|Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street kindergarten value their strong community connections and were both honoured and excited to be invited to the opening of the new Haeata Community campus.|
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Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street Kaiako/teachers and tamariki/children were excited to join the opening Pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) of the new Haeata Community Campus in Aranui.
“The opening of Haeata Community Campus was a very special event and we felt honoured to be invited to attend,” says Teacher, Yvonne Ponting.
“There have been many changes within our community, over the last year especially, with the closure and merger of four local schools Aranui Primary, Wainoni Primary, Avondale Primary and Aranui High School.”
Throughout this time Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street has remained consistent and supportive for tamariki, whānau and colleagues and actively involved in consultation and events around the changing face of education in Aranui/Wainoni.
Haeata – meaning dawn or beam of light – has been built with 21st Century Year 1-13 students in mind to provide a modern take on the traditional classroom with flexible, collaborative open learning ‘hubs,’ to encourage interactive learning.
“Strong connections to our local community is something we as a teaching team pride ourselves on here at Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street,” says Yvonne. “We look forward to continuing to be actively involved with Haeata in the future.”
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.