Thursday, October 16, 2014

Off to the Air Nelson.

 At kindergarten we love the opportunity to explore new places in our local community.  It was with much excitement we took up the opportunity offered from Lionel (Juandre’s and Liam’s Dad) to visit Air Nelson, and get close to the aeroplanes.
Lionel met us at Air Nelson, and after explaining how to keep ourselves safe, we were ready to head into the hanger.  Inside were two aeroplanes which were having maintenance work done on them - the men working on them were attached by a harness, just in case they slipped.  We were able to go inside one of the aeroplanes, it had a huge silver fern painted on it’s tail.  Inside the aeroplane we checked out the cockpit and see where the pilot’s sits and all the instruments he uses to fly the aeroplane.  The tour finished with a walk through the main maintenance hanger, where there was a lot of activity and noise.  Kaiako Lynette.

A visit to the Suter Gallery

11th    June 2014  .  We headed out into our community to visit The Suter Art Gallery.  On arrival we were greeted by Esther who showed us around the gallery and talked to us about the artwork on display.  We began by looking for repeating patterns in the paintings, then using our bodies to make the patterns.  Then turning on some music, Esther encouraged us to use our bodies to make repeating patterns in time to the music.  Next we looked closely at the paintings, finding shapes which we made our bodies into….we became trees, birds, mountains and rivers.  After that it was time to get creative, we each chose a favourite painting,  and then set to work creating our own interpretation of the original artwork using pastels.  What a beautiful collection of pictures were created to display on our wall back at Kindergarten.   Kaiako Lynette.

Afternoon kindergarten - end of term excursion to Play Dayz.

As an end of term excursion for the afternoon children we planned a trip to Play Days (Action Indoor Sports Centre). For several children in this group this was their very first ever bus trip so that was exciting all in itself. Play days provides bouncy castles, play equipment, ride ons and toys.  The children were all delighted to discover all the wonderful things available to them.  I think the parents enjoyed time to play but also the fact that while their children were in a safe fenced area they could nip off and buy a coffee and bring it back to enjoy while watching the children play.  Thanks to the parents who were able to join us on this afternoon out.

The morning children head to the gym.

This term we planned a visit to Nelson Intermediate Gym  for our end of term excursion.  We set off on  the bus and stopped at the Botanics for morning tea and to celebrate  a 5th  Birthday.  From here we set off for the Gym.  This was a new experience for many of the children but a chance to revisit an old favourite for many and of course an opportunity to showcase the amazing physical skills of many of the children.  Sessions at the gym never fail to provide new challenges and opportunities to test limits, and naturally then  discover new skills and abilities.
What a wonderful morning we all had.  Thanks to all the parents who helped support us on the day and specials thanks to Kyle and Linda for supporting this excursion. The morning passed quickly , and soon we were back on the bus, hot, sweaty , tired and  ready for a two  week break.