Thursday, December 19, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - What's on next week

Hi Everyone

A short and sweet newsletter this week – and a bit early as I wanted to remind you that we still have a few Neighbours Cards in the Centre to collect if you would like some for your street. With people away over the next month or so, it’s a good time to make sure you have your neighbours contact details on hand…just in case. You have until 2pm tomorrow to pop in and grab some! If you can’t get in, but think you’d like some, email me direct today or tomorrow morning and I’ll see what we can sort out. If you’re in my street, I’ll pop one in your letterbox J

A reminder that CPCC closes for the year at 2pm tomorrow and re-opens after Anniversary Weekend on Tuesday 21st January.

Hopefully lots of relaxing, good food and exciting gifties, all enjoyed in the blazing sunshine!

**Pilates with Churton Park Physio **
If you do Pilates with Churton Park Physio, you can join in classes at Khandallah Town Hall while CPCC is closed. Classes start up again in Khandallah on Monday 13th January and run Monday, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30 - 10.30am, or Mon and Thurs 6 - 7pm. You can use your concession card for these classes. For inquiries, contact Khandallah Physiotherapy on 479 7101.

** School Holiday Activities **
Bookings are now open for our School Holiday Classes. See for all the classes and booking information.

** Chinese New Year Celebrations **
We will be celebrating Chinese New Year at CPCC in February with a special performance on Tuesday 11th February. Please see the attached flyer for more information – we’d love to see you there!

The Churton Park Festival is coming! Saturday 8th March from 4 – 7pm! Applications are now open for stallholders. It would be great to see a cross-section of our local community having stalls, so if you or someone you know would like one, fill out the form attached and send it back in!

I wish you all a fantastic Christmas and happy New Year! It’s been a big year for many of us here in Churton Park and I’d like to say thank you to you all for your support, enthusiasm, generosity with your time and your positive feedback. I’ve met some wonderful people this year and I’m looking forward to working with you on many more exciting projects in 2014!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - What's on to 20th December

Hi Everyone

This week an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was erected outside the Community Centre – thanks to a generous donation from a local, and the work of the Churton Park Community Association and Wellington Free Ambulance.

Just a reminder that we have Neighbours Cards in the Centre – why not pick up a few next week and make a point to get to know your neighbours and share contact details over the Christmas break?

CPCC is closed from next Friday (20th), reopening on Tuesday 21st January. For what’s coming up next week, please click here.

Please note an error in the email sent earlier this week stating Churton Park Physiotherapy classes re-start on the 22nd February. The classes start again onWednesday 22nd January. Thanks to the eagle-eyed Jackie who spotted this!

** Acoustic Guitar Lessons for Children **
Guitar lessons have been confirmed, starting in Term One on Wednesday afternoons. Please see the attachment for booking information.

** School Holiday Classes at CPCC **
Pottery Class Wednesday 22nd January 11am – 1pm
Explore the tactile properties of clay, making animals and your very own name tags! For children 5+, $25/ child. Email to book.

You Tube Video Making Friday 24th January 10am – 12pm
Work in a team to be the director, actor and editor and create your own video for You Tube. For children 8+, $15/child. Email to book.

Photography for Kids Tuesday 28th January 10am – 12pm
Become a master storyteller through your digital camera – work as a team to create a story, photograph and edit it. Leave with your own copy of the story you have worked to create. For children 8+, $25/child. Email to book.

Build your own Bug Hotel Thursday 30th January 2.30 – 4.30pm
We will collect twigs, stones and leaves in the vicinity of the Community Centre to build your own bug hotel. We will also make a bug chart to identify who has come to stay at the hotel! For children 5+, $20/child. Email to book.

** Free Home Energy Saver Programme Seminar **
Thursday 30th January 11 – 12pm at CPCC
Find out how you can save energy without compromising on having a warm home or plenty of hot water when you want it. Over 1300 Wellington homes have had a free home energy assessment - free reliable advice on how to make homes healthier, more comfortable and energy efficient. The Home & Dry team, who deliver home assessments for the Council will be discussing great ways to make energy savings around your home and what to expect when you sign up for a free home assessment. 

