It takes all kind of people to make things happen and get things done.

Such ways of thinking and working are part of our ethos here at Albany Kindergarten. The contributions, suggestions and support from our learning community enable our environment to be a fabulous place to learn, grow and have fun!

Last year one of our wonderful Mum’s Amanda suggested that we should apply to visit Gibbs Farm, a private property that has an impressive sculpture collection. Gibbs Farm includes major works by Graham Bennett, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Len Lye, Russell Moses, Peter Nicholls, Eric Orr, Tony Oursler, George Rickey, Peter Roche, Richard Serra, Kenneth Snelson, Richard Thompson, Leon van den Eijkel and Zhan Wang.

With Amanda’s support in the application process we were successful and granted a date in 2017 for 150 people.

In preparation for the trip, we discussed what we might see and how we would get to the venue. For several weeks photos and videos of the venue were shared with the children.
Some children worked with clay creating miniature sculptures and sharing ideas of what they might see.

On Thursday 23rd February an excited group of Teacher’s, children, parents and members of the local community visited the venue.
Though it was a long walk it was an inspirational day.

Being immersed in an environment with gigantic art sculptures was an experience like nothing else. It offered us all a chance to connect, understand, and explore form, shape and the beauty of ‘man made’ art  beside the natural beauty of the Kaipara Harbour.
Thank you families for supporting this event and for such a wonderful day.
Kaiako Fran