In the April holidays the teaching team attended a workshop where Shelley Jolly from Grey Lynn Kindergarten shared aspects of their Enviroschools journey – (which has spanned over a decade).

Coming away from this inspired to delve deeper into some of the current practices that have been embraced at Albany Kindergarten, we have also been reflecting upon what future pathways may be undertaken.

Two of the Enviroschools guiding principles are that of ‘empowered students’ and ‘sustainable communities’. To sustain a feeling of community at Albany Kindergarten we have been thinking about the multiple ways in which we can support our wider kindergarten community.

Our ‘Community Kitchen’ has been something which has been going for about a year, where the teaching team have been baking/cooking meals to offer our families, as the need arises. We came away from the Enviroschools working shop with the idea of expanding these practices to include our children as active participants in the preparation of the food.

We often see children involved in acts of kindness in their play here at kindergarten. Compassion, empathy and kindness are positive qualities we intuitively want are children to embrace. And there is no better way than involving them in the making of some ‘SOUL FOOD’ for others.
Today we made pumpkin and veggie soup to re stock our kindergarten freezer. What fantastic helpers we had!
Kindergarten Whanau, you may have some produce to share with us in our farmers market or community kitchen. I have an abundance of feijoas at home  (way to much for my whanau to use), so these have been added to the kindergarten farmers market. Please help yourself:)  You may even like to do some baking at home to contribute to our community kitchen.

Kaiako Fran

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”

-Alan D. Wolfelt