Sunday, 6 November 2016

November Newsletter 2016

November 2016
Term Dates:
Term 4:
Older Group: 10 Oct – 21 Dec
Younger Group: 13 Oct – 16 Dec
Term 1 2017:
Older Group: 24th Jan – 12th April
Younger Group: 26th Jan – 13th April

Teachers’ Update
This term has started out as a busy one. We have already been on a trip to the Auckland Museum with our older group to see the Maori Cultural Performance. This supports our commitment to including more Te Reo and Tikanga Maori in to our programme. The children experienced some fantastic waiata and dance as well as learning the meaning behind the various dances and instruments.
The children have continued to share their knowledge that they gained here at kindergarten and are bringing the same passion that they saw from the performers into their own waiata at mat times.
As we move into more summery weather we are making the most of our outdoor areas, including the sandpit, earth kitchen and water play. We have also begun planting out our vege garden.  
For our younger group there has been a real focus on settling in new children and getting to know the way we do things at kindergarten. It is great to see our new children exploring our wonderful environment and establishing their sense of belonging here.
At Torbay Kindergarten we value whanau and the contributions that you make to the programme. We are always learning from the prior knowledge that the children bring to kindergarten and it is fantastic to see them sharing with their friends. These ideas, concepts and information is what we build our ever changing programme around. As teachers we acknowledge our childrens achievements, their challenges and their aspirations, and these form a strong foundation for children to learn and grow in our environment.

Donations and fees
Since January 2015, all the fee payments are now passed on to our Head Office at NAKA. This money goes towards repairs and maintenance at an Association level. Our most recent maintenance was the new fencing in our Earth Kitchen area which NAKA has paid for.
The donation amount is now even more important to the kindergarten as we use this for all resources- consumables (paint, paper etc) and equipment (games, toys, furniture etc).
We are sorry that we nag you to pay these amounts but it really does have a huge impact on how we run the kindergarten. Just under half of our families have already paid this term. Thank you for being so supportive, we really appreciate it.

Sunblock and Hats
These are a must for term 4 and term 1. Please sunblock your child before they arrive at kindergarten.

What is your fundraising being used for?
We are grateful to everyone for helping out with fundraising and paying your fundraising levy. This has enabled us to buy new resources this term.
We have completed our shed upgrade including a designated carpentry area. We have also received our new mats and have a new swing on order.
Completion of our new entrance way is on track for the beginning of term 1 next year. We have waited a long time for this and it will be great to see it finished.
Ryan Hanna’s company RTH Building and Management Ltd ( have taken on this project. Ryan’s daughter attends our Kindergarten and it is great to have his support.

Dates to Remember
Tues 15th Nov
Committee Meeting
Wed 23rd Nov
Market Day
Wed 7th Dec
Christmas party (Older Group)
Fri 9th Dec
Christmas party (Younger Group)
Fri 16th Dec
Last day of Term 4 Younger Group
Wed 21st Dec
Last day of Term 4 Older Group

Again we would like to remind you to please not park any highsided vehicles in the parking spaces outside kindergarten. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. If you have a high-sided vehicle (this includes people movers, SUV’s and vans), please park on the road. We have had a few near misses when people are trying to back out of the car parks; they are unable to see the traffic coming down the hill.
We have reserved the right to park behind the teachers cars for families that have special needs. Please do not park there unless you have seen a teacher about this.

Our Playground
You may have noticed over the last couple of weeks that our main playground has been out of action.This is due to the bark depth no longer being compliant from a health and safety perspective with the Ministry of Education. We have now set up a climbing area that is low to the ground to make some use of this space and we are patiently waiting for new bark to be delivered. Hopefully it will all be resolved soon and we can enjoy our playground area for the summer months.

Beach Explorers
Our Beach Explorers expeditions have continued through winter but we are being a little bit flexible during this time due to weather and tides. The children are all eagerly waiting for their turn. Don’t worry if your child hasn’t been yet, we only take the oldest children, usually in the term before they are due to go to school. Everyone will get to come when the time is right. These trips have a real focus on caring for the environment and the role we have in looking after our Turangawaewae, our local standing place.

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