2022 was a special year for Kenmore West Kindergarten, as we celebrated 50 years of early learning, being open since 1972.
On 3 September 2022, KWK turned 50 and we celebrated this half century milestone by hosting a family fun day where our current, past and prospective families and the local community joined us to mark this special occasion.
On the day there was plenty of entertainment, food trucks, market stalls, kids’ activities and special guests.
Kicking off the day, we were joined by award-winning Songwoman and Law-women of the Turrbal Tribe, Maroochy Barambah who hosted the official opening with a Welcome to Country, and later in the day, Founder of Indigenous Insights and singer-songwriter Sharron “mirii” Bell held a traditional dance and song performance for the children and guests.
Local councillor, Greg Adermann and State Member for Moggill, Dr Christian Rowan MP both dropped by to help with the cake cutting, which was kindly donated.
Event Coordinator and past parent, Tash Westmore said she was so proud to be involved with organising this special milestone for the not-for-profit community kindergarten in 4069.
“I was so thrilled to be a part of planning this historic event for Kenmore West Kindergarten. We had plenty of wonderful activities and entertainment on the day to celebrate this key milestone and pay tribute to the kindy’s history,” Ms Westmore said.
“The kindy also strives to be as sustainable as possible in its operations and gives love back to the land. It’s truly a wonderful early learning environment for the children.” She added.
Kenmore West Kindergarten Directors, Natasha Moore and Robert Pratt added further, saying the kindy has a strong emphasis on its natural surroundings and this is a core thread throughout their entire learning curriculum.
“Education for sustainability is an integral component of the kindy’s culture and curriculum. Children’s intrinsic love and appreciation for the natural environment is fostered,” Ms Moore said.
“There are ample opportunities for children to engage and interact in nature. There are opportunities for children to engage in learning experiences that empower them as active citizens for a sustainable future.” Mr Pratt added.
Bringing the community together
Past, present and potential students as well as the wider community enjoyed the family fun day, which featured a large inflatable play area, reptile encounters, craft activities, face painting, live music, food trucks and a cake and plant market stall.
A special exhibit was also set up displaying some of the kindy’s most precious memorabilia, photos and stories from the past 50 years. A magical way for the community to step back in time.
Overall, it was a successful day with all proceeds raised helping KWK to continue providing high quality educational programs to its children, improve facilities and replenish resources.
Congratulation KWK – here’s to another 50 years!
WATCH NOW: To view all the festivities check out the below video recap:
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Kenmore West Kindergarten (KWK) is a not-for-profit community kindy who are proudly affiliated with C&K, and offers a high quality educational program with a strong focus on community and the natural environment.