Community Notices

THE STAG RAG

Kia ora koutou…
Christmas is fast approaching, and the annual dilemma of what to buy…

Well how about an adventure to remember, for your friends & whānau, with a sustainable gift from Staglands?

Take a virtual trip to our online shop where we have great gift options on offer including Annual Passes, Day Admissions and Gift Vouchers.

Vouchers purchased online will be delivered directly to your inbox within 24 hours and we will be processing orders right up until Christmas Eve so you can have your shopping done in a jiffy from the comfort of home!

https://mailchi.mp/staglands.co.nz/met-fiona-yet-10541960?e=c9d18cd879

FAMILY TIMES SUMMER ISSUE

We made it to print! Sadly, we were unable to produce the spring print issue due to ‘you know what’, so it’s a great feeling to be able to get our summer magazine out to schoolS and onto coffee tables ahead of the holidays.

This issue will be my last as editor at Family Times and by autumn the magazine will be in the extremely capable hands of Kate Barber. Kate is a former editor and long-time contributor – she’s written several fabulous features for this issue, and she already knows the ropes.

I want to personally thank our loyal clients for the ongoing support in another tough year, and our small and dedicated team for their efforts to make this magazine happen. I look forward to receiving my copy as a reader while Family Times charges on into the future with a new publisher and new editor – but with the same pride in bringing you a quality read and a bit of fun ahead of each school break.

https://mailchi.mp/e7db8192c996/our-family-times-summer-issue-is-out-now?e=4f1686a34f

ONSLOW GYMNASTIC CLUB

Kids got energy to burn?  Gymnastics is the answer! Have Fun – Learn Skills – Build Confidence!  Onslow Gymnastics has Recreational, TeamGym and Competitive classes for girls ages 5+ years.  Recreational Gym-for-All classes are held at Khandallah School Hall (ages 5-9 years) and Onslow College Rec Centre (ages 7-14+).  No previous experience is required to join any of our recreational classes.  TeamGym (ages 10+) brings together tumbling, mini-tramp and dance to provide an energetic and creative performance.  Register now at www.onslowgymnastics.org.nz or email onslowgym@xtra.co.nz

We’re excited to announce dates for our Summer 2021/2022 holiday programs.

This is a great opportunity for your child to really dive into furthering their skills or even learn something new! Like what’s all the buzz about NFTs!

We cater to all skill levels, from kids who have never touched programming but want to get stuck in, to those that are already developing on their own! Projects are student driven allowing them to make something that they’re truly excited and passionate about! With tutors on hand to help with any problems!

Our programme follows a four day structure, with the children breaking off into groups working in same language! Spending the four days planning, refining and creating, Culminating in presentations on the final day, allowing you to come in and see first hand what your child has made!

Look forward to seeing you all over the holiday period!

Wellington Ballet

Wellington Ballet offers Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary for children from the age of 3 – adult. We teach the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus and DanceNZmade.   Our lessons are held in Khandallah and walking distance from school.  This business belongs to one of our very own St Benedicts mum.  We are now taking enrolments so take a look at our website: www.wellingtonballet.co.nz or email Monique at: wellingtonballet@gmail.com

Our all day holiday programs operate from 9 -3pm in the school holidays (Dates below). The children get to explore Dance, Drama and have the opportunity to have their hair and make up done. The children get dressed into costumes and work towards a short performance throughout the day. Parents are invited to watch the performance on pick up.

Where: St Barnabus Church on Boxhill, Khandallah

Sams Art House – the home of creativity

Enrolments for both our awesome October School Holiday Programme and Term 4 are open now. 

Please check out www.samsarthouse.co.nz or email sam@samsarthouse.co.nz for more information.

Johnsonville Junior Softball Club

Junior Softball – Register now for Softball 5 – 14 years at https://www.sporty.co.nz/jvillesc/ or contact johnsonvillejuniorsoftball@gmail.com, by the 26th September 2021. Check out Johnsonville Softball Club on Facebook, or contact johnsonvillejuniorsoftball@gmail.com or phone Sue on 0272760644 for more information.

