Much-loved kindy head will be missed

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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