A jolly jaunt into the country

Insects are ever popular at the centre. The children often spend hours searching about the centre for spiders and other creepy crawlies. Sadly they can be few and far between so we decided to go into the country.

We did find bugs galore. We lifted old logs, bricks and scrabbled about in an overgrown shade house, where we found all sorts of insects for our terrarium.

We also found an old tractor called Pedro, that we all took turns at "driving". Pretend of course!

Christmas Party 2011

What an excellent Christmas Party we had. Lots of scrummy food, all our families and friends and to top it off Santa arrived with sacks full of pressies, in a police car. Thank you Dan the Puppetman for entertaining us while we awaited the arrival of Santa. There was a bit of a catastrophe as Santa had ripped his pants while donning boots. Too much Christmas pudding and cheer!!

NZ Army Visit

Always something new happening at Mount Plunket Preschool and there is NEVER a dull day. This day some soldiers from the army came in to visit us. They showed the children all the things they keep in their packs, their camouflage gear and how to do press ups!! Thank you NZ Army for taking time out of your busy day to visit our children.

Trip to Yatton Park

Sometimes the most interesting places to explore and experience nature are not far away. A short van trip and our four year olds were able to explore the wonders of nature at Yatton Park, near Greerton. There were wilderness paths and a forest, waterfalls, amazing old trees to climb and hide in and a meandering stream. Nature is our greatest teacher and children are naturally at home in such an environment. Teachers only need to be there to keep them safe, and answer their questions. The most exciting find of the day was a huge bees nest hanging from a tree. We kept well away form that!

Mud Glorious Mud

With the warmer weather we have had some wonderful fun this week playing in our Mud Pit. It is certainly a favourite activity of the children and nothing is healthier than getting up close and personal with nature by wallowing in Mud! Not for the faint hearted. :o)

Izzy-Jane and Tyler watch Damon entertain

HOw lovely that parents take time out of their busy day to come in and share their special talents.

Damon entertains us

What an exciting day we had today! Izzy-Jane brought her Dad in to entertain us with singing and playing his guitar. He played some good ole rock 'n roll, as well as songs the children knew and could sing along and dance to. Before long the children had the intruments out and were joining it with gusto! Damon is a local well known musician and plays in a band called Deeds. Thank you so much for taking the time to come to our Preschool, Damon, Izzy-Jane and Tyler were so proud to have you. And we all thought you were superb!

Breakdancing at the Preschool

Many of the children have been interested in break dancing of late. Justin Bieber being the favourite musician to bop to. We were lucky to experience the great moves of a young break dancer first hand, when he visited us at the Preschool. The children scrutinised his great moves closely and were soon bopping and jiving along with him.

A Great Night

Thank you to all the families who attended our Christmas Party. For the first time in many years the weather was glorious. The children turned up in their finery and danced the night away to the talented boy band, RPM. To top it off the jolly fellow arrived on time with a sack full of pressies. Once the sack was empty, excited children were off home to bed, to dream of the tinkling of sleigh bells and the big day to come.

Enclosing the garden

Putting up the new brush fencing is a breeze when there are 2 of you. Margaret and helper busy tying the new brush panels onto the perimeter fence.

Now. Whats next? Well you'll just have to wait til Monday for the next installment of our garden development.

Ka kite ano.

To this explosion of growth!

Our transplanted veges and herbs seem to have suffered no ill effects after being moved.

Edible garden is on the move.

After a fairly slow start, suddenly there seems to be lots of activity happening in our enclosed garden. If you haven't looked in this area lately please have a little explore. The edible garden is taking shape. From this...

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