Nov/Dec Newsletter 2020

November/December Newsletter 2020

We have had a busy last month at Moa, with lots going on. I’m sure you will all agree that everyone is now ready for the Xmas break.

Just a reminder that this year we are closing on Friday 18th at 5pm and reopen on Monday 11th January at 8am. At the end of the day on Friday 18th Dec, we have to have all the furniture moved and everything off the walls, as work starts that Saturday. So, after 3.30 pm that day we will have the preschool children in the nursery room, so we can start the moving process. Therefore, we please ask that on Friday 18th December ALL children are here for their booked times, as I have planned the packing up schedule around our booked numbers. Thank you for your understanding.

Over the Xmas time, we are getting work done in the inside of the centre and work will start on the outside area in the preschool. When we get back, the outside will still be being worked on. We will have an area roped off for the children and we will be using the park for trips as much as we can. We often are lower on children numbers for that first week anyway. However, we are asking that all families that are going away, to please get their holiday dates in now, so, we can plan for this.

WOW, how fabulous was the children’s Xmas party. Everyone had a wonderful time and as always it was so lovely to see everyone catching up in the park and welcoming all our new families. I feel our Moa extended family just continues to grow and it’s so nice to see.

With Moa Kids being a not-for-profit community-based centre, fundraising events play a very important part in our way of life. It is really important that all our fundraising events are supported by our families. We are having a big target for next year to help finish the preschool playground. We are hoping to raise $30,000 for this. So, the committee will be getting a special fundraising group established. You don’t need to be on the committee, but if you would like to be a part of this Rrita our fundraising co-ordinator is the lady to contact. Rrita’s email is:

You would have also got the emails and seen the Facebook posts that we are asking families if they would like to support our fundraising goal by sponsoring stepping stones and tiles. We need these orders in asap please, no later than Monday 7th  December. These will be laid out in the new preschool outdoor area which is being constructed over the Christmas period. We are offering 10 x steppingstones at $500 each and these can be painted with a design of your choice, relevant to Moa Kids philosophy (around community and nature) and the option with your child’s (or business) name. 

Additionally, we are offering 20 x 100mm diameter round tiles for $150 each, as these likewise have room to be painted with a simple design and name.

We need to sell these as soon as possible. So please, if you would like one, or know of a business that would like to sponsor one, please get in contact with Rrita.

We have also one last fundraiser to finish the year off. The fundraising committee thought they would make the most of the festive season and do Santa photos on the beach at Sumner. We are so excited about this one. It is $20 for the photo shoot.  Get you family together and see you on Sunday 13th 11am -3pm, no need to book. Just rock up 

At the start of week, I sent out a parent survey to families. I would really appreciate you taking the time to fill one of these out. It gives me an idea of what you feel we do well and what we need to work on as a teaching team for 2021.

While I have your attention, I just wanted to thank everyone for all their support this year. What a year it has been and I truly wouldn’t be able to my job without the support given by you all, so a big thank you!

A big shout out our wonderful teaching team. They all deserve a relaxing holiday.

Have a wonderful Xmas break and I am so excited to come back to a fresh new Moa!

Thanks Hayley

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Mila to Moa Kids. She is settling in well and making the most of her time here.


Florence, Jacob and Hazel have all turned the big 5 and have headed off to school. We wish them all the best for their next adventures.

Staff News

All staff are looking forward to their Xmas break. Some will be taking extra days in January.   

Sharleen returns next year back to 5 days a week. She will be doing 9am – 3pm

Margie starts back full time in the preschool. We are so excited to have her come on as permanent teacher.

Deb is stepping back to her normal hours of 8.30am – 3.30pm daily.


  • Lunch boxes:  You have most probably noticed the very full lunchbox shelf in the preschool.  We would really appreciate it if all children’s lunch boxes, drink bottles and food containers could be named as well as food that needs to go in the fridge.  There is a permanent marker attached to the basket for the food that needs to be kept in the fridge. Thanks.
  • Nut Free Zone: Moa Kids is a “nut free” zone.  Lately we have been noticing a lot of nut products coming in cashews, almonds, peanut butter sandwiches etc.  Please can you remember that we are a nut free zone when you are making your child’s lunch.
  • Show and tell: Each child who attends the preschool room has a show and tell day. This is the day where they can bring in something special to show their peers. We know lots of our friends like to bring in toys and often it is the same toy from the week before. We are not saying no toys, but if parents could get the children to have a think of something different each time, this will help their child when they get up to talk about their “show and tell”.  Remember that you are most welcome to email in any photos of what they have been getting up to over the weekend. This goes down really well and the children normally have lots to say about it. Can you please remember to take home your child’s show and tell item? The basket seems very full.
  • Lost Property: We have a large amount of lost property. Please come and have a look to see if the treasures and clothing belong to your family. The lost property is in the foyer.  Please name all clothing that comes to preschool as this really helps us to return clothing and hats back to the correct person. Thanks
  • Moved House? We know many of you have recently moved house.  Can you please ensure you have updated Dawn or myself in the office so we can make sure our system is up to date?
  • Nappies: Some parents choose to bring a bag of nappies in for their child and we let the families know when they are running low by writing on the daily role sheet. Please make sure when you see “please bring nappies” that you bring them in as soon as you can. We have emergency nappies if children run out, but these need to be replaced if used. We unfortunately are not in the position to be supplying nappies to children.
  • Preschool Door: Please can all families make sure you are shutting the preschool door behind you. 9am and 3pm are a busy time with children and families coming in and out. If all families can please make sure there is a parent with each child it would be much appreciated.

