Rahina 15 Hakihea


Ki ora, as we head into the home stretch for the end of the preschool year the opportunities for the tamariki to learn and continue to grow that invaluable sense of whanaungatanga  continues as they establish relationships and engage with the wider community.  These relationships allow the tamariki to understand in a larger sense who else is involved in helping make our community and preschool a safe and great place to be a part of.

This christmas the tamariki have once again invited many of those key people in our community to the centre or have delivered baking to show our appreciate for how they contribute to our community.  From the police, St Johns, and moni bus to the lovely ladies at the red cross that save wonderful treasures for us to use in our use parts play.




This is a great experince for the tamariki and a wonderful way to share the christmas spirit within our community.

Rahina 04 Hakihea


Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete ki a koutou/Greetings of the christmas season to you all.

On Friday night Geraldine Preschool joined Geraldine's annual santa parade.  We began the evening with a sausage sizzle at the domain before the tamariki, whānau and kaiako marched in the parade.  As a centre we love this time of the year as it highlights the strong relationships we have with all connected with the centre as parents, grandparents, siblings and extended whānau come and to join us in the parade.




Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takimano e. My strength is not mine alone, but that of many.


Rahina 20 Whiringa-ā-rangi


Ki ora koutou, what an exciting week we had at Geraldine Preschool last Wednesday as we held a special celebration to receive our Green Gold Enviroschools award.  Geraldine Preschool is the first Early Childhood centre in canterbury to obtain this amazing award.  It is quite an acheivement that required and involved committment and contribution from all tamariki,whãnau and kaiako.



Ehara taka toa i te toa takatahi

Engari, he toa takatini

My strength is not the strength of one

It is the strength of many

Rãapa 08  Whiringa-ã-rangi


Ki ora, the tamariki are loving the warm weather.  It means it is time to plan our preschool garden, which all the rooms are involved in.  We bake, preserve and share the produce in our swappa-crop wheelbarrow or give as koha (a gift or donation).  Puna Ora our orchard at the front of the preschool and the fruit trees plantd in the playground our flourishing with the regular rain and sunshine.



Last month Whare Tipu tamariki boarded a bus and headed to Peel Forest for the morning to explore.  Geraldine Preschool has a strong connection to Peel Forest and our centre mihi is based on this area.  Within the mhih we talk of our awa, the Waihi river which we drove over on the way to Peel Forest, Tarahoa, Big Mount Peel is our Mauka which could be clearly see by all on the trip to the forest.   Excursions such as this provide tamariki with the oppportunity to explore the forest while creating links and establishing connections with our wider community and environment.



It was a wonderful day out and one of many more to come we hope.  Until next week ka kite.

Rãhina 09 Whiringa-ā-nuku


Ki ora, last week at preschool was particularly busy as we began to "spruce" up the play gorund areas.  Firstly the sandpits in both areas were filled up.  We were fortunate enough to have a group of Dad's come in late in the afternoon and do this job for us.  



A huge thank you to James Ellery, Hamish Pawson, Tim Saywell, Johnny Burnside and  Brent Schrider for this.  The tamariki were very excited when they uncovered the sandpit the next day.  The next day the tamariki enjoyed watching the new bark getting blown onto the playground through a big hose, fed off a large truck.


Dramatic play continues to engage the tamariki.  Acting out their own life expeinces help them make sense of their own lives and what is happening in the world around them.  Mobilo is a great resource where the tamariki are able to be creattive and further develop there manipulative skills.


The warmer weather is perfect for outdoors water play.  From exploring concepts of how, what and why some objects float and others sink, to supporting developing social skills as turn taking and waiting come to the fore.  The tamariki and kaiako also enjoy the social conversations that occur at this time.


Rãmere 29 Mahuru


Ki ora koutou, what a great way to end the week at Geraldine Preschool, when yesterday we officially received confirmation of obtaining our green-gold Enviroschools award.  Yesterday Bianca Sheed, the tamariki and kaiako welcomed three members of the enviroschools team to the preschool.  Tamariki from Whare Tipu proudly performed the centre mihi and then kaiako and tamariki sung a waiata for our guests.


