Portland Kindergarten films video for Beautiful Awards

By Danica MacLean

A day in the life of an environmentally friendly and sustainable Northland kindergarten has been captured on film.

And now Portland Kindergarten is hoping its story will win a national award.

The kindergarten has to submit a 30 second video as part of being a finalist in the Beautiful Awards, organised by Keep New Zealand Beautiful.

Filmmaker Giles McNeill, whose daughter April attends the kindergarten, lent his skills to the task and headed along on Wednesday to capture the magic. April was his assistant.

Head teacher Nerida Goodhue said the children showed off their recycling centre, worm farm, rain tank and gardens.

"It was a lot of fun, we've got some up and coming stars, they really got into it."

Four-year-old Caleb Campbell was one of many who was filmed speaking to the camera.

Four-year-old Caleb Campbell has his few moments of fame. Photo/John Stone
Four-year-old Caleb Campbell has his few moments of fame. Photo/John Stone

Dressed in his wet weather gear for Naturehood - an area next to the kindergarten where the 10 oldest children once a week play fully immersed in nature - Campbell tells the camera "we love learning about nature".

Goodhue said McNeill would edit his footage and complete the video.

She said the clip had to be submitted by September 14 to be judged and the kindergarten planned to hold a screening around the same time to show the children the finished product.

The kindergarten is in the Sustainable Schools Award category, up against Dawson Primary School in Otara and Discovery School in Wellington.

Filmmaker Giles McNeill gets up close and personal during lunch time. Photo/John Stone
Filmmaker Giles McNeill gets up close and personal during lunch time. Photo/John Stone

The awards gala dinner on October 26 at the Maritime Museum in Auckland.

Goodhue said the response to a plea in the Northern Advocate for sponsors to help get three teachers to the awards night, where tickets are $200 each, has been amazing.

Donations had come from all sort of places, including a local woman who was one of the parents in the 1970s who fundraised to established the kindergarten.

Goodhue said donations had "almost paid for the tickets".

- Northern Advocate

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