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Vintage Car Day, November 2013
at Kidsfirst Sumner
Jan and Dave Rogers - Kidsfirst Sumner's special guests - arrive at the kindergarten in style.
The 13th of November, 2013 saw a fleet of vintage cars traverse Christchurch and make their way to every Kidsfirst kindy in the Canterbury region.
The occasion was to acknowledge and celebrate 100 Years of Kidsfirst, and proved to be a huge success. Each car was driven by a passionate Vintage Car Club car owner who volunteered their time and vehicle to help Kidsfirst celebrate the centenary ... and each car carried a “special guest” to the kindy, someone who the kindy wanted to honour and thank.
As a way to help children see what life was like in the 'olden days', the cars came to the kindys. In amongst the excitement of the teachers, the children and their guests, photos were taken, seats were climbed, and, as always, horns were tooted!
It was a great way to remember how far Kidsfirst has come, and to look towards a bright and exciting future together.
When David Rogers started attending Kidsfirst Sumner, it was 1939, and New Zealand was at war. Fast forward to 2013, and he is the eldest of three generations of Sumner kindy kids. He says dropping off his granddaughter now is a much different experience of kindergarten that he had as a boy.
Because of the war, the kindergarten was in a temporary location in the Union Church Hall on Nayland Street. There weren’t the toys and playgrounds there are today, and the children simply entertained themselves in the hall. Dave's favourite game? Walking along the top of the fence.
“With the war on, many fathers were away. It was really a good community and I still know a couple of kids I went to kindy with.” Then, as now, and when David’s own three children attended, kindy was a lot of fun.
He has noticed some subtle things have changed over the years, but says the fundamentals have remained the same. “When my children went in the 70s and 80s they had a particularly good teacher who was very inventive and they did all sorts of things and brought home various creations."
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.
As part of the 100 Days of Kidsfirst,
the Canterbury Vintage Car Club put a fleet of vintage cars on the road to visit our kindergartens.