Valuing ourselves, others & the environment
On Tuesday 7 December, our very own Chandra Littlewood was honoured with the National Excellence in Teaching (NEiTA) Seed Award as well as the Early Career Teachers’ Award. She came through as a clear winner primarily because of the terrific enviro work she has been doing with the tamariki.
These awards are a big deal, they’ve been running for 27 years. Chandra was announced as the recipient of the awards in an online ceremony hosted by Minister of Education Hon. Chris Hipkins. She is one of five Award recipients but the only one to receive the Early Career Teachers’ Award. The Awards are traditionally hosted by the Minister in the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings.
Her parent nominator says: “Chandra Littlewood has been a voice for change. She has lead the teachers, children and their whānau on a journey towards more sustainable living with a respect for our environment. It is now second nature for children to put food scraps in the compost, feed worm juice to the vegetables to then harvest and eat them together. They know to take only what you need when crafting, recycle scraps and reuse cardboard from packaging. They love the park and beach clean ups and to learn all about what creatures need our help. One of Moriah’s graduates is in election to be her primary school’s Enviro Minister. In her speech she mentioned how it was Chandra that started her on this journey.”
We are so proud of Chandra and everything she has done for our tamariki.
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Moriah is a not for profit, whānau-led cooperative. We welcome all families from Aotearoa and across the world and take pride in celebrating diverse cultures and inclusive practice.
What sets us apart is our child to teacher ratio (maximum roll of 25) and our commitment to building authentic relationships with our tamariki and their families.
Moriah Kindergarten is a truly unique place. We are a community-based, parent co-operative centre where children from all cultures come together to share our special character.
What Parents Think
“The teachers are extremely warm and caring and they know my children so well; I love the little details they share at the end of the day. The other parents are friendly and welcoming too - it's a community."