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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.

May Newsletter

It’s been an exciting month, with children creating special gifts for Mothers’ Day as well as a fantastic turn out for our movie night.  It was great to see everyone and for educators to meet many whānau members for the first time.  We will definitely be planning more family events during the year!



Each day, please remember:

– Warm clothing and hats (many children are without hats each day)

– Several changes of clothing

– Name everything

– Return your Storypark questionnaire as soon as possible


Signing in                            It is very important that children are signed in and out each day, as the sign in sheet is also our roll call list.  In an emergency staff and emergency services will need to know who is at preschool.

Entertainment Book          To all those who have already purchased an Entertainment Book, thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts.  If you’d like to know what vouchers are included, a sample book can be found next to the sign in sheets in the office.  To purchase your book or app, please see a staff member or access the link through the centre Facebook page.

Spare clothes                     We are in need of spare undies, leggings & trousers please, if you have any your child has outgrown.  Also, if your child has gone home in preschool clothing, please return these.

Resources                            The centre would hugely appreciate donations of open-ended resources e.g. cardboard tubes, dress ups, capes, fabric, boxes etc


Te Reo Māori                     

Matariki begins 15 June this year!

This waiata/song follows the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and names each star that makes up the Matariki cluster.  Some refer to the stars being the sisters of Matariki, while others (as in this waiata) consider them to be her children.

Tirama, tirama Matariki

Me ana tamariki

Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi

Waitī, Waitā


Me te pōtiki Ururangi

What’s for lunch?                   

Easy Healthy Chicken Nuggets from www.mykidslickthebowl.com


500g boneless chicken*

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup ground almonds (almond meal)

*Breast, tenderloins or thighs all work fine.

Optional:  Season the ground almonds with whatever you like (e.g. salt, pepper, garlic powder, chilli, Cajun spices, mixed herbs, parmesan cheese etc)


  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
  2. Soak in coconut milk.  If possible leave the chicken to soak in fridge for 30 mins or overnight (although however long you have is fine).
  3. Drain the excess coconut milk.
  4. Roll the chicken piece in ground almonds.
  5. Place on baking-paper lined tray.
  6. Bake in a hot oven (200C or 390F) for 15 – 20 minutes (cooking time will depend on size of pieces).

Turn the pieces once golden on one side (usually after 10 mins cooking time).  The side that is sitting on the baking paper will be the side going brown.  Turning helps to make both sides golden and crispy.


Programme Planning


Te rūma Toitoi’s programme continues to be based around exploration.  We have recently enjoyed exploring paint, particularly through our ANZAC Day and Mother’s Day creations.

A big card board box was gifted to our room and this has caused much excitement amongst the children who are enthusiastically exploring it in their own ways.  This has included crawling and walking through it, hitting it to listen to the nose it creates, as well as sitting inside and socially interacting in the dark with peers!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Harrison and his whānau to the Toitoi room.

We would gratefully accept any spare gumboots and rain jackets that your child may have grown out of.

Please remember to check that your child has enough nappies each day.



Our current programme is based around supporting the children’s creative dispositions as they explore, and experiment with a range of resources.

There have been strong interests evident in the room, including sensory play, role play, music construction and physical play.  The children have been demonstrating their creativity and imaginations as they explore these experiences.

 Please remember to check your that your child has enough nappies each day.



The Horoeka room is currently focusing on exploration.  Educators plan to provide experiences that will involve sensory exploration of all the senses – taste, smell, touch etc.  Open-ended resources will be provided, allowing the children to create and explore various uses for them.  We will be taking walks in the community, so children will require adequate footwear, jackets and hats for these occasions.




The Kauri room’s current programme is focused on supporting children’s creative dispositions.  This creativity continues to be highlighted throughout the Kauri room environment, with creative play and activities taking place daily.