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Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hokitika won the Engaged Award 2015, for the Kidsfirst At Our Hearts Awards celebrated at the AGM in May.
The judges said that this kindergarten has a highly effective programme. It has a wonderful bicultural focus which they’ve documented over the past five years. The kindergarten children are hugely involved with the community including many visits to the local primary school to work alongside the school children.
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Kidsfirst Hokitika has been a part of numerous community activities. The children have participated in pet day at the nearby school, have built a home for a penguin at the annual driftwood and sand event, designed art for the junk to funk exhibition and visited the elderly. They have celebrated Puake, the local version of Matariki, by holding a whānau hangi at the Arahura Marae.
Kidsfirst Hokitika children have had life education with Harold the giraffe, kept the local environment clean by collecting rubbish off the beach and around the streets as well as keeping up the rhythm and beat with the Christchurch City Orchestra. They've ended their year with a fun float specifically designed for the Christmas parade.
For Kidsfirst Hokitika, the 2015 Engaged Award recognised a whole community’s worth of effort.
Head Teacher Ceridwyn Dimmick says, “We are a kindergarten that has been built by the local community. The people of our community both provide for and support our work. For us, being enagaged means giving back to our community through support and participating in community events like Children’s Day and Junk 2 Funk.”
Congratulations to the Engaged team at Kidsfirst Hokitika.
The Kidsfirst At Our Heart Awards reflect the core values of Kidsfirst
and what we believe in.
... with people, places, opportunities, ideas and our heritage
... and always striving
of the difference we make in lives, every day
People are at our heart
We love what we do
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.