Kindergarten goes back to the beginning

Photo by Linda Robertson.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
Former St Clair Community Kindergarten pupil Kay Aitken (nee Lane) shows new pupils Lucinda McNally (centre) and Poppy Hussey (both 2) a photo of her first day at the kindergarten, in 1949.

More than 50 past and present pupils and teachers dressed in period costume to celebrate the centenary of the St Clair Community Kindergarten on Saturday.

''We think it was formed about June in 1914. But most of our historic information was destroyed in a fire in the hall in September 2007, so we've had to piece it together,'' kindergarten reunion co-ordinator Angela Wilson said.

''We know it was set up before the war. There was an ad in the ODT on January 17, 1914, asking for rooms to rent for a kindergarten in St Clair.''

Former pupils donated old photographs, toys and clothing for a display in the hall, while present pupils played old-fashioned games outside, like hopscotch and skipping. High tea was later held in the hall, while children performed songs they had been practising.

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