Decade of learn­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

THE Port Dou­glas Community Kinder­garten is cel­e­brat­ing its 10th birthday af­ter a decade of learn­ing, games, friend­ships and fun.

In June 2002, par­ents of 15 chil­dren de­cided a kindy was needed in Port Dou­glas and through con­tin­ual fundrais­ing built their own fa­cil­ity on the Port Dou­glas State School grounds and cov­ered run­ning costs.

Di­rec­tor and teacher Erica Whillas said it was be­cause of their hard work, in­spi­ra­tion and ded­i­ca­tion the PDCK has seen al­most 400 students walk through their doors.

“We started with noth­ing and the fundrais­ing has been so nec­es­sary but what has made it amaz­ing is the sup­port of the town, Port Dou­glas is such an amaz­ing community,” she said.

“It’s the only rea­son why we are in our own pur­pose­built build­ing with a beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral play­ground is be­cause of the community and the hard­work­ing par­ents on the com­mit­tee each year.”

Ms Whillas said PDCK bases its learn­ing on an “emer­gent” cur­ricu­lum, fo­cus­ing on each child’s in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests and learn­ing through those in­ter­ests.

“The chil­dren come along ex­cited about some­thing or have found some­thing or got some­thing to show and they share with us then we take them on a jour­ney of learn­ing through that,” she said.

The cur­rent students of PDCK have been busy pre­par­ing for their birthday party and started out mak­ing party hats - but on Tues­day morn­ing they turned into ninja masks.

One ninja, Brae Agrums, said the best thing about birthday par­ties is the glo­ri­ous birthday cake.

“I like eat­ing the cake, straw­berry cake,” he said.

Fel­low ninja Toby Evans agreed.

“I like blow­ing out the can­dles on a birthday and I love eat­ing ice cream on my cake,” he said.

Xavier Mul­lane said he likes open­ing the birthday presents, Camp­bell Yarr is all for the party-bags while Tahli Flinn likes to dance at birthday par­ties and Isla Roberts can re­mem­ber her last birthday party.

“I like play­ing pass the par­cel, I got it for my birthday and I won a bub­ble gun,” she said.

To help the students and teach­ers cel­e­brate 10 years, PDCK in­vites all past students and their par­ents back for an af­ter­noon of play­time and birthday cake this Sun­day af­ter­noon from 12pm to 2pm, fancy dress is op­tional.

Contact the Port Dou­glas Community Kinder­garten for more in­for­ma­tion on 4098 5811.


Party time: Toby Evans, Isla Roberts, Brae Agrums, Tahli Flinn, Xavier Mul­lane and Camp­bell Yarr

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