Case Studies

Walking the talk at Brooklands Kindergarten

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Brooklands Kindergarten is committed to arming their tamariki with healthy and positive lifestyle habits to ensure they have the best possible start in life.

The Kindergarten was recently awarded a well-deserved gold Pa-Harakeke Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation, in recognition of its effort to improve the health and wellbeing of children.  

Heart Foundation Nutrition Advisor, Kim Pennington, says this was a great testament to the culture the kindergarten had created around healthy eating and physical activity, and they really are walking the talk.

“Their energy and passion for healthy living is commendable. Healthy eating and physical activity have been woven into everyday practice at Brooklands Kindergarten,” says Kim.

“It’s been a pleasure supporting Brooklands Kindergarten to gain their Healthy Heart Award. They are whole heartedly committed to creating a positive environment around healthy eating and physical activity.”

The kindergarten updated their celebration practice, lunchbox guidelines and provided more opportunities for tamariki to learn about the new raised vegetable and fruit gardens. This empowered and educated the children and whānau on the foods they need every day to be healthy. As a kindergarten, walking the talk and role modelling healthy eating and physical activity was integral to the success of both the children and the wider community.

Head Teacher Andy Lines says, “We are proud at Brooklands Kindergarten to say we advocate and promote healthy kai and bodies. Achieving the Healthy Heart Award was an exciting journey for all tamariki, whānau and kaiako, full of knowledge and awakenings”.

As part of Brooklands Kindergarten’s journey to achieve its award, the centre focused on active movement and keeping students’ bodies healthy. One of the ways they made this happen was through music and movement.

“The students have Whaea Rea visit every second week, to teach our tamariki Kapa Haka and a waiata. It’s optional to join, but most weeks we have a lot of tamariki ready and excited, as they see Whaea Rae coming in the gate. She is a warm nana figure to the tamariki, and they enjoy her visits immensely,” says Andy.

“We attended Puanga for the first time and sung on stage in front of a big audience. This was an amazing event to be a part of and a real confidence boost for our tamariki. They were so proud to be representing Brooklands Kindergarten and singing their waiata. Now it will become an annual event.

“Kapa Haka experiences have been great for our tamariki’s creative expression, body awareness, hand eye co-ordination, spatial awareness, ability to work as a group, language development, confidence, expression of culture & identity, and lastly integrates physical skills learning,” says Andy.


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