Assalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.
I know that since we moved to Miramar, we would leave Karori Playcentre (KPC) which is 15 km away from our current house, anytime soon. I know that we will be leaving KPC in 2 weeks. I know that it makes me sad. But to read the weekly email I received from KPC secretary just few minutes ago, reminded me that, leaving KPC is real. And I feel sad. So sad that it hurts a part of me.
From this point onwards I’m gonna be blabbering, and using some terms that belongs to Playcentre. So I’m not asking for you reader to understand. I just need to write and share my feeling. And had this feeling documentated, for me to remind someday in the future.
I love Playcentre, I love Karori Playcentre. Naisha and I joined KPC on Oct 2013, just 3 months after we moved here to Wellington. Naisha was only 14 months old. Joining KPC was my best decision I ever made here in NZ, for me and Naisha. The second best decision was, to keep coming to KPC eventhough Naisha had started to come to kindy.
Naisha learned a lot at KPC. She learned all her basic skills there. She learned how to use scissors properly, how to dress and undress by herself, develop all her fine motor skill, big muscle play, all kind of messy play, learned Maori language, literally almost everything she learned there. Started on 17months. I remember the first day at KPC, I was amazed by a child who peeled his own orange, the kid was 2 yo. 7months later, at age 2yo, Naisha was able to peeled her own orange. She had her best teacher at Playcentre: all the older kids. The only thing I feel kindy offered better than Playcentre was the having groups of friends and playing together, since kindy has a lot more children who have same age.
I learned a lot at KPC too. I learned how to interact with children. I practiced and improved my english by talking to all the children and the parents. I made friends with lots of parents. I learned how to run a early childhood education centre (ECE) in Playcentre way. I learned so many variety of children’s play. I love being at KPC. I enjoy every second of it.
The day I understand there is this specific session, wandering and having adventure only for older kids (3,5years and above) called Tamariki Nui, I started dreaming about when Naisha’s time to come to start Tamariki Nui session. She should be able to start Tamariki Nui this term, but she was 3y10m, a bit small body to do adventures (I thought), and would be the youngest compare to other 4 Tamariki Nui members, so I decided to start Tamariki Nui next term. But unfortunately fate didn’t come as I expected. We moved to Miramar early this year, and this term would be our last at KPC.
The weekly email I read just minutes ago attached a document that confirmed our leaving. It was a document contains next term session plan. There is no Naisha or Syva’ Twindania Namiesyva on the session plan. What breaks my heart a bit was, knowing there would be 10 Tamariki Nui members on the next term, and 4 of them are of Naisha’s age. It would be my dream comes true to have Naisha on the team. But, sometimes our dream just doesn’t come true in your exact vision, do they?
Good news is, they do have a Playcentre in Miramar. Where we plan to join next term. Bad news is, they dont have Tamariki Nui session. Still, its better than having nothing right?
I love KPC. There, I said it again. I am sad to leave KPC. And I’ll definitely be missing everything about KPC, the place, the plays, the families. This month, KPC is having its 75th Anniversary. As a farewell and anniversary gift to KPC, I made a video of our previous made song, Lovely Playcentre. Please enjoy our song and video, I hope you can feel the Playcentre love as much as we have been feeling it for the last 2,5 years. Happy 75th Anniversary, Karori Playcentre. 🙂
Wassalaamu’alaikum wr. wb.