Dancing/ Drama

Sports

Music

School Holiday Progammes

 
Wellington Ballet

WELLINGTON BALLET offers Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary for children from the age of 3 – adult. We teach the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus and DanceNZmade.   Our lessons are held in Khandallah and walking distance from school.  This business belongs to one of our very own St Benedicts mum.  We are now taking enrolments so take a look at our website: www.wellingtonballet.co.nz or email Monique at: wellingtonballet@gmail.com

 
 
Community Badminton Sessions

We are super excited to be partnering Aotea College and Bishop Viard College to provide fun, social badminton sessions in the Porirua district for term 3 2021. Open to all ages, stages and abilities, gold coin donation. Come along, bring the whole family and have a go!!!

Wednesdays 4-5.30pm Bishop Viard College Gym

Mondays 4-5.30pm Aotea College Gym

 
Aikido Martial Arts Classes for Juniors – Kaiwharawhara
 
$80 per Term. Mondays @ 5:30pm. First three classes free. Aikido is a martial art with a difference, its focus being on defence rather than attack, i.e. a non-violent, defensive art.  Aikido is renowned for its benefits for self-control, co-ordination and posture, and like all martial arts promotes confidence and provides fun, fitness and friendship.  We are a not-for-profit organisation teaching aikido, based in Kaiwharawhara, in our 27th year.
 
Conrad Edwards
021 843 467
 
GKR Karate is opening a new class in Khandallah.
 
Get fit, Improve your flexibility and circulation, Lose weight and gain confidence. Learn self defence in a positive family friendly atmosphere. For children and adults. Beginners welcome!
 
For more information, contact Neil Boddington M:021 741119 E: neilgkrkarate@gmail.com W: www.gkrkarate.com

After School Computer Classes
now at Johnsonville Club

Our term time classes are smaller just 3 to 6 children.  Classes are focused on what you want to learn. Pickup from school can be arranged.  Class runs from 3:30 to 5:30 pm class fee $40 (doors open from 3:15).

Learn to Code Scratch, Python, Java or Learn to Code & Create 3D Games, Minecraft, Web Design, HTML and CSS and A Discovery Course in Computing (suitable for younger children).

For information & bookings 499-2211 or grandtraining.co.nz

Summer Holiday Computer Classes

Grand Training runs educational and fun computer classes over the April holidays at our Wellington city location on Lambton Quay for ages 5 to 15.

  • Roblox
  • Minecraft Modpacks and Setup a Server
  • Learn to Code; Scratch, Python or Java
  • Learn to Code & Create 3D Games.
  • Minecraft
  • Web Design, HTML and CSS
  • Build a PC
  • Film and Video Editing
  • Discovery Course in Computing – suitable for younger children

Information & bookings: grandtraining.co.nz or call 499-2211

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Summer Holiday Computer Classes.

Grand Training runs educational and fun computer classes over the April holidays Wellington city location on Lambton Quay for ages 5 to 15.

  • Roblox
  • Minecraft Modpacks and Setup a Server
  • Learn to Code; Scratch, Python or Java
  • Learn to Code & Create 3D Games.
  • Minecraft
  • Web Design, HTML and CSS
  • Build a PC
  • Film and Video Editing
  • Discovery Course in Computing – suitable for younger children

    For information & bookings 499-2211 or grandtraining.co.nz

JANUARY 2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMME – NORTHLAND KIDZ CLUB
Summer is coming, so we’ll be outside as much as possible – water fights, treasure hunts,
scavenger hunts, going to the Botanic Gardens, the Takapu Rd play area (Tawa) and the
play area on top of Mt Victoria. We’ll be exploring the Aro Valley, enjoying a puppet
theatre production and having art, music and dance adventures. Afternoon teas will
include barbecued sausages, waffles, pancakes & chapati !
Of course we’re going to Time Cinema again to see another selection of early cartoons and films,
stopping at Lyall Bay Beach beforehand to have morning tea.
$45 per child per day (third child onwards :$20), 8.30 a.m to 6 p.m each day.
For details, check out our website ( www.nkc.org.nz ) , or contact Jan on cell (022-140-2612) ,
e-mail (nkc.jan@gmail.com).

