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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Kapa Haka practice

Every Tuesday Papa Pura, our Kaumatua comes to Topkids Lytton. We’re practising for Gisborne’s Kapa Haka festival in November, which we enter every year. Papa plays the guitar and teaches the children waiata, karakia and te reo. The children especially love dancing to the action songs. Today Papa’s whanau came to help him and our children loved copying […]

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Petrol station

To celebrate the grand opening of the Foxton Beach petrol station, we made our own one at ABC Foxton Beach! We’ve all watched the digging, building, concrete pouring and finally saw the pumps that started pumping petrol this week. We decided to have two pumps at our petrol station and these were drawn on the […]

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Celebrating Matariki

Over the month of June ABC Cashmere learnt about and celebrated Mātariki. This was such a wonderful time for the children and they thoroughly enjoyed learning about different Maori art, waiata (singing/songs) and the legend surrounding Mātariki. The preschool children practiced their performance routine for a very long time…every day at preschool actually…until they were […]

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Pyjama Day

Well, being the middle of Winter First Steps Everglade Babies thought we would make the most of the miserable weather by having a pyjama party.  All the children and staff came to the centre dressed in their pyjamas. We enjoyed some mat time movies with soft toys, blankies, and pillows along with a warm cup […]

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Out and about

The school holidays is a fantastic time for the children of ABC Papamoa to get out and about in our beautiful community. Activities such as cupcake decorating and creating ice cream sundaes, made available by local businesses such as the Papamoa Plaza, makes these opportunities all the more exciting. The last two weeks have seen the […]

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Playground Opening

On Wed July 6th we celebrated our playground opening with a community get together. We had a great turn-out of tamariki and their whanau for this exciting event! There was face painting, dancing and gardening with all the new equipment. We all joined together to listen to a few words from our centre manager and […]

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Performing at Polyfest 2016

Over the last 3 months the children and teachers at Early Years Petone have been working hard on putting a performance together for the 2016 Hutt City Polyfest. For the first time in the history of Polyfest, an early childhood category was added to the line up of the festival – this allowed centres and kindys […]

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Celebrating the first anniversary of Te Puna Ora te Whare

As part of our environmental review last year, Early Years Petone had the idea to develop a special area for the children, whanau and teachers to have as a meeting house—a place for reflection, quiet activities, meetings, korero, waiata and kanikani. While integrating New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, the wharenui was developed to ensure a strong sense […]

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Science Exploration

The teachers have taken the children at Community Kindy Pukekohe on a wonderful journey of science as they try a new experiment each day. They have explored the effects of baking soda on different substances, made a volcano with a lemon and made popcorn dance. We have enjoyed making our own colored foam and starched […]

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