Part­ing gift for kindy

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Count­less chil­dren have graduated to school from Kaitaia’s Anne West Kinder­garten over the last 60-odd years, but Paki Thomas’ farewell last week was spe­cial.

He had the seat of hon­our as teacher Bon­nie An­der­son showed pho­tos, cho­sen by Paki, re­lat­ing to some of his kinder­garten high­lights (in­clud­ing a close en­counter with eels at Takahue, trips to the beach and the movies, a party day and mak­ing things with clay) to the other chil­dren, be­fore he blew out the five can­dles on a (fake) birthday cake, which Ms An­der­son said had fea­tured at many a pre­vi­ous grad­u­a­tion.

The spe­cial bit came at the end, cour­tesy of Paki’s mum, Nadia Thomas, and his big sis­ters Ste­vie and Myah, both of whom also at­tended Anne West.

He was taken out of the room briefly then reap­peared wear­ing a ko­rowai Mrs Thomas had painstak­ingly made over the pre­vi­ous eight months, which she gifted to the kinder­garten for use by chil­dren when they turn five in years to come.

Mrs Thomas, who shed a tear or two, said she wanted to ex­press her grat­i­tude to the kinder­garten that had done so much for her and her chil­dren.

“It’s not just child­care, it’s a whole other fam­ily,” she said.

This was the third ko­rowai she had made, but was much more de­tailed than the oth­ers.

The chil­dren were cer­tainly im­pressed, most of them, along with the staff, gen­tly stroking the feath­ers.

Paki, the last of Mrs Thomas’ three chil­dren, will join his sis­ters at Kaitaia Pri­mary School next term.

Kinder­garten grad­u­ate Paki Thomas wear­ing the ko­rowai made by his mother Nadia (on the couch, with his sis­ters Myah and Ste­vie), and teacher Bon­nie An­der­son.

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