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A CONNECTION SHARED! By Chris Nicol, head teacher.

Covid and Lockdown has most definitely changed how we have been able to connect with our Kindergarten children and whānau!  Distance Learning and Zoom Mat-times will never replace the joy of teaching but has enabled us to keep some precious communication lines open. As Lockdown lingered, we looked for creative ways to stay close to our families and created a "Gallery in the Garden!" The children shared a photo of their family to display in our Community Garden so that we could celebrate in a small way, the special connection between Kindergarten and family. The family photos looked wonderful and the children loved seeing the photos of their friends, Toto (the Kindergarten rabbit), the teachers and of course their own family!

As a teaching team, we loved preparing the display and while we haven't been able to see some of our Kindergarten whānau for quite a while now... it was special creating an event for our kindergarten families to come together (with social distancing and masks). Whanaungatanga, which is all about relationships, has been very different in the current Covid climate and we are looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Our Community Garden is the result of many years of fundraising by many of the amazing families and Committee that have been part of Rangitoto Kindergarten. The initial building of the Community Garden took place just before Covid Lockdown in 2020, we would love the support of any avid gardeners if you would like to become involved.



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East Coast Bays Library Team look forward to welcoming you all back when we move down to Alert Level 3 – Step 2.  

If you have books at home, please keep them with you until we reopen. You will not be charged any late fees. In the meantime, we have thousands of eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks and eNewspapers that you can access from a computer or mobile device free. If you are not a library member you can sign up online and start downloading and reading straight away! We also have Beamafilm, a free movie streaming service and lots of databases for research and study under our eResources, all free of charge.  

All the instructions for signing up, downloading, and reading our eCollections are available on the  

Auckland Library website or you can ring our contact centre on 09 377 0209. To keep up to date with East Coast Bays news, events, and online content please like our Facebook page so you do not miss anything 

When we do reopen, we will be following all the guidelines to keep you safe. We will offer request pick up from the door, implement a rigorous cleaning protocol and have bags of ‘Ready to go Reads - Librarian selected books on various themes’ that can be collected quickly & easily. Our priority will be your safety. 


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