The Albany Environment

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. [...]

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 [...]

Rock Hunting

With the holidays fast approaching, the children have been busy painting rocks so they can join in with the rock hunting craze that swept the country during the last Summer holidays. We found out about this activity when one of our children shared the colourful rocks he had discovered hiding in a park on a recent visit [...]

Gibbs Farm & Sculpture Walk

The Community of Albany Kindergarten has been given the opportunity to spend a day at Gibbs Farm, Kaipara Harbour. Gibbs Farm is a PRIVATE PROPERTY open by appointment only on scheduled monthly visitor days as per their website. www.gibbsfarm.org.nz. An extensive collection of large scale sculpture works from international artists defines this truly magnificent property. [...]

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. [...]

One Pallet, Two Pallets, Three Pallets MORE…

I have recently been reading (and looking at the beautiful pictures) in the book ‘Thrifty Chick’ by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell. It is a visual symphony of ideas and things to do on a shoe string budget. It also reinforces the underlying philosophy here at Albany Kindergarten of repurposing items and giving these things [...]

Embracing Children’s Participation in Decision Making…

Embracing Children’s Participation in Decision making... Sociologist Roger Hart wrote a book called ‘Children’s Participation: The theory and Practice of Involving Young Citizens in Community Development and Environmental care’ for UNICEF in 1997. The ladder of children’s participation is one of the many significant tools from the book. Harry Shier (2000) also developed a model [...]

Reuse and Repurpose

  An old bench picked up on the side of the road from our local industrial area here in Albany was transformed into a functional piece of furniture for kindergarten. Sanded and then oiled this once  'bar' is now a curved seating for our family corner area. You might appreciate the photos of the process. [...]

Alphabet Soup

Our alphabet wall has been completed. Thank you to all the helpers who came to place the letters on our kindergarten wall. We notice that it is often referred to by the children as they work alongside each other. Michell’s alphabet stones are also popular. Some of the children have even been creating [...]