Reunion of our 2013 Kindy Children

On Wednesday afternoon after school on 26th March, 21 of our 2013 kindy children joined us for a back to Mirambeena reunion. It was so good to see the children back, to catch up with their friends they hadn’t seen since December, see them in their school uniforms instead of their kindy play clothes and hear all about their life after Mirambeena, now in their first year at school, in prep.

The children and parents joined together for afternoon tea and a short play, getting quite excited to be back albeit for a short time. The wet weather made play outside difficult but despite that, it was a good afternoon. Zai, Sepi, Kathy, Cathy and Lyn were able to spend time chatting to the parents and finding out about the transition to school. By the sounds of all the comments, the children’s attendance at Mirambeena played a big step towards this transition.

         

Working Bee Sunday 23 March

Our first working bee for the year saw a total of 14 families and 6 staff members in attendance to carry out the numerous jobs that always seem to require doing. The centre looks so much more refreshed, neat, tidy and clean as a result of another productive morning.

Lots of digging and loosening softfall

  • sanding tables
  •  oiling forts and timber furniture
  • cleaning walls, fans and plastic blinds
  • erecting bamboo blinds
  • washing sandpit toys
  • painting posts
  • raking and sweeping leaves
  • trimming gardens

Thankyou to those wonderful helpers who gave up their Sunday morning to assist Mirambeena. The whole centre appreciates all your hard work smiley

 

                                   

 

Harmony Day Celebration Friday 21 March

Harmony Day is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Day activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

Lots of different cooking experiences and dressing up into clothes from different cultures resulted in another successful Harmony Day at Mirambeena. Many staff adorned themselves in different clothing and Zai shared some of her child sized clothes from her home with some of the children in the Butterflies’ room. Henna painting on hands was also undertaken and the African drums were again in action.

So, Harmony Day was a feast for the senses again at the centre; African music playing, beautifully dressed participants in clothes from India, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal and China as well as the tasting of deliciously cooked food. 

We thank those for joining in the harmonious spirit of the day :)

                                           

 

Meet 'n Greet Sunday 16 March

On Sunday 16th March a very pleasing total of 19 families and 11 staff members gathered together at Lake Annand in Toowoomba for a Meet 'n Greet opportunity to meet other families from the centre. Feeding the ducks and chatting over a cuppa on the picnic rugs in lovely shady surroundings was a very pleasant way to spend Sunday morning. The children enjoyed dabbling their feet in the water of the lake as well as utilizing the play equipment in the grounds.

Judging by the ‘thankyous’ received, this event was certainly enjoyed by all.  It enabled families to connect with one another, instead of having to rush in and out of the centre worrying about getting to work on time. We appreciate the effort shown by staff as well as the families in attendance in giving up their Sunday morning to join in a Mirambeena activity. Thank you everyone  smiley

                                   

Funky Hair Days on Thursday 13 & Friday 14 March

For two days Mirambeena undertook a fundraising activity in the form of a ‘Funky Hair Day’ for the Leukaemia Foundation. We acknowledge that Leukaemia affects many children’s lives and appreciate those of us who enjoy a healthy life.

Children (and staff) either coloured their hair or adorned their head with wigs, hair ties, ribbons etc in what was a successful venture. Many families joined in the spirit and we were able to raise $175 towards this worthwhile cause.

We thank those families for their support.

         

 

Renata's Visit Wednesday 5 March

Once again the children were entertained by Renata as she, within her performance, conveyed the message about the Power of Words. Using puppets, props and having the children involved, she was able to show the children ways to collaborate in a friendly manner to their peers and adults. She talked about how children could ask a friend if they wanted the toy that their friend was playing with; how they could use the words ‘please’ and ‘thankyou’ both with peers and adults. Yet again, the children enjoyed Renata’s show, always a lot of fun, yet containing a valuable message.