** Presenting with Impact: Workshop for Women **
Nervous about giving presentations? Want to improve your public speaking skills? Join us on this half day workshop, for women who would like to speak more confidently to groups in work, business and social settings.
You will learn 4 ways to reduce nerves and build confidence, how to structure your presentation, and how to deliver it with impact. Your tutor is Kim Chamberlain, an international speaker, trainer and author who has been running courses for women for many years. She creates a warm, friendly, relaxed environment with fun and laughter to help you learn easily. Wednesday 12th February 2014, 10am to 2pm. Details

** Glenside Show 2014 **
Bring the family for some old-fashioned country fun at the Glenside Show on Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday 20 January 2014. No gate charge.  From 11am-4pm the grounds of the Halfway House on Glenside Reserve (behind Twiglands, Middleton Road) will once again host a country-style fair featuring a pet parade, A&P style competitions, community group exhibitions, Push Play games, family races and free entertainment.

Classes will be available in home baking, home-grown products and home art creations for juniors and adults. Events on the day end with a Wellington Boot Toss (gold-coin entry fee) and great prizes. Check out the Glenside Progressive Association website for details - and put in your entries. Inquiries or see

** A message from the SPCA OpShop Johnsonville **

The following tech items can be dropped at SPCA opshop Johnsonville for safe recycling with money donated to the SPCA. 
- all computers going or not, laptops, webcams, video cards, DVD and CD rom drives, PSU Power supplies, keyboards, mousse, Parallel and serial plug cables, motherboards, laptop power supply, IDE plug cables, modems/routers/switches, hard drives.

Telephone 478 0931 (Carol Bradnock - Manageress)

We have fencing training coming to Newlands Community Centre! A school holiday programme on Jan 23 and 24 9am-3pm Cost $130/2 days/per person. Let the kids try it out and then book them in for the term. During the school term Wed 3.30-4.30pm and 4.30-5.30pm. Contact Ping Yuan on 0210592558 or nz_wfc@outlook.comPing is a NZ Commonwealth Gold Medalist and National Champion, and Silver Medallist at the World Champs!!

Tawa Recreation Centre Women’s Social Netball League has two spaces left for Term One. Contact Anjna Maisuriya, Tawa Recreation Centre: 232 2260.

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook ( It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - 2014 Classes and Activities

Hi everyone,
With classes and activities at the Community Centre winding down for Christmas, I have put together information on all our activities for 2014, when they re-start and how to book or join the class if you are new.
Watch this space, as there may be a few more classes added in the New Year!

Pilates with Churton Park Physiotherapy
Classes run Monday and Thursday mornings 9.30 – 10.30am, and Wednesday evenings 6 – 7pm. Register & pay with Churton Park Physiotherapy. Casual classes are $17.50, $135/10 sessions or $215/20 sessions. Before starting, you can have a free 15 minute consultation with a physiotherapist. Classes re-start for 2014 on Wednesday 22nd February. Contact Churton Park Physio on 478 7010 for more information.

Churton Park Ukulele Ensemble
Lessons run on Tuesdays from 1 – 2pm, with experienced ukulele teacher, Carole Hempton. New members are always welcome. Bring your own uke and $2 koha. Classes re-start for 2014 on Tuesday 21st January.

Walking Groups
Wednesday Group: Meet at 9.00 at CPCC for a 9.15am sharp departure. Walks can be local, or further afield. New members are always welcome and walks are suitable for all abilities. For further information and advanced notice of upcoming walks, contact Bart Jones ( Some people wish to walk on Wednesdays over the Christmas/New Year, so, for those interested, be at the Community Centre at 9:15am each Wednesday - usually Brian Vincent will be there to lead a walk. Official walks will re-commence on Wednesday 29th January.

