Sunday, 23 November 2008

Blueskin Playcentre (column)

Blueskin Playcentre

Kia ora Tatou, greetings to everyone

We have been looking at healthy food Wellbeing Goal 1: "Children
experience an environment where their health is promoted" to coincide
with our inclusion with the Waitati School's Nutrition funding to
promote healthy eating and growing our own food. In October we
arranged for Kaitrin McMullan to visit Waitati School so the new
entrant class and Playcentre can be involved in a combined puppet show
with a Nutrition theme. The songs and stories were such a delight for
everyone! We are encouraging the children to understand the healthy
food pyramid and have made one so when we eat our lunch we can look at
our pyramid and see where our food fits in. We have enjoyed some
shared morning teas where everyone brings fruit or edible veggies and
dips to Playcentre, fillings to make healthy sandwiches and yummy
pizzas.

We have continued to promote our healthy food goal by growing potatoes
in buckets and planting veggies in the garden, they love pulling out
the radishes and eating them fresh from the garden. Watering the
garden is always very popular. We are yet to see if our sunflower
seeds have survived there drowning!

We went on a combined visit with Warrington Playcentre to the Karitane
Marae. We were welcomed onto the Marae and we sang our Waiata "One
day a Taniwha". Thank you, Tania for providing the Karaka when we
were welcomed onto the Marae. It was a wonderful experience for
everyone to observe the Powhiri and hear Alex's Whaikorero. We had a
wonderful time.

In December we have several trips planned. We are going to the beach
to collect kai moana, hopefully when the tide is out we will find them
and cook them at the beach! We see this as a wonderful experience and
an opportunity to link both goals where children can experience
gathering and eating healthy kai. We also have a trip to the Dunedin
Botanic Garden to admire the flowers there since we have been planting
and enjoying our own garden. The term will end with a trip on the
Seasider train.

We would like to welcome Marion with Francesca and Benedict into
Playcentre. It is great to have Frances with Sylvia and Leilani back
from eight months Sabbatical overseas.

We are sending off quite a few 5-year-olds to school this term. We
will miss you Bilee, Rose, Leilani, Mihai and Lochlan. Have a
wonderful time at Waitati School and we look forward to seeing you on
our school visits. We are also saying goodbye to our Supervisor,
Cathy. We wish you all the best at St Leonards and we thank you for
all the hard work you have put into our centre. You will be greatly
missed by all!

Playcentre is a wonderful place to gain new friends and retouch with
old ones. Feel free to stop by for a cup of tea and see what we are
all about. We are open on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings, 9:30
– 12:00 noon. We cater for children aged from birth right up to 6
years of age, their parents and caregivers. Come and get to know
other parents with young children in the community. For information
you can call our centre ph 027 427 1727, during session times.

The last day of term is 17th of December and we return to Playcentre
in February.

by Frances Baeumer

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