Tui Newsletter – April 2016

Kia Ora Whanau,
may2016-2 Welcome – We warmly welcome our new children and their families who joined us this April;

  •         Benjamin Ihimaera Pritchard
  •         Maisie Dennis
  •         Jonty Buxton

Farewell – We farewelled Louis Dennis, Angelina Howard and Michael Saunders who have all begun their school learning journey – Good Luck and we will miss you all.

Tui Programme
may2016-1The children have shown a growing interest in role play, the children have been busy acting out their knowledge of doctors and nurses, doctors surgery and what props are needed, e.g. bed, phone, computer etc. If you have any resources relating to this topic and want to donate them to our tamariki, that would be greatly appreciated. The transition to school programme will also incorporate elements of this topic into their group. We will be examining the human body. The teachers will continue to observe the tamariki to see where and how this emergent interest evolves.

Playground update
The playground excavation starts on Monday 2nd May, the teachers and committee have been busy doing extensive research and planning.   The teachers and children are very excited and look forward to using our new playground.

Transition to school
Teacher Nat is delivering the new transition to school programme on Tuesday and Thursdays for 4.5 year olds.   Nat is doing an amazing job, Nat has done extensive research into the programme.   The children are thoroughly enjoying this extension time.  It is great to see the children extending their interests and enjoying new challenges and concepts. For those parents whose child/children are new to the transition programme, the planning and documentation board is situated near the back door in our main room. Please come and have a look, our tamariki are doing some awesome stuff.

Nat will be on Teaching experience from 2nd May for a month, while Nat is away Leonte’ and Meg will deliver the transition to school programme. Lyn will relieve in Nat’s position for the month.

We have Elaina in the centre until 20 May.  Elaina is a student from Victoria University doing a graduate diploma of teaching.   Sam is her associate teacher while she is at Polyhigh.


  • Please remember to take your child’s drink bottle home daily to wash and return daily.
  • Please check the lost property basket, it is overflowing once again.
  • Please remember to name your child’s clothing, hats etc.
  • With winter on the way could you please provide daily, winter hat, warm clothes etc.