Thursday Group: Meet at CPCC for a 7pm sharp departure. Walks are local and new members are welcome. If you are interested in joining, please contact Vicky Gilchrist ( Vicky will probably continue to walk throughout the holiday break, so get in touch with her to join her. She will send out an email on Thursday mornings if she intends to walk in the evening. “Official” walks will recommence on Thursday 30thDecember.

Tai Chi with Mercedes: Classes run on Saturday mornings, 9 – 10am. New members are welcome. A more strenuous style of Tai Chi, taught by a New Zealand Champion – Mercedes Godinez. Classes are $5/session. For further information, please contact Mercedes 021 0259 5677.

Tai Chi with Janet:  Classes run on Thursday mornings. First Session from 10.30am to 11.15am: Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs starting with Tai Chi for Energy and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Second Session from 11.15 to 12 noon: Practice of the 8 form and 24 form and possibly Dr Lam's Tai Chi for Diabetes. Classes re-start for 2014 on Thursday 20th February.

Santosha Yoga
Diane Clark-Manley will be running two classes at CPCC in 2014 – Monday lunchtimes (12 -1pm) and Tuesday evenings (6 – 7.15pm). Classes start in the week of 10 February. Please see the attached flyer from Diane for further details on the classes, including costs, start dates and how to book.

Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold is a lower impact style of Zumba suitable for beginners and the young at heart! Classes with Joy run on Friday afternoons from 1-2pm. No experience necessary, and no need to register, just come along and join the party! Just $5 per class and classes resume for 2014 on Friday 24th January. See the attached flyer for details on Joy’s other classes as well.

Churton Park Mahjong Group
The Mahjong group meets every Monday from 1 – 4.30pm and play for a $2 koha. Mahjong sets are provided. New members are very welcome – for further information, please contact Beckie at the Centre. Mahjong restarts for 2014 on Monday 27th January.

Wonderplay Kids Drama
Experienced drama teacher and working actor, Deb Rea teaches drama here at CPCC every Tuesday afternoon. Classes for 5 – 8 year olds run from 3.30 – 4.30pm and for 9 – 12 year olds from 4.45pm to 5.45pm. Contact Debs to enrol your children for Term One classes: Debs is also considering running a pre-school class on Tuesdays – please contact her for more information. Classes start in the first week of term.

Creative Expressions
Creative Expressions have a change of day and time to accommodate bigger plans in 2014! Now on Monday afternoons from 1.30 -3.30 in the large meeting room. Quilting lesson will continue in 2014 with the addition of Knitting with Rosie White (textile artist). Tuition is free with a $2 donation for the use of the Community Centre. Please phone Daphne on 977 2055 if you are interested in joining. Classes start on Monday 24th February.

Our Justice of the Peace Service Centre is held weekly at CPCC on Tuesdays from 7 – 8pm. A JP is on hand to help with any enquiry you might have. No appointment is necessary. JP Services resume on Tuesday 21stJanuary.

Porse Music Class
Music class for under 5’s, run by Porse. Every Friday during term time from 10 – 11.30am. Free. First session in 2014 is on Friday 7th February.

Table Tennis
CPCC has two table tennis tables and a group that play here every Thursday between 12 – 2pm. All are welcome to come along and play! Cost: $2 per person. Table tennis will resume on Thursday 23rd January.

500 Club
500 Club meets every Thursday from 1 – 3.30pm. New members are most welcome, even if you’re not sure how to play – our friendly group will be happy to teach you! Contact Beckie to register your interest. 500 Club restarts Thursday 30th January

China Painting
A new weekly class for 2014: Explore painting techniques on fine china, in both modern and contemporary styles.  Each week a new project will take place and your choice of china can be selected.... from plates, cups, bowls, teapots vases and much more. Classes will run weekly on Monday’s from 10.30 – 12.00, starting on February 3rd. To enrol, please contact Joanne:

Playsense Baby Playgroup
Our monthly playgroup for under 18 month old babies runs on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 – 11am. The first session will be on Tuesday 4th February and costs $5 per child. Email further information or to register.

