By KU Wahroonga Preschool

At KU Wahroonga Preschool, we value our local community and see them as an extended family. During these challenging times, we have initiated a number of community programs to offer our Wahroonga neighbours a perspective and a sense of belonging to our environment and our program. To support a sense of connection, gratitude and friendship in our local area, we have engaged the children at preschool and at home in making a ‘Fence of Friendship’ and growing a Spoonville community of our own.

In our otherwise fenced off and lockdown world, this provides a window on our sense of purpose, community engagement and our connection to the local area. We hope that the Fence of Friendship and our Spoonville People become the face of KU Wahroonga and bring a smile and a sense of hope and connection to our community. We also hope this offers our children at preschool and our children learning from home the ability to reunite and share the joy of a project that delights and inspires us all. We have been overwhelmed with the response from the community and we wish to thank them for their thoughtful, encouraging and positive messages of hope and thanks. Some comments from the community include:

“These paintings are beautiful and full of colour. I love walking past and reading all the messages.”

“Thank you so much for all the children’s paintings, they are so inspiring. Can I take a picture to show my work colleagues?”

“These paintings are gorgeous, my daughter enjoys going out for a walk just to look at the paintings. Thank you!”

“These paintings are beautiful. Thank you, they brighten up our day.”

“Gorgeous art. Picasso in the making!”

“Thank you. Just a little bit of colour and kindness, it brightens up my day.”

“To all the children and their teachers. Thank you for the wonderful drawings and spoons you have created, giving so much pleasure to all the community during this time. It is wonderful to smile and be cared for.”

These opportunities are a silver lining to an otherwise challenging year and we are grateful to be a part of this community and to develop our sense of belonging.