Kauri Montessori gets a Healthy Heart Award – Thanks Vanessa, our Kai Queen!

We are extremely proud and excited to announce that Kauri Montessori has received a Rito Healthy Heart Award from the Heart Foundation for the amazing things we do to promote healthy food and physical activity.

Last week Michaela from the Heart Foundation visited Kauri Montessori to present Vanessa with the award, which Vanessa helped us achieve by meeting reasonably stringent criteria over the course of a year regarding the provision of healthy food and the promotion of physical activity –  we are helping our tamariki to have healthy habits and healthy hearts for life.

Healthy Heart


After presenting Vanessa with the award, Michaela read one of our favourite stories “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle, and the tamariki had a lot to say about which food is healthy and the things we should all be eating more of to grow strong in our bodies and minds.

Vanessa provides varied and nutritious meals for the tamariki according to the menu, which is developed each term on a two-week rotation. Many tamariki enjoy the opportunity to help with food preparation for both morning kai and lunch and Vanessa is never short of capable helpers, patiently responding to frequent requests and questions about what we might be having for kai each day. She ensures that the experience of cooking and eating is an empowering one for our tamariki, encouraging and supporting their burgeoning independence around food.

We know Kauri whanau are aware that Vanessa does so much more than just prepare our meals and we are so grateful to have her – kia ora Vanessa for all your hard work!

By Sunanda Reddy


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