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Friendly Reminder – Updating Email Addresses

Dear parents, in order to keep up with the current technology trend, and to look after the beautiful environment God has created for us by reducing the use of paper, from July 2013, we will be sending the monthly Newsletter via email. Please ensure the email addresses you have left with us are up-to-date. If you required a hard copy of the Newsletter, please inquire from the Office. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Turning Trash into Treasures!

In Little Kiwis, we encourage and promote recycling and reusing of the resources, and we would also like to ask our parents to help us turning junk into treasures. These recycled items including: Bottle lids Egg trays Baskets of all kinds Mirrors Small pieces of woods and timbers Papers of all kinds, sizes, and shapes Cultural clothing items Cardboard boxes and containers of all sizes

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Diseases

There has been an outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in the whole region of Auckland, including Manukau area. Praise the Lord we have not discovered any cases in our Centre. The symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease include: Mild fever and a sore throat Painful red blisters on their tongue, mouth, palms of their hands, or sores of their feet Loss of appetite A general feelings of weakness or tiredness In order to prevent the disease from spreading, we would like to seek parents’ cooperation in: 1.       Keep your child at home if they have fever (even mild); and 2.       Use the hand sanitizer provided before entering … Continue reading »

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Christmas Party 2012 (7 December)

Our Christmas Party on the 7th December was truly terrific. We would like to show our appreciation to the parents for your support this year through all the fundraisings (PhotoLife, Papatoetoe Family Festival, and Cadbury Chocolate which is still going), which made this annual event a fantastic success. We had numerous entertainers, giving our families and children lots of excitement, which included pony ride, bouncy castle, and Captain Bill who came back the second time round from popular demand. Children performed the birth of Jesus Christ drama and sang Christmas carols, all of which they had been practising. Children also showed some moves at the disco night, which they all … Continue reading »

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Matariki Festival 2012 (18 – 22 June)

It is known as Maori New Year, signaling a time to say good-bye to the past year and move on to the new year ahead. Little Kiwis has joined the celebration by learning Māori songs, such as Ma is White and Te Tinana, Māori words and phrases (e.g. numbers and colours), they also learnt Māori food prayer and encouraged to say it before meals. Children were introduced with Māori story books, and we were all so excited when Sienna-bella’s Mum came to tell the Sky Room children a Māori myth. Through various activities held this week, children experienced “an environment where they are encouraged to learn with and alongside others” (Te Whāriki, … Continue reading »

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Samoan Language Week 2012 (27 May – 2 June)

Samoan Language Week took place from Sunday 27 May to Saturday 2 June. This year’s theme was “O le Vāfealoa’i”- “Strong and Respectful Relationships”. Little Kiwis is a multi-cultural early childhood education provider, we promote and emphasize the importance in recognizing and respecting different ethnicities. Some of our teachers and children are from the beautiful Island of Samoa, and children at Little Kiwis have been happily learning numbers and saying simple greetings in Samoan Language. Te Whāriki builds on what the children bring to their learning from their socio-cultural background. Thus it is important for us to help make links between everyday activities, special events of whānau, local communities and cultures, and their … Continue reading »

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Our Centre Rules

In the past few weeks, our teachers have been reinforcing centre rules to children to help them become more comfortable and feel more belonged to the centre setting, and at the same time “building up their confidence and ability to express their ideas and to assist others” (Te Whāriki, Belonging, Goal 2, 1996). Praise God! we have been seeing children making other children feeling welcomed and belonged as they learnt to care for themselves, to help others with self-care skills, and to make new children feel comfortable with the centre’s regularities and customs, for example, we saw children holding hands to go wash hands together before morning tea, children taking … Continue reading »

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A Little Treasure Box

We’re introducing “A Little Treasure Box” to the Sky and Ocean Rooms! This activity helps our children to understand the concept of turn-taking as well as enhancing their skills in listening and speaking. So if your child brings home the Little Treasure Box, it means it is your child’s turn to show-and-tell at Mat Time the next morning. So please help them to fill the Little Treasure Box with 3 of their ‘treasures’ from home, such as a toy truck, a book, some puzzle pieces, or even their favourite sock!

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Prayer Request Box

2011 has been an amazing year as we have experienced many miracles and received great blessings from God. We are very glad to have many parents and family going through this journey of faith with us. Every time we receive prayer requests in the Prayer Request Box, we always later hear about how God answers each and every prayer that our families put into the box. This year we will continue to pray for our children and families everyday, and we’d truly like to encourage parents to let us know if there is anything specific that we can pray for you about. Let us in 2012 experience together more miracles … Continue reading »

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Centre Closing Dates

Please remember that the Centre will be operating throughout the summer, and will only be closed on the public holidays, which are 26th and 27th December 2011 for Christmas, and again on the 2nd and 3rd January 2012. Please let us know in advance if your child will be away for the holiday!

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