Totara Park kindergarten hits 40 years

Totara Park Kindergarten kindergarten celebrated 40 years of preschool education earlier this month.

The kindergarten’s five staff, parents past and present and regional kindergarten representatives were joined by Janet Delaney, a former head teacher who spent more than 30 years at the Denver Gr kindy.

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins Labour’s education spokesman, read We’re going on a bear hunt which prompted plenty of interaction from the children.

There was also a karakia and Hipkins helped plant a native seedling in the kindergarten’s garden area.

The children’s waiata was also performed in sign language.

The Totara Park Kindergarten first opened its doors in 1975, in the early years of the new suburb’s development.

The site has developed over the years with several garden spaces and a large outdoor area which provides a variety of play spaces for the children to discover and explore.

“Our families come from Totara Park and the wider Upper Hutt community,” teacher Kirsty Bargh said.

The kindergarten’s roll today is 70 with separate morning and afternoon sessions.

A feature of today’s kindergarten building is a maihi (gable board), unveiled with a dawn ceremony four years ago. The work of local carver Dane Kingi, its koru designs represent new life, growth, the three baskets of knowledge and new pathways of learning.

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