Monday, 22 November 2010

Blueskin Playcentre

By Katie Bourne

"We love Playcentre... 'cos all our friends are here!" The Playcentre song is (going around in our heads!) a hit at the moment as it is part of our upcoming show and it's true, we have a lovely friendly group of children and parents at Playcentre. As well as playing dress-up, bug hunting, shopkeeping, swinging, singing and digging in the sand pit, our children enjoyed a visit from storyteller Kaitrin McMullen who delighted us with her puppets and stories. We also welcomed room three pupils from Waitati school who came to play with us. We had a great morning making clay Christmas decorations, bathing baby dolls, painting pictures, singing songs together, making bread and sharing morning tea.

In the future we are expecting a visit from the Willowbank Fire Brigade and hoping to go on a train ride. We are also moving. Our current building is no longer available to us so we have to move out. Waitati School has agreed that we can relocate there so there is much to be organised. We would like to extend/develop an existing classroom to include toilets, kitchen, office and fenced outdoor play area. One important aspect that funding bodies require is 'evidence of community support' - YOU CAN HELP!! Please write a letter of support for this venture - parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, anyone who may use the new Playcentre now or in the future. Even old Playcentre users could write saying how valuable Playcentre has been in our community in the past. We need a Playcentre in Waitati! Letters can be posted to Mikaela Wilson (president) at 3 Ree St., Waitati.

Our next fundraising adventure is to help raise funds to move Playcentre to Waitati school. Please support us! We are organising a show called Tamariki Tiata - children's theatre. It is to be held in Waitati hall on Saturday 11 December. All local children are being encouraged to take part, so if you want to join in call Katie (465 8381 or 021 148 5535). Its going to be a fantastic afternoon of entertainment with a yummy cafe. Tickets are $5 per adult, Kids are free. If you can not make the show but are able to donate anyway - thanks! Tickets are available from the library.

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