Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Roslyn Kindergarten takes on the 5+ A Day Challenge

PRESS RELEASE
26 February 2014

Roslyn Kindergarten takes on the 5+ A Day Challenge

Roslyn Kindergarten’s philosophy is founded on an action-based approach to education, encouraging children to plan, design and implement sustainable projects and become catalysts for change in their families and the wider community. Participating in the 5+ A Day Challenge is a perfect fit with these values. The entry pack resources, based around the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, are a welcome addition to the kindergarten’s learning.

While the challenge is new to the kindergarten, encouraging healthy eating isn’t. Fruit and vegetables form a valuable part of every day life, with established gardens, fruit trees, and the welcome addition of chickens adding practical elements to their outdoor environment. The 5+ A Day Challenge, that runs throughout February, has encouraged another element with three fruit and vegetable focused events held during the month.

The children have enjoyed a friendship kebab morning tea, followed by a friendship fruit salad feast; with a friendship soup taking place this Thursday, 27 February. The friendship factor derives from the coming together to prepare and then eat the food made from kindergarten produce and ingredients brought in by families. Knowing where your food comes from and helping to harvest and prepare it for eating has been easy to implement. Tomatoes, zucchini, beans, celery and beans have all gone directly from the kindergarten gardens into the soup pot.

“The children that used to occasionally eat an apple at morning tea are now extending their taste buds to a whole variety of fruit and vegetables”, says teacher Tessa Kirner. “What’s really exciting to see is children trying new foods, and correctly identifying each”. The sharing of food plays an important role in many cultures, and the children have written invitations to encourage family members to come and enjoy their friendship events. Other fun activities have included using charts to match fruit and vegetables, giving each child a funny name – such as Crazy Carrot and Luscious Leo Lemon, and using the kindergarten produce to create new foods such as parsley bread and zucchini quiche.

With the help of Roslyn Education and Community Health (REACH) and SuperGrans not only are the children trying new foods, their families are recipients of the harvesting from both the kindergarten garden and the community garden that borders their fence, with some parents also taking cooking lessons, run next door at the Scout Hall.

The 5+ A Day Challenge is part of Roslyn Kindergarten’s long-term strategy for sustainability. Last year they moved to using the flour to make bread dough instead of play dough, producing daily fresh bread to supplement the three items of fruit each parent provides towards morning tea. These small changes have eliminated morning teas filled with foods that potentially conveyed they were healthy when in fact they contained minimal nutritional value. The challenge runs until the end of February, the next programme Roslyn Kindergarten have in their sights is the Healthy Heart Awards, an holistic approach to healthy eating, exercise and parent education.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news