Kindy marks 40 years

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One of Kidsfirst Kindergarten Cromwell’s older teachers, now retired, and its youngest pupil planted two feijoa trees to mark the facility’s 40th birthday last week.

Originally known as Cromwell Kindergarten, the facility was opened in 1979.
Head teacher Torey Burns said the kindergarten celebrated on November 21 with a party.
‘‘We had old photos, a cake and some of the former teachers and staff members came,’’ Ms Burns said.

Wendy Scully, now a relief teacher, and the centre’s youngest child, Shanarrah Balloch-McFarlane, helped plant the trees.

Ms Burns said the demand for kindergarten facilities was increasing as more people moved from Queenstown to Cromwell for more affordable accommodation.
She said many original pupils who attended in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, returned as parents with their children.

The playground, outdoor environment and whanau room had recently been upgraded with help from the Central Lakes Trust and the kindergarten’s parent group.