Sunday, July 10, 2011

Maori Language Week, Monkeys and the Crocodile and Goodbye...

Manaakitanga - making people welcome is the theme of Maori Language Week and this is very much part of the character of our place. We have in progress the development of a community garden and we are also in the early stages of planning a community map in conjunction with Sport Otago......more to come next term. 
This week another class from Concord School joined us, bringing books to read to our children as well as sharing in our programme. 
Parents and whanau contribute in many ways to our programme - this week, one of our Dads helped children construct a huge crocodile which was then enticed over to the mat to be 'teased' by  our monkey finger puppets........ and the result......lots of shared excitement and laughter, communication, language, a sense of belonging and of course we all had fun!!
Our Fish and Chip/Fancy Hat Night on Friday was sadly also a Farewell for Gerry, who is transferring to Abbotsford Kindergarten for 6 months to further her learning journey. 
All the best Gerry and we look forward to seeing you back in 2012. 

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