The tamariki then took our guests on a guided tour, sharing there knowledge and understanding about sustainability within the preschool and wider community, respect for diversity and how this in turn supports them in becoming empowered students.  The centre hass spent the last eight years working towards this award and we are the first Early Childhood Centre in South Canterbury to acheive it.

The tamariki were very excited to learn that we had acheived the award, and are now looking forward to organising the celebratory events for the official presentation.

Titiro whakamuri

Kokiri whakamua

Look back and reflect

So you can move forward




Rãmere 15 Mahuru


Ki ora koutou whãnau, te wiki o te reo Mãori.  This week we have celebrated Mãori language week, embracing te reo Mãori.  Everyday the tamariki recite the centre mihi and karakia (blessing) before kai.  We incorporate te reo into everyday routines, waiata and general conversation with the tamariki.


Creativity, investigating and exploration whether with blocks, tiles, loose parts or circuit sets is a strong interest for a large number of the tamariki from all rooms at the moment.  This provides then with the opportunity to share ideas, support their peers by offering suggestions, turn taking, while challenging themselves to think "How can I make this work?"


Learning moments like this are enjoyed by the tamariki on their own or in a large group.


Pukapuka (books) and dolls are resources enjoyed by all the pepe in Whare Kõhanga.  Many of the tamariki .  The weather is starting to warm up and the tamariki are thriving on being outside, challenging themselves physically, adding water to the sandpit as they create rivers, lakes and mud pies for their cafes.

Ko te whakatipuranga tënei o te mana rangahau, me ngã mãtauranga katoa e pã ana ki te aotuuroa me te taiao.

The child learns through active exploration of the environment.

Ka kite

Rãmere 1st Mahuru


Ki ora koutou, what a great way to end the preschool week with a Father's Day lunch to celebrate the amazing men involved in the lives of our tamariki.  The tamariki sent out invitations to the lunch and then spent the week organsing the menu, making cards and decorating special gifts.




We had over 25 Dad's and Grandad's come and join the tamariiki in both Whare Piki and Whare Tipu.  It was lovely that they got to spend time with not only their children but meet their child's friends and teachers.  Occassions like this is what makes oour preschool so special !!

Whare Kõhanga has been welcoming a lot of new tamariki over the last month, and there interest in  music has been a great opportunity to support them in learning each others names.  Songs such as "Who's got the hat ?" are perfect for this.

Ka kite and have a lovely weekend.  

He taonga te mokopuna, kia whãngaia, kia tipu, kia rea.

A child is a treasure to be nurtured, to grow,  to flourish.


Friday 25 Here-turi-kõkã


Kia ora koutou, manaakitanga (kindness and respect) and nga wero tinana (physical challenges) are providing plenty of learning opportunities for the tamariki at preschool at the moment.  We are fortunate enough to have the space to set up a slack line which tamariki of all ages love to explore a variety of ways of using.  


Manaakitanga has been a key aspect of learning throughout the centre recently.  Whether it is caring for ourselves,our peers, resources or the environment it is something the tamariki have fully embraced.  It has seen a lot of group play and team work occurring and tamariki wanting to share there skills amongst the three rooms in the centre, also just generally popping there heads in the door or over the fence to say "Hello" and check that everyone it good.



Whare Kõhanga tamariki have been enjoying sensory exploration and art.  Using their whole bodies to create materpieces.  


Ka kite, enjoy the warm weather and take care.

Friday 18th Here-turi-kōkā


Haere mai, it would appear spring is here and the tamariki have been enjoying playing in the sunshine.

The tamariki in Wharre Kõhanga have been enjoying physical challenges outside, while music and movement is still a favorite activity inside.  They have also welcomed some new members to the Whare Kõhanga family.



Physical challenges, especially being able to flip around the bar or make it all the way across on the monkey bars have been a focus for the tamariki in Whare Piki as they test the ability of there tinana (body).  Being able to spin around once or even twice is cause for great excitment and making it from one end of the monkey bars to other makes you a master of the play ground !!  Antartic is still a key focus of inquiry as the tamariki look at invesitgating and seeking answers to their many questions.



