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June Newsletter

Our Matariki celebrations are in full swing with many activities on the agenda

 for the season.  Thanks to all those who came along to our Matariki dinner and brought along kai/food from their own culture to share.  We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did!



Reminders                        With the current weather, and messy play being a popular activity, please pack several changes of clothing each day.    

                                          – Please remember to name all your child’s belongings, ready for preschool.  Permanent markers are available at the centre, if you forget to name things at home.

                                          – Warm hats, jackets and gumboots are essential now.  Please remember to bring them every day.

School holidays                If you know of dates between 9 – 20 July that your child will be absent, please let Telena know.  This may affect staffing requirements, which will allow educators to arrange leave.

Resources needed           A few parents have asked us what types of things they’re able to donate to the centre.  We’re able to make use of most things, from old toys (in good condition), to art supplies (e.g. paper/card), to open ended resources (e.g. plastic piping, kitchen utensils, pine cones) etc.  At the moment we would welcome donations of wool and baby food jars.


 Te Reo Mäori                                                        


This waiata was a hit at our Matariki dinner.  The tune and dance from ‘The Macarena’ have been borrowed for this one.


Waitī, Waitā, Waipunarangi

Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi

Ko Ururangi te pōtiki

O te whānau Matariki



Although the songs we have learned for Matariki mention seven stars, in 2016 it was confirmed that there are actually nine stars in the constellation.  The missing stars are Hiwa-i-te rangi and Pohutukawa which we will be sure to include in next year’s celebration waiata.


What’s for lunch?                                         

Muffin Tin Pizzas from www.foodinaminute.co.nz



3 jumbo soft tortillas

2 Tbsp tomato sauce

½ cup drained crushed pineapple

100g ham, finely chopped

1 ½ cup grated cheese




1. Preheat oven to 200°C (fan bake). Grease 12 patty tins with oil (or use muffin tins).

2. Heat tortillas according to the packet instructions. While they are still warm cut out circles using a 9cm biscuit cutter. Push them into the prepared patty tins.

3. Spread ½ teaspoon of tomato sauce into the base of each tortilla. Add crushed pineapple, chopped ham and grated cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese has melted and edges of the tortilla are golden. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing from the tins. Serve warm or cold. They will make a great addition to the school lunchbox.


Programme Planning


Recently in te rūma Toitoi our group plan has been based around the children’s explorative dispositions.  The children have enjoyed exploring paint, creating different master pieces that are displayed around the room.  They have also enjoyed exploring outside when the opportunity arises.  In particular, splashing in the puddles, with lots of big smiles & laughter being seen and heard.

We would like to welcome Jesse, Marlya, Eliza, Cooper and their respective whānau to the Toitoi room.




We are focusing on creativity within te rūma Nīkau.  Educators have been providing many activities involving roll play, dressing up and the dolls house.  As well as our waiata celebrating the Matariki season, our current music programme is based around songs from cultures around the world.  To extend on this we will be making traditional instruments from other countries.





Over the past few weeks the Horoeka children have been exploring our room and discovering new ways of being creative.  Messy play has been a big part of their day, with slime, shaving foam and paint being made available for tamariki to explore with however they please.


We have also been learning a range of different waiata reo Māori (Māori language songs), which include actions as they sing.


We farewell Flynn, Breanna and Krew who have made the move to the Kauri room.  Heidi, Quinn and Toby have transitioned from te rūma Nīkau, and Luca and his whānau have recently joined the centre.  We bid a warm welcome to you all!



The Kauri room’s current disposition focuses on their creativity.  We have been engaged in plenty of creative explorations this month.  The children have enjoyed celebrating Matariki.  We created a korowai (cloak) named Matariki and shared the story of Matariki with the children.


We say goodbye to William and Emma who have both started their school journey.  We welcome Breanne, Flynn and Krew who have transitioned from te rūma Horoeka, as well as Lilly & Max who are new to Ready Steady Play.



If you have any queries regarding the matters raised in this newsletter (or any others), our staff are always happy to help.