Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
38 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 EDUCATION 3701077AA Flexi-Boarding is a new concept at Huntley School. It is designed to allow families greater fexibility to plan weekends with their sons. Parents are free to visit at anytime and many come out to watch their son compete in sport or come for a Sunday picnic. It looks like this: Open Day Sun 15th May 10.30 12.30 Year 3 5 parents can choose to pick their son up on Friday and return him on Monday. Effectively four day boarding every week. Year 6 parents can pick their son up after sport on a Saturday and return him on a Sunday or Monday morning every weekend. Year 7 8 boys have two Exeat Weekends and two foating leave weekends. In an average 9 week term there are 8 weekends so they are at home every second weekend. Huntley School Open Day Flexi Boarding 472 HIGH STREET, LOWER HUTT www.maxmotors.co.nz 04 569 4488 MAX 0274 486-198 OUTSIDE WGTN: 0800 MAXCARS 0800 629 227 Payment based on 48 months & $500 Deposit. Lending Criteria Apply. 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Masterton Library has been operating a free weekly pre- school programme for approximately 19 years, and for the last eight years this has been known as Rainbow Kids. It was decided that a fresh name would be invigorating for the programme and that the old name may be causing some con- fusion. After much discussion and deliberation staff arrived at the name Story-Go-Round, a com- bination of the sharing of stories and the play connotations of a merry-go-round. Story-Go-Round will continue to provide a fun and educational experiences for pre-schoolers every Wednesday during term time. The sessions start at 10.30am, generally with a 20 to 25-minute period of storytelling and songs, followed by a craft activity. The craft activities are designed to encourage basic skills like cutting, colouring and pasting, and result in some won- derful creations. Our preschool programme is particularly popu- lar with those aged two to three years, but all preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome. There is no charge to attend the sessions and all the craft materials are likewise provided for free. The other change to the pro- gramme was the decision to no longer produce a printed pam- phlet outlining the whole term's planned activities. This was proving to have a detrimental effect on the programme as sticking to it meant the children's team could not easily respond to events in the com- munity, while changing it could cause disappointment among some participants. The Christ- church earthquake, for example, was high in everyone's aware- ness and could have been used for a number of learning experiences such as the work done by emergency services or ways to stay safe in an earth- quake. While this term will have an over-riding theme of people who help us', the children's team now has the flexibility to respond to new events and ideas as they come up. Jane and Cindy will still be planning ahead to relate the programme to regular events going on in the com- munity such as Golden Shares, Balloons over Wairarapa and Mother's Day, but now they can also present any new subjects they think would be good to cover. This will make Story-Go- Round even more vibrant, rel- evant, and fun for those attending the sessions. Our weekly pre-school session has been one of the great success stories here at the library and we are certain this will continue with Story-Go-Round. We have many regular faces among the participants and frequently have whole families of children coming along until each in turn reaches school age. We then see many coming to the library as older children and teenagers, and signing up for the Summer Reading and Read Plus reading programmes. We have even had one former member working here at the library as a student shelver. Pre-school programmes are a great way of introducing chil- dren to books, reading and the library. The sessions are also very valuable for making con- nections between families and library staff and there are many social benefits for both children and their caregivers in attending the weekly sessions. So Rainbow Kids may be gone, but rest assured that Story-Go- Round will be keeping up the good work for our youngest library users. Facebook top site Facebook is Kiwi teens' favourite social networking tool by a big mar- gin, according to early results of the national online survey CensusAt- School. A total of 84 per cent of the first 1800 teenagers surveyed said they have a Facebook page, compared to 33 per cent in the last CensusAt- School, in 2009.
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