Posted June 2019

KU West Pymble Preschool has celebrated their 50th anniversary of providing quality early childhood education and care to local families by holding a community event last Friday.

The preschool held an afternoon tea that was attended by Member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens SC MP, KU Children’s Services CEO, Christine Legg, as well as children, families and staff from the centre.

“We had a fantastic time celebrating our 50th anniversary and it was lovely to recognise the special occasion with our preschool community, including over 20 former staff members, with some staff dating back to 1974,” said KU West Pymble Director, Katrina Hendry.

“Uncle Laurie visited us for the celebrations to perform a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, before we had speeches recognising the history of the preschool. We then finished with a nice afternoon tea with each other.”

One of the highlights of the event was the burying of a time capsule, which is set to be opened in 25 years’ time when KU West Pymble turns 75.

“The theme behind the time capsule was ‘What kind of world do you want to live in? Thinking about a positive outlook for the future’,” said Katrina.

“We discussed ideas about the future with the children, looking at topics such as the environment and reconciliation, and the children were very excited to contribute to the contents of the time capsule.”

“We included quotes from the children about their thoughts for the future, some of their artworks, photos of the preschool and our children, and our Reconciliation Action Plan.”

“The time capsule provided a great opportunity for the children to think about how our actions today can have a positive impact on the world we live in, in the future.”