At Our Heart Awards.
Proud, Engaged, Whānau, Passionate, and Inspiring – these are the Kidsfirst At Our Heart values that we live out every day, at kindergarten. Every year we recognise the teaching teams who have particularly exemplified these values with certificates for runners-up, and trophies for the winners.
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Congratulations to our Inspiring winner, Kidsfirst Opawa St Martins, recognised in the 2018 At Our Heart Awards, presented at the AGM in May.
"It’s certainly one of my favourite times of the year, when we can recognise the kindergartens and teaching teams who’ve really shone and exceeded all expectations," says Kidsfirst CE, Sherryll Wilson.
Where would we be without inspiration? It drives us and makes us better, and sometimes when we see someone doing something really special, it spurs us on to achieve greater things ourselves. As a network, we are continually striving for new ideas and innovations to help early childhood education grow and evolve.
The Kidsfirst Opawa St Martins teaching team has instigated a real transformation in their practice and the way they engage with the community through kindergarten.
Their long term goal was to weave Pasifika ways of being into their learning community, something that takes continual commitment and energy to achieve.
After participating in professional development with the University of Canterbury in 2016, the team researched and involved their local community, sharing objectives and their detailed inquiry.
Over this time, they’ve successfully developed into an environment where Pasifika culture is welcomed, celebrated and embraced. What an achievement!
Congratulations Kidsfirst Opawa St Martins!
Although we celebrate these values each year with awards and certificates, we know that tamariki, families and communities see the behaviours and commitment associated with our values every day, in so many different ways in all of our wonderful kindergartens across the network. So congratulations and keep doing what you're doing so well.
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