Derek" Ballantine performs live and loud at the Rockdale
Park Kindergarten yesterday
The Southland Times
August 04, 2000
have been playing a big part in activities at Rockdale
Kindergarten in Invercargill lately.
City of Invercargill Caledonian Pipe Band pipe corporal
Derek Ballantine, who has two nieces and a nephew at the
kindy, has become a folk hero with the younger set. All
30 children now call him "Uncle Derek" .
Two years ago, when the band travelled to the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo in Scotland, the kindy kids followed its
progress on a world map.
When "Uncle Derek" and Invercargill singer-songwriter
Peter White appeared on television's Good Morning show,
the children set up their classroom like a movie theatre
to watch it _ complete with popcorn.
White's CD became a hit on the kindergarten playlist while
last month's Pipin ' Hot created another frenzy of activity
with pictures, stories and posters adorning the walls.
Yesterday Ballantine and White gave the children an exclusive
performance, the result of a request by Ballantine's niece,
four-year-old Kate Pope.
Teacher Jennifer Sycamore said creating positive Southland
role models was important for the children's development
and made learning fun.
It was also good for them to be exposed to different types