Art / Dancing / Drama

Wellington Ballet

WELLINGTON BALLET offers Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary for children from the age of 3 – adult. We teach the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus and DanceNZmade.   Our lessons are held in Khandallah and walking distance from school.  This business belongs to one of our very own St Benedict’s mum.  We are now taking enrolments so take a look at our website: www.wellingtonballet.co.nz or email Monique at: wellingtonballet@gmail.com

Sams Art House

Our awesome July School Holiday Programme is open now for bookings. 

We are also now taking bookings for Term 1, 2022 Art, Crafting, Drawing, Cartoon & Comic and Painting &Drawing classes. 

Please check out www.samsarthouse.co.nz or email sam@samsarthouse.co.nz for more information.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy Classes

For over 40 years. Our international curriculum will help explore performance skills and creativity, overcome shyness, develop positive self  esteem, grow imagination, , make new friends and have lots of fun. Fun after-school classes for 5 – 17 year olds held in Khandallah, Tawa, Whitby, Lower Hutt,.  To enroll or for more information please phone 0800 161 131 or visit www.helenogradynz.co.nz.

Sunshine Drama

Sunshine Drama and our exciting new class ‘Sunshine Sing’ start up next week! Sessions offer a creative and fun learning space for students aged 4 – 16 years. Our classes engage and challenge imaginative minds to build performance technique, ability and talent whilst growing young people’s confidence, communication, and social skills. For class timetables and enrolment information, or to arrange a free trial class, visit sunshinedrama.com  or contact Jenae 0274 380 533 / sunshinedrama.nz@gmail.com.


Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of dance (ballet) and gymnastics with the simultaneous manipulation of handheld apparatus – ball, hoop, rope, ribbon, clubs. It’s performed by individuals or in groups of 4-5 gymnasts to music. The special appeal of rhythmic gymnastics lies in the perfect unity of graceful body movements and the skillful handling of the apparatus. During the exercise, the apparatus is in constant motion and becomes one with the gymnast’s body and movements.
Rhythmic gymnasts don’t do flips! Rhythmic gymnasts perform balances, pivots, flexions, leaps and throws, rhythmic steps and pre-acrobatic elements such as cartwheels and walkovers. They develop great hand-eye coordination from handling the apparatus. Rhythmic gymnastics relies more on flexibility than strength, although strength is necessary to support great flexibility, and ensure safety in training.
Megan Rensburg
Elements Rhythmic Gymnastics Inc.
30 – 50 Glenmore Street, Thorndon, Wellington, NZ
 

Wonderplay – Drama

Drama classesL Register now for term three of Wonderplay drama classes. 5-8 year olds (Saturdays) and 9-12 year olds (Tuesdays) and we’re currently gathering interest in an extra class for 9-12s on Saturdays. Also ask about our famous Wellington Young Actors class for teens (Tues). Classes held at Churton Park Community Centre. First lesson is free to try. Please contact Debs debs@wonderplay.co.nz 021-172-2836, www.wonderplay.co.nz

Leaping Lizards School of Dance

Fun classes in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and specialised pre-school classes.  2 years and upwards.  Boys and girls.
20% discount on term fees with the discount code “Newsletter”, (new students only).  
Churton Park and Johnsonville
 

DancePoint Academy

Enrolments for Term 2 now open for Ballet, Jazz and Tap lessons after-school and Saturday mornings at St Johns, Uniting Church, & St Peter & Pauls are available to give your child the opportunity to learn the joy of dance.    Beginners welcome of all ages from 3.5 years old.    Adult beginners Ballet classes also available, fitness with the delight of movement for all. 

