Celebrations as Gore’s oldest preschool turns 70

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Making memories . . . Former pupils of Elsie St Kindergarten (from left) Gill Corry, Megan Lamb and current pupil Annie Lamb (4) cut the cake last Friday. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Gore’s oldest preschool, Elsie St Kindergarten, celebrated its 70th jubilee on Friday last week.

Former and current pupils, families and the wider community gathered to reflect on the preschool’s history.

Elsie St Kindergarten head teacher Cara Sharp said the day was fun.

“Today the children celebrated with a birthday party and birthday party games.

“Some children even dressed up to get into the celebratory mood.”

The numbers that attended the ceremony showed the great support the preschool received over the years, she said.

“I just want to acknowledge the families and how proud I am to be a part of this community.

“We’ve had a lot of help from families who helped set up the celebration.”

Three generations were chosen to cut the cake, she said.

Gill Corry, her daughter, Megan Lamb, and granddaughter, Annie Lamb (4), had all attended the school.

Mrs Corry enrolled at the kindergarten about 65 years ago.

“I think it is pretty special to have my kids come here and now my granddaughter.”

Not much had changed in the kindergarten since she attended, she said.

Mrs Lamb said she had her first memory of being stung by a bee at the kindergarten.

“I remember getting stung while sitting under the tree when I was getting a book read to me.”

However, she had fond memories of the preschool, she said.

“We’ve always loved the warm and friendly environment,

“Even as the teachers have changed, the culture has stayed the same.”