CUTE KIDS: Dressed in colourful costumes, children from the Nuri kindergarten put up an entertaining show
MORE than 800 parents and pre-schoolers filled the foyer of Plaza Angsana, Johor Baru, to attend the "XmasXtra Vegenza 2012", a fun-filled programme for little ones organised by Nuri Kindergarten.
A host of activities were arranged for the 170 pre-schoolers from 19 kindergarten branches throughout the districts of Johor Baru and Kulaijaya to display their talents.
The children, aged between 4 and 6 were clad in attractive and brightly coloured costumes.
They performed various activities such as aerobic exercises, a choir presentation, traditional and modern dance, storytelling, a drawing competition and a drama performance.
Joining the programme were 20 occupants from Johor Baru Handicapped and Mentally Disabled Children Association who were invited by the organisers to attend the gathering.
The children from the association also performed two dances, the popular Korean dance Oppa Gangnam Style and Hawaiian Hula Hula led by their instructor Nino Suvremisane.
Nuri's business and development manager Nurulhuda Abdul Rahman presented a donation of RM2,000 to the mentally disabled children's association.
The emcees for the day were 6-year olds from Nuri's Taman Universiti branch, Neurrohadatul Aisyi Aisyiq Nurasyid and Jonas Ang Shi Jun.
The concert started out with an aerobics session known as Nurobics with 15 pre-schoolers from the Nuri Bandar Putra, Damansara Aliff, Impian Emas, Johor Jaya and Kulai Putri branches.
Dressed in sports attire, the kids humorous movements aroused a lot of laughter from the audience.
Following the 10 minute refreshing activity, everyone joined in to sing the school song.
The excitement peaked as 10 children aged between 2 and 4 years old, from the Taman Universiti branch performed the Chicken Dance to an enthusiastic crowd.
Next came the Power Reading session where 5 and 6 year old children presented four topics, in four different languages.
Five-year old Amiera Maisarah Mohd Fauzi received a rousing applause as she spoke about the scenery, environment and amenities at the Legoland Theme park in perfect English.
Amiera thanked both her parents and teachers who monitored her progress in the language consistently.
In the inter branch landscaping collage art competition, the Nusa Bistari kindergarten won first prize, followed by Nusa Perintis a Danga Bay branch of the same kindergarten.
Each team comprised four children from the 19 Nusa Kindergarten branches.
Other performances include storytelling in four languages by kids from the Nuri TU branch and a taridra (drama and dance) performance.
The kindergarten's event manager, V. Jainthi said the children were talented and had a positive attitude about attending kindergarten.
"The parents are very supportive.
They always attend the rehearsals and give us ideas and tips as well," she added.
The Nuri Education Centre was first set up in Johor Baru 22 years ago.
There were 19 branches in Johor, and four in Selangor.
The kindergarten focuses on a holistic education system and offers subjects such as Kidz IT, Power Maths and English, Music and Movement and Nurobics.
Currently, the centre employs 200 teachers and boasts of 2,000 pre-schoolers.
Besides teaching children between the 3 and 6, nurseries for babies and toddlers are also available.