Contact Sharon

dancepointenz@gmail.com  

www.dancepointe.co.nz   mobile 021-2151222

Wellington Dance

Wellington Dance offers preschool dance, ballet, jazz and lyrical dance classes for all ages right here in Khandallah!  We have NEW classes starting on a Saturday morning at the Khandallah Town Hall.  We’d love to help your child build confidence and make friends while learning to dance.  Enrol easily for Term 2 online at www.wellingtondance.co.nz or give us a call on 04 2108642. Many thanks, Georgia.
 

Spotlight Performing Arts

Does your child love to SING, DANCE and ACT? Come and be part of our Musical Theatre Show! Led by London West End performer Sherene Clarke. AOTEA-JONSONVILLE-LOWER HUTT BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!  www.spotlightperformingarts.co.nz

Beginner’s Dance and Beginner’s Jazz

Join the Jennifer Evans Dance Academy at St Barnabas Church Hall in Khandallah. Specialising in classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and tap. Call Jennifer on either: 4762821 or 0276350191 or email: j.evansdance@gmail.com

Spiritus Dance Company – Adult Dancing

Dance classes exclusively for adults!  Beginners to advanced.  Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Zumba and Pilates.  Classes held at Dancetopia Dance Studio, Wellington City.  Email spiritusdancecompany@gmail.com, visit www.spiritusdance.co.nz or call Lorna 021 1770685

Speech and Drama Lessons

Speech and Drama lessons: All ages, group and individual lessons in drama, public speaking and general speech quality. Trinity College London exam tutoring and competition entry available on request.

Email eminardsblack@gmail.com for more information.

Sports

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KELLY CLUB PRE-XMAS HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

Kelly Club Holiday Programmes focus on giving children aged between 5 and 13 the opportunity to do things they enjoy in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment. The programme is packed with activities to entertain and inspire children. We have some exciting days planned: Water Nerf Battle, Teddy Bears Picnic, Kiwiana Xmas, Santa’s Workshop and lots of more Xmas fun!

The Pre-Xmas Holiday Programmes are held at the following centres:

Kelly Club Amesbury (Amesbury School, Churton Park) – 14 Dec – 23 Dec, click here for the Activity Planner

Kelly Club West Park (West Park School, Johnsonville) – 17 Dec – 23 Dec, click here for the Activity Planner

Kelly Club Churton Park (Churton Park School) – 16 Dec – 23 Dec, click here for the Activity Planner

Kelly Club Kelburn (Kelburn School) – 16 Dec – 23 Dec, click here for the Activity Planner

Kelly Club Island Bay (Island Bay School ) – 20 Dec – 23 Dec, click here for the Activity Planner

KELLY CLUB JAN 2022 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

We will be back at all the above centres from 10 Jan 2022 with some Super Summer Fun days planned including; Summer Camp, King of the Jungle, Barnyard Games, Wheels Day plus trips to Movies – Sing 2!, Awesome Bounce, Ten Pin Bowling, Staglands and Zappo the Magician is coming to Kelly Club.!

Kelly Club Amesbury Activity Planner

Kelly Club Churton Park Activity Planner

Kelly Club Kelburn Activity Planner

Kelly Club Island Bay Activity Planner

Kelly Club West Park Activity Planner

To enrol www.kellyclub.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201

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JANUARY  HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Football – Wests Rugby Clubrooms, Ian Galloway park, Wilton

9.30am-12.30pm

Perfect for beginners and those just wanting to have fun!
Come along and improve technique, knowledge and learn more about the basic skills of “The Beautiful Game” (Football).  We will focus on the core skills of control, dribbling, passing, tackling, shooting but most importantly having as much fun as possible!

