11 June 2015

Going, going, gone!

Halfway through May, life at East-West became a little more challenging for a while. The nursery class was moved into half of the grade 1 classroom, the two pre-school classes moved into one of the kindergarten classrooms, and the two kindergarten classes shared a room for the morning sessions. Just as well they only had to do it for 17 days. At the same time the ICT room was dismantled and there was no more ICT for the rest of the year, and some music classes had to be combined as well. Wow, I think that made me appreciate being on the 4th floor in a smaller classroom!

12 days later we also lost the swimming pool (due to major maintenance being needed), lunch eating area and the PE area. Alas, that meant that lunch had to be eaten in the classrooms (smelly and a bit messy but we survived) and recess play space was even more restricted than ever before, especially if there was a PE class going on at the same time. Thankfully it was only for 12 days. We survived, and so did the kids.

Why did all that happen? Well, they need to build another building which will contain 3 classrooms and covered play area on the ground floor, a new lunch area, and new PE spaces. It will also connect the old building with the new building, reducing some of the stair climbing to get between different classrooms. However, in order to do that, our old office building, which contained the nursery, preschool, and ICT classrooms, and the weights room, needed to be demolished. Fortunately the office was able to move into the new building, and the weights room was also moved there temporarily.

Here's a picture story of the demolition process.
19 May 2015 - First the roof came off!
22 May 2015 - Then the roof frame came down.

23 May 2015 - Then the rest of the frame came down and the roof came off other areas.

28 May 2015 - All the railings are gone (you can see them on the ground in the bottom right of the photo),
 and you can see a hole where they've started knocking out the floor.

28 May 2015 - Demolition the old fashioned way, with manual labour and sledge hammers.
1 June 2015 - Slowly but surely the building is disappearing. Farewell floors, and balcony.
2 June 2015 - Continuing the slow process. This work was mostly done by hand with occasional use of a jack hammer.
0735 hrs 8 June 2015 - Time to bring in the big guns - 
1235 hrs 8 June 2015 - This was a very noisy, dusty day. Thankful to be on the fourth floor as it was loud enough up there,
1625 hrs 8 June 2015 - Going ...
1640 hrs 8 June 2015 - going ...
1310 hrs 11 June 2015 - almost gone
I was very thankful that we took all the grade 4 students to Kids City on Tuesday 9th June. Wednesday 10th June was the last day of school, and incredibly crazy so that's why there are no photos on those days.

Gone - 12.30pm 15th June 2015.

I might add that all that was separating the demolition work from the area where our children play and do PE was a very high shade cloth "fence" (you can see it in the bottom photo).
I don't think I was the only one to breathe a sigh of relief when school finished yesterday with no major accidents to any of the children.
Alas, there will be no summer school this year! There's nowhere safe to hold it.

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