Entries by Jane Byrne

The value of Rough and Tumble play

Rough and tumble play holds value for young children in relation to their physical, social and educational development.  The physical benefits of energy release, exercise and practice of motor skills might seem obvious but there are significant benefits in other developmental areas as well. Rough and tumble play holds a social dynamic which aids in […]

Tuatara Newsletter May/June 2018

Kia Ora Whanau, A warm welcome to our Tuatara families and to the new members of our group. This is our May-June Newsletter now posted in the community page of Storypark. We are almost halfway through the year. We have a lot of changes and transitions with new families  joining our group and farewells that […]

Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition

Kia ora koutou. Polyhigh joined Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition (drawing their favourite thing about Wellington) last year. It is an honour that Thea and Anne’s artwork were chosen to fly to Japan and to be exhibited in Sakai City which is the sister city of Wellington. Kaiako Natalie and Mayumi made learning stories about this […]

Kiwi Room Newsletter April/May

Kia Ora everyone, It is hard to believe that we are nearly through to the middle of the year. There have been many changes in the Kiwi room. We have nearly a whole new group of children and all our older kiwis have transitioned to the Tuatara room. Welcome We would like to welcome our […]

Visitors from Japan on Tuesday 1st May 2018

Four visitors from Japan with an interpreter came to have a look at Polyhigh on Tuesday 1st May. The group included a kindergarten teacher, a psychologist and university professors in Japan. The main purpose of their trip to New Zealand was to visit some Early Childhood Education services in New Zealand to observe how teachers’ […]

Tui Newsletter – July 2017

Kia ora whānau Thank you to those who attended the AGM and Fish ‘n’ Chip evening this month. We appreciate the support. The Tui room has had a busy time exploring ways to incorporate Enviroschools into both our programme planning as well as whole centre philosophy and as this is an ongoing journey, we look […]

Kiwi Newsletter – May/June 2017

Kia Ora It is hard to believe we are nearly half way through the year. Thank you for all your support during my accident, being off for nearly three months there was many new faces to get to know, and it is great to be back in the Centre. Recently we farewelled Fearne Crane and […]

Tui Newsletter – March-April 2017

Kia Ora Whānau Kia Ora whanau, what an exciting start to 2017! Enviroschools,a focus on making Polyhigh more sustainable and a fantastic new outdoor space. We enjoyeda brief summer and we wish all our whānau a safe and happy Easter. Polyhigh will be closed for the following days:Good Friday 14th, Easter Monday 17th and Tuesday […]

Tui Newsletter – Nov 2016

Kia ora whanau Kia ora whanau, thank you for taking time to read our newsletter. As a group, we have recognised the importance of providing a visual newsletter, which celebrates what we do at Polyhigh. Our newsletter not only aims to inform and remind, but to provide documentation of the children’s learning, development and our […]

Supporting Children after Earthquakes

Kia Ora I have compiled a few resources on how to support children after the earthquakes. We have increased our earthquake drills and the children are aware of what to do to keep safe during an earthquake. https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/emergency-management/managing-stress-emergency/helping-children https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/emergency-management/managing-stress-emergency www.theworrybug.co.nz https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/healthy-living/emergency-management/managing-stress-emergency/helping-children