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Families love Hillmorton kindergarten.

 

 

 

 

Max Matthews has a connection to Hillmorton kindergarten that stretches back over fifty years. He's the third generation of his family to come here to learn, play and have fun.

 

Maxine Carlsen (nee Caldwell) - attended Hillmorton Kindergarten 1949 - 1950. Her daughter Charlotte Matthews (nee Carlsen) attended Hilmorton Kindergarten 1975 - 1977 ... and her son Max was at Kidsfirst Kindergartens Hillmorton from August 2011 until he left for school.

 

Kidsfirst Hillmorton has been a favourite for some families for generations. Many times the same stories are repeated about people having strong community connections with the kindergarten.Time and time again, parents tell the teachers that they came to the same kindy themselves.

 

And, there have been many times that three generations of the same family have come to Hillmorton.

 

in 2012, eight of the 35 children attending Kidsfirst Hillmorton had at least one parent who also went to the kindergarten there. That's over a quarter!

 

Back in 2005, when the kindergarten marked its 60th birthday, special guests Harold and Betty Warrington cut the anniversary cake with alongside their great grand-daughter Ellis Hills (who attended the kindergarten at the time). Ellis was the third generation of her family to attend Hillmorton kindy.

 

READ MORE ABOUT OUR HISTORY HERE.


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...

 

A group of the children at Hillmorton kindergarten enjoy their morning milk and apple in 1962. "Those crates were heavy!" remembers former CWFKA President Sandy Bain of having to lug the milk up from the kindergarten gate each day.1961 gathered the children of Hillmorton for a class photoEverybody in the sandpit in 1961 at Hillmorton kindergarten.
A group of our children at Hillmorton kindergarten in 1962A class photo of the 1962 children.The children of Hillmorton kindergarten have a group photo in 1964
Jill Richardson and the morning group having a lot of fun in the Hillmorton sandpit in 1974In the playground of Hillmorton kindergarten in 1992Head teacher Margaret McCormick and teacher Lynda Tafu at the celebration for our 60th birthday in 2005
Every good celebration seems to have a cake and our 60th birthday was no exception.The children blow out the candles on the cake to celebrate our 60th birthday as a kindergarten.The children attend the wedding of one of our popular kindergarten teachers.
1963´s group of beautiful young brides and bridesmaids.Copying a wedding with a dress-up wedding party in 1963It´s all the craze! Our children do the twist in 1961.
Hillmorton Kindergarten went on an adventure to the Airforce Museum in Wigram in 1976Our teacher reads to the Morning Group of kindergarten children, outside in the kindergarten grounds, in 1961James Townsend, Simon Bach Matthew Cidel,l Michelle Williams, James Tait, Stephen Holm and Jjonathon Briggs playing trains in 1974
In 1974 senior student Cheryl Dean bought here horse Rama to kindy - to the delight of the children that day.

 

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 use 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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