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Vintage Car Day, November 2013
at Kidsfirst Ilam
ABOVE: Lucy Giddens from Kidsfirst Ilam, riding with her grandparents Jenny and Peter Mayne in the vintage car.
The 13th of November, 2013 saw a fleet of vintage cars traverse Christchurch and make their way to every Kidsfirst kindy in the Canterbury region.
The occasion was to acknowledge and celebrate 100 Years of Kidsfirst, and proved to be a huge success. Each car was driven by a passionate Vintage Car Club car owner who volunteered their time and vehicle to help Kidsfirst celebrate the centenary... and each car carried a “special guest” to their destination, someone who the kindy wanted to honour and thank.
The cars really helped children to see what life was like in the 'olden days'. In amongst the excitement of the teachers, the children and their guests, photos were taken, seats were climbed, and, as always, horns were tooted!
It was a great way to remember how far Kidsfirst has come, and to look towards a bright and exciting future together.
100 years is a huge period of time for a four-year-old to comprehend, but after a ride in a 1920s Oldesmobile, Lucy Giddens got a much better understanding of just how far things have come since her kindergarten was founded. She rode in the car along with her grandparents Jenny and Peter Mayne, who with Lucy’s mother Cindy, represented three generations of connection with Kidsfirst Ilam Kindergarten.
Jenny Mayne had a long involvement on the committee when her daughter Cindy attended. In recent years Cindy has had 6 children through Kidsfirst Ilam, and says that although much has changed about kindergarten, its essence has remained the same.
“I like that it’s relaxed, it’s a very happy place. The children walk in and everyone’s happy and playing.”
While the introduction of new innovations like Learning Journals have added to the kindy experience, visiting the same building she attended evokes many feelings of familiarity for both Cindy and her mum.
Lucy is Cindy’s last child to attend the kindergarten, but she’s hopeful one of them will produce the fourth generation of her family to be part of the Kidsfirst Ilam history– but not for a good few years yet!
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.
As part of the 100 Days of Kidsfirst,
the Canterbury Vintage Car Club put a fleet of vintage cars on the road to visit our kindergartens.