Week 1 – Tues 11 Jan, Weds 12 Jan, Thurs 13 Jan

Week 2 – Tues 18 Jan, Weds 19 Jan, Thurs 20 Jan

Week 3 – Tues 25 Jan, Weds 26 Jan, Thurs 27 Jan

1 day (AM or PM) for $36.00

3 days (AM or PM) for $95.00

For full details and to enrol into our programmes visit www.kellysports.co.nz email adminwgtn@kellysports.co.nz or call 04 972 7201

EVOLVE TENNIS COACHING

Evolve Tennis Coaching is running a tennis-specific holiday programme during the December and January school holidays at Khandallah Tennis & Squash Club and Thorndon Tennis and Squash Club. The camps will run from 9am-12pm on the dates specified. For further information or to book please contact Evolve Tennis Coaching on 479 1386 or info@evolvetenniscoaching.co.nz 

ONSLOW GYMNASTICS CLUB

Kids got energy to burn?  Gymnastics is the answer! Have Fun – Learn Skills – Build Confidence!  Onslow Gymnastics has Recreational, TeamGym and Competitive classes for ages 5+ years.  Recreational Gym-for-All classes are held at Khandallah School Hall (ages 5-9 years) and Onslow College Rec Centre (ages 7-14+).  No previous experience is required to join any of our recreational classes.  TeamGym (ages 10+) brings together tumbling, mini-tramp and dance to provide an energetic and creative performance.  Registrations at   www.onslowgymnastics.org.nz or email us with any questions at   onslowgym@xtra.co.nz. Classes do fill up so please enrol early.

SportAnalytik

SportAnalytik finds the right sport for ALL children. We recommend the five most suitable sports for your child based on their natural talents. 3 hours of sporting fun and EVERY child leaves with tailor made sport and talent reports! Over 400,000 children have participated worldwide, get involved in the first Wellington event for a special price of $49. Visit our website www.sportanalytik.co.nz to sign up or to find out more. Hi5!

Springboard & Platform Diving at Kilbirnie Pool

Wellington Diving Club has a range of diving classes for kids aged 5 years and up (plus separate Adult training sessions).

Visit our website and come along for a free trial lesson! We have several after-school sessions and cater for kids of any level from beginners to competitive.  We also run fun casual sessions on Sundays.

For more information, please visit our website www.wellingtondiving.org.nz or call/text Barbara on 027 485 8888.

Cheerleading

All Star Victory Cheerleaders have added more one-hour cheer basics classes.
A fun but disciplined  team sport with positions for everyone. We are offering free  trial classes for boys and girls, you don’t need any skills to get started.  We can teach you .
10 – 18 yrs 7.30 – 8.30 Wednesday at The Circus Hub  11 Hutchinson Rd Wellington.
5 – 9 year classes Wednesday 4.30 – 5.30pm or Sunday 2.30 – 3.30pm.

For more information call 0800CHEERL  or email or  office@allstarcheerleaders.co.nz
http://www.allstarcheerleaders.co.nz/

Music

St Benedict’s School Keyboard Lessons – Fridays

Students from Year 3 and upwards can learn how to play the keyboard at St Benedict’s School on a Friday. The lessons are run during school hours and all ages are welcome! The Wellington Music Academy has been providing music lessons in the Wellington region for over 23 years. Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers will ensure all lessons are fun and appropriate for your child’s level of musical development. Please contact the Music Academy at any time for more information and to book a place.
Phone: 0272115077
email: admin@musicacademy.co.nz
www.musicacademy.co.nz

St Benedict’s School Guitar Lessons – Fridays

Students from Year 3 and upwards can learn how to play the guitar at St Benedict’s School on a Friday during school hours.   Jake Church offers guitar tuition that gives students the tools and experience to explore musical landscapes to find their musical voice.  There are two styles of lessons: group lessons and private lessons.  Group lessons will teach students the general foundations to have fun playing the guitar by themselves and with others.  Private lessons are tailored to the student and their goals.  These goals range from learning a certain song, a specific technique, gaining a classical guitar Trinity College London certificate, or exploring a particular genre like rock, jazz, pop etc.  Please contact Jake Church for more information and to book a place.

