Our teachers are passionate and committed to the Christian ethos of the preschool. We skilfully weave Bible stories, karakia, memory verses and worship throughout children’s daily experiences. We have a weekly bible story and a monthly memory verse. Worship is part of the centre. Our children professionally recorded a live worship CD in 2012 capturing their worship and memory verses.
Our emergent curriculum is based on children’s interests. Daily anecdotal observations of children’s interests and play are recorded by staff regularly and they are collated weekly. The summary is discussed weekly at staff meetings identifying children's emerging interest. Teachers use this information to extend and further the identified interests through buying new resources, going on field trips and encouraging children to share their resources from home to preschool.
Portfolios capture individual children’s journey of learning. Staff extend the learning that is identified and strive to provide activities for their continuity of learning.
Sonrise is a bicultural centre. Half of our children population are of Maori descent. We participate in the Kapa Haka festival yearly. Te Reo Māori is integrated by the Staff as part of our ongoing learning.
There is a focus on growing links with the local community to provide children with meaningful experiences to celebrate their culture and identity. Teachers recognise the importance of whanaungatanga. Te reo me ngā tikanga Māori is skilfully and spontaneously woven through activities and routines. Teachers are working with a local kaumatua to ensure that current practices continue to develop.
Tuakana-teina is evident between our mixed age range of children. The relationship of our older children and younger children is nurturing, positively supportive and loving.
We celebrate and embrace diversity from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are learning different cultural prayers, greetings and languages. We are focusing on one culture per term. Last term we learnt about Filipino culture and this term we have focused on the Tongan culture.