Our Eco-Passion Projects

At Talking Tree Hill to follow on from our currency of kindness practice, we have our eco-passion projects. These projects identify a particular need or urge that the children , the community or Talking Tree Hill might have. Our outdoor environment is set up for “Natureal Education” (meaning natural and real educational experiences). We have researched and taken what pedagogys, … Read More

One Child One Tree…our educational campaign for giving X

Tomorrow is the big day were doing it…our very first planting day! We’re creating a shelter belt and the start of our tamariki orchard…perfectly situated beside the mudslide. I’m looking forward to the day I can watch the children take a slide in the mud get a little peckish and run to one of the trees for some kai. That … Read More

Risk Benefits at Talking Tree Hill!

Right parents of outdoor awesomepreneurs and Talking Tree Hillers here’s how we do our Health & Safety. Buckle up its a big one… Educators We police check all our staff. I am a registered teacher trained in early childhood & primary and have taught at University level. We only employ teachers that: 1. Love children 2. Want to pass on … Read More

Viva la breastfeeding!

  We are home after a wonderful time abroad connecting as a family and researching Tech Ed and breast feeding?! Now I wasn’t expecting the context of my first blog back to be about breast feeding but it is. I guess my assumption (lethal things those) was  to parade photos of us exploring the sites, eating bread and cheese till we … Read More

Up Up & away with technology we will play!

And we’re off !!!!! Talking Tree Hill is amping itself up for our first Education Conference as part of BeTT Education tomorrow in London. Now this is exciting! As a young business this is a big brave move to put yourself out there so early in the game leaving the property for the month to research, chat about who we … Read More

Meet the Simmons-Swann-Birds

Why hello there! It’s been a while since I last posted here because we have been heads down bums up, sliding around getting Talking Tree Hill ready for you. Ta DA! We are officially blessed, open and have had 3 really successful lookseys of the property. People have come to see what us busy beavers have been up too…rain or … Read More

Am I teaching? Perhaps it’s just magic

We’re so close to being open SO CLOSE its just a tick away from the local council. At the moment you will see us whipping around the island in Earl (pictured here)and Beryl. I love having their names and paisley glowing from their bonnets. This brings me great joy! Beryl (not pictured) is half hippie and a half A-Team van, … Read More

Have you seen the Batt ?

This a great big appreciative post about an amazing storyteller whom I have the pleasure of creating with the lovely Tanya Batt ! I was first introduced to Tanya by my beautiful niece Anika whom has a love affair with her stories and whose beautiful mother sent me A Sack of Stories. A handy resource as a teacher and Mum … Read More

How to Train your Dragon !

What a honor and absolute synthesis of the arts…$65 worth of extravagance. A look into the keyhole of future stage performances? Without question. As a family we all loved it screens, lights, colours, props, stage settings, shadow puppets, acrobats, break dancers the list goes on but it stops with the dragons. I feel privileged to be born in the year … Read More

Go Zebez…go the kids.

It has been nearly a year of living on this beautiful Island and in a couple of months the first birthday of my company Zebez…a company dedicated to empowering children’s creativity. What a year of wonderful opportunities, experiences and change. It was an amazing feeling last week to be at the finale of the kids co-operative. As I watched the … Read More

Silly Wassily

Wassily Kandinsky one of my favourite abstract artists…the Kandinsky circles have been part of my own creativity since Mrs Crawfords art history classes in 7th form. If you look at the Zebez logo – my interpretation of the circles can be seen there with my favorite pattern and shape…paisley…glorious paisley how fabulous you are. Anyway the Kandinsky circles are a … Read More

Tuesday Bluesday…

Boo for Tuesday….for the past 12 years this has not been my day of choice. Not unlike Garfield with his dislike for Mondays I find Tuesday is an emotional day were decisions shouldn’t be made. If you have some kind of encounter with me on a Tuesday it would be good to disregard my actions and words. It all began … Read More

The Singing Sock.

Photos from another wonderful session at the red shed…make your socks sing! The children take their puppets into the gallery to make their first show.

Zebez on Facebook

Zebez Creative had a major makeover on it’s Facebook page recently. Read about the workshops, and share it with your friends, at www.facebook.com/zebezcreative