Half a century celebrated

Celebrating Grasmere Kindergarten’s 50 years are (back from left) teacher Tracey Harris and...
Celebrating Grasmere Kindergarten’s 50 years are (back from left) teacher Tracey Harris and former teachers Elaine McCrone and Megan Pearson, with children (front from left) Lyla Wilton (3), Benny Smith (3), Tane Timu (4), Beauden McLaren (3) and Oakley Jefferis (5).
Little fingers just wanted to scoop up the icing on top of the cake at Grasmere Kindergarten’s 50th anniversary celebration in Invercargill yesterday.

They managed to hold off, with some encouragement from the teachers, while candles were lit, Happy Birthday was sung and a photo was taken, with the cake then quickly whipped away to be cut up for their morning tea.

At the celebration was Elaine McCrone, who had taught at the kindergarten for 34 years before leaving about eight years ago.

So much had changed in the years she had worked there,

however the environment had not.

"It’s just exactly the same — it feels the same."

Two of her former kindergarten pupils, Grasmere Kindergarten teacher Tracey Harris and former teacher Megan Pearson, were also there to celebrate.

Mrs Pearson said while children would not always remember that it was the kindergarten teachers who taught them to count, to write their names and wipe their bottoms, the children would always remember the feeling they belonged somewhere safe and secure and that someone loved them, she said.

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