Jake Church, M.M.A – 027 746 7203 / email:jakechurch7@gmail.com www.jakechurchguitar.com 

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons are available from an experienced professional musician and teacher in Tawa: Craig Utting, M.Mus (Composition), LTCL (piano) and QSM for music teaching.
All levels from beginner to advanced.  Contact: 027-630-7435 or sneydutting@gmail.com
 

Singing / Performance Teacher

Experienced singing/performance teacher avail for individual lessons. 35min $35 60min $50. Casual for fun or competitive training, great for confidence/self esteem/personality development. Based in Te Aro in a lovely comfortable space. Weekdays or Weekend slots avail. Jazz/pop/musical theatre. All ages but specialises in youth. Check out vocal and performance lessons with Jacquie Fee on Facebook for further info and videos! Free consultation – whanau welcome to observe :) Open to have a korero about payment options. 0220976101-jacquiefee@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/Jacquiefeesinging

RAROA MUSIC CENTRE REGISTRATION FOR 2022

Raroa Music Centre offers Saturday morning group music lessons for primary school children at low cost ($70 per year + $40 koha or parent volunteering).  We still have availability for students in music basics, cello, clarinet, drums & percussion, flute, guitar, keyboard, orchestra, recorder, saxophone, ukulele, and violin.

To register for 2022 visit our website and enrol online.  Registrations close 19 February 2022. www.raroamusic.org.nz

Note: Classes are funded by the Ministry of Education Out-of-Hours Music and Art Scheme 

Kirsten Robertson Piano Studio

Piano and theory lessons for all levels from beginners to advanced with a professional pianist and experienced piano teacher. Kirsten plays regularly with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as Principal Keyboard and teaches from her home studio in Khandallah. Kirsten Robertson MMus (Uni. Cant.), PGDipPGDip adv. (RCM, London) 021 188 1044  krr.robertson@gmail.com
 

Wellington Young Voices Children’s Choir

Does your child love to sing?
Wellington Young Voices offers a choral programme to foster a lifelong love of singing and music.
Who: Children 6–14+ years old
When: Mondays 4 – 6pm
Where: Queen Margaret College
Contact wyvchoir@gmail.com for more information.  www.wellingtonyoungvoices.org.nz

Music Learning Centre in Tawa

Dr. Elizabeth Sneyd QSM and Craig Utting MMus. LTCL QSM are offering expert tuition for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Theory and Composition at the Music Learning Centre in Tawa.  Contact us on 027-630-7435 or info@musiclearning.co.nz
All ages, and all levels, from Beginners, through the Grades to Diplomas.

MOGMUSIC

MOGMUSIC  Private tuition available in PIANO,  RECORDER, GUITAR &  UKULELE

Places available now.  All lessons held at MOGMUSIC studio in Brooklyn.

Please phone MOGGIE GRAYSON 3848-213 to book in.

$20 will be donated to the school for each new enrolment.

Fantastic music lessons at Encore! school of music

Join us for music learning and heaps of fun in Johnsonville, Churton Park and Mt Victoria!  We offer a wide variety of individual and group music classes including piano, keyboard, singing, violin, drums, guitar, ukulele, flute, recorder, band, music theory and others.  All ages welcome! We  also have classes for toddlers & preschoolers and are always delighted to welcome adult students too!

You will love your music classes with us!  Sign up now for the new term!

Check out: www.encoreschoolofmusic.co.nz
Contact: info@encoreschoolofmusic.co.nz
Tel: 04-976 8742

Other

Get Squashing!

Khandallah Squash Junior Night – coaching and games. Open to all ages  7 – 16 years (under 10s must bring a parent/ caregiver).  Runs 5pm – 6.30pm Friday nights.  Free first trial session, $5 casual fee per session, and Junior Club membership options are available.   Drop down to Court 4, Khandallah Tennis and Squash Club, 55 Delhi Crescent, Khandallah. Supper and drinks available on site. Please contact Robyn on nicholl@xtra.co.nz for more information or just turn up.

