The heart and soul of any community space is developed and created by the individuals that use the space. At Albany kindergarten, taking care of our environment, developing the spirit of giving to others without expectations, nurturing and supporting our tamariki and their whānau, and our kindergarten community are core values for our teaching team.
It is with this ethos in mind that we approached Transpower, in conjunction with Albany School, to apply for a grant to build and establish “The Albany Allotment” for our extended kindergarten community to access and use on the grass leading into kindergartens entrance way.
With the Albany school’s focus on planting fruit trees (in recognition of the Albany areas past history) and developing spaces for gathering for the community, it is with much gratitude that we can announce that Transpower have approved our grant request.
Through experience and practice, our children develop their own thoughts, practices and values in regards to this concept of caring for others or Manaakitanga.
and “The Albany Allotment” is the perfect space to enhance this practice.
We have visions of a space were families and local Albany residents can access herbs and vegetables for their kai and likewise nurture and tend to the plants.
We are looking forward to working in conjunction with the school in transforming how our communities engage and use these public spaces.