Stellar Fitness
Kat from Stellar Fitness runs two challenging fitness classes at CPCC every week. Boxing on Tuesdays from 12.30 – 1.15 (bookings essential) and Tabata on Wednesdays from 1.40 – 2.20pm. Classes are $10 each or $15 to attend two in one week. To book or for further information, please contact Kat:

Fitness with BodEvolve
Natasha runs three classes at CPCC every week. Pilates on Monday evenings (6 – 6.45pm) and Mums & Bubs Pilates Wednesday mornings (10 – 11am). Thursday evening is a Circuit class from 7 – 8pm. Classes will be $15 for casual, 10 concession $130 or 20 concession is $220. To book and for further information, please contact Natasha:

Gardening Group
Starting in 2014: Edible Gardening Group. Running first Tuesday of every month, 7.30 – 9.30pm. First meeting: Tuesday 4th February. Cost: $5 per meeting. To register, contact Beckie:

Children’s Photography Classes
Starting in Term One – weekly photography classes, teaching your child how to take fantastic photos with their digital camera. Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30, starting 5th February. Term time only. To enrol, and for further information, please contact Joanne:

Children’s Acoustic Guitar Classes
Starting in Term One – acoustic guitar lessons for children. Wednesdays between 3.30 – 5.30. Contact Phil Hope for more information on classes, and to enrol: The first lessons are on Wednesday 5th February. Phil is also open to teaching adult lessons here at CPCC. Please contact him direct to organise.

Toddlers in Tutus
Starting in Term One - music and movement class for toddlers with a qualified ballet teacher. Saturday mornings 10.15 – 10.45. $99 for the term – first lesson free – come and try it out! To enrol please call or text 027 890 0164. Lessons start on Saturday 8th February.

These Girls Mean Business
Churton Park’s own women’s business group. The group meets monthly for seminars, workshops, networking and support. Follow them on Facebook: or contact Angela ( or Melanie ( for more information.

Adult Pottery Class
Starting in Term One – adult pottery class. Make a variety of exciting items and learn techniques for creating with clay. Fridays 11.30 – 1pm (term time only). $200 for the term (including materials). To enrol, contact Joanne:

Photography Club
Starting in 2014: Photography Club, meeting on the third Tuesday of every month from 7.30 – 9.30pm. First meeting Tuesday 18th February. Cost: $45 per person annually. To register,

So, lot’s happening and plenty for you and your family to get involved in here at CPCC in 2014!

Beckie Duffy Community Centre Advocate

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Many schools around New Zealand are trialling/using/exploring BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) as a strategy to enable students 1:1 access to computing devices for their learning. Schools are achieving this in different ways. Some are adding a device to their stationery lists. Others are beginning by allowing those who have a device at home to bring it into school and use it for their learning thus increasing the number of devices available.

As a staff, board and school community, we have explored BYOD as a way of enabling a higher ratio of devices to students. However, we acknowledge that inherent in the BYOD strategy are complexities that are difficult to work out. The issue of equity is one such complexity, as are issues related to security.

The board and staff are in agreement that cloud-based and other learning made possible by technology is powerful and that a high ratio of devices to students is required to effectively and successfully leverage the learning opportunities and advantages available with technology. This is particularly so as one gets further up the school.

However, the Board is not convinced that BYOD is the way to provide this. Rather, it has decided that the provision of mobile devices is so integral to the way teaching and learning is done at Amesbury School, that the Board will do its best to fund the necessary provision of devices. Hence, the recent purchase of 80 - 90 Chromebooks.

Therefore, BYOD is off the table in the medium-term. However, a number of parents have asked if they can purchase Chromebooks for their children at school prices. Some of these parents are keen for their children to have their own devices which they can use both at home and at school. We have agreed to allow this given that the advantage of cloudbased learning is that it allows anywhere, anytime, just-in-time learning. However, we are very clear that while we welcome student-owned Chromebooks at school, these machines must have the management consul loaded onto them so that teachers will be able to check what students are doing on their Chromebooks at any time. This is an essential security requirement.

