Collaborative partnerships between our Kindergarten and the Community enhance children’s inclusion, learning and wellbeing. Our effective partnerships support children’s access, inclusion and participation in our program.
Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten proudly acknowledge and thank the following organisations.
ACT FOR KIDS
“Act for Kids is very proud and grateful to be associated with the Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten. Over a number of years, we have been the beneficiaries of fundraising from the annual Spotlight Theatre fundraiser and raffle.
We are also very grateful for Director Michele Hoskin’s personal advocacy and commitment to children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The affiliation between our organisations is based on the mutual focus on the wellbeing of children and providing them every opportunity to thrive”.
Dr Katrina Lines - Executive Director of Services Act For Kids
STEM EDUCATION KITS
Narinda Sandry Early Years Educator, curriculum writer Science and Technology with Education Queensland, designer of STEM in a Bag (STEM Education Kits) shares with Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten, her combined love of learning, passion for Early Childhood Education, and interest in Science Technology Engineering and Maths projects.
Phone: 0417 198 776
Deb, early childhood teacher and Kevin, beekeeper, share sensory learning about Honeybees and Australian Native stingless bees.
Children discover that bees are important for our world, observe bees at work and taste delicious honey! They also hear about how our indigenous Australians have used honey and products from native bees for thousands of years.
Kevin educates and trains beekeepers through BEE ZONE Apiaries and we supply RAW honey locally.
We love to come and share about bees at Mermaid Waters Community Kindergarten. The educators and children are always enthusiastic about environmental learning within their amazing natural environment.
‘Bees are intriguing animals,’ Kev says. ‘Hives are very complex and act as a super organism where it’s never about the individual, but about the colony. We’d be a more peaceful world if we learnt from them.’
THE SOUTHPORT SCHOOL
A reciprocal partnership where Year 10 boys, along with their Educator, spend time at our Kindergarten assisting in the maintenance of our grounds and equipment and in quality time interacting with the children.
Lisa Sorbie Martin and her family are from the Moa and Murray Islands in the Torres Strait. ‘Aka Sorbie’ (Grandma Wild Cherry) as we know Lisa created our beautiful Mother Turtle art in our mud patch. Aka Sorbie is mentor and friend to our Kindergarten and visits both groups of children every term.
Lisa is a painter and textile artist whose work has been included in a number of major group exhibitions including 'Great South Land' at the New Parliament House in Canberra in 1999.
SLSQ educates our children every year about surf safety. This allows the children and their families to make informed, and potentially lifesaving, decisions before even stepping onto a beach.
RED SOIL ORGANICS
Our association with Red Soil Organics began in 2018 and Kane’s education has been invaluable!
“Here at Red Soil Organics we take pride in our quality, and really step into the heart of the earth, leaving no stone unturned. With a passion for true organics. We understand as a whole, we need to contribute to the wellness of our environment and people inhabiting that environment.”
Bunnings provides hands-on assistance with projects and teams to assist us with garden makeovers and D.I.Y. support. An annual Bunnings sausage sizzle is an appreciated and valuable fundraising opportunity for our Kindergarten.
Kindy Kippers products are Australian owned and made from quality durable materials and professionally sewn to commercial standards.
Exclusively designed to encourage young children’s independence in their use and, are tailor made for our Quiet Time stretchers. The products come with a sewn-on generous sized name label.
LIFE EDUCATION QUEENSLAND
Life Education is Queensland’s largest children's charity providing health education to students right across the state, from pre-school to high school.
We proudly partnered with Life Education in their recent launch of their new early learning nutrition program and welcomed Healthy Harold as he visited our kindergarten.
~ CR PAULINE YOUNG
Division 12 is in the south-east of the City of Gold Coast and includes the suburbs of Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters (part of), Miami, Mermaid (part of) and Mermaid Waters (part of).
We acknowledge and are appreciative of the community partnerships with our local member, which have resulted in successful grant applications and projects.
Our children and educators enjoy access to the beautiful wide open spaces and market garden of our local park.
The children have the opportunity to explore this natural space and become involved with the growers of the Mermaid Waters Multicultural Gardens.