New at St. John’s – DanceJays! Immediately after Playjays on Friday mornings (about 11:15am), a chance for preschool kids to dance! Come along and enjoy 🙂
Our playgroup will soon be old enough to go to school! The very first Playjays was on May 7th, 2010 – so next Friday, May 8th, will be our fifth birthday!
Playjays starts up again for the new term this Friday, May 1st, at the usual time of 9:30am…
For the past few years, St. John’s, along with a number of other Uniting Churches and Church playgroups, have hosted “A Day in the Park” to mark international Children’s week. A Day in the Park is a free event for preschool children and their carers, held in Wahroonga Park, with various fun activities and live music. I’m delighted to say that this year the Wahroonga Prep. School vocal ensemble will be singing for us – if you’ve never heard them, then you have no idea how good a primary school choir can sound!
St. John’s has traditionally provided the sausage sizzle – so if you are free on Tuesday October 28th for a few hours in the morning, please come and talk to Chris about sizzling sausages…
As we were chatting just before Playjays this morning, we agreed that the bitterly cold wind would probably keep numbers down. We could not possibly have been more wrong. The biggest Playjays ever saw 47 children and their parents and carers – around 80 people in all – squeezing into the lower hall (it really was too cold to play outside!), including 11 children for whom it was their first time! A great time was had by newcomers and old timers alike, and we look forward to having some warmer weather so we can spread out into the courtyard next week!
Playjays starts up again on Friday 18th July – looking forward to seeing lots of faces old and new!
St. Ives Uniting Church have just set up a new playgroup, meeting on Tuesday mornings… Playjays regulars might be interested!
Playjays started up again yesterday… with the weather turning a bit cooler, the twenty or so kids and mums greatly appreciated the warmth of the hall – although the chill didn’t stop some of the bigger kids from scooting around outside on the ride-on toys.
Next Friday, Playjays turns three! All of our original kids have moved on the preschool or big school by now, but we keep on welcoming new arrivals! And new friends are always welcome…
Playjays is taking a break over the school holidays – we’ll be back on May 3rd! Look forward to seeing you then…
The beautiful weather this morning saw our biggest Playjays of the year, with 24 kids from 0-3 coming along to join us for a play. This year we’ve been joined by half a dozen new families, and almost as many new baby brothers and sisters! Next Friday is Good Friday, so there’ll be no playgroup, but we look forward to seeing you all the following week!
Summer moves on, and everything starts starting up again… and Playjays is no exception. We’ll be starting off again on the first of February, at the usual time of half past nine. Hope to see you there!
It was lovely to see so many faces old and new on a cold and wet day at Playjays today! Just a reminder that a Day in the Park is a week on Tuesday (October 23rd) from 10 till 1 in Wahroonga Park (over by the pergola). More info here!
After a short break, Playjays starts up again this Friday (12th). Hope to see you there!
Note that Playjays will be restarting on Friday 27th July, not Friday 20th – apologies to anyone who didn’t get the message 🙁
Playjays has now finished for the term, we’ll be having a three week break and starting up again on July 27th. Looking forward to seeing everyone next term!
Steve Biddulph will be speaking on the subject of ‘Raising Girls” at Gordon Uniting Church on Monday and Tuesday 19th and 20th of March. Anyone who is interested can book online at http://www.trybooking.com/BDIC. Quite a number of parents from Playjays and The Growing Place will be going, so if you do book let us know, and maybe we’ll see you there!
Just to let everyone know, Playjays will be restarting on February 10th…
Last Thursday Wahroonga park was filled with preschool kids, parents and grandparents, as we celebrated national Children’s Week with ‘A Day in the Park’. Somewhere between two and three hundred kids came through, enjoying the animal petting zoo, bubble fairy, stories, songs, gingerbread men, fruit sticks, play-doh, face painting, knox junior bands, crafts and drawing and sausage sizzle. The event was jointly hosted by the Uniting and Baptist Churches, and not even a bit of rain could put the dampers on the enthusiasm of the kids.
Big thanks to all those from St. John’s who got involved, especially Ted (BBQ), Amanda (bubble fairy) and Sureka (face painting). We’re already planning to do it again next year!
By popular demand, here’s the recipe for the paint we use at Playjays for big messy painting (with thanks to Alison…)
8 rounded tablespoons of cornflour
2 litres of water
(or to make a smaller quantity – 1 tbsp cornflour to 250 ml water)