergarten tee-shirts.

We have sunblock available for you to use on your children upon their arrival. The teachers will apply sunblock to the Older Tamariki after they have had lunch, as the day is now longer for them.

Please check out our facebook page (you don’t need to be a member to see it). It contains all of our updates, plus if you like or follow it you can receive updates to your newsfeeds.

We have flyers available for you to give to friends and family on the information table if you know of families who are looking for a kindergarten.

 

The Term Dates for this year are as follow:

 

Term Start End
One Monday 26th January Thursday 2nd April
Two Monday 20th April Friday 3rd July
Three Monday 20th July Friday 25th September
Four Monday 12th October TBC