When Geraldine Kindergarten set about to create a painting for Manaia Kindergarten showing important places in Geraldine, they first went on a bus trip got get to know their place. We watched their Bus Trip Video on their Blog. We thought it was a great idea, and so, as part of our Matariki Celebrations, we thought it would be a good idea for Manaia Kindergarten to go on a Bus Trip and get to know our area, the Whangarei Heads. The children have begun painting pictures about places and things that they felt were important. We have been talking about different beaches, whales in the sea, dolphins and of course Mt Manaia. We have looked at pictures on the internet and in books. Today we went to see these things for real - and take our own photos of landmarks that stood out for us. We had had to postpone the trip by a week, and our new date proved to have magnificent weather - it was all go for a wonderful trip on a bus. We visited McLeod Bay, Reotahi, drove through Tarakura, and frolicked in Urquharts before popping in to the Whangarei Heads Primary on the way home. The children of Whangarei Heads Primary School gathered to sing us their school song - a resounding rendition that awed the children of Manaia Kindergarten. We popped in to visit our friends in Room 6, where Sue the teacher, read all her children, and our 30 children, the story of the Jelly Bean Tree. A jublient and tired group clambered back onto the bus, and Toni, our very patient and accommodating bus drive, sedately drove us back to Kindergarten.
Here are the photos as contributed by teachers, parents and children alike...
When Tracey, from Geraldine Kindergarten, brought Manaia Kindergarten their painting, we were so impressed we thought we would also have a try at putting together a painting about our area. Although work on this has begun, it is a work in progress and our ideas continue to develop. As you can see, there is huge potential, and the process will be revisited in the new term.
So - have you visited the Whangarei Heads? Are you a resident, a visitor, or would you like to come to our place. We love our place. What about you?