A rapidly growing kindy.
Sumner Kindergarten opened in 1947 but grew quickly in those early years.
Sumner has a wonderful outdoor environment that as you can see from the extracts below, has always been one of its strongest assets.
It's also been a community project. In 2001 the hill at Sumner Kindergarten underwent a transformation. With hours of collaboration with the community and hands-on teamwork from children and parents alike, the hillside developed from what was a simple patch of land into a beautiful, sculptured feature that reflects Sumner Kindergarten and its community. Children and whānau helped create an environment where they knew they had a place.
Check out the photos below to see how the area has changed.
Above: The hillside at Sumner Kindergarten before the community project of 2001.
Sumner Kindergarten has featured in the Christchurch Kindergarten Chronicles many times over its history. Below are some of our favourite extracts.
"Since its opening the Kindergarten has had a capacity roll of thirty (and a waiting list!)... Our sunny section is ideal as a play space and each week sees the grass trying hard to sprout in our sandy soil."
Christchurch Kindergarten Chronicle 1948.
Above: A hands on project for the whole community. Sumner's outdoor area is a place where children and whānau create a last legacy.
Above: The official opening of the specially crafted outdoor area on Friday 9th November 2001.
After much encouragement (and several major operations), our lawn is sprouting nicely, and the children have been waiting with bated breath for the time when they can run and skip on it again."
Christchurch Kindergarten Chronicle 1949.
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.