Ruahine Kindergartens


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Bi-Cultural Learning
Bi-Cultural Learning - Follett Street Kindergarten

Jerome Kavanagh, our new Cultural Advisor, plays a variety of Taonga Puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments). During his first term with the Association, he has been visiting kindergartens and sharing his world-reknown talents and knowledge of Māori heritage.

Zappo's magical lifesaver show
Zappo's magical lifesaver show - Mill Street Early Learning

A regular visitor to Mill Street Kindergarten is Zappo the Magician. His popularity is evident in the open arms and welcoming smiles he received on his recent visit. This time his Magical Lifesaver Show focused on being safe around water and to be sun safe. His sense of humour and magical talents enthralled the children and adults alike.

A magical Christmas party
A magical Christmas party - Feilding Kindergarten

Christmas is a time when people from all walks of life can come together to celebrate. With the big day approaching, and Feilding Kindergarten children beginning to itch with excitement, an end-of-year Christmas party was thrown. The event was fabulous, with a great turnout of current and past families, and even extended whanau who came to share in the evening's festivities.

Te ao Maori knowledge
Te ao Maori knowledge - Kelvin Grove Kindergarten

After two years of study, Kelvin Grove Head Teacher Leanne Walls has completed upgrading her Early Childhood Education Diploma to a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) with Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa. Leanne says she was fortunate that Taukaea Ngatai-Cribb enrolled at Kelvin Grove Kindergarten at the beginning of this year.

The importance of sharing time
The importance of sharing time - Riverdale Kindergarten

At Riverdale Kindergarten news sharing happens regularly, helping to build childrens' confidence as they speak in front of their peers. Three times a week the children have the opportunity to share news at morning mat time.

A bird in the bush
A bird in the bush

Somerset Kindergarten have a new addition to their forest area. Supported by our bicultural advisor, Jerome, they have built a whare! The construction process was an amazing experience for the children: they eagerly supported Jerome with advice and guidance, and held the posts as he put them into the ground.

Learning culture values
Learning culture values - Takaro Kindergarten

Takaro Kindergarten is known for being a place where different cultures are given Whaka-ute (respect) and individuals are accepted for who they are and what they bring with them (funds of knowledge). A special emphasis is placed on Tikanga Māori (traditional Māori practices).

Music and movement
Music and movement - Cloverlea Kindergarten

Cloverlea Kindergarten's strong interest in music and movement has recently been facilitated by five visits from Dean McKerras of Dean McKerras School during the term. Dean's sessions have been looked forward to with anticipation and the children participated with much delight and enthusiasm.

Playground Challenges
Playground Challenges - Milson Kindergarten

Milson Kindergarten enjoys finding innovative ways to challenge children's physical skills; their monkey bar challenge is a well-established part of this culture. The challenge includes a great celebration where a certificate and a chocolate monkey are presented when a child persists and has shown the determination to independently move across the monkey bars.

Visitor from the community
Visitor from the community - Campbell Street Early Learning

Campbell Street Kindergarten has been treated to some interesting visitors lately. Firstly, they welcomed Cracker Jim to afternoon mat time. Cracker Jim is a farmer who writes children's books full of characters created to explain, entertain and educate children about farming. Cracker Jim shared his latest publication Flossie and the Drought.


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