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Early Intervention Centre

EIC families and staff had a great day at the Canterbury A&P Show on Wednesday. We had families from all our different session days attending. We were so fortunate that the weather was perfect! Clear sunny skies with a cool breeze. We saw many farm animals. A highlight was the VERY brand new lambs that some of us got to see being born. Once again we were able to enjoy the facilities of the Sheep Exhibitors Club which had picnic tables and a sand pit where we could enjoy our morning tea/early lunch. Then it was on to the petting farm. This year this area was very spacious and we were able to spend as long as we wanted petting all sorts of farm animals. I think the favourites were the rabbits and the lambs. Families then went their own way to explore other areas of the show or head home. I think some may have enjoyed some of the special treats on offer!

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Residential staff paint trees to represent our whakapapa

Residential staff came together on Friday 13 October to create some art work in the homes. Due to the nature of shift work, the only time we are all together as a team is for Professional Development in the holidays. Often these days are taken up with training, planning and policy/procedures so it was great to have the opportunity to be creative.

Each year we have students come and go and Sarah came up with the idea to paint trees in each house to represent our whakapapa. Students will create a photoframe with an individual picture and these will be hung on the tree to represent their time here at van Asch. There is also a tree in Stevens House where current staff will be displayed on a branch.

This was not only a great team building experience, but great to see the artistic flair of staff members. Watch this space for pictures of the decorated trees.

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The making of an NZSL friendly school

Everyone who was involved had a great passion and gave their heart to make this documentary work. Also a big thank you to the staff, the children and their families from St Theresa School. We have received so much positive feedback and got some recognition internationally. I am grateful that we are able to show the strategies to integrate NZSL as much as we can in the New Zealand education system.