Balclutha Kindergarten would like to say a big "Thank you"!!! To Z Energy and the Balclutha community for the amazing donation of $824.00 which they gave us. This money will be going towards much needed construction toys and resources to foster and challenge children!
What a fabulous time we all had this morning for our annual kindergarten Bike-a-thon fundraiser.
Seeing those excited, smiley faces walk into Kindergarten this morning was worth the one week postponement. How fun that you get to bring your special bike to Kindergarten and ride around at the big skate park with your friends. As I sit here typing this late afternoon there's still chitter chatter outside as the kids play on their bikes.
During the past couple of weeks we have been very intentional and having a lot of practise going in the right direction and listening to our friends and teachers. We shared pictures of the skate park and the "No Go" zones. And wow did it show and pay off this morning. The practise run at Kindergarten was just ace, the children all followed the arrows in the right direction and we all felt ready and confident to hit the skate park.
The florescent yellow line of tamariki that walked from kindergarten straight to the skate park (we didn't loose anyone to the fun looking playground) just made us all smile. This term your child has really stepped up and taken on board the group planning of being friendly and respectful. We are all about having fun at Kindergarten but also keeping ourselves and friends safe.
Once our wonderful parent helps were set up around the track, it was time to race! One, two, three...they were off! Zooming around and around the track. I'm sure there will be some exhausted tamariki this afternoon. Once the final lap was called it was back to Kindergarten to enjoy a sausage from our new Kindergarten BBQ and a picnic outside. "Wow" what a fun, successful day. We look forward to next year’s one :)
Let us just take this time to thank all our wonderful whanau who have worked behind the scenes and helped out to make this day a huge success! High fives all round.
We are a community based Kindergarten that values culture, knowledge and participation from all our families.
We welcome children and their families to come and spend some time in our relaxed, caring environment.
We believe in quality education for all children through interaction, exploration and problem solving.
We support our children to develop independence, friendships and the skills they will use throughout their lives by building strong relationships with our families and community.
We are a sessional Kindergarten with morning, afternoon and school day sessions to support our families needs.
Enrol now or come and visit us on Lanark Street (beside New World)
Morning Sessions Mon/Fri: 9.00 – 1.00
All Day Sessions Monday - Friday 9.00-3.00
Balclutha Kindergarten has introduced an exciting new educational opportunity to their Kindergarten curriculum; SplashQuatics. SplashQuatics is a water-based programme that teaches pre-swimming skills like water safety, moving in and through water, breath control, buoyancy, and submersion, as well as fundamental movement skills like running, jumping, climbing, etc. Kindergarten teachers, Kres Schuurman & Jolene Barclay have undergone training with Swimming New Zealand and lead this programme. Research has found that there are significant benefits for children participating in this sort of programme including developing coordination, memory, confidence, self-esteem, risk-taking, self-regulation, health and well-being just to name a few. Families who are attending the course view it as essential learning for their children given that they live in a community surrounded by beaches, lakes and rivers.
Our Teachers & Families work very hard to raise funds for our Kindergartens environment, resources and equipment. We couldn't have the fantastic environments without all there hard work. But we also are very thankful for our local businesses who support us with their time, produce and grants.
Jolene Barclay (Head Teacher)
Kres Schuurman (Teacher)
Carmen Gray (Teacher)