|ABOVE: Philippa, Stacey, Dean, Julie, Jo (Head Teacher) and Ann |
About Us and Our Programme
Adventure Kindergarten was opened in 1994. It is situated in the heart of Whitby, close to the shopping centre, lake and local library. There are several parks and reserves close by and it is adjacent to Adventure School, a full primary, with whom, the kindergarten has a close association.
The kindergarten is purpose built with spacious grounds and interesting spaces that cater for all tamariki. The community is extremely supportive; and we enjoy good positive relationships with our children and their whānau.
The children’s interests and our philosophy are underpinned by the aspiration statement of Te Whāriki for children;
“To grow up as competent and confident learners and communicators, healthy in mind, body, and spirit, secure in their sense of belonging and in the knowledge that they make a valued contribution to society.” (Te Wháriki 1996 pg9 part A introduction)
We are fortunate on Mondays to have Matiu Te Huki who is our kapa haka kaimahi who shares his knowledge and skills related to kapa haka and Te Ao Māori with our tamariki and kaiako. Our children learn waiata, hongi and powhiri skills as well as pakiwaitara/stories and
increase their knowledge and understanding of Te Reo Māori.
Our programme offers children opportunities to enquire and investigate topics of environmental, global, national, and local interest , with time to continue learning and researching their interests over a sustained period of time.