At Kidsfirst we love celebrating what makes each kindergarten and early learning centre unique. Culture and heritage make up a big part of this.
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Kidsfirst embraces the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of our communities.
Kidsfirst Shirley had a cultural evening and invited families to come along to share knowledge and stories about their country of origin.
This included sharing not only New Zealand’s Maōri and Pakeha heritage but also learning about Tonga, Samoa, Denmark, France, Uzbekistan, Hungary, Korea, China, Scotland, South Africa, Russia and the Philippines.
"To bring everyone together, we organised a family night to celebrate our uniqueness and encourage a sense of whanaungatanga," says Head Teacher Janette Bowen. Families brought along their favourite dish to eat so there was a great variety of foods to try, and a clown entertained the children afterwards.
What a great coming together of people and cultures.
Kidsfirst Shirley's cultural evening was an amazing experience for the tamariki. They enjoyed sampling an exotic variety of food and meeting lots of interesting, new people.
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.