Sea Dogs Swimming

Pirates swim team offers a Tuesday night session for swimmers who want to swim once per week. The newly developed ‘Sea Dogs’ squad offers a structured session focusing on skills, swim fitness and fun. It offers the chance to try squad swimming and can be a pathway to competitive swimming if the swimmer chooses.  Sea Dogs is the perfect way to keep your swimming up in a fun environment while balancing all other activities.
Classes run from 6.30pm – 7.15pm or 7.15pm – 8pm.  If you are interested, please email our coordinator Fleur on karori.pirates.tues.night@gmail.com to arrange an assessment.
 
Fleur Nicholas (Pirates Swim Team Sea Dogs coordinator)   www.karoripirates.org.nz

Young Voice Angels

Thursdays 4:30pm. For an hour of fun, instruction & beautiful music.
Boys & girls aged 8-12. All welcome. No Audition. Choir Room – St Mary of the Angels
Visit the website for Youtube Links www.smoa.org.nz & click or contact…
Robert Oliver 934 2296, 021 0257 4375, chant4robert@gmail.com

Reach Education, Mathematics Programme

Reaching Competence, by Reach Education, is a mathematics programme presented in booklet form that is aligned with the the New Zealand curriculum. It involves a range of activities including worksheets, hands-on tangible play, board games and online applications that parents can use at home to support their children with their maths. Our aim is to deliver our programme to parents and caregivers at a price they can afford, and at a time when it is suitable for the family. Our booklets start from just $20 and we also have maths resources available for purchase on our website.

Reach Education is directed by JJ Purton Jones, who holds a Master in Professional Studies in Education and is herself a qualified primary school teacher, and Lucy Patston, who holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, has taught in the tertiary sector for over 15 years, and has (nearly) three children at primary school. We are passionate about empowering informed parents and caregivers to help improve their children’s maths confidence and skills in an affordable manner that delivers quality time and connection to both parties.

We ask for your support in tapping our parent/caregiver market to promote this product, which we believe can help so many NZ children in a fun, colourful and interactive way.

Please free feel to have a look at the samples available on our website: www.reacheducation.co.nz

Mandarin Lessons

Due to demand, Ni Hao Children’s Community Charitable Trust is providing Beginners Mandarin classes (Level 1) in the Khandallah area, on Tuesdays 3:30-4:40pm at The Village Church. This is open to children in Years 1 to 8 (however if there is large mix of ages, we will split into two classes: Years 1-4 and Years 5-8).

Your child will learn Mandarin Chinese as a Foreign/Additional Conversational Language in a fun and engaging way, in a full immersion environment with their peers. Our programme is for those from non-Chinese backgrounds and Chinese heritage  families who do not use Mandarin.

The children will learn in a way that is meaningful and relevant to life (practical, not academic), with social interaction/conversation, games, raps. We do not spend time painting or making crafts as the focus is on developing oral language skills. Your children will also be introduced to some basic Chinese character writing related to the curriculum. (Please note that learning a new language once a week is a long term commitment. Our programme is planned for children to attend consecutive terms / school years).
Please email us at info@nihaocc.org.nz or visit nihaocc.org.nz for more info, view the schedule and to sign up for a trial! There are also opportunities to provide lunchtime or after school classes in your child’s school if the school permits and has suitable space.

School Holiday Programmes

Looking for something to keep the kids happy for a couple of hours in those busy days leading up to Christmas?

On Wednesday, 22 December from 10.00am – 12 noon, Friends of Karori Cemetery will take them on an exciting exploration of secret pathways, visit the graves of famous, infamous and ordinary folk, introduce them to Mrs Chippy the cat who sailed to the Antarctic, talk about why we toot in the tunnel, and work out how many people died in the Tangiwai rail disaster.
Suitable for ages 5-12, gold coin donation only.

Limited numbers available, so bookings are essentialTo register & get more information, email friendskaroricemetery@gmail.com