So, to clarify.... the school will provide students with significant access to mobile device (particularly in the Harakeke Hub). Students may purchase Chromebooks through the school. If the intention is for the student to use his/her Chromebook at school, then the management consul must be loaded on.

If you are keen to piggy back on the school's order, then please let Matt know as soon as possible.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Lost Property, Student Accounts & 2014 Uniform Orders

Please make sure you check the lost property boxes around school before the end of term. There is a box in each of the hubs and another one in the office.  Any items left at the end of term will be donated to charity shops (providing they have no names in them).

All accounts must be paid up by this Friday 13th December.  Any purchases after this date will be strictly on a cash basis only.  If you need a statement emailed to you, please email  If your account is in credit, this will be carried over to next year.

If you require any uniform items for next term, please order by Friday 13th December.  The office will be open on Friday 31st January (11:00am-2:00pm) for collection of orders.  Orders can be emailed to the office, or you can drop in to fill in a form.

Many thanks,

Teacher Only Days 2014 - 3/4 June

It is usual practice for schools to take one or two teacher-only days per year to enable professional learning together. The school closes for a teacher-only day, but has to stay open for an extra day at the end of the year. To date we have not had any teacher-only days at Amesbury School.

However, next year, the staff have an opportunity to attend an international congress in Brisbane with arguably the biggest and best line up of educational speakers in the world including Sir Ken Robinson of Ted Talk Changing Paradigms fame and Prof Sugata Mitra of the Hole in the Wall experiment in India.

The two teacher only days will follow on from Queen's Birthday weekend making it a five day weekend. We are giving you advanced warning of this so that you have plenty of time to make any arrangements necessary. We feel confident that Kelly Club will be able to provide care for the two days if needed.

With these teacher-only days, school will now close 17th December, which is still earlier than we will finish this year.

If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to speak to Lesley.


25 students and a handful of adults travelled to The Roxy, Miramar to watch the New Zealand opening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The students really enjoyed the movie, although, principal, Lesley, took the opportunity to have a bit of a snooze. After the movie the students rated it an average a 4.5 out of 5. When asked why, the girls all said it was because the strawberry was cute (it was too!). This is a good movie for the family - funny and quirky with a great message about family and friends. We really loved The Roxy, too. The theatre was very spacious with lovely comfortable chairs - probably explains the nana nap. No wonder The Roxy has just won NZ Movie Theatre of the Year.

However, the movie at The Roxy was just the entree. The main course was a visit to Weta Workshop. We enjoyed the Windows on Weta tour which enabled us to see parts of the workshop. Unfortunately there are many highly confidential projects going on at the moment so we were limited in what we could see.
A BIG thanks to Ri Streeter who organised the visit for us and gave us a great commentary as we went around the workshop.

The students who took part in this trip were those who fully participated in movie club - watching, discussing and writing about movies.

Below - Surrounded by ORKs at Weta Cave.

Week 8 High Five Celebrations

Twelve students were awarded High Five Certificates last week. Well done to these students:
Connecting and including



Notice from the Library

Students will not be able to get any new books issued this or next week. 
Can all school library books be returned by Friday this week (13th) please. 

Books can be returned to the 'returns box' in the library.

The Last Day of School - Wed Dec 18th

Kia ora Koutou
Please find below the programme for the last day for 2013

9am Hub time
9:45 Prize giving in the hall - all welcome
10:30 Load bus and go to Porirua Aquatic Centre
11am  Swim and splash and slide and enjoy!
12:45  Get dressed
1:00    Depart pool on bus
1:20    Arrive school
1:30    Children may be picked up from this time
2:00    School officially finishes

Merry Christmas and Happy Safe Holidays

Friday, December 6, 2013

Churton Park Community Centre - What's On Next Week

Hi Everyone

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to purchase a new present for a needy child via our Kiwi Community Assistance Giving Tree, your generosity is appreciated. These gifts will be distributed by KCA next week to the agencies that deal directly with the recipients.

