SOME OTHER STORIES...
Vintage Car Day, November 2013
at Kidsfirst Redwood
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.
Ever since the topic of the Tooth Fairy was raised one mat time at Kidsfirst Redwood, the question of whether fairies are real has been much discussed. It was a question that raised its head time and again, especially as the children watered their newly created vegetable garden.
“Are there garden fairies to look after the garden?”
"We are the garden fairies!!!”
“Can adults be fairies?”
“No, you have to be little to be a fairy.”
These were just some of the musings overheard. So when the opportunity to invite a special guest was presented as part of the Kidsfirst Centenary celebrations, Head Teacher Lyndell Turner saw a chance to nurture the emerging interest in these mysterious beings.
"We thought, 'in the life of a child, what’s magical or special?' We want to help the children grow their interests and imagination, and see it as our job to grow that sense of wonder.” So Fairy Rainbowlily was invited along, and brought to the kindy in a vintage car (although she went home by butterfly!). Rainbowlily was a huge hit, and provided more than just a morning’s fairy-filled entertainment. She spoke to the children about sustainability, the role of Mother Nature, and how she and the fairies look after the garden.
Lyndell says children were utterly enchanted by their fairy visitor, and they designed and created a house for her. Rainbowlily’s visit wasn't all in the name of fun: it also achieved the goal of engaging them with the environment, proving a little bit of fairy magic can go a long way.
Here are some photos from that special day at Kidsfirst Redwood:
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.