Kindy’s spec­tac­u­lar sun­flow­ers win gar­den work­shop

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Mata­mata’s Rawhiti Kinder­garten have won a gar­den­ing work­shop with TV celebrity and award win­ning land­scape de­signer Xanthe White af­ter grow­ing im­pres­sive sun­flow­ers.

This is a sought af­ter prize each year and was pre­sented to the lo­cal kindy af­ter they took part in the 2015 Dal­tons Sun­flow­ers in Kinder­gartens Project.

Rawhiti Kinder­garten teacher San­dra Miller said this was their sec­ond year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sun­flower project. ‘‘This time we had 100% ger­mi­na­tion, which was great!

‘‘We couldn’t get over the re­sults and we got a great re­ac­tion from the kids while also do­ing a lot of maths, so it was also a great learn­ing op­por­tu­nity. Be­cause the project was so vis­ual, the chil­dren had a lot of fun and took a real in­ter­est. We hope to do it again next year!’’ she said.

Over the past four months, 12,800 bud­ding preschool gar­den­ers from around the coun­try have been learn­ing about gar­den­ing by grow­ing their own sun­flow­ers as part of the project.

In its third year, this pop­u­lar na­tion­wide gar­den­ing ini­tia­tive pro­vides kinder­garten chil­dren with the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop hands on gar­den­ing skills and learn about the life­cy­cle of plants. This year kinder­gartens across ten re­gions in New Zealand took part.

In the Cen­tral North Is­land re­gion 1,779 chil­dren from Kinder­gartens in the Cen­tralKids Kinder­garten As­so­ci­a­tion were in­volved in the project.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Just some of the Rawhiti Kinder­garten chil­dren with their very large sun­flow­ers.

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