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Kindergarten children mark ANZAC Day


Children, whānau and teachers across the country marked ANZAC day with special activities and commemorations. Children attended parades and dawn services, read and heard stories from visitors and family members, listened to the Last Post, baked ANZAC biscuits and learned why people wear red poppies.

The activities expanded children’s understanding of our history and the meaning of ANZAC Day and provided learning opportunities connected to families and communities. Children learned about the soldiers linked to their communities and whānau, contributing to their understanding of whakapapa.

Below is a sample of photographs and stories from kindergarten observances.

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Drummond Rural Kindergarten – Otautau, Western Southland



Seymour Kindergarten - Blenheim



Greenwood Kindergarten - Motueka



Mayfield Kindergarten whānau wall - Blenheim



Riverton Kindergarten – Riverton



Renwick Kindergarten – Renwick



Renwick Kindergarten – Renwick



Renwick Kindergarten – Renwick



Grasmere Kindergarten – Invercargill



 Grasmere Kindergarten – Invercargill


Elson Lea Kindergarten – Invercargill

Elsie Street Kindergarten - Gore


 Papamoa Kindergarten - Tauranga


John Street Kindergarten - Waimate

John Street Kindergarten children attended the Waimate Poppy Parade.

Hunter Park Kindergarten - Waipukurau,

We have been reading stories about Anzac Day, the children are making ANZAC biscuits, and they are cutting out white crosses with poppies on it.

Mahora Kindergarten - Hastings

We have talked to the children about ANZAC Day, played the Last Post, read a book, made Anzac biscuits and will be making poppies.

Irongate Kindergarten - Flaxmere

We have been invited to Irongate School to join in with their ANZAC celebrations. The school is having a service with the Army and there will be machinery for tamariki to view.

Havelock North Central Kindergarten – Havelock North

The Havelock North Schools are holding a combined service/celebration Friday 24 in the afternoon at the Domain. We have made loads of poppies to display along with all the schools poppies. We are having a dialogue with the children about Anzac Day.

Te Mata Kindergarten

We have set up a Remembrance Wall with poppies decorating our front fences. We will have Poppy Day where the children wear black & red. We have been reading stories, discussing what life was like for soldiers and learning some songs.

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Opawa St Martins - Christchurch

A teacher on a walk found some older community members putting crocheted poppies on the fence of a war memorial and asked them about it. The teacher then shared the conversation with the children and they were eager to create poppies themselves to put on the fence. The teacher helped the children make felt poppies. These poppies were placed on the fence alongside the crocheted poppies the community members had made. The teacher took a photo to show the children and one of the girls was so excited to see their flowers on the fence she called out “You did it, you did it! Our flowers are there!” This experience has led to discussions with the children about conflict, people needing to talk to each other, respecting diversity, negotiating, kindness, care, and respecting each other.

Riverton Kindergarten - Riverton

At Riverton Kindergarten we have been thinking about our whānau all over the world who have died while fighting for their county. We have been reading stories about servicemen and the war, making ANZAC biscuits and talking about for whom and why they were made.  We created paintings of poppies and attended the local Riverton Schools ANZAC Remembrance Service at the RSA.

Kidsfirst Kindergartens Burnham

At Kidsfirst Kindergartens Burnham, teachers and some children attended the Dawn Service and placed a wreath at the gate.

Seymour Kindergarten – Blenheim

The children enjoyed baking ANZAC cookies and learning about what ANZAC day is about. For us at kindergarten, this links strongly with the learning children have been doing about being of service to others. Their growing concept of being of service - being something that is highly valued - leads our children to have a level of respect for what others do, or have done for us. 

Elsie Street Kindergarten - Gore 

We have been discussing the meaning of ANZAC Day. We have talked lots to the children about our ancestors who fought and died in the war defending our country. We have also been busy creating art works reflecting ANZAC commemorations. One day we visited the local RSA to look at artifacts. The children have developed their knowledge and understanding about a significant historical event while also making connecting links with family, culture and the wider world. Concepts such as family relationships and time have also been explored in a fun and meaningful way.

Papamoa Kindergarten - Tauranga

Teachers have been talking with the children about the centenary and the meaning of ANZAC day. Children have brought photos and great grandparent’s medals. We decided to build a wooden poppy and ask all our parents and whānau to write the names of their families who have fought in any of the wars. They really responded and the poppy is full of the names of their brave tupuna and their stories. It stands proudly outside the kindergarten.



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