What’s up in December at the Aotea Family Support Group?

This month: New Year’s Picnic 2020 | Christmas Family Light Party | Mainly Music for the Under 5s | Over 60s Xmas Lunch at Tryphena Club Saturday 21st December at 12:30

New Year’s Picnic 2020

The Island’s longest running annual event, the New Years Picnic, is now just around the corner. 80 years ago this event was an annual local sports day where families island wide would travel to catch up socially and watch the fiercely contested races. It has been kept alive over the years by the Blackwell and Sanderson families. For the past two decades or so it has been managed by the Aotea Family Support Group Trust, but it is still essentially about catching up with people you haven’t seen for a while and celebrating the relaxed island culture in an alcohol and smoke free family-friendly environment.

Up to 50 stalls are set up, hosting a wide variety of local art & crafts, yummy hot food and baking. There will be live music all day long and plenty of shade provided for relaxing out of the sun. Sorry, no dogs.

2nd January 2020 F Claris Sports Club F 10 am onwards

Possible thanks to a subsidy from the Great Barrier Local Board.

Our work is supported by …

Christmas Family Lightparty

Family fun for younger children.

All families, but especially those with younger children are invited to our pre-Christmas Lightparty on the 21st December, starting 5pm.

This year we will be outside the Tryphena Hall, with a BBQ fired up and Christmas lights installed.

Shared meal, BBQ, games and Carols around our Christmas Tree.

And who knows, there may be a visit from the Christmas fairy and Santa, as well.

Need to talk?

Subsidised counselling for children and parents.

If you want to sit down with a professional and, in confidence, talk through issues you are having to deal with, Cait Devey is an accredited counsellor.

Counselling for children and their families is subsidised thanks to the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki, and the Ministry of Health.

You can contact Cait in confidence on 021 222 6410.

NEW YEAR’S PICNIC 2020 (contd)

The ever popular wacky kids races make a return on the day along with the tug of war and Russell’s legendary water slide! And Ngaire the face painter will be back at the kids tent!

The picnic is the major annual fundraiser for The Aotea Family Support Group Trust. There will be an awesome raffle sold and drawn on the day along with a charity auction held around noon. All gate donations, stall fees, raffle and auction proceeds will go towards helping the AFSG Trust continue it’s important work with local youth.

Keen on having a stall or have a question about the event? Contact the Picnic Coordinator, Johnno Stapleton, nyp,
021 054 0349, or facebook.com/greatbarrierislandnewyearspicnic.

Mainly Music for the Under 5s

Keri and her volunteer helpers have started organising a weekly Mainly Music session, inviting parents to come in with their pre-schoolers and their favourite instruments. For now, this takes place every Monday 9:30 to 10:30 at the Claris Conference Centre, but there is talk to alternate locations elsewhere.

Recent research has shown that musical training can enhance children’s development and linguistic abilities. But it does need to be intensive, time-consuming (and unaffordable) sessions with specialised trainers. Turns out that just regular “music playschool” provided to 5–6-year-old children “significantly improved the development of children’s phoneme processing and vocabulary skills.”

Long-term research showed that the decisive factor to achieve language improvements might be the regularity and frequent repetition of musical activities. In music playschool children produce different pitches mostly by singing but also with simple instruments, and thus practice to differentiate frequency content of sounds.

Because they are actively producing the sound, rather than just listening to it, children become better at distinguishing words. Singing might also be the factor that affects the vocabulary learning: songs introduce new words and consolidate the meaning of more familiar ones in the developing brain. So – keep on singing!

Over 60s Lunch at Tryphena Club
Saturday 21st December at 12:30

Please book by Friday 13th. You can email Sue or call 962.

Mains ($12.00 or $25.00 for visitors)

1. Glazed Xmas ham & roast chicken w cranberry sauce, gravy, baby potatoes with butter and mint, roast kumara, pumpkin, peas, honey glazed carrots and a dinner roll.

Vegetarian option:

2. Roast pumpkin, walnut & feta roll with relish, steamed baby potatoes and organic garden salad with a dinner roll.

Dessert ($5.OO)

1. Pavlova, whipped cream, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice-cream.

2. Sticky date pudding with brandy sauce, cream and vanilla ice-cream.

Your caterer: Kat and Jonquil

Your hostess: Sue Eves

Bookings: Email sue.eves, or call 962.

Cancellation: Please, if you miss the cut-off date but still want to attend, or are unable to attend, call Sue on 962, not the caterer.

Transport: Pickup at Cross Roads 11.15 AM, then pickups along the way. Gold coin koha please.

On behalf of myself and all the staff and trustees at afsg,
I would like to wish you all a very safe and happy Xmas and New Year we will see you back for lunch in Feb 2020.

Meals and outings for senior residents are subsidised by Auckland Council thanks to the GB Local Board who we would also like to wish a very happy and safe xmas and new year

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