Green makeover for Kloof school

2014-10-16 00:00

IT’S been easy to miss Kloof Pre-Primary School hidden away next to the busy Kloof Shopping Centre. Not any more.

Yesterday, beneath grey skies, the school’s children were busy turning it bright green.

The 107-year-old school is in the early stages of a rebranding programme and its 140 pupils, sporting near-luminous green T-shirts, armed with paint brushes and provided with green acrylic paint, set out to paint the school’s exterior fence facing on to Kloof Main Road.

Parent Andrew Bevan, a member of the school governing body, was on hand to supervise son Aidan (5). “It’s really just to freshen up the school and give it a new lease on life.”

The children, standing on plastic sheeting, probably managed to get as much paint on themselves as the wall; taking the opportunity to paint each other, pretend to be green-handed monsters and generally drip paint all over themselves and any adult who got too close.

A large poster next to the school entrance reads “Abuzzz! with change” and features Barnabee, who is on the way to becoming the school mentor. “The children are busy bees and Barnabee is their helper and friend,” said the school’s marketing manager Dean Sheppard. “He tells them how to go about things and points them in the right direction.”

The green fence would also draw attention to the school, which has served the Kloof community for many years, said Sheppard. It first opened its doors in 1910 as Kloof’s first local school, on land donated by the Field family who gave their name to Field’s Hill. It became a pre-primary in 1972.

“We [also] want to make people aware of what goes on here and create a curiosity about the changes that are going to happen,” said principal Colleen Phillips.

Green will be a theme both in colour and practice at the recognised “Eco School”.

“It’s a lovely idea,” said Keep Kloof Beautiful Association’s Sandra Wickee. “The school is one of the little hidden treasures of Kloof.”

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