Thursday, December 16, 2010

Our annual wheelathon- whatever your wheels

At the end of every year our wonderful committee organise the wheelathon, so that children can learn about bike safety and families can come along for a social event and family fundraiser.  It is always loads of fun and the children really try hard to ride as many laps as they can on their preferred form of wheels.  It was exciting to have so many families along in support and thank you to all those families that made sure their children's bikes and helmets met the safety rules.  

This year we had 50 children riding and they did an amazing job with only a couple of crashes, which were quickly patched up and away they went again.  
Thanks to the parents who helped out in the middle of the track and to the family who cheered them along.  There was a prize giving at the end to give out certificates and prizes and a bag of lollies for the great effort.


Great effort to all the decorated bikes and children.

Great effort for safe riding and having lots of fun doing it. 

Thanks for all your fundraising efforts, we will purchase 2 bikes for kindergarten for next year. 

Levity visited Kindergarten

If you hadn't heard of Levity Beet before I am sure you would never forget him after his
visit to afternoon kindergarten.  What an amazing performer, creating music from recycled materials and showing stunning innovation and fun.  The children were captivated for 45 minutes and adults were spellbound as he worked his magic with his instruments.  We will enjoy his music next year as we purchased two of his CD's to add to our collection.

The big red bus

It was time for an afternoon excursion and a red double decker bus trip around Nelson was our families first choice, so we did it. We had two hours of fun, it was hot, hot, hot upstairs and there was lots of chatter as the children (and parents) saw Nelson from a much higher perspective.  It was rather funny to pass by the traffic lights and be level with the red, green and orange circles.  
Our trip took us out to Richmond, along the deviation, down to Tahunanui, along Rocks Road, around the boat marina, out to Founders park and up to the Centre of New Zealand Park for afternoon tea (and a lolly scramble).  Then back on the bus and back to kindergarten just in time for school to get out.  The time raced by but it was a great way to have a kindergarten session with a difference and an outing into our beautiful community.

What fabulous parents we have!

Today Kirstin (Luca's mum) came along to tell the children a special story about the caterpillar who wanted to fly.  It was even more special as she had made all her own props which were beautifully hand made.  We are hoping that we can have a workshop at kindergarten to learn this skill and what a brilliant way of using recycled resources and sharing our skills together as a community.
Kirstin had a captive audience who asked her to retell it several times.

We enjoyed Kirstin's storytelling so much that she came back a few weeks later to share a christmas story with the afternoon children.  This time Kirstin and Lara (India's Mum) did a puppet show which was magical and funny.  We love your story telling ladies, we want you to come back and share some more stories with us.  Some music too Lara, and we will enrol Lily for you.
 Now we want to know how to make those puppets Kirstin, lets set a date and maybe our families would like to come to a workshop too.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Did we let a little (lot) of Rain spoil our fun

Certainly not.
After 2 months without a rainy day we were feeling confident that our Christmas picnic party would be held under bright blue skies.
The ballon lady, face painters, Lions train and Father Christmas were booked and the children and teachers walked to Isel Park to meet afternoon children and parents who were to join us there.
On arrival, we enjoyed our morning tea and the fun began with children choosing their balloons and lining up to have their faces painted. A few spots of rain turned into a downpour as we bundled bags under tarpaulins then we took shelter under the verandah of Isel house to continue.
The train arrived and trips taken around the gardens. Children chased bubbles in the rain and then Father Christmas arrived to organise a lolly scramble.
The rain had well and truly set in to stay as children and parents headed home to dry off and warm up.