Carol Hartley, Jemma Smith and Pat Rogers, Mangere Bridge Kindergarten (Auckland) - Kindergarten at the Farm, and Rylee Is Curious

Carol Hartley is the Head Teacher and Lead Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008.

Carol has been Head Teacher at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten since 1993 and completed her study for a Master of Education in 2010. She is a recent recipient of a 2012 NZ national NEiTA Leadership award. She is also co-author of “Crossing the Border” published by NZCER Press in 2012 and several earlier articles from the COI research. You can purchase a copy of 'Crossing the Border' here.

Pat Rogers is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Pat joined the team at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten in 2007 and is currently studying for her post-graduate Diploma in Education. Like Carol, she is co-author of “Crossing the Border" and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Jemma Smith is a Teacher and Researcher of the three-year action research project undertaken as a Centre of Innovation (COI) at Mangere Bridge Kindergarten during 2006 – 2008. Jemma joined the team in 2008 and like her 2 colleagues is co-author of “Crossing the Border” and several earlier articles from the COI research.

Jo Colbert (ELP) shares her thoughts after attending Carol and Jemma's workshop Mangere Bridge Kindergarten Mondays at the Farm - Understanding Risk and Challenge :

"Carol and Jemma shared with us the journey their team, children and families have taken to explore what is over their back fence. I think we were all wishing we had Ambury Park Farm over our back fence by the end of the workshop, with the opportunities this amazing place has to offer: wilderness areas, farm experiences, caves to name a few. Through the opportunities Mangere Bridge Kindergarten offers children for risk and challenge within the farm and wilderness environment children are re-affirmed as competent and capable learners, taking responsibility for their own learning.

This was an inspiring session which, I am sure, led to all of the participants now looking over their own back fences to see where they could offer children the opportunity to engage and interact within their local community."

  • The first story

    The Mangere Bridge Kindergarten team are sharing 2 stories they wrote. The first story, is about one of their farm visits.


  • This second story

    This second story, written after a farm visit as well, is about Rylee and his interest in plants and to learn more.


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