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 More than half a century strong.

 

 

 

Beckenham Kindergarten was opened on the 12th of March 1955 by Mabel Howard, New Zealand's first female MP and local families and kindergarten staff from the Beckenham area. 

 

50 years later, the kindy celebrated its birthday by welcoming back past pupils and staff along with the present kindergarten community. 

 

The photo below shows Simon Greening Christian who was a past Beckenham kindy kid, and his son Obie (on the right) who was attending Beckenham at the time of the celebration. They were honoured to cut the anniversary cake and Obie helped plant the commemorative tree for the occasion.  

 

 

Since then Beckenham was one of the kindergartens featured when

we did a photoshoot for our Kidsfirst promotional material in 2009.

 


Here are some of our photos from days gone past. Simply click on them to see a larger image and scroll through the gallery or watch the slideshow...

 

 

 

Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have used any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation.

 


 

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.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our History

 

 

The Timeline

 

 

Every kindergarten has a story

 

 

How times have changed

 

 

The gardens of kindergarten

 

 

Our photo album

 

 

 


STORIES ABOUT SOME OF OUR OTHER KINDERGARTENS AND THEIR PASTS

 

Avonhead ELC AranuiBeckenhamBelfast Beryl McCombsBromley • Broomfield • Burnham Bush StreetCashmereCotswold Ave • Diamond HarbourEdmonds Smith StreetGreymouth • Glacier Country

HalswellHargest CrescentHawthorndenHei HeiHillmortonHokitikaHornby • Hoon HayIlamIsleworth RoadKaiapoi North • KaroroKendal AveKing Street Lady MayLincolnLinwoodLyttleton • MacFarlane Park • MairehauMathers RoadMcKenzie • Mount Pleasant Ngaire LarcombeNorth New BrightonNorthcote • Nuffield Opawa St MartinsPapanuiParklandsPhillipstownPitcairn CrescentPortsmouth St QueensparkRedwoodRiccartonRichmond • Rutland StreetSelwyn Street • ShirleySouth Brighton • SumnerSunbeam • TempletonTrengroveVickery StreetWales StreetWigramWoolley Street 

 

 

 

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