Our New Home Takes Shape

Parents, teachers and friends of the Cardiff Steiner Early Years Centre have been busy painting, prepping, sanding and gardening to transform our new home in St Anne’s School, Crofts St, Roath.

The lovely former infants school closed in July as part of Cardiff’s schools reorganisation. When we got the keys on 1st September it had been emptied of equipment and furniture, and the space looked simply beautiful, bathed in sunlight and waiting quietly for the next part of its life.

With just five weeks to get the two kindergarten rooms, new parent and toddler room and hall ready for our Open Day on Sat 8th Oct, we  invited all our families and friends to come along and be a part of the transformation.

We set to work filling, sanding, cleaning and gardening with gusto, while our teachers and assistants looked after the children in the ‘old’ kindergarten on Iron St. It has been rewarding stuff…good fun, good people, good food, good work.

Everyone has pulled  together in a truly inspirational way, often going truly above and beyond the call of duty – putting in 12 hour days to make sure get the beautiful wooden floors are sanded and sealed and whisking up feasts for up to 20 hungry workers at a time.

We are now in our final phase of works. Plans for this week include sanding the floor of Sun Garden, painting the hall, and ‘lazuring’ the Kindergarten rooms. Lazuring is a paint effect used in Steiner Schools around the world where walls are painted with transparent radiant color.

It is described as “a spiritually oriented painting technique, the white surface behind lazure color reflects light back through the layers of glaze making the colors appear to be ‘in the space’ rather than simply on the wall … The combined colors in the lazure method weave an enlivening variety for the human eye and spirit. Never intruding, always inviting, the colors interplay with the subtle nuances of nature, creating a depth not normally present on most interior walls.

Lazure is applied in layers of paint prepared nearly as thin and transparent as watercolor, consisting of water, binder, and pigment. It is applied with a rhythmical movement using large brushes. The final color is achieved using varied colors applied in several layers, over a white surface.  Parents Liane, a professional conservation painter and decorator, and artist Zoe, will be doing the lazuring. (video demonstarting the technique)

Our Parent and Toddler groups have been running at St Anne’s since Monday 5th Sep on Mon, Weds, Thurs 10.00-12.00, and Tues 1.15-3.15pm. Our Kindergartens will move over hopefully just after Open Day on 8 October.

We plan to say our goodbyes to Iron Street, which has been our home for 7 years, in a gentle way. When the time comes we will pack the toys in trolleys and ask the children to carry their work baskets as with ceremony we close the door of Iron Street, walk to our new home and unlock the door together for the first time.

 

Success – Council Recommend our Bid for School Building

Our bid to buy the former Hawthorn Junior School in Llandaff North has been successful. Cardiff council officers have recommended to their Executive that they accept our proposal on the building subject to confirmation of our funding.

Executive member for finance and service delivery Councillor Mark Stephens said:

“The council has had to carefully consider balancing the need to obtain the best possible return for this site with the local community’s desire to see the buildings retained. This option would still deliver a reasonable capital receipt which would be invested back into schools in the city while the Steiner School have also confirmed they are prepared to discuss wider use of the building with the local community.”

Campaigners, who have been fighting to save the building since it shut two years ago, welcomed the news. Residents Association Chairwoman and campaign leader Stephanie Wilkins said:

“If we had not campaigned so hard, I’ve no doubt the school would have been demolished for housing by now. But residents felt very strongly about the school’s importance to the area architecturally, socially and historically, and fought hard to save it.”

We are delighted that council officers are recommending that our bid be accepted. We are now in negotiations with the council and plan to open Cardiff’s first Steiner School in September 2012. We look forward to being able to offer a first-class holistic education to children in Cardiff. If our negotiations are successful, then we would embrace working closely with the community who have fought so hard to save this wonderful Victorian building.

 

A New Home

We have a new home! It is a great pleasure that we can now let you know that we will be making a new home for the Kindergarten in St Anne’s school in Crofts St, Roath. The lovely small school will make an ideal setting for our current Kindergartens (and the start of a Steiner School for 7 year olds up next year).

Parent and Toddler groups will start there from next Monday 5th Sep and run 10.00-12.00 Mon, Weds, Thurs and 1.15-3.15pm Tues (these replace our Iron St groups). Kindergarten will move over in the next 3-4 weeks.

We are so excited for the children about the extra time and space outside that they are going to gobble up with gusto. Once we are resident, all the children will begin the day outside with a good play to start the day. We’ll have the flexibility to spend more of the kindergarten morning outside, even the whole morning when the mood and weather takes us. Run boys and girls, run, climb and swing.

The teachers visited the school yesterday, it had been emptied of the primary school’s equipment and furniture and the empty space looked simply beautiful, bathed in sunlight and waiting quietly for the next part of its life. Parents will coming in this week to start painting, prepping, cleaning and gardening to get the space up and running asap.

We plan to say our goodbyes to Iron Street, which has been our home for 7 years, in a gentle way. When the time comes we are wanting to pack the toys in trolleys and ask the children to carry their work baskets as with ceremony we close the door of Iron Street, walk to our new home and unlock the door together for the first time. 🙂

 

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