Vintage Car Day, November 2013
at Kidsfirst Belfast
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 their destination, someone who the kindy wanted to honour and thank.
The cars really helped children to see what life was like in the 'olden days'. 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.
Kidsfirst Belfast began their centenary celebrations with a 'Wacky Hat Day'. Their very important visitor was Lynda Wilson, who has had a very long association with the kindergarten; staff say she looks after a lot of children in the Belfast area and is in and out of the kindergarten every day, dropping children off and picking them up.
The children also loved sharing the special book that they had made about Kidsfirst Belfast with the owners of the cars.
Teacher Justine Martin-McKenzie is already thinking about keeping close ties with the kindergarten she's grown to love over the years.
"We hope we'll be invited back in 50 years to read that special book to the Kidsfirst Belfast children of the future!"
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.