Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Plot Resolved

I've waited three months to write this post. I've had the title ready since writing the first post about the building of our new kindergarten. You can read the back-story via these links:

An Empty Plot
The Plot Unravels
The Plot Thickens
The Plot Is Abandoned

LSS, the caravans weren't caravans at all but pre-fab buildings that are plastered on the outside and set into the ground. Each one (there are two kindergartens on the plot) has it's own reinforced concrete room (a.k.a. bomb shelter) attached and a playground at the front with climbing equipment and a sandpit.

Inside, they are enormous, with cloakrooms, toilets, a kitchen, a stockroom, shelter cum office, and enough space for all those essential kindy-corners (playhouse, library/reading, art, etc...) as well as a huge activity area. We lucked out. It was certainly worth the wait.

In the end they started building right at the end of September and it took them exactly two months. Below is a photo-diary of the progress at each stage, taken from my balcony.

Meanwhile, today at 08.30 the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barakat (possibly the best looking mayor in the world - eat your heart out Boris!) is coming to an official opening. The children will be performing the songs and dances they did at the Genesis Party last week. We are all invited but after DD's non-cooperative attitude it's probably best if I don't go - I know she joins in better when I'm not there. So I'll try and catch Nir arriving from the balcony and keep away.

The original playground (don't worry they have two more playgrounds in the school).

The playground was dug up in August.

I got very excited when they started digging but then nothing happened for a month.

At the beginning of October they laid the foundations for the reinforced rooms.

The reinforced concrete rooms were built first.

Then the pre-fab unit arrived.

I thought it would be small but nice.

But they added another unit.

Ok, this is a good size I thought.

And then more units arrived. 

It was cool to see it put together. 

Wow, it's enormous!

The climbing toys arrive!

And here it is all plastered and finished. 

Nir Barakat, Mayor of Jerusalem, arrives for the opening. 

Nir Barakat
Right he's better looking than Boris Johnson?


19 comments:

  1. Congrats... BTW I think the Beer Sheva mayor who we saw on TV is quite cute too

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  2. Thank you, I don't know the Beer Sheva Mayor. There must be an official ranking somewhere online don't you think?

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  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruvik_Danilovich - he is single...

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    1. Ok, you have a point. However, he is single - where's the challenge in that?

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  4. DD wasn't upset that the other parents were there and you weren't?

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    1. Not all the parents were there as the invitation only came late last night and most of them have work. I'm interested to see if she joined in this time. I'll only find out at 4pm when I collect her.

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  5. Great news. And yes he is. Single? Off you go!

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    1. Uh-uh OSM, Nir is very much not single and very much committed to his wife. The other guy is in Beer Sheva (Beer Sheba)so that's also out. *sighs*

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    2. Shame. Doesn't hurt to set your sights high though eh?

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  6. That's fab news - how long has it taken?

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    1. The building actually only took two months but they had been promising it since June. So you could say it took them six months.

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  7. I love your pictures of the pre-fabs being craned in. We had a similar building put in to the school playground over a week about 2 years ago. I abandoned all teaching as every time the crane moved we had to run outside and have a look - I was even more excited than the children. Sadly no pictures. Miriam

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  8. Great news, that it is all finished at last. Mich x

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  9. Wow - that's amazing, so wonderful seeing it all come together, fantastic news. Popped over BYOBH. Nice to meet you :-)

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    1. Nice to meet you too and thank you for popping over. It is fascinating to see all the photos together. I have more that I didn't include. I'd like to do one of those fast slide shows that look like the place is going up as you watch.

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  10. You must be so delighted that it is finished, especially as it looks as though it is even better than you had hoped! Great to have some good news too xx

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