Term Week 4-6

Term Week 4-6

Sharing Playcentre

When Monika and Nick Mather moved to New Zealand, having spent the last 15 years in England, Polish-born Monika found herself in unfamiliar territory and in need of support and friendship. Read the story here.

Walking Festival 2016 – 24th September-9th October (term three school holidays)

If your Playcentre  would like to be involved in the walking festival for 2016 can you please contact Anna Steel, anna@canplay.org.nz or 03 3772540. We would need to hear from you in by 3rd June so we can proceed with planning.  

The City Council have hosted one Planning meeting so far and are welcoming ideas and expressions of interest from Playcentre. Below are the ideas that have been discussed to date:

What we have confirmed so far walk wise is:

  • Wednesday 28 September - Wild Wednesday Walk - Avonhead Playcentre - venue options discussed either Halswell Quarry or Vic Park or the Groynes (option to link to CCC Rangers for short talk)
  • Wednesday 5 October - Pukeko Stomp at Travis Wetland including walk and Storytime

Ideas for other pre-schoolers walks includes:

  • No date yet - Gruffalo themed - self guided walk/activity - Bottle Lake Forest - link with CCC Library Team and others??
  • Nature Play area in Prebbleton
  • 4x set course orienteering courses at Halswell Quarry, The Groynes, Spencer Park and Victoria Park
  • The Bot Gardens do activities every holidays - self guided "Pollination Families" - targeted to a slightly older audiences 5-10 years

Baby Expo in Christchurch

If you have a spare hour or two please help in our crèche during the baby expo on either Saturday the 11th of June or Sunday the 12th of June, contact Jen atjen@canplay.org.nz  

Weaving Matariki stars

If you would like to weave some stars in your centre for Matariki then contact Toni on tonirowe80@hotmail.com. If you would like to learn more about Matariki and some Kapahaka then contact Cath to come to your centre, whaeacathm@hotmail.com

Kid's Fest

KidsFest : 9-23 July 2016

More FM Lantern Parade : Celebrating KidsFest's 25th Anniversary 
Saturday 9 July from 4.30-6.30pm

The More FM Lantern Parade is taking an exciting, exploratory night time journey through central Christchurch from Cathedral Square to the Margaret Mahy family playground via Cathedral Junction and New Regent Street.    Parade departs Cathedral Square at 5.30pm.

Bring along your own creations, whether it's wearable light art, lanterns, glow sticks or torches.  New Regent Street and Cathedral Junction will be lit up along the route and the Isaac Theatre Royal are illuminating their facade for the occasion.  Margaret Mahy family playground features amazing lighting, entertainment around our feature lanterns, food and beverage stalls plus free hot chocolate from the More FM crew and of course kids can play.    Dress up warm.

Funfest Playfest 
Playcentre events for KidsFest are advertised in the KidsFest booklet and website, as well as the CPA website

  • KidsFest Booklet

        Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity on Page 26, title is Funfest Playfest
        Playcentre's listing in the booklet is a generic blurb (due to a word limit) - it directs you to the KidsFest 
        or CPA websites for the various individual Playcentre events

  • KidsFest Website

        Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity 
        In search box enter Funfest Playfest
        Click read the rest
        Scroll down to find the Playcentre events

  • CPA Website - for registrations

        Book It
        @A Centre

Documentation for centres participating in KidsFest will be sent out in the next few weeks.

If your centre would like to hold a KidsFest event please contact Nicky at the CPA office on 377 2540 or email office@canplay.org.nz before Friday the 24th of June.

Phones at centres

a reminder that all centres must have a working phone on session for their Playcentre - ie a regular Playcentre number that is contactable by parents, the Association, outside agencies and any prospective new members. This is extremely vital in the case of an emergency. Please ensure that your phone is topped up, charged and turned on (if using a cellphone). This is a Ministry of Education Licensing requirement. 

Fire drills

Please send your fire drill data into kirsty@canplay.org.nz or complete the Google form here.

What's on in the wider world?

Christchurch Baby Expo

11 & 12 June 2016 at Pioneer Recreation Centre from 9am-4pm
Discover all you need to know - from bump to birth and beyond at the Baby Expo.
Please visit www.babyexpos.co.nz for more information.

Each Playcentre and Babies CanPlay session will be receiving complimentary adult entry tickets 
for their centre members in the post (x 2 tickets per family).

Insulation Subsidies ending soon

Community Energy Action is a charitable trust that provides insulation subsidies for families in need in Canterbury.  They are able to offer subsidies/free insulation for families with a community services card, until the end of June.

Conditions apply.  Please call 0800 GET WARM, email info@cea.co.nz or visitwww.cea.co.nz, for more information, or to organise a free, no obligation insulation assessment.

CEA also offers a recycled curtain bank, and free independent energy advice. 

Fundraising Opportunities

Please contact the CPA Office - office@canplay.org.nz  if your centre would like information on any of the following fundraising ventures:-

  • Scentco - funkiest, sweet-smelling pencils (Smencils)
  • Icon Photography
  • Jack'n'Jill Portraits
  • Abacus - Calendar Art
  • 2 Little Monkeys - Children's winter hats

Playcentre to do list

See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.

Playcentre calendar

See the Playcentre Calendar here.

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I think we should all be tolerant of each other and embrace each others' strengths and differences and uniqueness and beauty.

Martina McBride

Posted: Tuesday 7 June 2016