The SMASH Club (St Mary’s After School House) was established in 1998 as a result of an over-whelming need for an After School Care facility in the Parish and the wider community. Early this year (2016) we have noticed an increased demand for after school care, a demand that we could not meet. We also noticed that most of the children on our waiting list were only 5 years old, and they would be starting school and after school care at the same time. That is when we came up with the idea to have a dedicated care programme for new school beginners.

SMASH SMARTIE5  is an exclusive after school care for 5 years olds starting a new journey! In order to provide the best care possible, and to assist children and parents in this new stage of their lives, we will cater for a maximum of 16 children per day only under a close supervision of 2 staff at all times. We operate at St Mary’s Church every weekday from 3:00 to 5:55 p.m.

We use the gathering area of the Church, a lovely space with access to a small fully fenced courtyard where the little ones will have the freedom to run around securely. It is a place where we dedicate time getting to know the children and building meaningful relationships.

We strongly believe that having a quieter, more personal place for your child after school will help with the transition from Kindy to School/SMASH.

Each afternoon will start with tea. We will then move to story time, arts, craft, music and many other activities – all geared towards the 5 years olds’ pace and ability.
Fees: we charge a flat fee of NZ$24.00 per day for our after school care. WINZ subsidies are available.

Getting to SMARTIE5: 

PICK UP FROM KNS – A dedicated team will pick up the SMARTIE5 from school and walk them to St Mary’s – Karori Anglican Churches premises.

CHILDREN FROM OTHER LOCATIONS – Children coming from another location needs to be signed in, dropped off IN the SMARTIE5 room and our staff need to be notified If you have any queries, please contact the office for further clarification. Children coming from another location other than our pick up point (KNS) can be dropped off only after 3:15p.m., to allow time for our staff to walk from Karori Normal School to St Mary’s building.

Pick Up: Parents can pick up their children from the Vicarage building from 3:15 until 5:15 pm.

For safety, car parking is only permitted on designated areas, not in the side drive alongside St Mary’s front entrance.

At 5:15 the supervisors will take the little ones to the CHURCH building, where the children will have a chance to interact with the Juniors and Seniors group. The children can be picked up from the CHURCH building from 5:20. We close our daily activities at 5:55pm, pick ups after this time will incur extra charges.

Car park is available at The CHURCH building area.

Please contact us for further information about SMARTIE5.

We look forward to hearing from you and journeying with your child on this next important chapter in their life!