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Opening of ECD Centre a milestone for Mitchell House

A new milestone in the history of Mitchell House was reached on Friday when the first phase of the new Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre, also known as Squirrel’s Nest, was officially opened. The facility currently comprises ample classrooms, offices, ablution facilities, a kitchen and covered outside recreational area with a spacious music and art …

A new milestone in the history of Mitchell House was reached on Friday when the first phase of the new Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre, also known as Squirrel’s Nest, was officially opened.
The facility currently comprises ample classrooms, offices, ablution facilities, a kitchen and covered outside recreational area with a spacious music and art room that can also be used as a hall for functions. A second phase is in the planning process.
Andrew Cook, Headmaster of Mitchell House said that the facilities for pre-schoolers started off with classes for two grades, but it soon became clear that some expansion was necessary and the idea of a fully-fledged ECD Centre and not just a series of additional classrooms tacked on to the Junior Phase block was born. Cook related that a deputation from the school then accompanied the architect on a reconnaissance mission to Johannesburg to consult on best practices that might provide inspiration for the project. “No stone was left unturned and our board members were seduced by the project,” Cook added. “Given the uncertain economic climate and the financial commitment required, the Board exercised due diligence and caution but allowed us to proceed.
“As the building took shape, I was struck by its generous proportions and wondered privately whether if I had been better informed, I would have allowed such generosity. Thank goodness for my ignorance and for the prescience of my colleagues, because I am sure that you will agree that this is a building that is the equal at least of anything in the field and truly a benchmark model for the future.
Cook thanked God for protecting those involved in the building and asked the Lord’s blessing on all that will work and play in the new facility.
He also extended gratitude to the board of Mitchell House, the architect and his professional team, the builder and contractors and the staff of the school and congratulated them on a job well done.

Story and photos: BARRY VILJOEN
>>barryv.observer@gmail.com

Andrew Cook, Headmaster of Mitchell House with one of the guests of honour, Engenas Lek­ganyane, Bishop of St Engenas Zion Christian Church.
Andrew Cook, Headmaster of Mitchell House, addresses guests at the official opening of the facility.

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