Governance Committee

Next Governance Committee meeting is Monday 18th January 2021. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

We’ve had another busy few weeks in the preschool. We finished off our trips to the Canterbury museum to see the moon exhibition.

Our children were super excited to put the Christmas tree up. They have been really busy making lots of different Xmas decorations.

Our art area is always so busy at Moa. The children are really enjoying painting, drawing and gluing. If anyone has access to spare paper, we would to take it off your hands and be super grateful.

A group of older children headed to the Isaac Theatre Royal to watch the Matariki glow show. Another group headed to Te Raekura Redcliffs school for their school production of High School Musical.

The children have been so busy preparing and practicing for the Christmas concert. Wow, what a fabulous job they did as well.

Dramatic play has continued to be a favourite curriculum area. The children are having a number of pretend picnics.


This has been such a fantastic project. We as teachers, continue to be amazed by how long this interest has sustained for such a long time. We also love how much knowledge they have all taken in.

We created planet props for our Christmas Concert. The children knew all the colours of each planet and also different facts of each one. If they weren’t too sure on a planet, they knew where to go to find out. We have such good researchers at Moa Kids.

The children have continued to make rockets.

We have really appreciated the parent interest in this project. Particularly, the willingness to help on trips, sharing conversations and wow moments they have had with their children around space. What a way to end the space project as well, having the ‘’space lady’’ out last week from Science Alive. Everyone loved this!

Childrens voices on space

‘’ Look I am an astroaunt now, I go up to space’’ Charlie C

‘’ He’s running in space, he is the running space man” Charlie W

“ I’m launching my rocket, ready, blast off’’ Eleanor

‘’Mine flew like a real rocket” Cory

‘’Do you live in space, to the space lady ‘’ Cory

Nursery News

The children have been loving the warmer weather and getting outside more and more. They just love any type of water play. We have been starting to get out the sprinkler on warm days, which they have loved.

The bikes are still a big focus in the nursery room and they are now loving to explore  with the trolley and the pram.  Some of the children are playing with the dolls and are enjoying more imaginative play .

Transition: Benji and Neko transitioned well into the preschool and are enjoying their time.

Eddie and Arthur started the transition process and are enjoying lots of new things in the preschool. We will complete their transition when we return in January .

The children have enjoyed an interest in bees. We have been watching them visit the lavender plants, there have been honey bees and bumle bees.  We have been reminding the children to be careful of the bees, as we are big and they are small. When we went on a trip to the field, we noticed a house that has a beehive in the garden. We then went to Redcliffs library to find out about bees. We learned about nectar and pollen and that the bees collect pollen on their legs.

We have started christmas crafts and music. The children are very responsive and love singing during  our special mat times.

We are looking forward to our Christmas afternoon tea party Friday 11th at 2pm.

Dolphin Club

Wow, we’re nearly at the end of our fourth term already. We have had so many trips this term it has been wonderful.

Museum, Isaac Theatre, Library, School visits. We got to visit Sumner and Te Raekura Redcliffs Schools. It was so nice to see our friends that have just turned 5 and have started there.

This term we have been learning about Aliens, to keep with the space theme.

We have also been practicing for the Christmas Concert.

Dolphin club will take a break over the holidays and will start back in term 1.

This term we have been focusing on:

  • Working on a new karakia and waiata
  • Space project
  • Providing stations which encompass literacy, numeracy and pencil grip, all in preparation for school. 
  • School visits each term to Te Raekura Redcliffs and Sumner
  • Matariki Haka

Christmas tree biscuits


  • 250 g butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 100 g dark chocolate (melted)
  • 200 g Jaffas (*to decorate)
  • 1 tbs icing sugar (for dusting)


1: Cream the butter and sugar together with a spoon in a bowl or use an electric mixer.

2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the flour and mix until a smooth dough form. Divide the dough into three. Wrap the dough portions separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Roll each piece of dough between two pieces of baking paper until 5mm thick. Use three different sized star shapes to cut 4 biscuits of each size. You will need to roll each piece of dough out 2-3 times to get all the biscuits.

4. Place biscuits on baking trays and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden. I do this in two batches. Cool biscuits on wire racks.

5. Dip Jaffa’s in melted chocolate and carefully stick 'baubles' on the tree branches. Stick on as many as you (or the kids) like. Place icing sugar in a tea strainer and use a teaspoon to dust 'snow' onto trees.

6. For each tree, place one large star on a flat surface, place a small amount of melted chocolate on the biscuit and top with another large star, slightly off line with the one below. Continue with using the chocolate to stick on progressively smaller biscuits

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts: Shay runs her own Preforming arts drama classes here in Redcliffs a couple of times a week. If you are interested please see her Facebook page: Braveheart Performing Arts, for more information.

Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


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