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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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Playhouse Winners
Playhouse Winners - Milverton Kindergarten

Earlier this term, Milverton Kindergarten was lucky enough to win a new playhouse built by UCOL apprentice builders. The carpentry students competed in a regional Certified Builders Carpentry Apprentice Challenge, that each year chooses a project that can be donated to the community as part of the competition.

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Matariki ahunga nui - The time when people assemble
Matariki ahunga nui - The time when people assemble - West End Kindergarten

Indicated by the appearance of the Pleiades constellation, the Māori New Year marks a special time to gather and share. It was under this pretext that West End Kindergarten held a Celebrating You - Our West End Community evening. Our kindergarten children opened the evening with a Matariki waiata performance.

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Wet and Wild
Wet and Wild - Ashhurst Kindergarten

Summer saw temperatures soar to 33 degrees, making an outdoor day a great way to cool down at Ashhurst Kindergarten earlier this year. Water became the source of things fun, with the children enjoying activities such as splashing, jumping, sliding, and a childhood classic - apple bobbing.

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Vege Treats
Vege Treats - Foxton Kindergarten

Foxton Kindergarten has had great success with growing food for the children’s morning tea, thanks to their new revamped vegetable garden. Thanks to soil kindly donated by Paranui Organics, one of the kindergarten’s families, the children have been feasting on cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, peas and strawberries.

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Parents' workshop
Parents' workshop - Milson Kindergarten

Following a recent review on sustainability at Milson Kindergarten, parents have been sharing how their children are now educating them about recycling, reducing  and composting. One family has even started a compost bin at home as a result.   The team at Milson Kindergarten decided to share some of their discoveries by holding a workshop for parents.

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