Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

WELCOME – NAU MAI
We welcome to Jacob Bacon, George Wilson and Chloe Rosanowski who join us in the Kākā room.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Liam Doran and Louisa Norton from the Pukeko room. Happy school days Liam and Lou Lou.

WORKING BEE AT CENTRE
Thank you to the group of parents that offered to help at the working bee recently. This amazing group cut hedges, water blasted, added new plants to the garden and generally gave the Centre a fantastic tidy up. We appreciate your support.

HOUSEKEEPING
***Child Sign in/Sign out
A reminder to please always sign your child IN and OUT.
The Ministry of Education requires that every child is signed in and out every day. If the Centre holds a practice fire drill and children are not signed in for the day, theoretically they cannot be accounted for.
We use sign in sheets as the roll in an emergency. Our most recent fire drill last Friday had some children not signed in. It is important your child is included in our checks. Thank you.

***Daily Absence Reminder
If your child is absent for the day, please call the Centre before 8.30am to receive your 50% discount on the fee for the day.
This also helps with the organisation of our staffing for the day.
We have noticed during this holiday period some parents have their child absent from Creative Corner and have not rung to advise us of this. You will therefore be charged full fees for your child’s absence.

***Timekeeping
Please ensure that you are collecting your child by their booked time. If you come in early we welcome you to stay with your child until their booked start time.
We need to be quite strict on this as we run to ratios and if parents are early dropping off or late collecting we may not have either the space or the correct amount of teachers.
If you need to drop off early or collect late you need to discuss this with either Amy or Kate in advance so we can check that we have enough space and staff to facilitate your request.
Thank you for your attention to this.

KIA ORA FROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
Tena koutou
First of all, I would like to welcome back Kirsty to the Kaka room! Kirsty was a member of the Kaka room THREE years ago before she had two of her own. Kirsty will be working Friday mornings, so please make yourself known to her.
In the Kakas this month there has been a huge interest in the three wheeler trikes. To support this interest, we have created obstacles for the tamariki to ride over as they are learning all about balance and that they speed up when they go down a ramp. It has also been a learning opportunity as the children have had to wait and learn about taking turns. We are also supporting our tamariki within their transition to the Pukeko room; we have been having wonderful afternoons in the Pukeko room to help them with this process. So If you cannot find us we will most likely be in the Pukeko room having a blast!!! (Katy)

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
Kia ora, we would like to thank some of those in the community who recently gave up their time to share their knowledge and resources with Creative Corner.
Firstly, Sasha from St John, who came and talked to the children about her role as an ambulance officer and how they are there to help and make others feel better.
Also, Jess Bacon, who gives up her time each week to conduct a music and movement session. The children love the musical instruments, dancing with scarves, ribbons and stretchy lycra. We would also like to thank Jess for lending us her sensory swing, which many of the children enjoyed.
(Kerry)

SAVE THE DATE
***WHIMSICAL WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
(Dress up day)

***TRIKEATHON FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 7 March 2020
Timaru Girls’ High School Tennis Courts
(10-12pm – see you all there)

***CCELC AGM
Wednesday, 29 April 2020, 8.00pm
(At Creative Corner)

***CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 20 June 2020
Oxford Restaurant
(More information to follow)


Ehara taku toa i te toa takimano
My strength is not that of an individual but that of a collective

TENA RA KOUTOU
(Greetings to you)

SAVE THE DATE
****FAMILY PICNIC
Thursday, 20 February
5.30-7.00pm
(Caroline Bay Children’s Playground)
****TRIKEATHON FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 7 March 2020
Timaru Girls’ High School Tennis Courts
(More information to follow)
****CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 20 June 2020
Oxford Restaurant
(More information to follow)

WELCOME BACK 2020

To our families and whanau
Tau Hou Hari
Happy New Year
and welcome back

We hope everyone has had a good chance to recharge your batteries over the Christmas break. We look forward to another successful year at Creative Corner.
It is great to see the children returning to Creative Corner, sharing stories about what they have done, with their friends and teachers.
When we slip out of our normal routines, like when we are not at work/school over summer, remember it doesn’t take long for children to lose their normal behaviour patterns. It can take children (and adults) a couple of weeks to return to “life as normal” and sometimes we all need a little bit more time for our bodies to catch up with what our head wants to do.

