January 2014

Three Little Pigs
event on 8 March 2014
See page 2!!
West Cambridge Nursery Parent Nursery Association
Newsletter – January 2014
Happy new year and welcome to another PNA newsletter. The PNA Committee has been busy
over the break planning our next two social events. We are very happy to present a new kind of
theatrical event, based on ‘The Three Little Pigs’, and our annual favourite, the String
Orienteering Picnic. See below for more details – we look forward to seeing you at these
Welcome to New Families
A warm welcome to families who have recently joined the nursery. The PNA supports the
partnership between parents, staff, and children at West Cambridge Nursery. It provides a safe
forum in which issues can be discussed and is a key communication channel between parents
and nursery staff. PNA also organises social events to enhance the community of parents,
children, and staff; and it undertakes fundraising activities to for the benefit of the nursery
(outside the remit of Childbase) or charities. All parents and guardians of nursery children are
automatically members of PNA.
PNA Committee (PNAC) Membership – Farewell Aga; One New Vacancy
After two and a half years of dedicated work and enthusiasm on PNAC, Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig
has decided to step down due to increased work commitments. Aga served as secretary for
some of this period and has (among other things) produced many wonderful posters and tickets
for our events. We thank her for all her hard work and support! Lucy Beharell has now taken on
the role of secretary of PNAC.
PNAC membership is currently as follows:
Kirsty McDougall (Chair)
Lucy Beharrell (Secretary)
Andrea Kells (Treasurer)
Vicky Cornwell
Bruno Ehrler
Niki Fanouraki
Anna Lucia Guizzo
Kim Komljanec
Kamila Lembrych-Turek
Anahi Romero
Ewa Wojciechowska
Sammy Frost (Nursery Manager)
Cassey Evans (Staff Representative)
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Please see our noticeboard in the nursery foyer or our website for photos of PNAC members.
With Aga stepping down, there is now one vacancy on PNAC. We’d be delighted to hear from
any parents interested in getting more involved with the PNA by joining the committee – please
consider volunteering! It is a great way to get to know other parents at the nursery and
participation is not a big time commitment – we meet on average once a term (8-9am or at
lunchtime), and correspond from time to time by email. We would be delighted to hear from
parents of children in any of the nursery rooms, and would especially welcome Ladybird and
Caterpillar parents as these rooms currently have fewer representatives. If you are interested in
joining, please email Kirsty.
Theatrical Event: ‘The Three Little Pigs’ – Saturday 8 March, 2.304.30pm
We are delighted to present a new PNA event this year, a
theatrical event for families of Bumblebee and Butterfly children, based on
the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The event is being led by Bumblebee
mum and PNAC member Kim Komljanec who is an experienced theatre
director and workshop facilitator. The activity involves a physical engaging with ‘The Three Little
Pigs’ story. The aim of the event is for the children to have fun and learn from bringing the story
alive and experiencing different aspects of the story from the perspective of different characters,
through activities including craft, costume-wearing, setting construction and role-play. The
activity is primarily suitable for Bumblebee and Butterfly children, but Bumblebee/Butterfly
siblings of all ages are welcome to join us.
When: Saturday 8 March, 2.30-4.30pm
Where: St Augustine’s Church Hall, Richmond Road, Cambridge CB4 3PS
Tickets: Tickets will cost £5 per family (max. 2 adults), and will be available
from the nursery desk from the beginning of February. There is space for
40 families; tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and
must be purchased by 28 February 2014. Tickets must be purchased in
advance and will not be available on the day.
Refreshments: The PNA will provide tea, coffee and drinks for children. Please bring a plate of
food to share.
Parking and facilities: There is no charge for parking in Richmond Road and neighbouring
streets. Toilets and baby change facilities are available at the hall.
Volunteer helpers needed for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ Event
We are seeking parents to volunteer to help with serving the refreshments
for this event. The committee will be heavily involved in bringing about the
theatrical and creative aspects of this activity, and we won’t have quite
enough hands to do everything. If your family is planning to attend the
event, do please send Kirsty an email ([email protected]) to volunteer to
help for half an hour during the event.
Please Save Boxes Ready for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ Event!
We would be grateful if parents could save boxes such as small and large shoe boxes or similar
in preparation for ‘The Three Little Pigs’ event. A plan for collection of your boxes will be
announced in an email/newsletter soon.
String Orienteering and Cream Tea Picnic Saturday 17 May, 2.30-4.30pm
We are delighted to announce that String
Orienteering is back again in 2014! Our popular
signature PNA event will be on Saturday 17
May, 2.30-4.30pm, at Madingley Hall gardens.
Delicious cream teas will be served! Please
mark this date in your diary (this event is
suitable for children of all ages, including babies). Further details will be
announced soon, and tickets will be available from 1 April 2014.
Next PNA Committee Meeting – Thursday 6 February 2014, 8.30-9am
The next PNAC meeting will be held on Thursday 6 February 2014 (**Note change of date from
previously advertised), 8.30-9am, at the nursery. Parents or guardians are very welcome to
attend PNAC meetings and participate in discussions (but not vote). If you would like to bring a
matter for discussion to the attention of the committee but are unable to attend the meeting,
please email a committee member.
Meeting Agenda:
* Nursery update
* Update from University Childcare Office
– 2 year-old funding; bicycle hooks at entrance; any other matters
* Parent matters to discuss with nursery staff (if any)
* Events
* Any other business
Please note that minutes from our committee meetings are available for your perusal in a folder
by the PNA noticeboard at the nursery.
Calendar of Events
Thurs 6 February 2014, 8.30-9am – PNAC meeting
Sat 8 March, 2.30-4.30pm – ‘Three Little Pigs’ Theatrical Event
Tues 29 April 2014 – PNAC meeting
17 May 2014 – String Orienteering and Cream Tea Picnic
Tues 3 June 2014 – PNAC meeting
Sat 26 July 2014 – Summer nursery family event and graduation
Tues 9 September 2014, 6pm – Annual General Meeting
We look forward to seeing many of you at the ‘Three Little Pigs’ event in March!
All the best, PNA Committee
PNA Website: http://groups.ds.cam.ac.uk/wcpna/