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 forward to keeping you up to date via Educa and our planning boards in the centre. Thank you to all whānau who completed the parent and transition to school surveys. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and valued.

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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

  • TEACHER ONLY DAY TUESDAY 18 APRIL2017
  • WHANAU EVENING FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017 6PM at POLYHIGH
  • WORKING BEE SATURDAY 13 MAY 9AM-12PM

Reminders

>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.

Welcome

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.

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 […]

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