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Titahi Bay Kindergarten

48 Herewini Street, Titahi Bay, Porirua 04 236 7224
ABOVE: Sarah, Katrina (Head Teacher), Lapae, Christine and Sindy
About Us and Our Programme

Our kindergarten opened in 1972 and is situated on top of a hill overlooking Mana o Kupe Ki Aotearoa/Mana Island and Te Waipounamu/the South Island. The hill, Whitireia, is a significant local landmark. We share the local Māori stories of te taniwha, Awarua, and te toroa, Rereroa with the children regularly. These stories tell of how the local landforms – te Mana o Kupe ki Aotearoa and Onepoto were formed. We also name our two session groups after Awarua (for the older children) and Rereroa (for the younger children).

 

We take the children to the beach to tell the story of te Mana o Kupe Ki Aotearoa, Awarua and Rereroa in front of the island. We have written our own haka about Awarua, Rereroa and our island.

 

Our local iwi is Ngati Toa.

 

We have a small whare which was built in 2006. It was blessed by Ngati Toa Kaumatua, Taku Parai. The pou and tekoteko on our whare were carved by local carver, Tana Salzman.

 

We value manaakitanga/kindness and caring, whakamana/empowerment, respect for one another and our environment, whakawhanaungatanga/participation from our whānau, and having fun.

SESSION TIMES

Older children

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday:   8:30am - 2:30pm

 

Younger children

Monday and Thursday:   8:30am – 2:30pm

 

Our session starts at 8:30am and at around 8:50 we begin our day with our “Te Wā Kotahitanga” group time in which we all greet each other, introduce ourselves, sing a waiata, say karakia kai, and the teachers share messages for the day. The children then go off to engage in free play or to participate in activities of their choice. We have a ‘rolling morning tea’ which means that the children can choose to come and eat when they are hungry.

 

At midday we gather together to eat our kai. Then the children return to free play and learning until around 1:45pm when we again gather together this time to whakapai ki roto/tidy up inside or whakapai ki waho/tidy up outside.

 

At about 2:15pm we sit together on the whāriki/mat for our end of day ‘Te Wā Kotahitanga.’ At the end of this time children are farewelled when the person collecting them  has arrived.

 

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