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 programme planning. We look forward to developing this further and as always we appreciate your feedback and contribution!

Up and Coming Events

The Polyhigh children’s Christmas party will be held on Friday 16th December at the Flax Function Room, which is situated above Tussock Café on the Massey University Campus. Further details will be posted on Educa in the coming week.

exhibition wellington-college yoga

November Highlights

Yoga Session with Andrea
A big thank you to Andrea (Otto’s Mum) who led a group yoga session for the Tui group. The children and teachers really enjoyed learning new stretches and movements. Your contribution to our progamme is greatly appreciated! Thanks Andrea and Otto!

Visiting Wellington High School

The children enjoyed visiting Wellington High School’s
Horticultural Garden. The High school students and teacher gave us a guided tour and spoke to us about all the different types of plants and vegetables they have growing in their garden.

Planting flowers with Mimi

A big thank you to Mimi (Alexandru’s Mum) for coming in to plant flowers with the children. Our garden is looking beautiful and we really appreciate your contribution. Thank you Mimi and Alexandru!

The Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition

A group of Tui group children enjoyed taking a trip to The Michael Fowler Centre to see the art works they created for The Wellington Children’s Art Exhibition. The works were based on the children’s favourtie thing to do in Wellington. Polyhigh exhibited alongside seventeen other Wellington based childcare centres and primary schools.

Programme Planning: Natural Disasters and Sustainability

Sustainable practices continue…
Our quest to become a more sustainable centre continues to grow. The children have become part of the daily recycling process and absolutely love feeding and checking on the worms in our worm farm.

Enviroschools promotes a participatory approach where children are involved in the decision making, design and implementation of sustainability projects and practices in their centre and community.

2017 Enviroschools
We have been invited to apply for the 2017 Enviroschools intake, which will ensure we effectively undertake a sustainability journey of learning and action. Enviroschools is a nationwide network involving early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools. The kaupapa of Enviroschools is about the well-being of the centre, community and eco system.

OMEP 2017 Sustainability Award
The Tui group will be putting together a proposal for the 2017 OMEP Sustainability Award. The focus of the award is to engage the children in a project which promotes healthy environments, viable economies and/or just, peaceful socities. The teachers have a few ideas but would love any input / contribution towards the project. Proposals are due by March 15th 2017.

Natural Disasters

In response to the earthquakes occurring within New Zealand and abroad we are focusing on natural disasters. We aim to provide children with information and experiences that can assist them in understanding why such natural disasters occur as well as how to keep safe in such an event.

Staff news

Congratulations to Nat who has completed a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood teaching and is now a qualified teacher.

Congratulations to Isabella who is now provisionally registered.

Nat is gradually back into work after breaking her arm. She is currently working Tuesday and Thursday and will be gradually picking up more hours with the aim of being back full time on December 12th.


Lost property: Please check the lost property piles in the locker area for any of your child/rens’ belongings.

Christmas holiday programme: Please ensure you have filled out the Christmas break required care form. This can be found next to the sign in sheet.

Summer is coming: Please ensure your child has a named sun hat, spare clothing for water play and has sun screen applied at drop off.