Autumn Leaves 2011 - 5th Apr 2011

Autumn Leaves 2011

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

Carl Jung



Inside:

The Long School Term
Football Mad Continues
Innovation in Education
Autumn Enrolments
End of Year Statements
Last Laugh


Hi Everyone,

The first school term is almost completed , and as a parent the task of getting back into the routines is challenging but necessary. Children need the structure of routines for consistency and predictability. In a well managed environment they can extend themselves to meet the challenges that their education presents. As adults, the routines give us that wonderful discretionary time to relax and do our own thing.

The Long School Term

This term is a slightly longer term of 11 weeks, which means that the Easter holiday break falls in the middle weekend of the break. Kidz Inc will be operating for four days on either side of the holidays, with Good Friday and Easter Monday being public holidays. This will also happen next term as well. It is a result of the reorganisation of the school year to fit in with the Rugby World Cup 2011.

Football Mad Continues

As posted in our last newsletter, our main man in football Terry Parle, has taken up a coaching position in Wellington. However we will still be promoting and running our Football Mad holiday programme. Kidz Inc support football development in Dunedin, and will have a the skills and games to build any childs’ enthusiasm in this sport.

Innovation in Education

Focus: Gift of the Goose!
Last issue, I spoke of a factory that despite a downturn in productivity had one area that was defying the trend. The supervisor of this area was a Native American who implemented a “Gung Ho!” approach to the work being done by the workers.

The first step known as the ‘Spirit of the Squirrel’ encouraged the workers to see their work as meaningful by having them think of what they were doing was not only important, but worthwhile. The second step was known as the 'Way of the Beaver' where each beaver was treated as being capable.

When observing the migration of geese, our friend was asked to see what it was with all the geese. Apart from making a lot of noise, there was not much to their activities other than flying. When asked what they were doing, all our friend could observe was they appeared to be talking to each other, but it was more than that, it appeared that they were cheering each other on. It was from this observation that the final piece of Gung Ho fell into place. The ‘Gift of the Goose’ is all about celebration. To celebrate the success and achievements of the group as a whole, to cheer each other on.

Our aim at Kidz Inc is to ensure all the children celebrate their successes and achievements, and that there is plenty of cheering along the way.

Next Newsletter: Who Owns the Monkey?

Autumn Enrolment 2011

The Autumn Holiday Programme will get underway within two weeks. There will be two programmes running, the Maori Hill programme will run from our venue at the Kaikorai Rugby Club in Maori Hill for two weeks, the Macandrew Bay Holiday Programme will operate from our venue at the Orphans & Entertainers Club in Macandrew Bay for the first week of the holidays only.

If you are looking to confirm a place for your child/ren, please reply to this email with your childs’/rens’ names, age, school and dates you would like them to attend. When we receive this email, we will reply with a confirmation of your childs’ place. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from here.

End of Year Statements

Statements will be sent out shortly that will show the total payment of childcare services you have made over the financial tax year of 2010/2011. If you have been paying for childcare services, you are eligible for a childcare rebate. This statement will give you the total amount paid and should be included into your tax return.

A reminder that all outstanding accounts will need to be settled before the commencement of the next holiday programme and after school programme. Remember to include the invoice number if you are paying direct credit through online banking services. If you have queries or concerns about payments, let us know as soon as possible.

The Last Laugh

Putting on Boots

There was this teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?', like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.

No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots. My Mum made me wear them.'

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your Mittens?'

He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

She will be eligible for parole in three years.


Thanks for getting through to the end of this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at Easter time. In the meantime, see you next newsletter.

Regards

Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team


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