November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that we are about to embark on the Christmas season.  This year really has flown by. This Month we have said goodbye to Hayley Strachan and we will be very pleased to be welcoming Hayley back as Mrs Flanagan in the second week of December.

We are very excited to have Emily back from her maternity leave this month. Emily is now working in the preschool room.

We want to say a giant THANK YOU For all your support with our fundraising endeavours this year. With Moa being a non-for-profit community-based centre, fundraising events play a very important part in our way of life. It is really important that these events are supported by all our families.

The Children’s Christmas party – Is only a couple of weeks away.  The children have been very busy practicing the songs for their special concert. The Christmas party is Thursday 12th December. Please bring a picnic tea. This will start at 4.30pm until approximately 6pm, and will start off with a performance from the children, followed by Melanie Poppins and a special visit from Santa.   

Moa Kids is rather full at the moment but there are still the odd casual sessions available. If you are wanting to book in for a casual session/day please see Letisha.  If you are wanting to inquire about a permanent change of hours please see Hayley when she is back from annual leave.

With the summer months upon us ‘’HATS and SUNCREAM’’ are a must for your children to play outside in both the nursery and the preschool. Our teachers will reapply as the days goes on.  However, your child needs to come in wearing sun cream. There is sun cream in the foyer if you do forget. So please makes sure you use that. If your child has a particular cream you would prefer them to wear, please can you make sure this is named and given to the teachers.

It is a great idea to have a preschool hat. Then it can be left here for the summer. Please just make sure this is also named.  We have a new sun hat rack for the hats to be pegged onto.  We also recommend that children bring bucket hats or hats that cover both their face and neck as opposed to caps which don’t offer such full sun protection.

It seems that the countdown to Christmas has already arrived. There are only a few more weeks until the Christmas break. Thanks to the parents who have let us know their holiday dates.  If you are planning on having more than the two weeks away from Moa Kids please let us know the dates that you will be away. This will help us to work on our staff rosters and staff leave for the end of December and the month of January.

Just a reminder that we close at 5pm on Friday 20th December and reopen on Monday 6th January at 8am.

Hayley had her last day at preschool and before her wedding the children created her a veil and a bouquet of flowers.  There has been lots of questions from the children about weddings. Hayley has also had a lot of children asking her about her dress.  There are a couple of photos of Hayley and Tadgh’s special day later in this newsletter.

In September I was very privileged to be able to participate in the Reggio Emilia New Zealand tour in Melbourne. We visited a number of schools and early learning centres.  I learned a lot about Reggio Emilia, the educational philosophy and how this looks in centres and schools. As well as developing a great understanding of the documentation part of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  I have come back with so many ideas, which I have been excited about sharing with the teachers, children and the committee.  Please feel free to chat to me about this if you have any questions about this.

Please remember that while Hayley is away, I am available, if there are any issue’s or something you would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

We are having a visit from the farm yard animals again this year.  They will be visiting us on Thursday 19th December- the cost will be $5 per child.

Thanks, Letisha

Welcome to our new families

A big welcome to Jayme, and Arthur to Moa Kids. They are both settling in well and making the most of their time here.

Staff News

Hayley will return back on Monday 9th December. Please see Letisha if you need anything over this time.

Shay has been continuing her back to work plan and she is increasing her hours over time.  We are really loving having Shay back at Moa kids

Emily has settled in well into the preschool room.

Rachael has been on professional development this last week. She was at the final part of a leadership course which is a yearlong journey.


  • 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.
  • Show and tell: Each child who attends the preschool room has a show and tell day. This is the day where they can bring is 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.
  • Hats: Please remember to bring a named sunhat.
  • 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.
  • Parking: Can you please make sure that you are parking in the car parking spaces provided.  Please don’t park along the fence line by the entrance to Moa Kids.  This is a safety issue for all of our children arriving and leaving Moa Kids.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Calendars: We still have orders to be collected from the office. If you have not yet paid could you please do so either directly into the fundraising account using your name and calendar as reference, or by cash at the office. Thanks.

Governance Committee

We have had our last Governance Committee meeting for the year. The first committee meeting for    the year is Monday 20th January. It is held in the preschool starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool News

This Month we have said ka kite to Logan and Mana who have both started the next step of their education journey at primary school.  We wish them all the very best.

The children have been very busy practicing their songs for the Christmas concert. They have also been enjoying Christmas books.

The storms last week provided the children and teachers with some excitement. There was a lot of wonderful discussions around storm, thunder and lightning.

Another exciting thing that happened at Moa kids this last week was the arrival of Christmas in both the preschool room and the nursery. The children in the preschool were so excited and you could just feel an extra humm around the room.  As soon as the tree went up the children started creating decorations for the tree. I think that the preschool tree might be the best dressed tree in Christchurch.

Over the past few months there has been a keen interest in paper planes.  The children are slowly becoming more confident in making their own paper planes. We have a few instructions sheets and have been trying to make a couple of different planes.

If any one is a expert paper plane maker and would like to come in and teach the children a new paper plane trick or two.  The children and teachers would love it.

Our project on Numeracy and Literacy has been continuing, we have a number of children that are attempting to write their name on their art work.   There is a lot of naming of letters as we write names on paintings.  The children have been singing the alphabet song and have been signing the letters in NZ sign language.  We have been working on our counting and our number recognition.

