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Newsletter No. 6 - October 2020

“In all you do, put God first. He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.”

Proverbs 3:6


Kia Ora Families and Whanau

Just a quick newsletter to keep you up to date with events and dates at KidzWay.

Ka Kite, Denise (Head Teacher), Josanne, Michelle, Alison, Nicky, Sally, Fiona, Vanessa and Kay (Teachers) and Kath (Administrator)


Visit to Dinosaur Exhibition - Otago Museum

We are looking forward to our trip to see the Dinosaur Revolution Exhibition at the Otago Museum tomorrow! Thank you to all those parents who have handed in their child’s permission slip and offered to take transport.

When: Thursday 22 October (tomorrow!)

Departure time: Please meet at KidzWay by 8:15am. Alternatively, please let us know if you plan to meet us at the museum.

Arrival time at the museum: 10:30am

Arrival time back at Tapanui: by 3:00pm

Cost: $8.50 (total) per child and accompanying adult. Any children under 3 years old are free. $10.00 per adult not accompanying a child.

Please note that KidzWay will be closed for the day.


Quiz Fundraiser

Our annual Quiz and only fundraiser for the year will be held on Monday 26 October (Labour Day) - apologies for the late notice. We would love to see as many teams from KidzWay families as possible.

Non-perishable donations for the raffles can be left at KidzWay by Friday afternoon, or raffle items can be taken on the night to the Quiz. Thanks for your support; funds raised will go towards resources for the children.

When: 7:30pm, Monday 26 October

Where: West Otago Town and Country Club, 1 Maple St Tapanui.


ERO Visit

We are looking forward to welcoming ERO (the Education Review Office) from Tuesday-Thursday next week, when they will be conducting their external evaluation of KidzWay. Please say Hi to Lee Rowe and Margaret Whitford if you see them in the Centre.


Pet Day - Wednesday 11 November

This is an annual event which the children really enjoy - all KidzWay families and their pets are welcome! Please be here with your children’s pets by 9:30am (the event usually runs until 11:00am). If you are bringing a dog, please ensure it has a lead and can be tied up, and that it has been wormed and dosed for hydatids at least 2 days before the day. A Prattley pen will be available to contain lambs, and the fence-line provides space for any other animals that may need to be tied up. We are all looking forward to seeing the pets and soft toys (if you don’t have a pet). There will also be a Grand Parade, Big Dig and shared morning tea. Please bring a plate to share – thank you. :)


Sun Safety

  • Term Four marks the arrival of warmer weather and an increase in UV index, and so it is time to begin our applications of sunscreen. We use “Oasis Sun” SPF30 which we have found is great for sensitive skin. Kath will be adding the twice-yearly charge of $2.00 to your account soon to cover the cost of providing this to you.

  • PLEASE, PLEASE ensure you are sending a named sun hat along with your child each day and placing this on their hook on arrival in the mornings, then taking it home each night.


Friendly Reminders

  • KidzWay Opening Time - please be aware that KidzWay does not officially open for the day until 8:30am. Teachers use the time before this to set up for the day. Thanks.

  • Immunisation Records - if your child has recently had their four-year-old immunisations, please bring your Plunket book to KidzWay so we can update our immunisation records. Thank you.


Dates for your Calendar:

Thursday 22 October: Trip to the Dinosaur Revolution Exhibition at the Otago Museum - CENTRE CLOSED

Monday 26 October: Labour Day - CENTRE CLOSED

Monday 26 October: Quiz, 7:30pm West Otago Town and Country Club

Tuesday 27 - Thursday 29 October: Visit from the Education Review Office

Wednesday 11 November: Pet Day, 9:30am

Wednesday 9 December: KidzWay Christmas Concert, 1:30pm

Wednesday 23 December: KidzWay’s final day for 2020

Monday 18 January: KidzWay re-opens for 2021


Ka whāngaia, ka tupu, ka puāwai

That which is nurtured blossoms and grows.




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