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Celebrating Matariki

Matariki is celebrated through education, remembrance and the planting of new trees and crops.  It is a sign of new beginnings.  To celebrate, Coastal Kids Preschool’s mokopuna (children) learnt about Māori myths and legends, and made a story wall with Priscilla, telling the legend of Matariki, and how the stars of Matariki were formed.  They also […]

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Dancing along to Cook Island drummers

At Coastal Kids Preschool, we recently had a visit from a group of Cook Island Drummers. Our tamariki loved the opportunity to hear and dance to music from another culture.   The group introduced themselves and then told the us the names of the different instruments.  The drums made a wonderful loud noise, and some […]

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Community Fundraiser for Starship!

“Me whiri mai te whānau, te hapū, te iwi, me tauiwi, me ō rātou wāhi nohonga, ki roto I te whāriki, hei āwhina, he tautoko I te akoranga, I te whakaipuranga o te mokopuna” – The wider world of family and community is an integral part of early childhood curriculum. On Saturday the 7th of […]

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Bursting with colour

Coastal Kids Preschool had a blast participating in ‘Holi’ a festival that celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. Also known as the Festival of Colours, the Holi festival leaves it’s mark, with specially bought powders in an array of bold, bright colours, staying on the ground for weeks afterwards. […]

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Love, fun and lots of colour

We celebrated Holi this month at Coastal Kids and set off on an adventure to the local reserve with our sunblock, our shoes, our potaes, our friends, our parent helpers and our smiles. Holi may be the festival of the colours, but white is rule of the day as far as clothes go, the best background to reflect […]

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A Coastal Kids Christmas

On December 15th, Coastal Kids celebrated our Children’s Christmas Party and it was a great success! So many loved ones came for an afternoon of fun with their tamariki. We started the afternoon off with infants (Tui Nest) and toddlers (Kea Forest) meeting Mrs Claus (our lovely administrator Margaret) and receiving a very special gift! […]

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Community connections

On Monday the 27th November, Coastal Kids went for another visit to make morning tea for the Te Puru Seniors Fitness club.  On the Friday they made shortbread to take and they also made the scones for the seniors. The children enjoyed the 20 minute walk to the community centre with Tracy-Lee, Hayley, Danielle and […]

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Diwali celebrations

On the 12th October, we celebrated Diwali at Coastal Kids.  We welcomed each other with a Namaste, as per Indian tradition.  The fragrance from the incense and the flowers filled the room. The Diya (lamps) were burning to resemble the festival (the festival of lights). The Rangoli, which Quirina made with the children was placed […]

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Pizzaria

At Coastal Kids Preschool we have been learning about healthy eating. A few of our children shared with us that they had pizza over the weekend as a treat. We talked about what they had on their pizzas which led to us making pizza collages using a variety of collage pieces that resembled pizza ingredients! Following this we […]

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Ahoy there!

Ahoy me hearties! The children at Coastal Kids have been interested in pirates and mermaids so we decided to extend upon this with a super fun  pirate and mermaids day. We made a pirate ship out of recycled materials and the children were ready to sail the seas. The children dug for treasure in the […]

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