Much-loved kindy head will be missed
It’s a testament to kindy teacher Chris Stone’s popularity that children she taught 23 years ago attended her farewell.
Mrs Stone took early retirement as head teacher from Tawa’s Brian Webb Kindergarten amidst management conflicts last month, but has nearly a quarter of a cen- tury of good memories to draw on.
More than 200 parents, children and former kindergarten pupils attended Mrs Stone’s send- off, and many more of her former pupils are now scattered around the globe.
Such is Mrs Stone’s popularity that many former pupils had sent their own children to be taught by her.
Mrs Stone feels just as strongly about the Brian Webb community, which she describes as a real cultural and socio-economic mix.
‘‘It was just a community that gave of themselves.
‘‘Often they didn’t have a lot to give at all, but they gave of themselves,’’ she says. ‘‘The people, the parents and the children, that’s why you’re there.’’
Family favourite: Brian Webb Kindergarten head teacher Chris Stone, left, spent 23 years making a big impression on parents and children like Kerin Hutchinson and son Oliver.