Summer festival Fun at Giraffe
Monday, August 29th, 2016
Summer is festival time in Giraffe!
The children look forward to the Summer Festivals every year, and every Giraffe Centre hosts different events through the summer months. This year, we saw Teddy Bear Picnics, Jungle Days, Magic Shows & Magicians, Beach days, Family BBQs and much much more!
We have as many fun outdoor activities as possible during the summer months to make the most of the fresh air and sunshine!
Here are the highlights from our Summer Festivals in 2016.
Family BBQ Fun!
Thank you to all the families who came to the Centre BBQ in your area. This annual summer tradition is a fantastic way to meet other parents, catch up with your child’s edu-carers and enjoy some summer foods. An extra-special thank you to every Centre chef who takes time out of their busy week to prepare the delicious BBQ treats and Feasts for the children and all the adults as well!
Summertime can be a somewhat bitter-sweet time of year, when the preschool children graduate and prepare for Primary school. This is a wonderful time to spend together as we reminisce about their time with Giraffe, reflect on the friendships they have made, and celebrate their individual achievements. We wish all of the 2016 graduates the very best as they start the next chapter of their adventures!
Sports Day is a wonderful opportunity to teach the children from a young age about getting active and staying healthy! Whether it’s the sack race, a ball game or an obstacle course, the children are encouraged to take part, to learn to work as a team and most of all to enjoy themselves!
Teddy Bears Picnic
For this special day, the children all bring a Special Teddy bear/ stuffed animal from home and introduce them to their friends. This activity helps the children further develop a sense of their identity and feelings of belonging. “Picnic time for teddy bears, the lovely Teddy bears are having a wonderful time today!”
Here are some photos of just a few of the many different activities that took place in our centres throughout the summer!
Recap….On Monday 6th June 2016, 102 Giraffe team members signed up to take part in one of the biggest women’s sporting events of the year in Ireland – the VHI Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon.
We are thrilled to have raised over €3500 for Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice The Charity provides respite, home support, crisis and end of life care for sick children. It is a charity close to our hearts here in Giraffe.
Within our staff we gave special prizes for these awards:
***Giraffe centre with the Most Participants: Giraffe Park West!!!
***1st Giraffe Runner to finish the race: Esther Requena from Elm Park
***1st Giraffe Jogger to cross the line: Cinthia Conboy from Rathborne
***1st and 2nd Giraffe Walkers to cross the line: Gillian Kennedy & Tara Boyle both from Lucan
A massive THANK YOU to all the Parents and families who supported us and helped in our fundraising efforts over the past few weeks!
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