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Special visitors Staff and kids proud Music and fun for of new mural for local creche preschoolers By Nikki Papatsoumas
John Castle Chemist opened in 1888. When you visit the shop, you will notice we have retained the Victorian interiors. We invite you to step into the pharmacy to experience the warm ambience and decor.
By Nikki Papatsoumas
Children from a local creche are learnThe teachers, children and ing all about life cycles thanks to three whanau of Tuatara Kids early very special feathered friends. childcare centre in Miramar Children at Crossways Community have spent the last several Creche in Mount Victoria have recently months putting together a muwelcomed new members to their brood ral to enter into a community – three Plymouth Barred Rock chickens. art competition. Teacher Julie Peal said the idea came Manager Jo McDougall said about when some parents mentioned they they completed the mural as were interested in keeping chickens. part of the ‘Paint New Zealand Come and join us for our “We thought what a beautiful opportuBeautiful’ competition which nity for us to show children a life cycle. was run by Resene. We all know where eggs come from but While the centre would have children in the city might not.” to wait to see how they fared The raffle is set to be Julie said after picking up an incubator in the competition, they were the creche collected some eggs from a drawn on Monday From 1st December with excited to share their hard the man who breeds chickens in the Kapiti work with the community, 15th of December. every purchase in-store Coast. Jo said. Of the nine eggs that were collected, “We were for keen the for itraffl to bee is Entry 10% off in the store three were fertile. something our whanau got withwith every (Conditions apply) After turning the eggs in the incubator involved alongpurchase with us three times a day, the three chicks hatched andyou we were keen to make will gain a ticket. 20% off jewellery after 21 days, Julie said. something for our community (Conditions apply.) “It was beautiful, parents and children to appreciate.” were coming in that morning.” Jo said the mural represented She said a main concern of the children the Miramar Peninsula and since the birth of the three chicks had been also incorporated local Maori where their mother was. legends. “That was the question that came up A pohutukawa tree on the most. We told them we had to be their mural was painted using The mural at Tuatara Kids early childcare centre in Miramar. mother and had to turn them so they handprints of all thefor centre’s Thank you supporting your local pharmacy and properly.” “We have had tremendous “As an ECE centre we would want grow Katee Thomas, a teacher at children and the tree was Julie said the kids the were very never involved support from all of our famito build our whanau comthe centre, mural chosen to reflect the weeastern wish you a Merry Christmas chick’s which was lies and our kids. I am proud munity. This was a greatwith waycleaning wouldthe have beencage, completed. suburbs. of an old of the |way get for everyone to help outmade and out“She led cot. us through and She Open said Hours: the centre Mon - Friwas 8.30am-6pm Tueseverybody 9am-6pm | did Sat 9.30am-12.30pm “It’s about responsibility together and do it and the chilachieve something cool.” kept us all on track and and caring did strongly influenced by Ma139 Riddiford St, Newtown. Ph 389-4600 Fax: 389-4655 for our world and nurturing nature. It is dren were involved as well. Jo said without the help of a fab job.” tariki when selecting a design.
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important in an early childhood centre. “We are learning as a community about how to responsibly care for those little Mini Minstrels is a weekly class creatures in our environment.” that introduces children to muAt this stage just one of the small birds sicbeen concepts including rhythm, has named by the children. Because dynamics and more. ofmelody, its bright yellow feathers the name The class, runs every Wednesday “banana bottom” was chosen. at St Paul’sthe Lutheran Hallthe Meanwhile creche Church is awaiting on King Mount Cook arrival of its Street second in lot of offspring. during term time.are born the Before school the new chicks Theythree are chickens aimed at pre-school creche’s will be re-homed of all ages and their toaged one ofchildren its families. families. Children use percussion instruments, toy animals, and ribbons, while participating in a variety of songs led by musician and early childhood educator, Heather Garside. The sessions are fun and childfocused, using songs old and new, some with guitar accompaniment and some with CDs. Movement and music go together, with everyone encouraged to watch, listen and join in at their own pace. St Paul’s Lutheran Church offers the music sessions, along with morning tea and time for free play, to the community in and around Mt Cook and Newtown. For more information on classes,Robertson, contact mini.minstrels@gmail. Lani 3, feeds the creche’s com three five-week-old chickens some mixed vegetables.
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