Joyce Barns Travel Trust
The Joyce Barns Travel Trust has awarded its final grant to the Edna McCulloch Kindergarten teaching team to assist with travel costs for a study tour in Tonga.About Joyce Barns
2016 grant recipients
Kathryn Hawkes, visiting teacher and senior coordinator, Inspired Kindergartens (Tauranga Regional Free Kindergarten Association) to attend the 69th Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Préscolaire/ World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) World Assembly and International Conference, June 2017.
Gaylyn Campbell, senior teacher, Ruahine Kindergarten Association to attend the 69th Organisation Mondiale pour l’Éducation Préscolaire/ World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (OMEP) World Assembly and International Conference, June 2017.
2015 grant recipients
Linda Vermeren, head teacher, Roscommon Kindergarten, Counties Manakau Kindergarten Association to attend Excellence in Early Years. How the Theory Translates into Effective Everyday Practice course in Chiang Mau, Thailand, April 6 - 7 2016.
Leona Smith, teacher, Plimmerton Kindergarten, He Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens to travel to Japan to work/teach in a forest kindergarten - teacher exchange in Japan, 2016.
Christine Alford, teacher, Mairtown Kindergarten, Northland Kindergarten Association to attend the summer symposium - Developing a pedagogy of play in Portland, Oregon, June 2016.
Joyce Barns was born in 1916 and died in 1997. Both parents died when Joyce was very young and she and her brother were bought up in Invercargill by maiden aunts. Joyce trained as a kindergarten teacher in Dunedin and was the Director of several kindergartens and the prestigious Helen Deem Centre which was used in the training of Plunket nurses.
Joyce moved to Wellington in 1947 and was the Director of the Taranaki Street Nursery School, at that time used for the training of Kindergarten teachers. In 1951, Joyce Barns, the director of the Taranaki Street Nursery School, received a bursary from the British Council to study "the most up-to-date methods in work with young children" at London's Institute of Education. Joyce became principal of the Wellington Kindergarten Teachers College, a position she held till 1974 when the Kindergarten Teachers Colleges amalgamated with the Teachers Colleges.
Joyce is remembered as being very warm and caring of “her girls” at the Training College. She was quite proper, but had a great sense of fun. Joyce’s influence on early childhood education has been widespread and enduring.
The Joyce Barns Travel Trust was set up to provide grants to registered kindergarten teachers currently employed by a kindergarten association, to assist with the cost of travelling overseas to study or to assist meeting costs of attendance at early childhood education conferences.