Whare Tipu have welcomed back Emily Walker from maternity.  Many of the tamariki remembered Emily and where very excited to see her, while others have been enjoying getting to know her.  Naomi set up a challenging ropes course earlier in the week which our fearless tamariki loved.  They were very cautious at the start of the day but with guidance and support from peers and kaiako they became more and more confident as the day progressed.


They have also been enjoying activites and resources that help develop those key fine motor skills needed for the future.  Squeeziing, threading, kneading, zipping and unbuttoning are all great exercises to get fingers ready for writing.



Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini

I come not with my own strengths but bring with me the gifts, talents and strengths of my family, tribe and ancestors.

Ka kite.

Ramere 28th Hōngongoi 


Haere mai, welcome to the first blog in a while.  We may have been having technical difficulties with the blog but life continues, busy as usual as preschool.  The tamariki in Whare Kōhanga have been busy welcoming new tamariki into the room, while keeping active on these frosty days exploring the outdoors and learning to care for others through role play.




Music and dance is a great way to keep busy and playdough is always a favorite for tamariki as they work on developing their fine motor skills.



Over the last few months the tamariki have been practising waiata for Korohi O Te Pepi, which this year was held at the recently renovated Arowhenua Marae.  This is a great experince for the tamariki as early childhood centres and schools throughout South Canterbury and sing a variety of waiata and te reo action songs.  


KIndness in all we do, how we treat ourselves, the environment and each other has been key in Whare Tipu this month.  Mahi tahi (working together) has also eveolved from this focus as the tamariki seek each other out for games, support and conversation.  The tamariki have been extending on mat time activities by creating there own games of leap frog with carpet squares and acting out the nursery rhyme "Jack be nimble" using the blocks as candle sticks.  Communication, turn taking and patience are key for the tamariki during these activities.


With the presence of our winter friend Jack Frost, snow and icy puddles the tamariki in Whare Piki have had a lot of questions about ice lately, prompting an investigation into ice.  What is it?  Does it sink or float? Is ice always cold?  These are some of the questions great inquiring minds of Whare Piki have come up and decided to investigate.  We look forward to seeing further experiments happening from these young scientists.

Until next week ka kite


Ramere 23 Pipiri


Ki ora koutou whãnau, It has been a wet end to another busy week at preschool.  The highlight of the week for the tamariki was pyjama day on Wednesday to celebrate the shortest day.  Each room got into the spirit of the day, also enjoying a healthy brunch of smoothies, fresh fruit, pikelets and toasties.




Whare Tipu tamariki where also fortunate enough to have Alice's mum Hil's come in and do music and movement with us on Wednesday.  This extended on their current interest in music, movement and dance.



You may also hear the tamariki beinning to sing some new waiata as we prepare for flava festival.  This is an exciting time for the tamariki as we head to Arowhenua Marae for a morning of waiata ad kapa haka.

Wrap up warm and enjoy your weekend !!

Ramere 09 Pipiri


Ki ora koutou whãnau, the tamariki are been busy creating , puzzling and being artistic in a variety of ways this week



Whare Tipu tamariki have been exploring ephemeral art, this is a form of temporary art created with open ended reuseabe resources.  We have been encouraging the tamariki to share the story behind their creations.  They have such amazing imaginations.  The magna tiles have been a fantastic addition to our resources as the tamariki become more confident creating with them.  It is a great resource for developing social competency, turn taking, sharing, managing impulsivity and developing strategies so they can build taller buildings.



Whare Piki tamariki have been extending on their interest in puzzles by creating their own.  They have taken the knowledge they have gained and transferred it by ensuring there are 'clues' on each piece.  They then took them into Whare Tipu and Whare Kohanga to see if the kaiako (teachers) where up to the challenge of completing the puzzles.  They have also been looking at ways to look after the art the create by making them into their own art books.



Whare Kohanga tamariki that attend on a Tuesday are fortunate enough to head on a weekly excursion to Mainly Music in Geraldine.  This has led to a room wide interest in music as they explore instruments, new waiata and a variety of musical accessories such as the parachute and dancing ribbons.

Until next week, Ka kite.