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Learning Experiences in the Community

This month our tamariki at Marne along with their teachers went out into the community on special outings. Tamariki, like adults, need a range of visual and sensory experiences to inspire and stimulate their creative potential. Going on visits awhi Te Whariki through Contribution Stand as they learn to support each other, Belonging and Well-Being Strands encourage tamariki to develop comfort with a moderate degree of change, Communication Strand supports learning about culture and Exploration Strand learning about the natural world. 

Watch this space Whanau as we have many more planned outings for our tamariki to explore in our community.

Pasifika Workshop, Manukau – Matua Tui and Whaea Brooke
On Tuesday 14th March, our tamariki set out to Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. They were excited to arrive and joined their friends from our sister centres, Kelvin and Weymouth to start the workshop. Our tamariki and teachers had fun learning Cook Island drumming, Nuiean waiata and dance, making lei's and learning about our different Pacifica culture. Some of our teachers had the chance to beat drums while we danced. It was great to hear feedback on how well behaved our tamariki were and how amazed they were with their threading skills. "They are better than many 8 year olds we had yesterday!" It was a fun day of learning for our tamariki and teachers. Thank you to our friends at Kelvin and Weymouth for joining us today!

Summerset Resthome, Karaka – Whaea Lucy and Whaea Samantha
How exciting our Hi 5 room had their first morning visit to Summerset rest home in Karaka this month. Whaea Lucy and Whaea Samantha were excited to take our tamariki and sing waiata. Lukiah-James was a little star as he happily engaged in his visit alongside his friends. We can't wait for our next visit to Summerset and build lasting relationships with the elderly and brighten their day.

Polyfest 2017, Manukau Sportsbowl – Whaea Mandy and Whaea Brooke
Whaea Mandy and Whaea Brooke took a group of tamariki to Polyfest 2017 at the Manukau sportsbowl in Manukau on Friday 17th March. It was so packed that we had to park at Laurel's and Tahu's grandaunt whare and sat down to have our lunch before making the hikoi over to the polyfest. There were so many people and filled with music and dancing on stage. We headed over to look to the Cook Island stage just as Papakura High took the stage. Whaea Brooke was amazed as our tamariki stood up and said "We live in Papakura!" and cheered as they watched the performance. They went to visit fire and police station tents where one of the Constable asked to record our tamariki saying "Kia Orana" hello in Cook Island. What an awesome experience our tamariki had today and excited to share their panui with their friends at the centre.

Written by Whaea Janeille for March 2017.