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Vintage Car Day, November 2013
at Kidsfirst Early Learning Centre Aranui
The 13th of November, 2013 saw a fleet of vintage cars traverse Christchurch and make their way to every Kidsfirst kindy in the Canterbury region.
The occasion was to acknowledge and celebrate 100 Years of Kidsfirst, and proved to be a huge success. Each car was driven by a passionate Vintage Car Club car owner who volunteered their time and vehicle to help Kidsfirst celebrate the centenary...and each car carried a “special guest” to their destination, someone who the kindy wanted to honour and thank.
The cars really helped children to see what life was like in the 'olden days'. In amongst the excitement of the teachers, the children and their guests, photos were taken, seats were climbed and, as always, horns were tooted!
It was a great way to remember how far Kidsfirst has come, and to look towards a bright and exciting future together.
Former Teacher Lineti was the special guest at Kidsfirst Early Learning Centre Aranui. "The children just love her, and they were over the moon to see her. There was so much excitement when she got out of the car. It was quite emotional!" says Head Teacher Louise Hoggart.
Whilst being visited by the vintage car and Lineti, the Kidfirst Early Learning Centre also handed over the centenary Time Capsule they had been working on over the past few weeks. They also chose a very special Kidsfirst child to hand over the time capsule.
"Summer is our longest-standing pupil," said Louise. "Her older sister came here, and her family has been associated with the kindergarten for six years. It was especially nice for her to do the honours, as her family had such a hard time recently when they lost their home in a fire."
Helping Summer, on the left, is the Early Learning Centre's longest serving team member, Liz Porter.The vintage car drivers took the precious cargo back to be collected by Kidsfirst for safe keeping, for generations to come.
"We put all the photos of recent events onto a memory stick with really detailed captions for the time capsule," said Louise, "so in 100 years they'll know what the photo is of, and who's in it."
The Early Learning Centre children also got creative with their cameras, taking 100 photos of day-to-day life at the kindergarten, that were displayed on the wall especially for Vintage Car Day.
Here are some photos from that special day.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
As part of the 100 Days of Kidsfirst,
the Canterbury Vintage Car Club put a fleet of vintage cars on the road to visit our kindergartens.