Respecting diversity

A Silver Enviroschool Kindergarten

We are excited to share with you all that we are now a Silver Enviroschool Kindergarten. Last Friday Molly and Sarah Hall were honoured to attend the Enviroschool celebration where the formal certificate was given. In the morning Albany had the opportunity to create a display that showcased the wonderful journey we have all undertaken [...]

The Year Of The Rooster

Have you ever wondered how Chinese New Year came about or why they celebrate a new Zodiac each year? If so you may like to click on the link below Over the last few weeks at Kindergarten we have been doing our own investigation into Chinese New Year. Where the children have [...]

The Celebrations Continue…

As part of the Chinese New Year celebration we have been exploring the red packet (envelope). This is given out during Chinese New Year and is traditionally given to family members and would normally contain money. The colour red symbolizes- Energy, Happiness and Good luck. Sending red pockets is a channel for sending [...]

Sharing Food, Sharing Culture…

The art of sharing food creates a 'new dynamic cultural space' where coming together offers the opportunity to get to know more about each other. In these moments rich and rewarding connections can be made. On Friday our student teacher Christine made some delicious dumplings with the children. First the dough was rolled out, then [...]

Enviroschools…

This year Albany Kindergarten has joined Enviroschools. "The Enviroschools Foundation is a not-for-profit trust that supports children and young people to be active citizens, contributing to ecological regeneration and the creation of healthy, resilient and sustainable communities." The network consists of 240,000 children and young people in New Zealand schools and kura and early childhood [...]

A sharing of culture and traditions around the kitchen table…

After Kindergarten on Tuesday Hamza's Mum came to share some special traditional art with us - Henna or Mehndi tatoo. This is the art of the application of a temporary form of skin decoration. We sat around the 'kitchen table' at kindergarten, found out more about this tradition, googled some designs and then had the [...]