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Litterless Lunches
Litterless Lunches - Milson Kindergarten

Sustainability and healthy choices are at the forefront of the agenda at Milson Kindergarten, with a new incentive supporting families to reduce waste and make good food choices. After taking part in a sustainability review, the kindergarten decided to take a look at how they could work with families to promote healthier lunches, using less packaged foods.

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Telling Stories
Telling Stories - Makino Kindergarten

In early August, Makino Kindergarten and 16 other Kindergartens welcomed oral storyteller Tanya Batt. Tanya travelled from her home on Waiheke Island to share her incredible imagination with the children, teachers and a fair few grandparents who couldn’t quite pull themselves away.

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Books in Homes
Books in Homes - Roslyn Kindergarten

For the second year in a row, children, teachers, and the Roslyn community have joined forces to give children the best start with literacy, by putting books in every home. In 2015, the Roslyn Kindergarten fundraiser successfully raised enough money to provide two books per term for each child to take home.

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Mini Olympics
Mini Olympics - Milverton Kindergarten

Milverton Kindergarten teamed up with Year 5 and 6 students from Hokowhitu School for a Mini Olympics. The event was a chance to build on children’s growing interests in gymnastics, movement and the Rio Olympics. The students from Hokowhitu did a fantastic job organising and running Olympic events, tailored to younger children.

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Kaitiaki in Action - West End Kindergarten

Kaitiaki means guardianship, for the sky, the sea and the land. The children at West End Kindergarten are in training to become the future guardians of our land and planet; learning to preserve,conserve and protect our environment.

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Fort Remodelling
Fort Remodelling - Bulls Kindergarten

Since the removal of the outdoor fort structure, there’s been a big change made to Bulls Kindergarten’s outdoor environment. The children are excited to have a slide back, which descends from a roofed shelter on top of a hill, providing a platform for looking towards the neighbouring school grounds.

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Matariki Celebrations
Matariki Celebrations

Celebrating Matariki, the Māori New Year, proved both popular and busy at Somerset Kindergarten this year. The children were involved in many activities that all lead up to a shared hāngī with whānau. Mat time consisted of learning about the creation of Tāne’s stars and re-enacting this story as a class.

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Whanganui Excursion
Whanganui Excursion - Follett Street Kindergarten

What a beautiful day to be going on a bus trip! It was a frosty start at Kowhai Park where I think the adults struggled with the chilly air more than the children! We had a good amount of time to play at the park and eat our morning tea before the wheels of the bus were moving towards the Whanganui Boys’ and Girls’ Gym.

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Bicultural Learning
Bicultural Learning - Hokowhitu Kindergarten

Hokowhitu Kindergarten teachers identified Isabelle had interest and skill with poi, and discovered her Mum, Amelia Tamarapa, teaches the kapa haka group at Winchester School. Kindergarten teacher Gina Livingstone and Amelia organised whānau poi making workshops, which proved popular in the lead up to the kindergarten’s Matariki concert.

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Home-Based Educators
Home-Based Educators

Ruahine Home-Based (RKA’s Home-Based service) has been set up to support families by providing high quality, flexible, nurturing care and education for babies, toddlers and young children, including those who attend kindergarten.

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