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Uplands Kindergarten turns 47!

A Remuera institution turns 47 in 2017. Uplands Kindergarten has been providing local children with the highest-quality early childhood education since 1970. To celebrate 45 years, the highly-regarded kindergarten hosted an afternoon tea on March 22, 2015, from 3-5pm, onsite at Somervell Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Remuera and Greenlane East roads.

Former pupils, kindergarten committee members, parents and grandparents joined the management team at a traditional afternoon tea in the kindy rooms. TVNZ presenter Rawdon Christie, whose children attended Uplands, was the MC.

Uplands began when two busy mums, Ngaire Lee and Robyn Florence, found themselves looking after a growing group of neighbourhood children in their back gardens. They bought a small, traditional kindergarten operating at St Aidans Church in Remuera Rd, but moved to nearby Somervell Presbyterian in 1976 to accommodate a growing roll. When Somervell opened new premises in 1999, the kindergarten moved to its current home, an airy purpose-built space on the lower floor of the church building. There, children develop a sound foundation for lifelong learning based on Christian values. The kindergarten’s excellent transition-to-school programme prepares them for the challenges of school.

Head teacher Michele Morrissey-Brown said families had remained loyal to the kindergarten through the years, with several generations attending. “Now we have the second generation coming through the kindy, the children of those early pupils, which is wonderful to see.”