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Friday, 28 January 2011

Preschool Water play and Lunch Box Day.

The weather was not the greatest for water play today, but the children didn't complain. They eagerly got changed into their togs and headed outside for the water slide and water play. Children brought in their water squirters from Santa and aimed for their friends and teachers. The slide was a huge hit with the children zooming down so fast. The line was always long, with most children wanting to go over and over again.
After the children got changed, they all headed out to the mats to eat their yummy home made lunches. The children all were excited to see what everyone else in their lunch boxes. It began to spit and we all headed inside.

All in all, we had a fabulous time getting wet and sliding about. We can not wait for the next one.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Welcome to Sebastien, Tamir and Isabella, who have started in Preschool. The children have spent quite alot of time making new friends and exploring their new environment. They have also really enjoyed the activities that have been set up for them.

Why is the Snail in the turtle tank?

How did the project emerge?

Today, we had lots of fun outside having ‘Tiny Tim’, fish and sea snail together. The children were fascinated to find a new creature and they wondered “why is the snail in the turtle tank?” Matthew said, “I never saw a live snail inside the water”. Annabelle said, “I saw heaps of snails in my garden and they look different to this sea snail”. I said, “Sea snails keep the tank clean by eating the waste off the turtle tank”.
Children were very curious about the Sea Snails and wanted to know more about them. We will be extending children's interest in this area through providing first hand experiences.

our lovely sleeping beauties

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Dates for your calendar - 2011

Below are important dates for you all to mark on your calendars for 2011.  You will receive more information about the following events as it gets closer to the date.

Wine and Pizza Evening for new parents - 6 - 8 p.m.
Friday, 18th February

Grandparents open morning - 9 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, 3rd March

Culture Day (children dress up in national costume)
Wednesday, 13th April

Mother's Day open morning - 9 - 11 a.m.
Tuesday, 3rd May

Father's Day open morning - 9 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, 1st September

Kael Apirana Whangapirita


Sonia Hammond (Head Teacher in the Nursery) safely delivered an 8lb 1oz baby boy recently. His name is Kael Apirana Whangapirita. Mother, son and dad are all doing well.
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Friday, 21 January 2011

Preschool Picnic and Water Play day for Friday children

On Friday, the 28th January, we are going to have a day full of water play. Could all the children please bring their togs, towels and extra changes of clothes.
With the fabulous weather that we are also having, can the children also bring their lunch box for a picnic lunch.
Please remember that there should be nothing containing nuts, i.e. Nutella and Peanut Butter.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Virtuous Volcano





While playing in the sandpit today, the children displayed the virtues of co operation and determination while constructing a large mound of sand, which they were turning into a volcano. They displayed the virtue of creativity when they grated coloured chalk over the top of the volcano to make it look bright and colourful. When the volcano erupted the children experienced a sense of joy in what they had accomplished.
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Rocket Raceway


Today, in Preschool Paige and I drew a raceway with the chalk on the carpet. The boys had a real interest in what we were drawing. The boys had all the input, we just drew what they wanted.
Everyone had a turn at racing or riding their boat, jets or cars on our famous island, which was a huge hit.
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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Congratulations Sonia

A big warm congratulations to Sonia and her partner on the birth of a baby boy yesterday (18th of January) at around 1.00 pm. His name is Kael and he was 8 pound 1 oz. Born at last!! Congrats to all the family.