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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Kapa Haka Visit

EduKids Montel Ave had the local Kapa Haka group from Henderson Primary school come and visit us recently. They performed some waiata for us. It was a wonderful opportunity for our children to experience the Kapa Haka group and also an excellent occasion for us to connect with our local community and school.

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WAM in full swing

ABC Paraparaumu are fully into the WAM swing of things. Our preparation for the inaugural Wearable Arts and Music festival in July is really taking form. Our WAM theme is around our Matariki learning. The children chose the story and the music for our theme during our learning experiences around the sky father Ranginui and […]

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Matariki Celebrations

We recently invited all the family members to come and celebrate Matariki (Maori New Year) together at First Steps Newmarket. Grandparents, parents and siblings all turned up to join in the fun as a community. This was to support the value of whanaungatanga, the connections we develop with people, places and things over time and […]

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Kings and Queens Dress Up Day

We recently had a Kings and Queens fancy dress up day at First Steps Newmarket as we celebrated Queen’s Birthday and the recent royal wedding. Brave Knights and daring princesses joined us for our medieval theme day.  The children learnt about the medieval times, including flags, knights and castles. They took their ‘Knight Training’ seriously […]

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Celebrating Pink Shirt Day

The children at First Steps Newmarket have celebrated ‘Diversity’ and ‘Friendship’. It was a Pink Shirt Day celebration which involved wearing and decorating the centre in pink. There were also fun activities, music, and of course sharing of food, conversations, and laughter during our special afternoon tea. Celebrating Pink shirt day meant that we are standing […]

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St. John Ambulance visits

The children at First Steps Newmarket were very lucky to  have St. John Ambulance to talk about what they do in our community. Nikoli Foreman, the paramedic, talked to the children about keeping safe at home, in school and around our community. Even though we couldn’t see the real ambulance as they were away for emergency […]

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Kai Under The Sky

To celebrate Matariki at Community Kindy The Mount we held our annual ‘Kai under the sky’ event. Our families and whanau braved the weather to share kai, soup and rewena bread made by the tamariki. They toasted marshmallows in the open fire, sang waiata to their favourite audience and shared their art work and decorations […]

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Visiting The Vet

Today a group of tamariki from First Steps Waihi visited the vet clinic to further research into what would be a good pet for our centre and how we would look after it. Dr Asse was lovely and showed us around an operation, xrays (so we saw the bones), the insides of the animals, and […]

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Exploring muddy puddles

Today the children at First Steps Grey Lynn explored the muddy puddles. They noticed the puddles as soon as we went outside and it was the main interest the whole morning. I gave the children the freedom to explore and learn on their own,  they jumped and made big splashes in the mud and  later […]

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