Tena ra Koutou
(Greetings to you)

SAVE THE DATE

***Christmas Picnic
Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5.30-7.00pm, Botanical Gardens Playground
*** Christmas Closedown
Friday, 20 December 5.15pm
Reopen Monday, 6 January 20

WELCOME – NAU MAI
Welcome to Gus Darling and Cristy Richardson who join us in the Kākā Room, and Mia Febery who returns to Creative Corner in the Pukekos.

FAREWELL – KA KITE
Farewell to Matilda Inkster, Ayana Dube and Annabel Powell who leave the Pukeko Room. Happy school days Ayana and Annabel.

NON-ATTENDANCE FORMS XMAS PERIOD
Thanks to those who have returned these forms. In order to allocate staff, leave over this period, we would appreciate you advising if your child will be on holiday during December and January. A form was put into your child's pocket recently - please return asap. Thanks.

LOCKDOWN DRILL
Thank you for your feedback on our recent lock down drill. As you will have seen in the last newsletter, I was taking this opportunity to test our communication systems should we ever have to use them in an emergency.
Feedback was generally very good. There were a few parents who did not get the notification on Storypark and I am wondering if it only goes to the key parent (the first one we invite). If you would not mind checking in with your significant other and letting me know if they received a notification or not, I would be grateful.
I would encourage anyone who did not receive the email to see Kate and have your email address added to the Creative Corner Parents email list.
A parent feedback that they expected, in the event of a real emergency, that we would phone each parent to notify them. While I understand the sentiment, we unfortunately will not be able to do this. With 50 children attending everyday this would take significant teacher resource away from ensuring the safety and happiness of the children, as well as significantly tying up phone lines needed for contact with emergency services and our receiving information from the Ministry of Education and/or the Police. Our first priority in any emergency is to ensure the needs of children are met and maintained and we thank you for your support in feeding back your thoughts.

2020 CALENDAR FUNDRAISER
It’s that time for our Christmas calendar fundraiser. Once again children will draw a picture on size A4, and younger children may have a hand print. These make great personalised Christmas presents for your whanau and friends.
Pictures drawn by your children are available to view at the Centre commencing the week of 25 November 2019. Please see one of your child’s teachers. An order form is in your child’s pocket. Each calendar is $10.00 - please pay into our fundraising account no. 03-0887-0265519-01. No orders will be accepted without payment.
Please return orders by Friday, 29 November 2019 so we can get printed to be ready before Christmas.

KIA ORA FROM THE KĀKĀ ROOM
We have welcomed new children to the Kākā room and are busy settling them into their routines. Our tamariki are enjoying outside play with the warmer weather, especially water play – getting wet themselves and helping to water the garden.
Water play provides hours of rich and valuable early childhood experiences to develop children’s creativity and imagination. We acknowledge that the environment is a teacher – it helps children develop eye-hand coordination and math and science concepts. It also enhances social kills and gain skills such as pushing and pulling outdoor play equipment.
(Katy)

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
The warmer weather has provided the prefect opportunity for our tamariki to be more active outside. Having access to a range of “Wave” resources has made this even more fun and exciting over the past week. Theses have ranged from a volleyball set up, hockey sticks and balls, hurdles, and the twin walker. These are all experiences that children can get involved in alongside one another, providing the perfect opportunity to further develop their social skills. As well as their hand/eye coordination, balance, ability to persist, challenging themselves and having the confidence to take risks and problem solve.
Our tamariki enjoy listening and singing to board stories and songs. We have been lucky enough to have recently purchased some new and perhaps unfamiliar ones. This has created opportunities to start introducing songs in the lead up to Christmas and further develop both the children and staffs te reo.
(Kerry)

Pēnā ka haere tonu, a te wā ka taea, ka mau!
You will get there, just keep going!

TENA RA KOUTO
(Greetings to you)

NON-ATTENDANCE FORMS FOR UPCOMING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Thank you to those parents who have returned a form. We would appreciate you filling out a form if your child is going to be away so that our staff roster can be planned for this period. Thanks.

