Ruahine Kindergartens


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Growing confidence
Growing confidence - Milverton Kindergarten

“I want to be a rock star!” said John, a four year old Milverton Kindergarten child, whose brother plays the ukulele in his school band. Together we made hair to look like ‘head banger’ musicians and created our own band. A pallet became the stage and the karaoke microphone became a tool for the most amazing range of sounds.

Pumpkin Hoedown
Pumpkin Hoedown - Manchester Kindergarten

Pumpkin seedlings, grown by Manchester Kindergarten family and distributed to others families to grow. As the giant pumpkins grew, it was decided a communal weigh in would be a great way to celebrate the Autumn harvest. The kindergarten organised a hoedown dance, which included a sausage sizzle and homemade pumpkin soup and buns.

Flying Fox fun
Flying Fox fun - Parkland Kindergarten

From inspiration gained at professional development at Lucknow Kindergarten, Havelock North, and a belief that children should be given multiple opportunities to challenge themselves and take risks, Parkland Kindergarten are proud of their latest outdoor environment item - a flying fox.

Mini Relay for Life
Mini Relay for Life - Kelvin Grove Kindergarten

Something like cancer is a big concept for 3 and 4 year olds to take onboard, yet Kelvin Grove Kindergarten children recently took action - raising money by holding their own mini Relay for Life. Keeping the message simple also allowed for families to pick up the conversation at home if the children had more questions.

Mighty Maui
Mighty Maui - Takaro Kindergarten

In March, Takaro Kindergarten's tamariki, whānau and team, along with Whāea Josie’s junior class from Te Kura O Takaro were privileged to be entertained and participate in the ’Mighty Maui’ puppet show.

Campbell Street Open Day
Campbell Street Open Day - Campbell Street Early Learning

The doors were thrown wide open at Campbell Street Kindergarten on Saturday, 14 March, welcoming current and potential families to join in market day activities and learn more about the wonderful teaching and learning kindergarten offers.

Busy Bees
Busy Bees - Follett Street Kindergarten

Follett Street Kindergarten children were excited when their friend Otto brought in some honeycomb from his hives at home to show everyone. This led to a discussion about how bees collect nectar and turn it into honey. Otto’s mum Lucy offered to bring in a frame out of their hive, along with the equipment for collecting the honey so that the kindergarten children could learn more.

Over the school fence
Over the school fence

Awapuni School and Awapuni Kindergarten met during Term One to develop ideas for strengthening the school and kindergarten relationship. The kindergarten has taken eight of their oldest children over to the school, joining in the new entrant class’ literacy programme one-hour sessions. Recently they worked on their phonics and the letter h.

5+ A Day Wheel-A-Thon
5+ A Day Wheel-A-Thon - West End Kindergarten

West End Kindergarten families and friends had a fun time at their recent 5+ A Day ECE Challenge wheel-a-thon. The challenge is a nationally run campaign, encouraging young children to add an extra serving of fresh fruit and vegetables to their day. The two-hour wheel-a-thon saw a number of decorated bikes, trikes, scooters and karts zipping around Kartsport’s track in Longburn.

Oroua River Hui
Oroua River Hui - Manchester Kindergarten

Some families and teachers from Manchester Kindergarten had an exciting morning recently when they were part of a large group who got together at Taimoana Park in Feilding for the Ōroua awa hui. The river hui was well attended by various members of the education community.


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