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Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street were delighted when Bunnings Shirley offered to help create a 'happier place' for the children.

 

 

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Fifty years is a milestone. And, what better way to celebrate it than with a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, cake and a thank you to people who have made donations to help support the kindergarten.

 

That was what happened at Kidsfirst Portsmouth Strecently.

 

Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street Head Teacher Bernie Atger and ESM Kathryn O'Connell-Sutherland

 

The bouncy castle was a favourite with the children.

 

Fifty years is a milestone. And, what better way to celebrate it than with a bouncy castle, sausage sizzle, cake and a thank you to people who have made donations to help support the kindergarten.

 

Helen and Rosemary from Altrusa, who have actively supported Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street with incredible generosity.

 

Altrusa have donated books for every child at the kindergarten at Christmas and provided much needed assistance over the years. Helen and Rosemary were delighted to be on hand for the 50th celebrations.

 

 Jaqui and Jamie from Bunnings Shirley, with Kidsfirst Cultural Advisor, Denise Sheat.

 

Leading up to the anniversary, Bunnings Shirley had been at the kindergarten donating plants and labour to help create 'a better, happier environment'.

 

This included a planting day, where the children put on their (donated) gardening gloves and picked up their spades to help with the work.

 

Inside the kindergarten, the walls were adorned with pictures from the kindergarten's past - with photos of teachers and children from years gone by.

 

 

Alecia and Brooklyn were both previous kindy kids at Portsmouth, which their younger brother now attends. Their father says that both girls are doing well at school and are above their learning levels, which is something he puts down to the kindy and the teachers here.

The girls themselves were more than happy to return... "We'd come back any day," they said.

 

Aaron Long confided that in addition to his daughter now attending Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street, he actually came to the kindergarten himself in the 70s. He noted that the tree was still there and while the building had changed a bit, it was still much the same.

"It's good to see that it's still going strong," he says.

 

Amongst the guests and those helping with the celebrations were Kidsfirst Kindergartens Board Chair Carolyne Grant, Cultural Advisor Denise Sheat, ESM Kathryn O'Connell-Sutherland, and some of the teachers who'd been associated with the kindergarten over the past few years.

 

 

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Board Chair Carolyne Grant signs the giant Birthday Card.

 

Several teachers from the kindergarten's past returned - from left to right; Sarah, Yvonne, and the current teaching team of Janine, Poe, Bernie and Tasha.

 

Zedenka, a Kidsfirst teacher at nearby Kidsfirst Ngaire Larcomb, signs the card.

 

Jaqui from Bunnings Shirley and Kidsfirst Cultural Advisor Denise Sheat cut the official ribbon on the seat that had been donated for use at the kindergarten, before joining with some of the children to try it out for themselves.

 

Jaqui from Bunnings and Denise Sheat on the commemorative garden seat that was donated by Bunnings.

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Happy 50th to Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street! 

 

 

 

 

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Kidsfirst Portsmouth Street

celebrates 50 years in the community.

 

There was a bouncy castle, bread and sausages, cake and a good time for all.

 

Special guests joined the children and their parents and caregivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 
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