to Nov 20

Red Nose Day

Gems will go totally REDiculous for a day to raise funds for Cure Kids.

Red Nose Day is Cure Kids annual, national appeal.

Every single day their researchers are driven to find the cures for serious health conditions that affect many of our children. They focus on raising funds so that vital medical research can continue until researchers find the cures our kids need.

Everyday New Zealanders, just like us, open up their hearts and wallets to help improve or prolong the lives of Kiwi kids while they strive for the ultimate goal: the cure.


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7:00 PM19:00

Nathan Mikaere Wallis

Gems is bringing Nathan Mikaere Wallis to Queenstown!

A gifted educator, dynamic and inspiring presenter, Nathan’s recent background has been as a lecturer at Canterbury University, a neuroscience presenter for Brainwave, and as a Child Protection trainer. He is currently Lead Trainer for the Brainwave Trust and serves on many Boards, including Brainwave and the Youth Mentoring Network.

In addition to being a father with a history as a foster parent, his professional background is in child counselling, teaching and social service management. He has built up a nationwide reputation as a lively, engaging and inspirational speaker on the topic of brain development. Nathan uses humour to make this, sometimes, complex topic both easy to understand and easily related to day to day experiences.

We will look at the impact on the brain of using positive behaviour guidance and language, and the difference when we don't! What parts of the brain are being activated? We will also look at cortisol and endorphins, how they affect learning, and how the teacher's language impacts on these hormones.


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to Jul 3

Night Farm School

  • 64 Alec Robins Road Lake Hayes, Otago, 9371 New Zealand (map)
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Our Farm School children and parents will be exploring how the dark affects our feelings about a familiar environment. How is it different? Was it recognizable? How do our feelings change?

Over the last couple of weeks we have been asking the Farm School children what it would be like to come to Farm School in the dark. What would they see?
Bears, Wolves, Bats, Ghosts, Witches and Zombies were all suggested……

Children will be required to come to Night Farm School appropriately dressed from home for the weather conditions on the night as we will not be using our Farm School wet weather clothing. Please bring a torch for yourself and your child, spare batteries would also be a good idea.

We will all meet at the farm, where an area for parking will be provided. After a hot cup of Milo we will follow a marked trail around the farm school route in small groups, watching and listening for night time animals. Will the children recognize their favourite Farm School areas and favourite hiding places?

After our walk we will return for a sausage sizzle and Mulled Wine to warm the adults up!


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11:45 AM11:45

Parents Night

Preparation for school evening

We would like to invite all of our parents to attend an evening at Gems (Little Rockets).

This evening will focus on how we support your child on their journey towards school and ultimately life.

The evening will be beneficial to all parents, including those in The Nest (Babies Room), as it will give ideas on ways you can support your child on their lifelong learning journey.

We will also discuss how education has changed over the last decade and what small but important transition processes your child is involved in at Gems that help set them up for their schooling journey and the transitions they will encounter there.

Muireann Carr, one of the New Entrants teachers at Shotover School will be here to talk to you about your child’s transition into their school and to answer any questions you may have about this.

We have invited representatives from all of the other primary schools in the area which our children may move to.

Transition to school is one of the most important moves your child will make and is certainly one they will most likely remember for the rest of their life. So come along and see how we can all work together and make your child’s future transitions successful ones!

When:         Monday 9th of May
                  7pm at Gems (Little Rockets)

Supper will be provided

Please RSVP to Liz or Lana (

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