I hope to see some of you tonight at the ‘Just the Locals’ Craft event – a relaxed evening here at the Centre from 6pm to view and buy products from local artisans.  And don’t forget the SPCA will be in tomorrow … with kittens!

** Zumba Gold **
Joy’s last Zumba Gold class for 2013 will be on Friday 13th.

** Wednesday Walking Group **
The last walk of the year is this Wednesday.

** 500 Club **
500 Club is now over for the year. The Club re-starts on Thursday 30thJanuary at 1pm. New members are most welcome, even if you’re not sure how to play – our friendly group will be happy to teach you!

**Sing for your Life Community Event **
There will be a get-together of the 2013 Sing for your Life groups from Karori, Khandallah and Churton Park at Khandallah Town Hall on Sunday 15thDecember at 4pm. Singing for Everyone and Afternoon Tea. Koha Entry.

** Pottery Classes **
Pottery classes for adults will be starting in Term One – Fridays 11.30 – 1pm, starting on 7th February. Classes are $200 for the term, which includes all your material costs as well. To book, or for further information, please contact Joanne:

** Photography Classes for Children **
Regular photography classes will be starting in Term One for children aged 8+. Classes will be on Wednesdays from 3.30 – 4.30. Children can bring any kind digital camera and will learn a wide range of photography skills and techniques. To book, or for further information, please contact Joanne:jo.honey.thomas@gmail.comPLEASE NOTE: Jo will also be running a one-off school holiday class here at CPCC on Tuesday 28th January 10am – 12pm – a great way to test out this type of class to see if your child is interested. Book through Jo also.

** Acoustic Guitar Lessons for Children **
There have been plenty of enquiries about guitar lessons for children being held at CPCC, and I am pleased to announce that we have experienced teacher and guitar player, Phil Hope, starting lessons here in Term One next year. Classes will be small (max four children) and available for children over 8. Children will need to bring their own guitar. Classes will run on Wednesday afternoon. For further information, please contact me:

** School Holiday Classes **
I have two more school holiday classes to add to our small January programme:

  • Pottery for children – please see the attached poster for date/time/booking information.
  • You Tube Video Making – please see the attached poster for date/time/booking information.

** Golf Group **
Interested in a social game of golf with a great bunch of keen golfers fromChurton Park? Starting next year, the group will meet on Monday mornings at 9am at Ohariu Golf Club. Let me know if you’re interested in being involved.

** China Painting **
A group to start in 2014: Exploring painting techniques on fine china, in both modern and contemporary styles.  Each week a new project will take place and your choice of china can be selected.... from plates, cups, bowls, teapots vases and much more.

** Stallholders for 2014 Festival **
The Churton Park Festival 2014 is in the early stages of planning and the organisers would like applications from people wishing to run a stall at this event. The event will run on Saturday 8th March from 4 – 7pm. Please for an application form and further information.

** Carols at Churton Park **
If you haven’t got it in your diary yet, a reminder that Carols at the Park are being held at Churton Park on Halswater Drive on Friday 13th, commencing at 7pm.

** Tai Chi Festival **
There is an end of year Tai Chi Festival at Johnsonville Community Centre on December 14th from 1-3pm. Please extend this invitation to anyone interested. All welcome!

** Operation Arctic **
Please see attached for a timely reminder from the Council and Police to watch your belongings.

** Christmas Storytimes at the Library **
Wear your pyjamas or favourite Christmas costume and get lost in stories of holidays, Christmas and the festive season! At Tawa Library on 12 December at 6.30pm and Johnsonville Library on 13 December at 6.30pm.

There are still a few chances to get your first aid certificate this year. Triple One Care are at Newlands Community Centre on Dec 10. Meditrain are in on 11 and 18 Dec.

Tawa Craft Market will be at the centre next Saturday December 14th from 9.30am-1.30pm.  There will be great crafts including cards, jewellery, baking, woodwork & much more.   Just in time for Christmas!! 

