Monday, September 9, 2013


Here are the whales we have been making at kindy! 

Liam, Fletcher, Sebastian, Timmy

Sebastian, Deyi, Lily, Tommy, Jetta, Amelie, Mila, and Taye


Imogen, Phoebe, Amy, Esme, Ben N., James, and Mikaela




Friday, August 30, 2013

An interest in whales has developed as a result of some going to the Te Moana exhibition at the Auckland Museum

Lisa, our Student teacher taught us the song Tohora Nui

The whale is big
The whale is long
The whale is very very fat
The whale is spouting
It's tail is swishing
The whale is swimming in the sea

Tohora nui
Tohora roa
Tohora tino momona
Tohora piupiua
Tohora whiuwhiua
Tohora kau ana te moana e

and because we have been enjoying our baking, we've made whale shortbread cookies!

They were DELICIOUS!!! Thanks Lisa!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Yay! It's kindy time again! Term 3 is underway.

What a dilemma we had when one of our balls got stuck up a tree this week. Trying to get it down took the best part of half an hour while all sorts of implements and strategies were experimented with. We were very impressed with the persistence and perseverance that went into solving this problem. Finally Taye got it down using the other end of the rake! - After 2 more balls had got stuck up there in the process!!!

Dancing is still very popular even without our good friend Adrian ( our community artist-dancer) however his legacy remains with the most requested dance music being 'Party Rockers'!!!

When Christina went to Australia these holidays she spotted this really interesting book and Imogen was inspired to recreate some of the images!

A blast from the past - listening to  a storytime story on a TAPE! It's much better if you listen lying down!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Science in a Van

Emily and Alan from Science in a Van came to visit on Friday. The children loved it. We learnt about mixing, separating and reacting!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Trip to Pah Homestead

Charlie, Sienna, Jack, Lola, Olivia M., and James C. went on a trip to Pah Homestead to browse the Terry Stringer exhibition.

We look forward to bringing another group of children to this exhibition sometime next term.

Transfigured Heads

25 June 2013 to 1 September 2013, Main Galleries

Terry Stringer has an abiding interest in uniting multiple elements into a singular sculpture. Stringer encourages the viewer to make a series of acquaintances with his works, to discover a succession of subjects within one sculpture. The viewer who takes the time to examine a work from different perspectives is rewarded with a multi-faceted experience.

In Transfigured Heads Stringer’s recent works representing heads and figures are exhibited within the context of his artistic development over several decades, with earlier sculpture drawn from the James Wallace Arts Trust Collection.

Terry Stringer ONZM is a leading New Zealand sculptor. Born in Cornwall in 1946, he arrived in New Zealand in 1953. Graduating with Honours in 1967 from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts, Stringer has been the recipient of many significant scholarships and awards. Working mainly in three dimensions, Stringer delights in creating spatial illusions and concealed meanings within his works. Narrative elements are often present in his figure sculptures, drawn from a wide range of artistic and literary sources. Stringer has exhibited extensively throughout his career, with solo shows in Auckland, Sydney, Los Angeles and London.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Maori Language week

Lots of songs in Te Reo this week, followed by stories and books relating to Maori legends or tikanga.
Christina was teaching at Te Puna Kohungahunga before she came to us so she knows LOTS of Te Reo - woohoo!!!
On Friday she took a small group of children to visit Te Puna  at whariki  ( mat time)- these children hadn't been there before and came back very impressed with all the Maori songs the TPK children  sang. We are fortunate to have Te Puna so close and intend to keep up our visits and build on the relationships that we have with the staff there. Karen, the Supervisor was on the Reggio trip that Michelle and Lorraine did in 2010 and Te Puna Kohungahunga has been one of the three centres 
involved in the MAPS research project along with St AndrewsEpsom ECC and Helensville Montessori.