Nor West News : February 24th 2011
6 NOR-WEST NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 NEWS Phone 09 412 8055 www.countrybears.co.nz Privately owned and operated by the same qualified teacher since Feb 1993 Proud to be a valued member of this community Our Baby and Junior Bears teachers provide a nurturing, responsive, educational environment for children aged from 2 to 30 months. We look forward to showing you what we have to offer you and your child at Country Bears. A good beginning lasts a life time Baby Bears Centre Ph 09 420 7002 or Freephone: 0508 435 763 Post-natal and General Home Help For families with children 0 -- 5 years old We can play with the children, mind your baby so you can catch up on sleep, make dinner, do the laundry, vacuum ---whatever makes the day that much easier and brighter for you. The service is easy to book, flexible and free of charge to you & Adv Feature Infants toddlers Modern teaching practices combined with the best of Montessori tradition where fun and learning collide montessorip p 412 9885 Give your kids a flying start Mums are to be treasured, not exhausted The world is full of treasured mums, always there for the children s needs when they are sick or unwell. It s one of the most important and some- times extremely challenging and exhausting jobs. Parent Aid recognises this and is there to help when mum s hands are full. We have a fantastic team of ladies, mums themselves, so they know all about the challenges of being a busy mum, says Parent Aid co-ordinator Lynette Edmunds. If mum isn t well or perhaps exhausted from a new baby Parent Aid gives her a break by minding the children with the awesome toybox that the home helper brings with her -- an instant playmate with toys and art supplies -- and lots of one- to-one atten- tion. The focus could be on the washing, general cleaning and tidying or maybe preparing dinner. When Parent Aid helped her after her first baby, local mum Nora commented: A fantastic service, which was a lifeline at a time in life which is filled with overwhelming emotion. Parent Aid offers two services tailored to the care of mums with new babies: After birth care -- giving mum the chance to catch up on sleep by helping with the children and house Multiple births -- Parent Aid can provide from 240 hours of help at home for the babies first year. The team at Parent Aid is experienced with the care of multiple babies and the demands this brings. The help with housework and childcare has been a life saver and helped me cope -- Jo of Waimauku. Parent Aid Kaipara is fully funded and therefore free. Phone (09) 420-7002, or toll free on 0508-465-763. Kaipara Medical Centre, 51 Commercial Rd, Helens- ville. www.helensville.co.nz/community/parentaid. New uniforms offer practical choices Looking good: Modelling the new range of uniform items at Kaukapakapa School are students, from left: Sammy Evans, Bella Vucich, Cagan Henry, Samuel Coldicutt and Ginny Armstrong. A practical, smart look is what many nor-west students are wearing to school this year. Kaukapakapa School students can choose from a new range of uniform including t-shirt and polo shirt options, a smart cap, fleecy jumper and zip front jacket. The uniform of modern alternatives is now com- pulsory for all out-of- school activities, with many also expected to start wearing the items more regularly at school. Parakai School has also introduced new uniforms this year. Principal Sean Valvoi says feedback has been very positive with their different look . The uni- form is not compulsory until next year. At Massey High School, a new senior uni- form is now being worn, with the choice of chang- ing to the junior uniform too this year. School honours pair The achievements of Whaea Awa Hudson and Dr Mark Hickford were celebrated at Massey High School this week. The pair were acknowledged at the school s Alumni Awards. Mrs Hudson was one of a group of education pioneers who bro- ught te reo Maori to New Zealand s Minis- try of Education secondary schools. Under her leader- ship, Massey was the first co-educational state school to intro- duce Maori to the cur- riculum. Dr Hickford was the 2008 New Zealand Law Foundation Internat- ional Research Fellow, a Crown counsel for the past eight years, a law lecturer at Victoria University and is cur- rently at the Depart- ment of the Prime Min- ister and Cabinet. New buildings at Waitoki School will be opened and blessed at a March 3 ceremony. This follows the $1.2 million construction of a new administration block, staffroom and hall with toilets, physi- cal education storage, extended deck and out- door stage. Roll growth was the main reason behind replacing the older buildings. as the school first opened in April 22, 1924. Former Kaipara Col- lege principal Russell Jackson has died. Mr Jackson led the school from 1968 to 1974 and was well- known in the Helensville district with his wife Joss and their seven children. The college s original gymnasium was Mr Jackson s greatest leg- acy after several years of community fund- raising. Socks up, look smart and be proud was his catchphrase when he introduced a new uniform. Using his knowledge as a professional accountant, Mr Jack- son wrote a textbook for schools, Accounting for Seniors, which was used throughout New Zealand. A talented musician, he played the piano for many community func- tions and composed at least one of the dis- trict s pantomime. The sounds of ukulele and guitar waft every Wednesday after- noon from Parakai School. Ten staff members are learning how to play the stringed instruments from tutor Benjamin Collier. Par- akai parents are also signing up their chil- dren to take the popu- lar lessons. Principal Sean Valvoi says the school is looking for- ward to a treat at the end of term assemblies. Fun day out for the kids There are lots of free fun things to do at the Children s Day Out in Helensville. Helensville s Women and Family Centre hosts the event at the war memorial hall on March 6. Family, friends and supporters are welcome to join the activities from 10am to 1pm which include Mainly Music, zumba, a Tu Tangi Ora activity course and bouncy castles. Key messages for the event include giving time, praise and encour- agement, listening and talking, love and affec- tion and sharing new experiences. Activities cater for infants to 12-year-olds. To register a stall call Mihi Shaw on (09) 420- 7992 or email mihi@ hwfc.co.nz. Proceeds from the Riverhead market on March 6 go towards restoring the historic 1913 hall owned by the community. The event is from 9am to 1pm at Riverhead Citizens Hall, corner of Coatesville-Riverhead Highway and Elliot St.
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