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 Engaged winner, Maxine Apes, 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.
The value of engaged is all about connecting with people, places, opportunities, ideas and our heritage. Participation has always been a big part of the kindergarten experience. As our communities grow and change, having a sense of involvement and people being able to get involved in their own way, matters now more than ever.
Kidsfirst Linwood Head Teacher, Maxine Apes, is a very special individual who relentlessly engages with biculturalism – an aspect of early childhood education that we as a network are striving to be even more proactive in.
Maxine is generous with her time, spending hours outside of work learning Te Reo, and making sure to share her ever-expanding knowledge and skills with her team.
She’s a leader in the community, with a strong network thanks to her voluntary roles organising and advocating for the local area. These roles include the ECE lead in her Community of Learning (Kāhui Ako) and encouraging whānau to participate in a wellbeing project.
Maxine encourages shared leadership roles and has done so much to bring together children, teachers, parents and communities at kindergarten.
Congratulations to Maxine Apes! (Kidsfirst Linwood).
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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