Bream Bay Kindergarten Video

Friday, March 24, 2017

Working Bee 2017



Recently we had a working bee at the kindergarten to get a few jobs done.  

Every time we hold one of these events, we are amazed by people's commitment to community.



This year we would like to thank Darren and Paula Matich for their valued service.  They supplied an enormous amount of top quality bark for us to replenish our gardens at an extremely generous rate and speedy delivery time.


 

The children enjoyed watching the truck back up and dump the bark.









With our bark delivered we were ready to go...

On the day of our working bee people generously gave time, resources and energy which helped to get things done.  We honestly couldn't have done it without the positive and hard working attitude from people within our kindergarten community.  We are so blessed!















No excuses!  Even our gorgeous pregnant Mum's get involved!













We thought we'd never get through the bark!  It was hot, back braking work however when a community gets in to help each other, it's very rewarding and extremely satisfying!


Getting creative

Building new kai tables out of recycled materials...lol making it up as you go along!


Construction begins on a new carpentry area.

What's amazing to us, is that even people who haven't got children attending our kindergarten came along to lend a helping hand...how cool is that!!

Working with and for young children is so obviously a priority for people in our community...evidence that it really does take a whole village to raise a child.





Tamariki getting in on the action


 There were a lot of jobs to do...moving the enormous mountain of bark proved a real challenge.  It was so hot which made it hard going.  Everyone worked together to get the job done and there was a real sense of achievement when the pile got smaller and smaller!

Charlie was a hard worker too.  He seemed to relish the task and being part of the team doubled the enjoyment.  

This community event gave many of the children present the opportunity to experience first hand the joy you feel when you step outside yourself and commit to the service of others. 

Charlie was definitely feeling it and expressed pride in his efforts. 
“I’m working hard like my Dad.”













 



This year we set ourselves a mammoth task of re-barking our gardens, creating a new carpentry area, extending our kai area, and making a gate to our a secret garden. Our plans were ambitious however with determination and that wonderful Bream Bay community spirit we achieved above and beyond our expectations.

A heartfelt and special thank you to all of those who participated to make this such a successful day.  Each and every one of you is appreciated very much.

Arohanui
Tania

Friday, March 17, 2017

St Patricks Day


St. Patrick’s Day- at Bream Bay Kindergarten

"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door"


 

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.


Well that is exactly what happened today. Our friend Aiofe and her mum Tracey asked if we could acknowledge St Patrick's day because it is apart of Aiofe's culture. That was not the only reason we celebrated St Patricks today, we also wanted to acknowledge all our families that also have Irish heritage.


We arrived at Kindergarten wearing as much as we could find.  We had green paint, green play dough and green glitter all over the floor.  We had a parade and a dance and as a special treat Aiofe's mum read to us a lovely story from Ireland. 


To complete our celebration we had a shared kai of green food which included green iced biscuits, green cupcakes and green pancakes and for our healthy choice we ate broccoli, celery, green dip and we drank kiwi fruit juice. 


Instead of sandwich day today we had potato soup.  Potatoes are the national food of Ireland.