Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

FAREWELL – KA KITE
We farewelled Evie Wilson. Happy school days! Also, Harvey Lewis who has moved to Wanaka to live.

CHARITY BIKE RIDE
We have been lucky enough to be selected as one of the recipients of the funds raised in the 2022 charity bike ride.
In order to receive this, we need to supply at least one rider. We also need to support the ride with drivers and bakers.
If you are interested in being our rider or putting together a group of riders for the charity bike ride please see Amy.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW KAIAKO
We welcomed Jen Barnes to our Creative Corner whanau on 5 July. Jen is working in the Pukekos team Monday to Friday.
My name is Jen and I am a teacher in training and have almost completed my 2nd year of study.
My childhood was spent growing up in Geraldine, attending primary and secondary school there. I also lived in sunny Queensland for 11 years with my husband Scott, returning six years ago to be closer to family. We have two boys; Lachlan (9) and Jonty (7). Our weekends are generally spent at the rugby fields and scooter parks. I love gardening, music and being creative any opportunity I can by drawing or painting.
I am so excited to be a part of the team here at Creative Corner, and getting know the tamariki and their families/whānau. Ngā mihi

NEW BOT MEMBER
JESS BACON
I am married to Ant, and Mum to Toby and Jacob. I work part-time in the Child Development Service as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.
I am passionate about and dedicate a lot of time to highland dancing. I teach a small school of girls, adjudicate competitions around NZ and I am the Treasurer/Secretary of the South Canterbury Piping & Dancing Society. The rest of my time is dedicated to my boys, family and friends.

KIA ORA FROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
Kia Ora whanau
We have been lucky enough to have James join us in the Kaka room on a 4-week placement.
On Monday Andrew shared his tractor with us to explore which the tamariki thought was wonderful as they were able to sit in the cab. Recently the tamariki have been enjoying getting outside in the mornings with all their warm wet weather gear and finding the mud or ice from the night before.
We have just received a new set of wet bags. If you have not received either a green or yellow one yet, please let me know and I will sort one for you. We use these for soiled or wet clothes to send home.
Many thanks, Katy

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
Kia ora whanau
A big thank you to Andrew and Amy Darling for making the time to bring in their magnificent tractor. The children were so excited when it rode up the drive way and couldn’t wait to explore what it looked like inside. This has been a wonderful extension of learning for many who have into trucks and vehicles.

Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

WELCOME – NAU MAI

We welcome Louie Quinonez who joins Creative Corner in the Kākā room.
FAREWELL – KA KITE

Farewell to Finn Brownie, Jaxon Valentine and Sailor Lindsay who left the Pukeko Room. Happy school days’ tamariki! Also, George and Abigail Hoskins who have moved to sunny Nelson.

THANK YOU
We are pleased to advise the Trustees of the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury have shown their support to Creative Corner with the allocation of funding in the form of a Principal’s Discretionary Fund payment. A grant of $1,000.00 was approved.

BOARD OF TRUSTEE MEMBER PROFILE
Gareth Heywood joins Creative Corner’s Board of Trustees. He is father of Cooper and Mackenzie Heywood. He works at South Canterbury Toyota as a Service Manager, and his interests include car racing, vintage cars and mountain biking, as well as really enjoying spending time with his kids.

CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER
WOW what a night!
This was another fabulous event! Thanks to everyone who was involved in running the event, especially our hardworking fundraising team: Kerri Jopp, Kate Johnson, Amy Pateman, Clarissa Doran and Kate Burt. Our thanks also to all our sponsors and those who attended and supported the night. We must also give a big shout out to Mike and Clarissa at the Oxford for once again providing the best venue for the event.
We hoped to hit the $10K mark but were blown away with what we raised this year – just under $18,000!!
What a fantastic effort 

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO AND KAKA ROOM
Pyjama day was a great hit in both the Kāka and Pukeko room. The children looked cuddly and warm all wrapped up, with some wearing their slippers and others their dressing gowns. We celebrated the end of the day with a couple of quiet time movies, which made for a quieter, relaxing afternoon.
The children have had a lot of fun exploring amoungst the mud and rain. Splashing in puddles, sliding in the thick sticky mud and incorporating many trucks, cars and animals in this form of play. We encourage our tamariki to explore, discover and learn nautre, therefore we do ask that you provide at least one changes of clothing and shoes on each of the days that attned. Thank you.
We would also like to mention that the Kākas have really enjoyed having Jen Barnes in their room completing her practicum, throughout the past four weeks. We are all very excited that she has accepted to take on a teaching role at Creative Corner. We look forward to her starting in a couple of weeks, based in the Pukeko room.
(Kerry and Katy – Head Teachers)

Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

SAVE THE DATE
CASINO NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Saturday, 12 June 2021 at the Oxford Restaurant

Tickets $60.00 which includes entertainment, Casino games, auctions and supper.
If you are interested in attending, please book your tickets with Kate.

