This is the one room Massey Birdwood Primary School opened on the 1st May 1925.
Hall User Feature
The science of yoga is thousands of years old. In today’s world yoga is widely recognised for the gentle yet effective exercise it provides and yoga is popular for the stress management it offers.
Yoga integrates the body and the breath. During a yoga class the poses (asanas) will work through the whole body, during the poses the breath is co-ordinated with the movement and the focus is on the effect the person experiences during the practice. Each class will include a practice of breathing techniques and a guided relaxation at the end.
During the yoga practice every joint will be moved through its range of motion and the spine receives much attention as the body is gently moved in many directions. This is how yoga is very beneficial for the management of back pain. Muscles are gently stretched and strengthened. The weight bearing poses are helpful in maintaining bone density and may be of benefit in case of osteoporosis.
To get the most out of a yoga class it is best to
- wear comfortable clothing that will give ease of movement,
- not to eat for two – three hours before the class,
- bring a good mat with a nonslip surface,
- bring a light blanket for the relaxation as the body will cool down during this time
Come and enjoy a yoga class from the 13th February in the hall from 10am till 11.30am with Hanna. The Fitness League which uses the hall on Fridays at 9.30am also use yoga as part of there exercise program. The Fitness League started back on the 8th February and have been operating for a year out of the hall.
Rina Maxwell was back in business on Saturday 19th January with her Sunsation(beach theme) themed creative memories class as the first class of the year.
Rina showed participants how to make a family photo album and much more.
Family photo albums are so important and capturing those Christmas photos early of family members, some of whom will not be around come Christmas 2013, others of course will change from a baby to an excited child opening their first Christmas present over the course of the year, is a good idea.
Not forgetting the family pet, new or old, or the unusual Christmas day you had in 2012. All these things you will want to record, so that you can remember Christmas 2012 by looking at your album next year or in ten years time.
Check out when the next Creative memories class is on, by clicking on the venue page, top right hand corner or by clicking on the Creative Memories link under hall users to the left of this article.
Red Hills Community Kindergarten strives to holistically prepare children for school. This is evident within the use of the ‘Transition to school room’ which is a facility specifically set up to focus on children who are about to start their journey into the school environment.
The Transition to School room encourages children to become familiar with routines and structured learning, such as sitting quietly on the mat at the start of each session participating in activities as instructed by the teacher. Such structures help children gain confidence within their transition to a new learning environment. Te Reo Maori is further developed within this environment, this can be seen during each session as children are encouraged to sing welcome songs (Tena Koe) and also use common phrases and the days of the week (Ko Nga Ra).
Children will gain a sense of belonging and understanding, and are encouraged to participate in group discussions. Appropriate classroon behaviour such as turn taking, putting hands up to ask/answer a question are important skills learnt during this transition stage as well as further developing listening skills while being respectful of others.
Literacy skills such as reading and writing are extended through the use of ‘Homework Buckets’ where children are given a letter links letter to take home and try to find as many objects as they can starting with that particular letter.
Children benefit from the Transition to School initiative, which takes place at Red Hills Community Kindergarten, as they are better prepared for learning within the school environment.
About Red Hills Kindergarten
We endeavour to keep up with the changing needs of the community by providing flexible sessions (including all day care) and quality education at an affordable price. We operate a four year term, the same as the local primary school.
Because we are a parent driven centre it is easy for us to relate to what is needed, and it is also easy for you to have your say in your child’s education by voluntarily joining the committee.
Parents and whanau are always welcome to spend time at the kindy during their child’s session time.
At Redhills Community Kindergarten Inc. we follow the National Early Children Curriculum Te Whaariki. We believe that this curriculum leads children into developing skills that will enable them to grow as competent and confident learners, communicators, healthy in mind, body and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution to society.
The curriculum encompasses literacy, numeracy, mathematics, science, music, art, social skills, physical skills and communication skills.
Redhills Community Kindergarten rent the space facing the roundabout on the corner of Redhills and Don Buck Road and have been doing so since 1990. The area occupied by the Kindergarten is an addition to the original hall built in 1954. You can click on the link to the left of this story, under Hall Users Redhills Kindergarten, to find out more about the Kindergarten.
You can join Rina on the 19th of January to learn lots of great new ideas, like how to make a family photo album.
By pre booking, Rina will give you a free gift if you come along with a friend, and morning and afternoon tea, for both of you.
You will also be able to try out some of the tools that Rina uses before you are encouraged to buy a similar product for your use.
The day is a great day out with the girls(no boys?) and for those people who have no time to work on their albums at home (the advert for the boys?).
Bring a beach item (no bikinis or sand allowed in the Den) or some holiday photos and enjoy making your family photo album or any other album for that matter.
For more information clink on Creative Memories to the left of this article under hall user links.