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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, MARCH 7, 2013
Next Wednesday afternoon, children, families and teachers, will be at
Bishopdale school for a special celebration.
Bishopdale will be the 100th school
in New Zealand to introduce the
out-of-school childcare programme
of Safe Kids In Daily Supervision
In 2006, three Auckland working
mums decided to build a
comprehensive programme of
balanced care for the children of
The Bishopdale celebration will
show just how successful their
programme has become.
"We were all working mums
ourselves so we decided to adopt
the best standards we would want
for our own children," said Dawn
Engelbrecht (pictured far left), who
was one of those mums and is now
the CEO of sKids.
Since 2006, sKids has been
introduced to an average of almost
20 new schools every year.
sKids is also entering its first
Australian schools and Dawn has
just returned from the UK where it is
being introduced to 17,000 primary
sKids now cares for over 3000 Kiwi
children every day and has over 300
trained full and part time staff
The sKids concept offers a balance
of rest, exercise, nutrition and
But it also ensures the basics such
as homework are completed so that
busy working parents can spend
better quality time with their children.
sKids has many examples of
children improving their academic
grades and their general well-being
because of the few hours they
spend in a sKids programme each
Dawn said there is also growing
interest in making use of out-of-
school care programmes to add to
"We like to think that we were ahead
of this trend," said Dawn.
"The international interest we
have attracted indicates that we
Bishopdale School marks 100th programme for
out-of-school care service
Parents of Bishopdale School are all invited to join the celebrations at the school
from 3.30pm on Wednesday, March 13. The address is 465 Greers Road, Bishopdale.
Details to enrol children with sKids can be obtained from Lee-Ann Werner.
Telephone: 03-354 9552, Mobile: 021 0784 064 or email: Lee-Anne at email@example.com
Celebrating 100 Schools
Friendly club celebrates centenary
Heritage: Organising committee members, from
left, Trevor White, Elizabeth Steel, Noeline
Wiseman, Daph Parkins, Di Barnes and Isobel
Porter in front of the club's original pavilion.
By MAT KERMEEN
Centenary: Daph Parkins lines up a
shot next to the club's pavilion.
ST ALBANS Croquet Club celebrates 100
years of history, friendships and swinging
the mallet at an afternoon tea on Sunday.
The club has come a long way since
February 2011, when its greens and pav-
ilion's future was anything but certain.
But the members would not tolerate such
words, and have forged on towards their
upcoming centenary despite their club suf-
fering extensive damage in the February
Deputy mayor Ngaire Button, members
of the St Albans community and croquet
players from around the province will be
attending the function.
With the greens covered in liquefaction
and the pavilion too dangerous to enter,
members met at the club every day after
the earthquake to support one another.
They initially held back from looking for
help clearing the liquefaction-covered
greens, knowing there were others in the
community who needed assistance more.
The club's pavilion has stood the test of
A spokesperson said the club had always
been known as the friendly club in croquet
circles, and was renowned for its hos-
There have been many highlights over
the past 100 years, and the club is hopeful
there will be many more over the next cen-
Club member Noeline Wiseman said the
club was putting a big emphasis on attrac-
ting younger members, especially by using
the golf croquet format.
Built 98 years ago by John Walton Bean-
land -- whose wife Mary-Ann was a found-
ing member of the club -- the pavilion still
serves as a fully functional clubhouse.
In 2005 the Papanui/Shirley Community
Board awarded the club a heritage award
for preservation of the pavilion.
It would have housed Sunday's cere-
mony, but with a large crowd expected the
decision was made to move into the St
Albans Bowling clubrooms next door.
A spokesman said the club had been
blessed after receiving many grants, spon-
sorships and donations, for which it was
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