Term 1 Week 1

Term 1 Week 1

Welcome to Term 1 2016. We hope you are all enjoying the glorious summer weater and all the play that comes with good weather.

2016 will be a big year for Playcentre. This Playcentre celebrates 75 of whānau playing and learning. What an achievement that is! We celebrate this milestone alongside the New Zeland Royal Navy and Air New Zealand.

This is also the year that we get Playcentre back on track and modernise Playcentre to make it relevant for families in 2016.

In this panui you will find information about

A Website Makeover

During the holidays our website has had a bit of a makeover. We want a visit to our website to be a bit like chatting with a friend. It's full of stories about people, places and things at Playcentre. Have a look around and share your stories and help us bring our website alive. Have a look at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz and send Dalene@canplay.org.nz some feedback.

For the website we need your centre stories and we need opening hours, contact information, a blurb about the centre and photos [with all the permissions].

#PlaycentreCPA and #BabiescanplayNZ

 If you're using Instagram and you post your Playcentre photos please help us to get these two hashtags going Smile.

Vacancies at Playcentre

We have two vacancies at Playcentre. One job as a Property Project Coordinator to help us manage all the building projects; and a Communications Officer to help us to write stories about Playcentre and their whānaua. You can see more information about both jobs here.

Playcentre Awareness Week

Playcentre Awareness is celebrated the week of 6 March. This is a big year for Playcentre as we are celebrating 75 years of Playcentre! We are planning some exciting celebrations. The theme will be 'Good Clean Fun' and we're planning to celebrate that with 5 days of messy play! Keep an eye out for more information next week and get your messy play recipes ready.

Office bearer information

If not already done so please send into CPA Office your centre's office bearer change form update from last year's AGM and audited accounts for year ended 31.8.15 either by post PO Box 7787, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240 or email office@canplay.org.nz 

Book your workshop

Course 4, Course 3 and one Course 2 block workshops are now open for bookings. You can register for these workshops on our website.

Education programmes will be posted on the Canterbury Education Facebook page as soon as they are finalised. Please share these posts on your centre Facebook page. We want to see many centres take on training this year!  

Introduction to Playcentre booklets

Introduction to Playcentre (C1) booklets are now only available from the Playcentre shop.

Please contact the Playcentre shop to order - phone 3774354 or email the shop - shop@canplay.org.nz
Cost is $2.50 each.

Bags for good Neighbourhood

Bags for Good Neighbourhood' 

Russley Playcentre

You can help support Russley Playcentre to raise funds for their outdoor play area. When you are at the checkout at The Warehouse on Blenheim Road please ask for a cardboard disc to place in a voting container for 'Bags for Good Neighbourhood' fundraiser, thank you. At the end of a six month period funds raised will be given to Russley Playcentre according to a percentage of total votes. So let's go shopping everyone at The Warehouse : Where Everyone Gets a Bargain!

Redwood Playcentre

If you're shopping at The Warehouse Northlands please take the opportunity to put some tokens in the box for Redwood Playcentre who have been selected to participate in the 'Bags for Good Neighbourhood' promotion, thank you. The more tokens received after six months the more money will be donated to put towards the painting of the exterior of the centre. An ad is also on their public Facebook page so feel free to share it.

What's on in the wider world?

Mitre 10 MEGA - A Run to Remember : Sunday 21 February 

Mitre 10 MEGA - A Run to Remember : Sunday 21 February 
This is a 10km charity fun run/walk to honour those who lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquake.  The course features views over Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps, allowing for reflection and remembrance (flier attached).

Location: Victoria Park
On the day registration: 7.30am
Event starts: 9.00am

Register at www.runtoremember.co.nz

Playcentre to do list

  • Self review: Decide on a focus and gather information
  • Ensure civil defense kit is up to date
  • Get ready to apply for the Rata foundation grant - email Jenny@canplay.org.nz with any questions.
  • Fire drills in Week 4 - These are to be completed the week of the 22nd to 26th February. Please put reminders up at your centre to hold these on each session of that week at 10am.

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre Calendar

  • 18 February - Nathan Wallis presentation - The tickets are sold out - we will start a waiting list for a subsequent event
  • 2 March - Te Mana Whakahaere [Governing Council] Hui

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Posted: Thursday 21 January 2016