The children have been enjoying the warm weather, there has been a lot of water play and water in the sandpit. We are very fortunate to have the rocks by the sandpit which create a waterfall.

The block area has been very busy, the constructions that a being created are becoming more elaborate each week. There has been a number of grand designs.

We have created a new reading nook in the book area.  The children have loved reading in the new area.

We have had a couple of trips this month a group of 16 children went to the Isaac Theatre Royal to a  show featuring some of Pamela Allen stories.

Another group of children went to Mitre 10 Mega in Ferrymead to buy some plants. 

We have had a few trips to the field too.  This week there is a trip with 12 children going to look at the Ballantynes Christmas window.

We have been very blessed to be part of the Redcliffs School ‘make a difference’ project, where the students are heading into the community to help make a difference.  Our Moa children are so excited when they see their big friends arriving. The teachers are loving seeing some of the children they taught come back in to visit.

The Redcliffs School children have been helping to do jobs around the centre, such as sweeping and checking to see if our big floor puzzles are missing pieces.  They have also got to help with some fun jobs like reading children stories and working alongside our Moa children. This is fantsastic as not only does it help to foster our centres sense of community, it is great for our children who are heading to Redcliffs School.  It is also great to have good role models for our children to look up to.

Nursery News

We welcomed Jayme and Arthur into the nursery this month. A big welcome to them both. They’re both settling in well and making the most of their time at Moa.

Margie is heading off to the Phillipines for six weeks, for her Mother’s 80th birthday. Her last day is Thursday 28th November.

Our two year old birthdays have continued with  Rafferty and Freddie both turning two. They have been spending more time in the preschool, room.

Norah, Toren and Leo have been trasitioning to the preschool and are enjoying the new physical challenges and the new resources .

Romy has also begun her transition journey into the preschool.

A nursery  teacher has been spending time supportng the transitioning children in the preschool room.

We are having a small afternoon tea in the nursery for our nursery families on Thursday the 5th December

3-4 p.m.  We think that it is important to celebrate as a small group, as well as alongside our friends in the preschool.

The children have continued their interest in pets and this has extended to the birds that visit us at Moa Kids.  The children made bird feeders which we put up at Moa Kids and some even got taken home.  We have listened to c.ds of  birds singing and have talked about the black bird that loves to hop around our outdoor area.

We are enjoying the warmer weather with lots of playing outside. We have also been exploring water- messy play with cornflour gloop.

Through messy play experiences the children  are learning through their sense, touch, sight, smell and even taste.

Dolphin Club

We have been continuing to practice our counting 1-10 in Cook Island Māori.

The children are really interested in the palm tree and coconut fruit. The children have been sharing their knowledge on palm trees and coconuts:-

Harvey – “Coconuts grew 200 years , they are on flowers and the bees come and turn them into a coconut trees.”

Esme - “I have not tried it, I would like to try it.” (Coconuts).

Ella -  “You climb up the tree to get them.” (Coconuts).

We have constructed our own palm tree, we had a walk around the field to see if we could find any coconuts trees.

We explored coconuts, we opened them up and we were able to taste the flesh of the coconut. We also saw the coconut water.

The children created glitter names.  Putting glitter over their names which were written in glue.  We had lots of discussions about the letters in our names.

There has been a loads of dance circles where the children can show all their friends their dance moves

The children have been looking at drawing pictures as a way of storytelling. They drew the pictures for their own story and then told the story to each other.  This was a fantastic way to practice our oral storytelling and further develop our oral language.

Image of the child

Together the preschool and nursery teachers are looking at the principals of the Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy. The first principal we are focusing on is the image of the child. This is the start of Moa Kid’s image of a child:

*Confident *Competent *Full of wonder *Knowledgeable *They are an absorbent sponge

*Strong * Tuakana Teina *Communicative *Honest *Have a sense of right and wrong

*Have a sense of pride *Inventive *Trustworthy *Imaginative *Resourceful *Bold

*Seeking knowledge *Naturally curious *Courageous *Empathetic *Caring


Banana Santas 


  • 1 large marshmallow
  • 4 miniature marshmallows  
  • 4 large strawberries
  • 2 bananas cut in half crosswise
  • 8 chocolate sprinkles
  • 4 red candycoated milk chocolate pieces (such as M & M’s)
  • 4 skewers


  1. Cut large marshmallow into 4 horizontal slices.
  2.  Hull strawberries and level the hulled side.
  3.  Thread ingredients onto the skewers in the following order: 1 mini marshmallow, 1 strawberry (pointy side first), 1 sliced marshmallow and ½ banana.
  4. Push 2 chocolate sprinkles into the banana for the eyes and the red chocolate piece for the nose.

Community News

Braveheart Performing Arts: Shay will be starting classes again in January 2020 (Mondays).

In the 2nd week of Term 1 classes will also be starting on Wednesdays.

Times for Mondays and Wednesdays: 3.20pm – 4.15pm & 4.20pm – 5.20pm.


We hope you have enjoyed this newsletter.  However, if you feel there is something missing or that there is something that you would like to regularly see, please have a chat with either Hayley or Dawn. Thank you.


Contact Us

Centre Manager: Hayley Strachan

Centre Administrator:  Dawn Critchley

Address: Main Road, Redcliffs, Christchurch 8081


Phone: 03 384 1910     Web: