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Kindergartens celebrate 90th birthday

Issue: Volume 97, Number 20

Posted: 8 November 2018
Reference #: 1H9o27

The Hutt City Kindergarten Association held celebrations for its 90th birthday earlier this month.

A group of children at Riley Kindergarten (originally and later named Moera Kindergarten) in the 1930s. Mary McKillop is in the middle row, second from the right.

A group of children at Riley Kindergarten (originally and later named Moera Kindergarten) in the 1930s. Mary McKillop is in the middle row, second from the right.

From the opening of its first kindergarten in the 1920s, the Hutt City Kindergarten Association has grown substantially over the past 90 years and now operates 19 kindergartens throughout the Hutt Valley.

Founder Nettie Riley.

Founder Nettie Riley.

The association, originally founded by Miss Nettie Riley as ‘The Lower Hutt Kindergarten Association’, celebrated its 90th birthday earlier this month.

Miss Riley was an Australian who came to Wellington to train teachers and establish a kindergarten. Moera Kindergarten was the first to be opened under her leadership in 1928.

Mary Futter grew up on Randwick Crescent in Moera and attended the kindergarten in the early 1930s. This year marks a milestone for both Mary and the kindergarten association, as Mary also turned 90 in August this year.

“I remember that my dad would drop me off on a bike which had a wooden seat for me to sit on,” she says of her time at kindergarten.

Mary Futter (nee McKillop) at 90.

Mary Futter (nee McKillop) at 90.

“I enjoyed dancing and skipping, playing near the river, making daisy chains, drawing and the concerts where I would dance with my dad. My younger brother Terrance also attended the kindergarten.”

To celebrate the association’s anniversary, a vintage fair day was held at Moera Kindergarten. Families of past, present and future kindergarteners enjoyed market and food stalls, craft activities and face painting, and were entertained by Zappo the Magician.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero, reporter@edgazette.govt.nz

Posted: 2:13 pm, 8 November 2018

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