WELCOME – NAU MAI
We welcome Sasha Shaw, Danica Wilson, Lachie Small and Matilda Lindsay to the Kākā Room.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Cooper Heywood, William Campbell and Leilani Tealei who leave the Pukeko room. Happy school days Cooper, Leilani and William!

WELCOME TO NEW STAFF MEMBER KIRSTY MCINTYRE
We welcome Kirsty back to Creative Corner. Kirsty worked for us a few years ago and will be back in the Kaka room on Friday mornings. Please make yourself known to her.

WELL DONE!
The Pukekos celebrated Gay’s 30-year anniversary of working at Creative Corner recently. She received a beautiful bunch of flowers in recognition and the children sang to her.
Fantastic commitment and dedication to Creative Corner and the children who have attended the centre. Congratulations Gay!

KIA ORA FROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
Kia Ora
Welcome back to the Kākā room for 2020! I hope you all had a well-rested break and are ready for the fun year ahead. After having three weeks off it was amazing to come back and hear the language that the tamariki are speaking; they have all just blown us away with what they have absorbed over the break.
I am really looking forward to all the new learning and discoveries that we will all make this year! Bring it on!!
(Katy)

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
It is great to see our tamariki well rested and excited to be back, after the long break. It has been awesome to hear stories about what they got up to over the Christmas period. From camping, going on long hikes to hanging out at CBay, but mostly their stories focused on spending enjoyable amounts of time with family and friends.
Over the past couple of weeks many tamariki have displayed an increased interest in exploring ways to be creative and expressive themselves. In small groups they have been building cities out of mud and water, blocks and loose parts. This has also extended in to re-creating experiences familiar to them from within the home or their local community. For example, being a doctor, vet, fireman, policemen and/or looking after babies and other small animals. Through these experiences the children are often found working together in small groups, providing opportunities for them to further develop such social skills as sharing, turn taking, listening to others thoughts and ideas.
(Kerry)

Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.
Aim for the highest cloud so that if you miss it, you wil hit a lofty mountain.

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS


I would like to thank all our whanau for another successful year at Creative Corner. It is an honour to share time with you and your children.
I would like to extend a big thank you to the talented community minded individuals on our Board of Trustees; I appreciate your support and leadership.
Lastly, a big thank you to all my team of talented leaders and relievers, fabulous administrator and wonderful support crew. You have worked hard this year (as always) and I hope you enjoy your break.
Have a happy and safe Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Amy

 

TENA RA KOUTOU
(Greetings to you)

WELCOME – NAU MAI
Welcome to Isla Harvey who joins us in the Kākā room.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Bonnie Hollamby and Taylor Brickle who leave the Pukekos in December to start school. Happy school days Bonnie and Taylor!

KIA ORA F ROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
Trip to Famlan Farm Park
Wow, what a fantastic time we had at Famlan. The children absolutely loved seeing all the animals and getting to feed them.
It was super-hot and we all cooled down with drinks of water under a tree, with chickens roaming beside us!
We thank the parent help as without them it wouldn’t have been possible
(Katy)

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
With Christmas quickly approaching there is a lot of excitement in the air, along with a lot of conversations about Santa and what the children want for Christmas.
We tried to ring Santa late last week, but he was busy, so we are aiming to ring him again this week and share with him our hopes and desires. The Christmas tree is up, which some of the children enjoyed decorating, and this will be added to over the next couple of weeks as the children craft some wonderland creations.
Some of the children will be using the old format of communicating with Santa by writing him a letter, but we will also incorporate the new age by sending emails and tracing Santa’s journey.
Christmas is such a fun and marvellous time for children to be creative and let their imaginations run wild. We look forward to growing this further over our final weeks together in 2019.
(Kerry)

SAVE THE DATE

****CHRISTMAS PICNIC
Thursday, 12 December 5.30-7.00pm
Gardens Playground, Domain Ave
Santa will be coming and our Over 4s will be performing
Bring a takeaway dinner along
We look forward to seeing our tamariki and whanau

****CHRISTMAS CLOSEDOWN
Friday, 20 December 5.15pm
Reopen Monday, 6 January 2020

He aroha whakato,
he aroha puta mai.
If kindness is sown,
then kindness you will receive.