|About Us and Our Programme |
Our kindergarten opened in 1972 and overlooks Mana o Kupe Ki Aotearoa/Mana Island Te Waipounamu/the South Island. The hill and 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. The stories also display the principles of manaakitanga (to care for others) and hononga (relationships).
As part of our kindergarten culture we foster a beach program which incorporates a place based approach (exploring and learning about our local environment). By taking a place based approach to learning here we strengthen our connection to the land, its history and people.
Our local iwi is Ngāti Toa. We recognise the important position of tangata whenua and respectfully acknowledge Ngāti Toa as mana whenua of this place. We aspire to continuing an ongoing relationship between us and the whānau, hapū and iwi of our Ngāti Toa.
We have a small whare which was built in 2006. Ko Mt Kupe te ingoa o te whare (the whare is called Mt Kupe). He tino taonga tā tātou whare – this whare is a foundation for children to develop their understanding of te Ao Māori (the Māori world). 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 and this is evident in the social competency procedures we have to support children to develop strategies for initiating and maintaining relationships. Whakawhanaungatanga/participation from our whānau, is important to us and we reflect the families and cultures of our community within our kindergarten programme. We respect for one another and our environment, fostering our kaitiakitanga/guardianship roles and responsibilities to care for and protect our earth Papatūānuku. We view children as capable of creating their own learning. Open ended resources promote creativity, problem solving and creative thinking where children are empowered to lead and determine their own learning.
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 2:30pm
We offer whanau grouping and mixed ages. Whānau can attend up to five days a week.
Our session starts at 8:30am and at around 8:50 we begin our day with our Te Wā Kotahitanga. The children engage with resources of their choice. Children can access their lunch boxes throughout the day and
At midday we gather together to eat our kai. At approximately 2pm come together to me whakapai ki roto/ ki waho/tidy up inside or outside.
At about 2:15pm we sit together on the whāriki/mat for our end of day Te Wā Kotahitanga with the pick up by 2.30pm.