Ota­mara¯kau kindy opens doors

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ta­mara¯kau In­spired Kindy was a height of ac­tiv­ity last week as last­minute touches were com­pleted in prepa­ra­tion for the of­fi­cial open­ing.

The open­ing be­gan with a po¯whiri with Nga¯ti Makino and Nga¯ti Whaka­hemo kauma¯tua wel­com­ing vis­i­tors.

Other guests in­cluded ta­mara¯kau School stu­dents and staff, the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Paen­garoa Kin­der­garten, mem­bers of the ta­mara¯kau Playgroup, del­e­gates from In­spired Kinder­gartens and found­ing mem­bers of the ta­mara¯kau Play­cen­tre.

There were many peo­ple who had at­tended the orig­i­nal Play­cen­tre and who are now at­tend­ing ta­mara¯kau School as stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers.

The ta­mara¯kau stu­dents sang with lo­cal kauma¯tua.

ta­mara¯kau In­spired Kin­der­garten was orig­i­nally the

ta­mara¯kau Play­cen­tre that was es­tab­lished in 1966 when a group of en­ter­pris­ing women de­cided a preschool was needed for the grow­ing num­ber of pre-school­ers.

Those in­volved were Bev Fothergill, Shirley Moss­man, Joan Pratt, Anita Whitham, Ruth Conn and the late Freda Harre.

The ta­mara¯kau Play­cen­tre be­gan ses­sions in the ta­mara¯kau Hall in Septem­ber 1966 and were there un­til 1973 when a build­ing com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of Anne Shearer, Joan Shearer, Sue MacDougall, Joan Pratt, Mar­lene Lauder and the late Denise McNaughton spear­headed fundrais­ing, dona­tions and grants and fi­nally com­pleted their own build­ing.

Tau­ranga County Coun­cil Chair­man AG Spratt opened it on Oc­to­ber 13, 1973.

Head teacher Deb­bie Dag­ger has worked to cre­ate a nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment in which young chil­dren can ex­plore, ob­serve and prob­lem-solve through play.

Lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers Anna James, Rochelle Hyland and Carly Adams were a driv­ing force be­hind the es­tab­lish­ment of

ta­mara¯kau In­spired Kin­der­garten.

They felt there was a real need for a lo­cal pre-school fa­cil­ity and when they con­tacted Peter Mon­teith, In­spired Kinder­gartens prin­ci­pal, they were over­whelmed with the sup­port and prompt ac­tion.

One term later and the ta­mara¯kau In­spired Kin­der­garten is ready for ac­tion with full en­rol­ments and a wait­ing list. ta­mara¯kau In­spired Kin­der­garten will be open from Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am to 3pm.

En­rol­ment packs are avail­able at the kin­der­garten and ta­mara¯kau School. ¯ O ¯ O

Lo­cal kauma¯tua, from left, John Peri, Awhi Awhi­mate, Tua Mahutariki, Huri­waka Ngawhika and Des Mohi.

Some of the ta­mara¯kau Play­cen­tre mem­bers.¯O Back row: Kitty Knight, Leita Hutchin­son, Cherie Mortensen, Kay Blen­ner­has­sett, Gill Cameron, Sylvia Cameron and Anne Galpin. Front row: Ruth Conn, Joan Pratt, Bev Fothergill and Sue MacDougall.

In­spired Kin­der­garten mem­bers be­ing wel­comed at ta­mara¯kau.

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