Kindy kids learn the spirit of season
For most young children Christmas is a magical time filled with joy, presents and stories of Santa.
But Sandringham Kindergarten is challenging its young pupils to have a deeper understanding of the Christmas spirit and think of those who have to go without.
Head teacher Kate Parr says she asked the children to go through their toys at home and select one they would like to give to a less fortunate child for Christmas.
She says the response has been overwhelming.
‘‘Christmas is really about that act of giving and that can sometimes be lost on children who are used to just waking up to plenty of presents,’’ Parr says.
Going through their own toys helped drive home the message, she says.
‘‘It meant more than going to a shop and buying something to give to a child.
‘‘They really had to think about what the toy meant to them and how they were passing that joy on to another kid.’’
She says the task has resulted in parents having to offer up some very diplomatic answers. ‘‘One young boy asked his mum: ‘ Why don’t they get presents, can Santa not find them?’’’
The kindergarten donated the toys to the Women’s Refuge and the Auckland Refugee Council after learning that the Auckland City Mission doesn’t accept used toys for Christmas gifts.
Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson says the policy is about making Christmas Day special for everyone.
‘‘The mission does accept used toys in December but we just don’t give them out as Christmas presents.
‘‘The reason for this is that we believe every child deserves a new present on Christmas Day.
‘‘This is especially important if it is the only present they receive for Christmas.’’
Christmas spirit: The youngsters at Sandringham Kindergarten experience the joy that comes from giving.