Please be advised that the Community Centre will be closed for four weeks over Christmas from Friday 20th December – Tuesday 21st January. Bookings, private or regular, will not be available during that time. I apologise for any inconvenience that might cause.

To keep up to date with what’s on at CPCC throughout the week, you can follow us on Facebook ( It’s publically available, so you can view it even if you don’t belong to Facebook.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Community Notices - December 2013

2013 Fencing Class: Come and try fencing with the world Champion, 2010 NZ Commonwealth Gold Medal and the Oceania Champion Ping Yuan
Date: Wednesdays: 3.30 - 4.30pm or 4.30 - 5.30pm  
Venue: Newlands Community Centre, 9 Batchelor St, Newlands 
Cost: $155/per term (Equipment and protective clothing provided)
More info and to book a place contact Ping Yuan on Or 021 059 2558

Have you got an Ecomailbox? New service launched!
Help reduce waste and make our streets greener by getting your free 'No Ad Mail' sticker for your letterbox
Ecomailbox also provides a great alternative to see only today's latest news and promotions from your favourite retailers, deal sites and organisations.Start using Ecomailbox today and help make NZ greener! 

Come to the Glenside country fair
Bring the family for some old-fashioned country fun at the Glenside Show on
Wellington Anniversary Day, Monday 20 January 2014. No gate charge.
From 11am-4pm the grounds of the Halfway House on Glenside Reserve (behind
Twiglands, Middleton Road) will once again host a country-style fair
featuring a pet parade, A&P style competitions, community group exhibitions,
Push Play games, family races and free entertainment.
Classes will be available in home baking, home-grown products and home art
creations. Awards for junior (<U11, <U17) and open classes). Events on the day end with a Wellington Boot Toss (gold-coin entry fee) and great prizes.
Check out the Glenside Progressive Association website for details, and put
in your entries . Inquiries or see

Lion Heart Education Limited "Build Your Resilient Life" - Emotional Self-Regulation Program - Once Learnt enjoy for Life.  With awareness development, techniques and feedback technology we are getting children "into the zone" to live healthier lives mentally, emotionally and physically.  Researched for over 22 years and scientifically validated. (available in school holidays as well.)

Bigair Gym starts the year with the ever popular Bigair Gym Holiday Programme full of gym fun! Starting Mon 13th Jan - Fri 31st Jan 2014.  If your children need to use up some energy or you are juggling the kids with work these holidays, then call or email the office to book now! or 232 3508.  
Enrolments for gym classes at Bigair Gym for Term 1 open Mon 2nd Dec and classes fill up fast, so if you would like to increase your child’s self confidence, strength and coordination, sense of achievement and have fun with fitness, then enquire now or 232 3508. 

Have a Go Hockey Sessions:
 These will go for 3 weeks on Tuesday Feb 18th, Feb 25th & March 4th - Years 3-6 children 3.30pm till 4.30pm & the Year 7/8 children 4.30pm till 5.30pm. Held at Raroa Intermediate Turf (Haumia Street, Johnsonville) – 1 hour each session. This is aimed at all kids interested in just trying the sport out to see if they like it. There is a small cost of $15 for the 3 weeks, however a free mouth guard will be given to all players.  Kids will be lent sticks, balls, and shin pads on the nights.
Please mention this to all friends and family that may be interested in giving Hockey a go.  If anyone is interested, please email or phone Gavin Naftel on or 0274 496210

Encore School of Music:Fun & Fantastic Individual & Group Music Classes For All Ages & Levels (beginner to advanced).  Wide variety including piano, keyboard, drums, singing, guitar, ukulele, bass, flute, recorder, saxophone, clarinet, violin, music theory, band & preschool music. Sign up before 21 Dec and get 10% discount off new term fees or call 976 8742

Just the Locals-Relax and Shop
Just the Locals-Relax and Shop, Churton Park Community Centre, Friday 6 December 2013 6.00pm-8.00pm.  Relax with tea/coffee and cake while shopping for last minute Christmas gifts.  Showcasing local talent including jewellery, paper crafts, clothing, soap and felted goodies.  Some stock will be reduced.

