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 18th forTeacher Only Day. Have a lovely Easter!

Up and Coming Events



>Medication: If your child is taking medication please inform a teacher who will complete an administration form. Medication includes all prescriptions, antibiotics, creams, and inhalers. Please ensure you give the medication to a teacher and do not leave it in your child’s bag. Thank you to all who completed the behaviour strategy forms. The Tui teachers really appreciate your input and will go over the information at the next meeting. We look forward to developing some collaborative positive strategies for our tamariki.


We would like to warmly welcome Davy Karon and Archer Townsend who transitioned into the Tui Group in February. Welcome to Anne Osborne and Eli Rasch who have recently transitioned and are settling in well.

Staff News

Sa will be staying in the Tui room in the capacity of a qualified/registered teacher. Leonte’ has been promoted into the Assistant Supervisor position and we wish her every success in her new position Melissa will be beginning her Graduate Diploma in Teaching (ECE) next month. Melissa will be studying extramurally through New Zealand Tertiary College Nat is now provisionally registered and will be completing her registration over the next two years.

Programme Planning: Enviroschools and our Environment

Enviroschools Hui
Polyhigh hosted the first Enviroschools cluster meeting, which will took place at Polyhigh on Monday 27th February. This provided an opportunity to meet with teachers from five other ECE centres to discuss and exchange ideas and practices related to sustainability and the environment within our centre setting. The meeting and ongoing programme will assist the teachers with the implementation and incorporation of sustainable practices into our daily routines.

Our Environment

We have noticed such a positive change in play interactions since we developed our outdoor environment. The children have been enjoying the new climbing frames and have been busy creating in the carpentry area. A project we will be working on in collaboration with Mackenzie’s Dad Callum is making a Go Cart! Many children are very excited about this and we look forward to visiting Callum in his  workshop. We really appreciate the whānau support.

Pledge me Fundraiser
Thank you to Andrea Jewel (Otto and Thea’s Mum) who organised this absolutely amazing Pledge Me campaign to raise funds for our future sustainability projects. We really appreciate all the effort you put into such a thoughtful and successful fundraising project. We reached the target within about 3 days of it being up! Also thank you to all whānau who bought tickets. We really appreciate the support.

Rewana Bread Bug
Kia ora to Tawhiri’s whānau for providing us with another Rewana Bread Bug. This really has become a Polyhigh ritual and we are thankful that we can weekly make bread with the children. Thanks Jo! If anyone would like to take a portion of the bug to make Rewana Bread at home, please ask a teacher in the Tui room.

Our Swan Plants
Thank you to Olivia and Ben’s whānau for kindly bringing in some swan plants for our very hungry caterpillars. The Monarch Butterfly life cycle has been a great focus for many children over the summer months, which has been highly beneficial to our programme planning.

Haere ra Grace!
Lastly we would like to say farewell to Grace who will soon be leaving Polyhigh to embark on her next adventure at Primary School. We wish you all the best Grace. You will be greatly missed by all your teachers and friend.

PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – May|June 2016

Kia Ora,

Sadly we said goodbye to two of our staff members Len and Cecilia who have moved on, Len to start a new phase in her life and Cecilia to work in a Centre closer to home. They will be greatly missed and we are indebted to them for their commitment and enthusiasm over the years.

We also fare well Theo and Holly who have transitioned to the Tuataras. The kiwi teachers have loved having you both in the kiwi room, watching you both grow and develop, taking all your great skills, on your new journey. We wish you both all the best on the next phase of your learning journey. Read more

Tuatara Newsletter June

Tuatara Newsletter – June 2016

Kia Ora Whanau,

Welcome to the winter issue of our Tuatara Parent Newsletter. We had lots of changes with our staffing and a few children have joined our group. We warmly welcome our new children from the Kiwi room and their whanau:

  • Jesse Blakely and his whanau Cathy ;
  • Theodore Henry and his whanau Sarah and Michael;
  • Holly Benham  and her whanau Jiana and Chris and sister Taylor; and
  • a new child Nora Johnston and her whanau Hannah and Liam, (she starts on June 27)

We hope that you will welcome these new families and help them settle into our group.

Likewise we farewell our friends Robin Johnston and Harry Mather who  joined the Tui  Preschool group last month. Two more Tuatara children will join the Preschool group at the end of this month, Tawhiri Thomas and Harry Richards. We hope these children will enjoy their journey and find new adventures with friends and teachers in their new group – Tui Group.

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Tuatara Newsletter June

Tuatara Newsletter – April 2016

Kia Ora Whanau,

april-2016-3Welcome – We warmly welcome our new children and their families who joined us this April;

  • Thea Ford and her whanau Michelle and Rodney
  •  Greta Beckmann  and her whanau Sarai and Klaus

Likewise two Tuataras , Ben Ihimaera Pritchard and Maisie Dennis moved to the Tui Room. Both are enjoying their new adventures and explorations, friends and teachers.

