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Valley Road, Puriri
Ph 07 868 1031
Puriri School is the finest little country school around
Thames Montessori, Moanataiari St. Ph: 07 868 6146
“It follows that the child can
only develop fully by means of
experience of his environment.
We call such experience ‘work’.”
We are open Monday to Friday 9am-3pm. Closed mid Dec to mid Jan.
Ph (07) 868 6146
308 Grey Street, Thames
Ph: 07 868 7707 Fax: 07 868 7797
• Part of your community
• Fully qualifi ed teachers with a passion for teaching and learning
• Children can enjoy and explore learning areas at their own unhurried
• A place where children become confi dent competition learners –
developing a love of learning for life.
Contact Lianne, Karen H, Lynette, Marie or Karen A
for further information
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8.45am-2 .45pm, Wed 8.45-1pm from 2 years up
A special blend
Te Whariki, the New Zealand Early Childhood
Curriculum, is the foundation for all early
childhood education throughout the country.
Montessori education fits comfortably within
the framework of Te Whariki, however teaching
staff at Thames Montessori blend Montessori-
specific learning with a broader range of
resources and teaching styles.
Some principles of the Montessori philoso-
phy are: Every child is a unique person with
creative potential, the drive to learn and the
right to be treated as an individual; children are
encouraged to work at their own pace, either
individually or in co-operation with others;
and competition is avoided so that children are
less likely to compare themselves to others, but
rather strive to do their best each day.
Thames Montessori is based in a classroom
with the Moanataiari Primary School in Thames
and is equipped with Montessori resources
and philosophy. Visits are welcomed by ap-
Awesome learning experiences filled with fun
and adventure is what Thames Kindergarten
is all about.
Sharing, choosing, discovery, independence,
co-operation, listening and making friends are
at the heart of the everyday activities. Part of
the Central North Island Kindergarten Associa-
tion, the kindergarten gives children endless
opportunities to explore their environment, take
on new challenges and continuously enjoy new
Puzzles, dramatic play, nature and science
exploration, music making and dance, sand
and water play, blocks and construction, stories
and art, are all on the menu, not to mention the
delicious creations the children produce in their
daily baking sessions.
“There is so much happening, the children
are always busy and entertained. We do at least
one big trip every term. Our most recent one
was a visit to Kelly Tarltons which everyone re-
ally enjoyed,’’ said head teacher, Lianne Dudson.
“We are also very proud of our environmental
projects. We have chickens here and the chil-
dren are able to collect the eggs which are then
used in our cooking. We also use the vegetables
from our own garden and our food waste
gets recycled through both the chickens and
the worm farm. The children learn about the
environment and sustainability at a young age,
which is great,’’she said. For further information
call Thames Kindergarten on 07 868 7797.
Learning with fun and adventure
Puriri School is a two-teacher school ap-
proximately 12km from Thames, set beneath a
giant puriri tree.
As a school we can offer a number of attrac-
tions: Swimming (the school has a 23-metre
swimming pool that is well used during the
season); a large playing field with a permanent
cricket pitch; an adventure playground; an
arboretum (native bush walk area); and a
recently-refurbished skateboard ramp.
Attached and within the school grounds is a
playgroup which operates two days a week –
Tuesday and Thursday.
We can also offer small class numbers and
an annual school camp programme, which has
seen the tone of the school become a relaxing,
caring learning environment. Laughter and
social interaction is evident. The children run
the school assemblies and the school caters for
a variety of sporting activities.
Puriri School is often referred to as the “Best
little country school around”.
Visitors are most welcome to come and see
what we can offer.
Tauree-Ann Paki and Lena-Alice Simon Fraser arriving at Thames Kindergarten.
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