Birthday candles for kindy

Among those ready to celebrate Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten’s 50th jubilee this month are chairperson Stuart Mudford, left, centre manager Alison Leaf, rear, and its numerous pupils. Times photo Wayne Martin

An east Auckland kindergarten is about to celebrate a major milestone and it’s inviting the community to join in.

Children and staff at Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten are looking forward to marking their 50th jubilee this month.

The kindy turns 50 on May 24 and to mark the occasion it’s holding an open day from 9.30am-1pm on May 29, as well as a church service at 9.30am on May 30 at Howick Baptist Church.

“This is an occasion for the whole community and all are welcome,” centre manager Alison Leaf says.

“We would especially like to hear from past students and staff.

“Commitment from a dedicated team of teachers to keep the vision of offering a curriculum based on Te Whariki (New Zealand early childhood curriculum) and a Biblical Christian philosophy, has continued the initial foresight of original church members of serving the Howick community for the past 50 years.”

The Howick Baptist Church Kindergarten and Howick Baptist Church are both at 17 Wellington Street.