Sustainable communities

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 [...]

One bag too many.

Time seems to pass so quickly and in 14 or so years, the children who share our kindergarten environment with us now will be celebrating the start their adult years, adventuring out into the wider world. The question we need to ask is what world do we see our children living in? Will New Zealand [...]

Every piece of plastic ever made still exists!

I remember as a parent 11 years ago when my youngest son started school being a bit perplexed when the school decided to remove rubbish bins at lunch time. They asked children to take their waste home under the guise of ‘taking care of the environment' and I wondered then how moving the waste from [...]

The Chicken Corner

You may have noticed recently at Albany Kindergarten lots of talk and documentation about Chickens! We are excited to say that in the near future we hope to have our own kindy Chickens! The children have been very busy talking about chickens, building chicken coops for the toy hens and even designing chicken coops. [...]

Soft Plastic

Did you Know, that New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion plastic bags every year! And did you know, you can recycle soft plastic now? You may have seen these bins in your local supermarket and wondered what can I put in it? The rule of thumb is…. you can put [...]

From the earth to the table

At Albany Kindergarten we are so fortunate to have the space and resources to grow our own plants and vegetables. As an Enviroschool, on a journey to create a sustainable environment and practices, we have placed a huge focus on our natural environment. Throughout the years on this journey just through gardening alone we [...]

The Allotment

We have been fortunate to be a participant of Transpower community Grants Programme, along with Albany Primary School. The approved joint-grant will enable a heritage garden including pergola to be built at the Primary School along with our community garden or (the Allotment) as we are planning on calling it. The notion of allotments in [...]

The Albany Allotment

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. [...]

Making plans

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua As man disappears from sight, the land remains This demonstrates the holistic values of the Maori, and the utmost respect of Papatuanuku, the mother of the earth. This Whakatauki resinates with thinking and practices here at Albany Kindergarten around our values and beliefs about the importance [...]

Minimise Waste, Maximise Thinking and Creativity

As part of our commitment to sustainable practices and minimising waste here at AK, we have been exploring what happens to waste when it leaves kindergarten - where does it go? The Auckland City Council has developed a waste minimisation centre where the wider public are able to have opportunities to experience and explore the [...]