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Aotearoa's Seaweek is a celebration of our beautiful deep-blue oceans and all of the precious marine life in it, with lots of learning around environmental sustainability.
Kidsfirst Beckenham created an ocean inspired acrostic poem plus art work as part of Seaweek and to learn about Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata. Healthy seas, healthy people.
You can read more about that HERE.
Over on the West Coast, Kidsfirst Hokitika had some swell Seaweek celebrations of their own with quirky adventures dancing to the Beatles tune ‘under the sea, in an octopus' garden in the shade.’
“It was such a fun magical, group time with some tamariki especially keen to be a part of the waka and fishing expedition,” says Teacher, Annette Copping.
“There were learning opportunties around the importance of keeping our oceans healthy and the correct place to dispose of and recycle rubbish so that it doesn’t end up polluting our oceans or endangering sea life.”
“We’re looking to purchase a fish sign from Kaniere Primary school (also an Enviroschool), to place on the drain at kindy,” says Annette, “this would enhance our learning and understanding around how everything that ends up down the drain can affect sea life and our moana (ocean),” adds Annette.
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.