Also, don’t forget to tick what support you can give to this night (on front door of Centre). Provide prizes/vouchers or a cash donation would be really appreciated to help with costs on the night.
This is our major fundraiser for the year to raise funds for new children’s resources.
More hands make light work!

WELCOME – NAU MAI
We welcome Archie Clough, Salesa Saena and Darcy Fraser who join Creative Corner in the Kākā room.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Nixon Stoakes, Harry Callow, Matilda Foster and Hudson Alloo. Happy school days Nixon, Harry and Matilda!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2021-2022
We welcome three new members to our Board; Maggie Harvey who will be our new secretary, Gareth Heywood and Jess Bacon. Our new chairperson will be Sam Wilson, Clarissa Doran deputy chairperson and Pip Reihana secretary. We will profile our new members in the upcoming newsletters this year.

We farewell long serving chairperson Kerri Jopp, as well as Lisa Heywood our treasurer and Natasha Hoskins. Thank you from us all for your outstanding support of the Centre, staff and families.

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO AND KAKA ROOM
The purchase of some new outdoor equipment has provided lots of opportunities for the Kākā and Pukeko tāmariki to extend their physical play.
From learning to swing on a trapeze, to balancing on tight ropes, to rocking in the new rocking board. As well as learning to take risks and coordinate their balance when learning how to jump from a high box top to land on big open colourful mats.
(Kerry and Katy – Head Teachers)

Whaowhia te kete mātauranga – Fill the basket of knowledge

Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

SAVE THE DATE
APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
If your child will be absent during the school holidays, please fill in a non-attendance form so we can plan or staff needs. Thanks

WELCOME – NAU MAI
We welcome Emilia Cahill, Rosalee Leslie and Benjamin Silcock who joined Creative Corner in the Kākā room. We also welcome Archie Clough who joins us next week in the Under 2s.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Freya Haggart and Isabelle Stevenson. Happy school days’ girls!

We recently farewelled our Pukeko teacher, Tanyka.
The team at CCELC will miss her organised and efficient manner, as well as her friendly nature. We wish her well for her future life in Christchurch.

DAILY ABSENCE REMINDER
If your child is going to be absent, 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.

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 so it is important your child is included in our checks. Thanks

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, Kate or the head teachers in advance so we can check that we have enough space and staff to facilitate your request. Thank you for your attention to this.

BINGO FUNDRAISER
Thanks to our wonderful staff and BOT for the hard work they put in on the night and parents who supported this fundraiser by supplying chocolates, cakes, etc. It was a fantastic night, enjoyed by all who came. The money raised will be going towards buying new children’s resources.
We raised $4800 which is a fantastic achievement!

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
Race relations day was officially celebrated on Sunday, 21 March 2021. Many organisations and individuals are running events for the coming weeks and months, acknowledging the celebration of a multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand. This provides the opportunities for our tamariki to deepen their knowledge and understanding of other cultures.
Recently, the children got to revisit learning some moves and Irish dancing. (This was tried and tested originally by many on St Patrick’s Day.) Along the way we have discovered we have some very keen and talented dancers.
A large group of children were eager to learn about Aboriginal boomerangs. What they are? What they do? And how they are made? They then applied their new knowledge by exploring with decorating their own cardboard boomerangs.
On Friday the children and teachers dressed up. It was great to see the amount of effort put in by whanau. Thank you. Building on from this, the children will be keen to take part in a range of Easter related experiences. There was a lot of talk about Easter bunny. What he looks like? Where he makes his eggs? So be sure to check out some of the children’s answers, which we recorded on Storypark through the past week. We hope you enjoyed your Easter break. (Kerry – Head Teacher)

KIA ORA FROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
Kia Ora whanau
You may have noticed that we have had a massive group of tamariki turn 2, alongside that we have also had a few new faces and families start. We farewell the 2 year olds and welcome the new faces!
During this month we have had lots of messy play with the tamariki. I made up some gloop that had the tamariki engaged for such a long time. Messy play is wonderful as it gives children the opportunity to experience a wide range of sensory experiences. It also gives them new opportunities to learn about different textures, tastes and materials. While exploring the gloop today the children were learning about mixing colours and extending on their hand eye coordination by pouring, mixing and scooping.
At home a way you can support the use of messy play is by joining in and allowing them that it’s okay to get messy, encouraging experimentation and using fantastic words like slimy, running, soft, cold or wet. The Kākās love getting messy and so do we!! (Katy – Head Teacher)