Kindies some­thing spe­cial to cel­e­brate

Central Leader - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Work­ing with chil­dren has been an in­te­gral part of Rose­mary Martin’s life.

The Pon­sonby Kinder­garten head teacher has worked in kinder­gartens, child­care, for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and as a re­viewer for the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­view Of­fice.

But one thing has been con­stant – the Auck­land Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion.

So when the or­gan­i­sa­tion marks its cen­te­nary on Oc­to­ber 8, Ms Martin will be there to help cel­e­brate.

“It’s a great thing to have such an amaz­ing in­sti­tu­tion that’s well­re­spected both in New Zealand and over­seas,” she says.

“It’s a mile­stone and it shows the value that it has in our so­ci­ety.”

The Auck­land Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion was es­tab­lished on Oc­to­ber 8, 1908, with the aim of pro­vid­ing free kinder­garten ser­vices to Auck­land.

It be­came a cen­tre for open­ing kinder­gartens and teacher train­ing.

The first free kinder­garten in Auck­land was es­tab­lished at Vic­to­ria Park in 1910, funded by Sir John Lo­gan Camp­bell and Lady Camp­bell.

The My­ers Kinder­garten in My­ers Park on Queen St was next and opened on Oc­to­ber 16, 1916, in a build­ing still used by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion now op­er­ates 107 kindies around the city.

Ms Martin says they help chil­dren learn how to be in­de­pen­dent, co­op­er­ate and so­cialise with their peers.

“They can be creative and in­no­va­tive and it gives them the abil­ity to cope with what­ever life throws at them.”

A func­tion will be held on Oc­to­ber 7 for past teach­ers, pupils and par­ents to gather and rem­i­nisce.

Or­gan­iser Liz Soma says she would love to hear from any­one who has mem­o­ries or sto­ries about the as­so­ci­a­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter email 100years@aka.org.nz or phone 0800 4 KINDY (454-639).

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Close ties: Pon­sonby Kinder­garten teacher Rose­mary Martin and Lily McIn­tosh, 4, will be help­ing the Auck­land Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion to cel­e­brate its cen­te­nary next month.

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