Parent Newsletter 22nd May 2008
Kia Ora whānau,
It’s a cold rainy day today so I thought it would be a good day to be inside and write an overdue newsletter. Firstly we would like to say welcome, nau mai haere mai to all our new families. We have rapidly filled spaces which were created with the opening of the new classroom in January and are now pretty full, give or take one or two places on odd days. Thank you to everyone for your patience during this expansion period, it has been a long process with outdoor play space unavailable at times and extra administration demands with moving children across rolls etc. We have a number of new staff to welcome and we have also said farewell to Aysha and Alije. Aysha made the decision not to retrain in NZ as an Early Childhood Teacher (ECE) and has instead decided to manage Anarkali, the Indian restaurant on George St. Alije has gone on leave to have her baby. In her place is Janina who is also from Germany and is a trained ECE teacher. In Aysha’s place we have Rachel who is a NZ trained ECE and primary teacher. To cater to our expanded role we have appointed Jessica and Victoria, both fully trained NZ ECE teachers and Rebecca who works in the OSCAR programme and in the centre. Rebecca is busy doing field based ECE training with NZCA.
The staff very much enjoyed the parent teacher interviews last month and appreciated all the useful information and feedback provided about your children. The more we can learn from you about your children’s interests and goals, the better we can be at planning meaningful activities for them here. I think our planning has really benefited from these talks and I am delighted to see the range of exciting activities going on in the classrooms as a result. In an effort to increase whanau involvement, I would like to invite any interested parents to join a parent advisory group. If you are keen, come and see me (Helen) in the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would envisage us meeting no more than once or twice a term. By the way, if you ever have any billing or change of hours queries you can email Gill at email@example.com .
Now to the best news! We have managed to recruit a new staff member who will be working on the very important job of looking after our rumbling tummies, yes that’s right, we have hired a cook. Dougall will be providing all our morning and afternoon teas and our lunches for a trial period of six weeks. If this turns out to be an improvement on our present catering arrangements and is within a similar budget we will be continuing this. Dougall is a very experienced cook and has children of his own so I am very confident it will work out. He starts with us on the 3rd of June so we’ll soon be eating yummy home baking and a much wider variety of delicious nutritious lunches.
Well I think that is all for now, remember you are always welcome to make suggestions to me about our service and I will wait with anticipation to hear if any of you would like to be part of a parent advisory group,
Ka kite ano,
Programme Manager and Acting Centre Manager