Titahi Bay Kindergarten
|ABOVE: Sarah, Katrina (Head Teacher), Lapae, Christine and SindyAbout 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.