Our library was one of the lucky recipients of Lilli’s love and attention over the summer.
The library underwent a massive re-vamp, starting from a huge jumble of over a thousand books, some on shelves, some stacked in piles, some stored in boxes under tables…. Our library now hosts what is undoubtedly the nicest (and most beautifully organised) German children’s book, video and music collection in Canberra.
Just a few of the myriad books that got sorted this summer.
Many books were given to grateful families, many others were donated to LifeLine to carry on their good work circulating in the wider German community. Only the best made it through to the finals, to our sleek new library, so we are sure you will enjoy browsing our shelves.
New books and donations are being received all the time by our librarians Florian and Lilli, so keep checking the shelves for fresh material and old favourites.
The library caters for 0-16 year olds, and sections include learning German, ABCs and vocabulary builders, children’s classics, the popular Wieso Warum Weshalb series, music, videos, mystery, adventure, and much more.
Pfadfinderinnen! Lilli has even created you a “starke Maedchen” section! Come and check it out!
After many hours of hard work over the summer, our foyer has been completely renovated.
No more horrible cramped, dark, cluttered storage area. We have welcomed in a bright, open, cheerful, greatly enlarged space to work and play in.
Each GAP child now has their own personalised area to store their personal items; Pfadfinder have more room to do woodwork and other projects; Spiel und Spass parents have more room for prams.
Many thanks to the parents and scouts who put so much time into the renovation, designing, demolishing, sorting, purchasing, cleaning, painting, tiling, fixing, woodworking, and much more. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and amazing community who can pull together to create something terrific for us all to use.
After the first stage of the demolition
Nearly ready for action (view of the north end)
First day of school in 2018 (view of the south end). Note the cute washing line on the far wall, for lost and found items!
Our January working bees and summer renovation plans are well underway!
We are half way through and have accomplished a lot.
We have demolished some walls to enlarge the foyer, done a lot of painting, and reconfigured some of our storage. We’ve ripped everything out of the storage areas and are sorting through it all.
We have had a new shed built for all the Pfadfinder gear, and we’ve repaired the roof on the old shed which will soon be for toys for 0-5 year olds only.
We have installed a fourth toilet and two new children’s sinks, as well as upgrading some of our lighting in the toilets.
We have pruned our art supplies to keep only the environmentally-friendly ones, in line with our glitter/micro-plastics ban.
Next up will be:
Installing our new and improved children’s coat and bag storage facilities; preparing for the new GAP class; re-covering the bulletin boards; moving in Pfadfinder and special events equipment to the new shed; topping up sand in the sand box; cleaning…. and lots of it! And much, much more!!
You are guaranteed to be amazed when you come to the hall next! And wait until it is all finished (by start of school on 5 February)!! Wow!
From 2018, Spielwelt will heed the call of scientists and environmentalists, and delete glitter from our art consumables.
After reading an article in the ABC news about how damaging these micro-plastics are to the environment, the committee decided there was only one way forward for an eco-conscious organisation like Spielwelt: a ban on glitter.
We will move towards more natural products for our arts and crafts, which of course is something that has been happening for years in Germany already.
Oh, those wonderfully helpful Pfadfinder! As a favour to their young friends at GAP and Spiel und Spass, the Pfadfinder scouts got busy putting their carpentry skills to good use, doing some repairs in our playground.
Wobbly benches were made secure; the slide ladder was fortified; the wall-mounted tubular music instrument was fixed so the pipes don’t slip down; and more dirt was moved in to shore up areas of erosion.
The Pfadfinder also started work on making some wooden stilt blocks for the children, which they hope to finish in time for Christmas.
Once the work was done for the evening, the Pfadfinder had fun “testing” some of the little bikes, because, you know, that’s totally necessary!
The children and parents at Spiel und Spass thoroughly enjoyed a visit from the ACT Fire Brigade recently. Those fire-fighters sure are our heroes, and they really know how to please a crowd! There was even an opportunity for children to explore the fire truck, and turn the hose onto some of our beautiful trees in Haig Park.
Spiel und Spass had a wonderful time on the ACTION bus wash trip. Happily, there was room for us all on the bus, and the children, parents, grandparents and aupairs all had a great time.
The faces are obscured in the photo, as not everyone wanted to be posted online, but trust us… everyone was grinning on the day!
Checking out the feeling on the bus windows as the brushes go past in the bus wash.