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Constable Reidie

August 2017

As part of our termly planning we are looking at the community services and what they do within our community. 
This morning everyone was very excited to met our VIP Constable Joshua Reidie who came in to answer our questions about police officers. 
We had lots of fun trying on vests, hats and handcuffs. We all got to sit in his police car with the lights flashing and the sirens going. 

Te Whāriki-Belonging: Connecting links with the family and the wider world are affirmed and extended.

  

Kath Bee

What an awesome performance performance by Kath Bee on the 14th of June. She had the Tamariki warming up with exercises, looking under their beds for dragons, doing the dinosaur stomp and catching bubbles. Kath Bee wrote our Seymour Kids song for us a few years ago so it was very special to be able to sing it for her during her visit. 

  

Toasty toes and slippers for tots

A group of kindergarten children have toasty warm toes thanks to the generosity of a local group of knitters.

Seymour Kindergarten was visited by a member of the Beavertown Blenheim Lions Club who, to the delight of the children, were carrying boxes of knitted slippers.

The 78 pairs of slippers were knitted by a group of volunteers and were gratefully recieved by the children and teachers.

Head Teacher Heather Graham says she was thrilled to be  approached by the Club to recieve the slippers, and she was 'blown away' by the generosity.

"We often talk to the children about caring for others and being generous so through this they have seen and understood the concept of giving to others."

"It's also worked in well with our focus on keeping healthy and well through winter", she says.

Club president Sandra Kirk says the slippers were made from wool sources "from anywhere we could find it ", including recycled old knitted jerseys.

With their sippers on, the children proudly paraded about the kindergarten with warm smiles to match.

Story and photo by Celeste Alexander, taken from the Blenheim Sun Newspaper, July 8 2016.

Winter Warmth and Fire Fun

What better way to keep warm and cook some kai than through experiencing the Seymour tradition of an outdoor fire place. This winter time activity began as a way to extend our matariki celebrations.

We begin with safety first, placing the fireplace in the playground and learning about safe distances, walking feet, and link our teaching with the wonderful resources provided by The New Zealand Fire service. Then the fun really begins with the fire being lit! This year we purchased a new free standing fire pit and it worked wonderfully on the new concrete area.

A few frosty mornings were spent quietly playing by its warmth and roasting potatoes for our kai, followed by a wee treat of marshmallows on a stick! The children are very proud of their contribution of a piece of firewood and a potato, and this activity brings about rich discussion and sharing.

Animals at Seymour

At Seymour Kindergarten we are passionate about the learning children gain when interacting with the living world. So passionate in fact, we extend this focus from the usual gardening to having our very own laying chooks. These amazing and productive creatures have been with us since they were day old chicks!

The learning for children was very real and relevant as we took the responsibility of looking after the chicks and essentially becoming their Mum and Dad! Compassion and empathy grew as we cared for them, learning about their life cycle and changing needs as they grew.

Now the chickens are grown, we continue to hold the responsibility for their well being while being rewarded for our efforts with free range eggs we use in our baking or for our shared kai.

We revisit this learning each year raising chicks which we then give to those in our kindergarten who would also like to be successful backyard farmers.

This learning has been further enhanced this term when a lamb and a piglet joined our community for a few weeks! As with the chickens many of the children took Lambie home and cared for him overnight, allowing them to share and be supported in their Kindergarten learning at home.

The Piglet stayed with teachers but delighted the children each day with his ever expanding bag of tricks including playing soccer!!

looking after animals allows tamariki an opportunity to feel important and empowered and gives children a huge sense of achievement. Although the lamb and piglet returned to the farm when they were “grown up” our connection continues as we save our food scraps and send them to the farm for the pig to enjoy and grow healthy and strong.