Every year is new at kindergarten.
Selwyn Street Kindergarten opened on the 12th of October 1918. Some wonderful photos and stories have come out of the kindy over the years. Below are some extracts from two Kindergarten Chronicles, and photos from the times.
“…we recall children running and skipping and sliding; listening absorbedly to the breathtaking adventures of “Little Black Sambo” or “Argus,” and occasionally sleeping peacefully on their little rest cots. Eager children around our new water-play tub, carpenters, gardeners and painters absorbed in their work; little round legs running and running down paths by the Avon; tumbling children in the long green grass of Hagley Park; and their keen delight in young chicks and railway trains. This is the life of EVERY kindergarten year; yet every year it is new."
Selwyn Street Kindergarten Report,
Christchurch Kindergarten Chronicle, 1941.
“At Selwyn we also had a lovely goldfish called Mable, like the ‘Bashful Goldfish’ in our story, ‘swam and swam and swam!’ But poor Mabel became sick and died. A kind mother who couldn’t bear to see the empty bowl, has lent us her Floriana, who is only two inches long, but has the fanciest of tails! A bright little miss altogether, who swims less sedately than Mabel, but who appears to enjoy life more.”
Christchurch Kindergarten Chronicle, 1945.
Here are some of our photos from days gone past. Simply click on them to see a larger image and scroll through the gallery or watch the slideshow...
Our website uses material from the Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association's own archives, Kindergarten Chronicles and other CWFKA publications, and those sourced from the kindys themselves. Unless otherwise noted, we believe all photographs are those of the kindergarten association and sincerely apologise if we have used any images inadvertently, without appropriate credits or permissions. If so, please advise us so we can rectify the situation.
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.