Farewell – We sadly farewell two of our dear and valued teachers , Kerri Adams and Mayumi Burkhart.

Kerri is moving to sunny and lovely Hawke’s Bay. She has to end her six years of wonderful and innovative teaching contributions to the Tuatara Area and to Polyhigh. Her last day is on the 15th of April, Friday.

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PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – April 2016

 Kia Ora,

Welcome to our new Kiwi Whānau:
Spencer – Andrea & Hayden
Phoebe – Nat & Doug
Fern – Megan & Ritchard

april-2016-2 We farewell Greta and Thea who have transitioned to the Tuataras. It was a pleasure to have followed your journeys in the Kiwi room and we wish you all the best with your new adventures.

As you all know by now I have resigned from my role as head teacher in the Kiwi room and entering a new adventure of retirement! It has been wonderful to have been part of so many children’s journey during their early childhood years and I will for ever treasure this. Thanks again to all Whānau for their support and kind wishes.  Read more

PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – Jan/Feb 2016

Kia ora and welcome to the new year.
We hope you all had a relaxed and peaceful time during the festive season.

We welcome our new children and Whānau:

  • Jesse – Cathy
  • Ethan – Cara, Paul and sister Ella
  • Florence – Charlie, Steve, sister Clementine and brother Harry
  • Rose – Tanya, Andrew and sister Lucy
  • Max  – Cat and Olly

We farewell the children who have transitioned to the Tuataras: Davy, Lulu, Anne and Eli. We have enjoyed following their journey of learning and growing in our Kiwi room. We wish you all the best with your new adventures and challenges.

Winsey will be traveling to China this month and during her absence Margaret will be relieving in the Kiwi room.

Visit to Havana coffee breweryOur Programme for the year has been a busy one with settling in our new children and transitioning the older children to the Tuataras. We have been focusing on their well-being and belonging.

As part of our group planning we would like to familiarize the children with the outside environment and community in relation to the centre. We would like to link the outings to a project that we can do with the children, or to enhance our own environment. (Outing policy and permission slips will be available).

So far we took a trip to Havana coffee brewery and looked at how the beans were ground. We also collected some coffee sacks which we used to cover a wall in our conservatory. Read more

Tui Newsletter – Jan/Feb 2016


We warmly welcome our new tamariki:

  • Mackenzie Perfect
  • Aria Ihimaera- Dawkins
  • Anton Reddaway
  • Isaiah-Johnson Satti
  • Laura Rees,
  • Jasmine McCullough
  • Delta Cromie
  • Harriet Brown.

It is a pleasure to have you with us and we are looking forward to getting know you and your whanau, welcome to your new learning environment.

Sadly we say goodbye to the following children:
Harrison, Kuimiria and Harvey who are moving out of the Wellington area.  We will miss you all.

child-care-tui-groupTui /Preschool Programme Planning
The Tui room teachers have noticed that the children have been talking a lot about transportation and they have been actively questioning and investigating the mechanics associated with cars and aeroplanes.  We have been exploring the process of motion and how the mechanisms of an engine works in order to create movement.  The teachers have recorded rich dialogue from the children’s conversations and we will use this to plan relevant learning experiences that fosters this emergent interest. Read more

Tui Group Newsletter – December 2016

chritmsa-2016We warmly welcome our new tamariki; Harvey Lofthouse, Billie Jean Howard and Harrison Riddell to the Tui Group.  It is a pleasure to have you with us and we look forward to getting to know you and your whanau.

Tui Group Programme Planning
Over the past couple of months our focus has been on sustainability and conservation which we have been exploring through art, song, stories and ICT. 

We are currently getting into the festive spirit and have been making Christmas decorations with the children.  Our tamariki and kaiako have been doing some amazing activities including colouring Christmas trees,  wrapping Christmas presents, baking a delicious gingerbread house, making salt dough decorations, creating father Christmas costumes, Christmas face painting, and making a sleigh. Read more

Tui Newsletter – October & November 2015

A warm welcome to our new student, Samantha Whaanga who is from Victoria University. She will be doing her Teaching Experience in the Tui group for six weeks. We also have Doaa  from Careers College who will be with us until the end of November.

Sadly we say goodbye to Maggie and Thomas who have both turned five and are starting school. We wish them all the best on their new journey. Maggie and Thomas we are going to miss you! Read more

PolyHigh Child Care Centre Kiwi June Newsletter

Kiwi Newsletter – September/October

We welcome to our Kiwi room;

  • Greta and her Whānau Sarai and Klaus,
  • Nicha and her Whānau Sam, Nick and big brother Natan,
  • Holly and her Whānau Jiana, Chris and big sister Taylor and;
  • Harry and his Whānau Rachel, Luke and big sister Grace.

We also welcome Winsey (Tui teacher) who will be in our Kiwi room until the end of the year. Kia Ora Winsey. We farewell Harry and Magnus who are transitioning to the Tuataras. We wish them both all the best with their new adventures and learning journey. Read more