TRANSITION TO SCHOOL
We have begun working with local primary schools on how we can support children’s transition to school.
One of the things that has come up in the early stages of our work is the New Entrants teachers like to see the children’s profile books.
It has been suggested by Waimataitai that if the children can bring their profile book with them on their school visits, the teacher can use this during the visit as an opportunity to work alongside your children, while learning a bit more about them.
We think this is a great idea and we really encourage you to take the book along with you. We will do our best to help you remember!
We also encourage you, if not done so already, to enroll your child at your school of choice. The earlier the school knows, the better they can plan.(Amy)

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
What a better way to extend our children’s curiosity, than a trip to our local museum. For many this was a new and intriguing experience. With the help and assistance of Keeley (the museum assistant), the children had fun exploring and being hands on with examples of our local wild life, from bats to a kiwi.
It was also an opportunity for tamariki to develop understanding of what the Timaru district looked like in its early stages and throughout its development.
One of the funniest points of the trip was watching the children learn how to use the phone from an old telephone booth.
This was a fun filled morning and we would like to extend a huge thank you to Janelle Brickle for acting as parent help for us.
(Kerry)

SAVE THE DATE:
*** DAYLIGHT SAVING 2019
Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday, 27 September when daylight saving commences.
*** QUIZ NIGHT FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, 9 October, 7.30pm.
$40 per team.

Kia tipu ngatahi – Growing together

TENA RA KOUTOU
(Greetings to you)

WELCOME - NAU MAI
Welcome to Emma Carter and Noah Foster who joined us in the Kakas.

FAREWELL - KA KITE
We said goodbye to Nakyra Page-O’Keeffe from the Pukekos.

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
When teachers set up experiences and allow children to explore with no fixed outcome, often the direction of their learning and play can be surprising and surpass what we as adults could have imagined.
The recent stage area has provided such space for dancing, singing, acting and retelling stories. However, through the simple addition of some puppets and support from student Nicky, the children have taken from making their own stick puppets to retelling such stories as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.
Now some weeks later the children are designing, drawing and creating their own puppets. They are then using these to tell stories that they have created using their imaginations, either individually or in collaboration with friends. Other children have taken this one step further and are now producing their own paper stuffed dolls and animals that they can incorporate into many areas of their play. (Some have even taken them home and are loving their stuffed creations just as much as the dolls or stuffed animals bought from the shop).
(Kerry)

KIA ORA FROM THE KAKA ROOM
This month our tamariki have all been so involved in physical play outside. We have really enjoyed setting up challenges for them all to have a go with. Some are extending their comfort zone by having a go at new challenges and some are being fearless, but all are learning in the process. It has been so lovely to get outside early in the morning so that we are making most of the warm weather when it arrives. Just a reminder that we will be doing a lot more water play so please ensure that your child has spare clothes and their named yellow dry bag.
Many thanks.
(Katy)

SAVE THE DATE:

***QUIZ FUNDRAISING NIGHT
Wednesday, 9 October
7.30pm
$40 per team of 4
Keep this night free!

***END OF YEAR SHUTDOWN
Last day open Friday, 20 December 2019 5.15pm
The Centre reopens on Monday, 6 January 2020

Kia tipu ngatahi – Growing together

 

TENA RA KOUTOU
(Greetings to you)

WELCOME - NAU MAI
Welcome to Freya Hancock who joined us this week in the Kakas.

KIA ORA FROM THE PUKEKO ROOM
The hint of sunshine that has appeared over the past week or so has been a great invitation for many tamariki to explore variations of water play. From such scientific concepts as sinking and floating, empty and full, to the simple joy of watering our garden and giving the baby dolls a bath.
We ask that all children have at least one full change of clothing so they can continue to enjoy these ongoing experiences.
(Kerry)

KIA ORA FROM THE KAKA ROOM
Over the past few weeks we have had lots of new visitors preparing to start, so you may notice some new faces around the room.
Last week we farewelled Catherine who was on placement with us for five weeks. Catherine built some lovely relationships and we will all miss her! Thank you to those parents that have commented on the room set ups, we are all sharing our knowledge about ‘provocations’ and have had fun with a few of the early morning set ups.
We also have a big group of children that are transitioning into the Pukeko room and are learning all about their new routines over there.
(Katy)

PARENT SURVEY
Thank you to all those who completed the recent Parent Survey, your feedback helps us to improve our service for you all.
The results of the survey were very positive. We did notice however that families would like more regular updates about what your children are up to at preschool. We will be increasing our use of Storypark with short anecdotal snippets of what the children have been doing.
Hopefully this will enable you all to have greater conversations and knowledge of your children’s learning throughout the day.

SAVE THE DATE:

** End of year shutdown - Friday, 20 December 2019, 5.15pm
** Reopen - Monday, 6 January 2020

MANAAKI WHENUA,
MANAAKI TANGATA,
HAERE WHAKAMUA.
Care for the land,
care for people,
go forward.