Bond between community and local kindergarten blooms...
They say it’s people that make a place a home, and that’s just the case at Kidsfirst Kendal Ave, where a hugely supportive community have helped the kindy group settle in to their new ‘Kindy School’.
The Kidsfirst Kendal Avenue family has moved into two classrooms at Kendal Avenue Primary School, after detailed engineering evaluations in May deemed the kindergarten building to be unsafe in the event of a future large earthquake.
In a wonderful show of community spirit, the primary school came to the kindergarten’s rescue, and offered up the use of buildings on its site.
After three weeks in the school hall – where children and their parents adapted wonderfully to a change of scene – teachers, parents and children helped move equipment into the classrooms on the last day of term two. More moving and sorting took place over the holidays – and the new kindy was born.
“The children and families have truly embraced the change of environment, and settled very rapidly into our ‘kindy school,” Bernie says, “We consider ourselves extremely lucky to be part of such a caring and supportive community – we have had fantastic support from our families, school staff, parents and pupils and the wider Kendal community.”
And the move has seen a wonderful bond form between the school and kindergarten.
“We have been really welcomed by the staff at the school, and joined in their events such as Culture Day celebrations and Mini Olympics, where our kindy children were the enthusiastic spectators.
“We also have a group of older children who join us daily to practice shared reading to our children, and we take turns every Friday for short reciprocal visits to the new entrant’s room for shared singing.”
As well as happy exchanges over the fence between the school children and kindy children during playtimes, the kindy group is also able to enjoy the school’s outdoor areas when the older children are in class.
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.