Kapi-Mana News : September 13th 2011
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 NEWS You may have heard Pukerua Pre School is getting a new building and playground for their pre-school children. They are having a fundraiser on Saturday 17th September at St Andrews Church, Plimmerton from 9.30am-12.30pm to raise money for new resources in the new buildings. Located in Cannons Creek, Moira Gallagher is a vibrant and recently renovated kindergarten with sessions from 8.45 til 12 or 2.45, Monday to Friday. Tell us how you support whanau aspirations and culture within your programme? Cannons Creek is a multi-cultural suburb and our children and teachers are representative of this. We have a strong cultural programme based around strength- ening connections with whanau and embracing the cultures of our families. Family involvement has been key to the success of the programme -- whanau cook, share food and tell the stories, history and traditions of their culture. Children are flourishing in an environ- ment which is reflective and embracing of their values and culture. We also have whanau feeling an increased sense of belonging and spending more and more time at kindergarten. What is unique about your programme? We believe that children are able to make decisions about their learning and our role is to support them and extend their thinking. You will see teachers talking to children about what they are making, doing and thinking. You will see teachers encouraging children to extend their learning. You will not see teachers making things for children, drawing pictures for them or giving them templates to create something. You will see an en- vironment that encourages children to explore reading, writing and numbers. What community partnerships does our kindergar- ten have? We have a 'transition to school' programme where children visit the new-entrant class as they are nearing 5 years old. We have a close relationship with our local school and we visit the school library each week. 'B4 School' checks are carried out at the kindergar- ten before each child turns 5. We also have access to speech therapy and other services for children. If this sounds like the place for your whanau, come and see us, call us on 2378929 or register on our website -- www.wn-kindergarten.org.nz Wellington Kindergartens -- A profile of Moira Gallagher Kindergarten 4031392 EARLY Helping parents pave the way to their children's future CHILDHOOD Cargo comes on board as principal Bishop Viard College's board of trustees has appointed Teresa Cargo to be the school's new principal. Ms Cargo, the deputy principal at Sacred Heart Girls' College in Hamilton, where she has taught for 30 years, will take on the role in the second week of term four, following the departure of Hedley Aiken, who is retiring after 15 years in the job. Board of trustees chairwoman Marian Blackford says the appointment process attracted applicants of the highest quality, with many demonstrating leader- ship experience at the highest levels in Catholic education. After a thorough appointment process, it is clear that Teresa's skills and experience meet the current needs of our community.'' A graduate of the Otago School of Physical Education and the Auckland College of Education, Ms Cargo is studying towards a masters degree in educational leadership. She has taught religious education, science, physical education and health. Mrs Blackford says Ms Cargo has a wide range of leadership experience in a Catholic college and a strong background in pastoral care. Teresa has several years' experience as a deputy principal and has had extended periods of time as a successful acting principal,'' she said. Through her leadership, [Ter- esa] will make a significant contri- bution to our college and students' lives.''
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