Kindies something special to celebrate
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 email@example.com or phone 0800 4 KINDY (454-639).
Close ties: Ponsonby Kindergarten teacher Rosemary Martin and Lily McIntosh, 4, will be helping the Auckland Kindergarten Association to celebrate its centenary next month.