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Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book Beloved pets inspire early childhood teacher’s first children’s book

Burwood Kindercare’s early childhood teacher and Kaiapoi resident, Shannon Barker decided in high school that one day she would write a children’s book.  Today she gathers her preschool kids in a circle and reads to them her book Shadow and Willow - The Mouse Hunt. Shannon admits it felt exciting and kind of weird to read her own book to the children she teaches, but says they enjoyed it, asking for the book to be read ...

Home schooling six children changes perspectives Home schooling six children changes perspectives

Home schooling six children aged between six and 16 during the Level 4 lockdown, while juggling a business is a sobering concept for most of us. And, perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch to suggest – if we’re honest – that it’s a horrifying thought for everyone else. North Canterbury couple Peter and Claire Hansen own Peter Hansen Drainage. They also milk a small herd of registered Jerseys near Rangiora. In between all ...
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Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate Lockdown sparks expansion opportunities for Eco Educate

After cancelling of her all upcoming school environmental workshops due to Covid-19, Lesley Ottey of Eco Educate has leapt outside her comfort zone to connect with a global audience via technology. Eco Educate specialises in sustainable resource education and provides hands-on workshops for hundreds of preschools, primary schools and high schools across Canterbury. The organisation works alongside Waimakariri and Ashburton district councils. Even before lockdown hit, Lesley was closely monitoring overseas developments and anticipated that her ...
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First day back at school First day back at school

Small numbers of students returning to school for their first day back after moving to Level 3 restrictions was the case for most schools in Waimakariri on Tuesday. Woodend School Principal Adrienne Simpson reported eleven students with the likelihood of an increase to 20 next week as more employment opens up. Any staff members with children were able to work from home and six bubbles, including an office bubble and a staff one, allowed for the ...

Keeping a Guide promise from home Keeping a Guide promise from home

Lockdown has not stopped Rangiora Girl Guides from keeping their Guide promise. Since the Government’s announcement on 23 March, Girl Guiding New Zealand stopped all face to face meetings and switched to doing fun activities over Zoom. Although there may not be any camps for a while, Brownies and Guides are busy completing badges from home. At Rangiora Girl Guides, 11 Brownies are completing their Be Creative, Techno World and Heritage badge, while 22 Rangiora Guides are ...

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