Fr Antoine celebrates Mass at Sancta Maria

Today our friend Fr Antoine celebrated Mass at Sancta Maria. The Atrium (prayer area) was brought to life for the children as Fr Antoine explained the purpose of his vestments and the altar items. The children were able to see these items in use during the Mass. The children were very attentive and were also able to answer questions they had learnt in their catechism lessons. It was a privilege to participate in our own preschool Mass and celebrate the special Catholic character of Sancta Maria Montessori Preschool.

Lexi pancakes & maple syrup

Today we had a lovely surprise from Lexi and her mum Anita. They brought in home-made pancakes and maple syrup to share with the preschool. This is one of Lexi’s favourite treats and she was very interested to find out where maple syrup came from. Lexi and her Mum found a book about it in the library and we read it in preschool. It showed how people collect sap from the maple tree and make it into syrup. Maple trees are found in Canada and pancakes are very popular in Canada and the United States. This has tied in very well with our North America continent focus this month.
The children all enjoyed finding out about maple syrup and eating delicious pancakes for morning tea. Thank you very much Lexi and Anita for sharing your interests from home with us.

Bishop Barry visits Sancta Maria

Today Barry Jones our Bishop of Christchurch visited Sancta Maria Montessori. We had prepared some of our favourite prayer songs to share with him. We welcomed him to our preschool and sang ‘The sign of the cross,’ ’The Our Father,’ ’Wonderful Lord,’ and ‘Here I am to Worship.’ We then showed him a sample of what we have been learning in the Catechism of the Good Shepherd and Harrison showed how we set the altar and what each symbol represents. The Bishop was very impressed with our children’s singing and knowledge. We then shared a very delicious morning tea together outside. Bishop Barry asked if he could visit again another time and we look forward to this. Thanks to the parents and families who were also able to attend.

Celebrating Father’s Day

We decided to bake special biscuits with the children to celebrate and give to our Dads on their special day. The children were involved in the entire process of measuring, mixing, rolling and cutting out the heart and person–shaped choc chip biscuits. We wrapped them in a special cellophane bag with ribbons and a tie-shaped card to present to our Dads. We had lovely feedback from the families that the Dads really appreciated their special gift.
We hope all the Dads and families had a fabulous Father’s Day together. You deserve it!

Our Daffodil Day!

Sancta Maria Montessori Preschool, with the support of our parents and families has been fundraising for the NZ Cancer Society this week. We have raised over $100 already through the sale of our daffodils. The children understand that we are giving money to help others especially those who are very sick. The children have created beautiful daffodil pictures and cards as well as helping to make their own daffodil peg magnets. The highlight of our week is a yellow, daffodil party this afternoon. Thanks to everyone who contributed to and supported our community fundraising for Daffodil Day. It is very much appreciated.

Daffodil Day Celebration!

Sancta Maria Montessori Preschool, with the support of our parents and families has been fundraising for the NZ Cancer Society this week. We raised $180 in total with all of our fundraising during the week, an amazing effort from our Sancta Maria community. On the actual Daffodil Day (Friday) we all wore yellow to preschool, and had a yellow tea party outside with the yellow cupcakes we had baked together. All of the children, teachers and parents had made a huge effort to support this important event and we a very proud of the contribution our preschool has made to this community charity of the NZ Cancer Society.

Let’s dance Bollywood style!

We had a very special visit today from Jake’s Mum Angel. She came to introduce some dance moves to us in the Bollywood style. Jake you were a bit shy when you saw Mum at preschool but then you warmed up and I saw you grooving to the music. Lots of the children caught on to the steps very quickly and we were all trying our best to move to the Indian dance music. What a lovely way to celebrate our cultures with each other, through music and dance. Angel, thank you for your visit and please come again, we would love to learn some more Indian dance.