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Centre Manager’s Report March 2024

Kia ora koutou,



I hope you are all well and have enjoyed our fantastic summer season.  

For this month, we would like to welcome Arthur and Elizabeth, the new children at Karori Kids. 

BUSY KARORI KIDS TAMARIKI

1.      Nowruz festival

 

This Iranian festival -Nowruz meaning new year which is coincided with spring festival was celebrated at Karori Kids on the 20th March. Matina’s family came in to talk about this special celebration in their country. They brought different items and talked about their meanings and how are they associated to new beginnings.

 

 

2. Going for Walks

 

We continue to go for regular walks as this activity provides a lot of positive experience for our tamariki. In our walks, we do picnics and challenging activities (i.e.   running race)

 

3.Looking after our Papatuanuku

 

We continue to engage our tamariki in looking after Papatuanuku: gardening and cleaning our surroundings. Recently, we have also included in our routine the clean-up time and toys hunt at the end of the day. This adds a sense of responsibility amongst our tamariki. Children have also been initiating in picking up rubbish within and outside the Centre.  

4. Construction. Our tamariki have been busy exploring their creativity and honing their motors skills through hands construction. For this month, they have been involved in building tents, dwellings and constructing towers, building cars and other imaginative structures, while learning about shapes, sizes and balance. Through these activities, the tamariki have been encouraged to unleash their imaginations and work collaboratively with their peers. Building together fosters teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills which are invaluable for their learning and development 

5. Transition to school Program. We have six children who came to visit to Karori Normal School. Our visit reaffirmed that their activities are aligned to our programmes.

 We were also grateful from having a visit from Northland School Deputy Principal Judith Urry who came and encouraged us to visit their school as well.

We have also been enhancing our 4 years old children their literacy and numeracy skills-these were the focus of their programmes for the month of March .

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes (Te Whāriki and NELP)

1a.Making connections between people, places and things in their world.

1b. Priorities (NELP) New Zealand (2020)

Have high aspirations for every learner/ākonga, and support these by partnering with their whānau and communities to design and deliver education that responds to their needs, and sustains their identities, languages and culture.

 

2a. Keeping themselves healthy and caring for themselves

 

 

 

 

 

3a. Making sense of their worlds by generating and refining working theories. 

 

3b. They strat to get involved in caring for this place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4a. Play, imagine, invent and experiment.

4b. Move confidently and challenge themselves physically.

4c. Use different strategies to reason and solve problems.

4d. Make sense of the world around them by generating and refining working theories.

 

 

5a. Making connections between people, places and things in their world.

5b. Understand how things work and are able to adapt to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshops/Seminars

 

Gina and Regan attended Literacy 'Liz Kane Literacy Day' focusing on early literacy acquisition.  

Regan and JD have also attended three sessions in Te reo Maori.

Dates to remember:

Upcoming Events:

March

Teacher-Parent Interview, Monday-Thursday 25th-28 March

Good Friday- Friday, 29th of March (Centre is closed)

 

April 

Easter Monday- Monday, the 1st of April (Centre is closed)

Teachers Only Day- Tuesday, 2nd of April 2024

Anzac Day- Thursday, 25th of April (The Centre is closed)

 

May

NZ Sign Language Week-Monday to Friday, 6th-12th of May

Mother’s Day-Friday, 10th of May

Working bee-Saturday, 25th May 2024 (9:00-12:00)

Samoan Language Week-Monday to Friday, 26th-1st of June   

Internal Evaluation 

“How is the language, culture and identity of all whānau empowered at Karori Kids?”

We are now in the process of incorporating action plans because of the findings that we conducted last year.

Actions:

The kaiako are now striving to greet the tamariki and whānau in the children’s first language.

The whānau board also serves tool to learn the language of our tamariki

We will include the parent’s aspiration aligning children's learning experiences with their cultural background in the children’s individual gaols.  

We have also created a board for our whānau to inform about the activities for the day. It is also an opportunity to share the langauge, celebration of our tamartiki, whānau and kaiako.   

The team have also been collecting resources from different countries.

We will monitor the progress of these actions  for three months and we will reassess whether we have improved our practice in terms of empowering the language, culture and identity of all whānau at Karori Kids?”


General

Thank you to all the continued support. Karori Kids would not thrive without your dedication. As we embark on the journey of 2024, we eagerly anticipate another year of collaboration of growth. Together we aim to continue making a positive impact to our community, nurturing our children’s potential and fostering a culture of learning and support.

“Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi" 

With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive

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