Raroa Music Centre offers Saturday morning group music lessons for primary school children at low cost.  Classes include choir, keyboard, recorder, drums, guitar, violin,
cello, clarinet, flute and trumpet.
To enrol for 2014, visit our website at and enrol online.  Enrolments open in mid-January.

AMI Kids Waterfront Fun Run Tuesday 17 December
The first ever AMI Kids Waterfront Fun Run is being held on Wellington’s Waterfront on Tuesday 17 December.  Starts and finishes at Queens Wharf.  1km, 2km and 5km options for all primary, intermediate and college age students.  First run starts at 5pm.  Personalised race bibs and certificates if you pre enter by 11 December.  Medal offer from AMI plus a free BBQ.  Parents are welcome to run with their kids in any of the runs.  $5 to enter  Registrations also taken on the day but enter now to get the extra offers.  Spot prizes on the day too.  It will be heaps of fun.  Run in partnership with Athletics Wellington, Sport Wellington and AMI.  Any questions contact Jo Murray on

Kids Have FUN at Craft House - Holiday Craft Classes
Craft House will be running holiday classes for the last two weeks of January.  Projects for the summer holidays include mosaics, masks and sand creations as well as the traditional scrapbooking and cardmaking options. Join us for a two hour session, a whole day, a week ... it's up to you. 
See all the details at or call in to Craft House at 108 Hutt Rd, Kaiwharawhara. (Just along from Spotlight in the Otis Elevators building.)
For more information or to book call ... 499 4499 or e-mail:

Bring a smile and laughter to family and friends with a truly unique personal gift for those special little people in your life! Product range includes:  Personalized Soft Toys, Alarm Clocks, Interactive CD Story Books, Music CD’s, Growth Charts, Name Poems. Our personalized products will spark your child’s imagination, and at the same time help them to learn their ABC’s, 123′s and other important lessons.
Most importantly our products can help a child build self-esteem and create name recognition as their name is heard many times in every song or within each story.  For more information please visit or contact Jacqui on email: or tel: 029 770 3528. 

Tennis: Registrations are now open for Peewee (ages 5-7 years) and Junior (ages 8-17 years) tennis coaching. Registrations close 10 January 2014 and coaching runs for 7 weeks commencing 3 February 2014.  For more information and registration forms, please contact Nick on 021 040 7256 or email

Push Play in your neighbourhood January 2014
Push Play in your local park and open spaces with friends and family this summer. The Push Play team has linked with local organisations and will be out there with fantastic equipment and exciting games to keep everyone active and entertained. There are activities for all ages including T-ball, soccer, badminton, volleyball and unihoc. A special highlight will be Ki o Rahi a skilful, traditional Maori game for all ages, steeped in myth and legend.  It has skills which are transferable to rugby, netball and handball
Free events – no bookings required. 
Berhampore School, Britomatt St, Berhampore
Wed. 8 Jan.   2 - 4pm
Wed. 15 Jan.  2 - 4pm
Wed. 22 Jan.  2 - 4pm
Kahurangi School, Strathmore Ave, Strathmore
Thurs. 9 Jan. 2 - 4pm 
Thurs. 16 Jan. 2 - 4pm 
Thurs. 23 Jan. 2 - 4pm
Carrara Park, Regent St, Newtown
Tues. 14 Jan.  11am– 1pm
Tues. 21 Jan.  11am – 1pm
Duncan Park, Linden Ave, Tawa
Tues. 14 Jan.  2pm - 4pm
Lyndhurst Park, Lyndhurst Rd Tawa
Tues. 21 Jan.  2 - 4pm
Linden West Park, Gee St, Tawa
Tues. 28 Jan.  2 - 4pm
Ben Burn Park, Campbell St, Karori
Friday 17 Jan. 1 - 3pm 
Friday 24 Jan. 1 - 3pm  

Phone Daphne Pilaar 803 8015 or email for more information