Angela Peters already solves a mammoth task on the morning of the first day of school: The vice principal of the Swistbach School in Heimerzheim gathers all 328 primary school students in the small area in front of the new container building. Most of the children move into new classrooms behind the steel outer walls after the Christmas holidays.
There is also a tight program for them that initially has nothing to do with lessons: In order to meet the new corona test statutes of the NRW government, the children have to learn new rules. In a total of 16 classes, you no longer just have to take the lollypop tests, but also carry out individual lollipop tests. For the children, the second lollipop that morning doesn’t seem like much extra effort.
Learning new ways in the container building
Before the start of lessons, each class must also walk the new paths in the container building, memorizing the one to the toilet and the one to the school yard. The students should get to know everything on the first day. They now spend their breaks on the small sports field behind the comprehensive school. Benches and basketball hoops are already in place, other play options could be added if this new area for playing proves itself. This morning the place is firm after the frosty night. “We have to see how that works when everything is wet and muddy there,” explains Peters.
The first two school hours are greeted, tests and all organizational matters, then the pupils and the teachers, who now have their own room for the staff, arrived at the container school. Among other things, this was made possible by the “Stylians for Kids” motorcycle club. The bikers from Meerbusch drove up with a truck full of elementary school furniture, according to Peters 800 tables and 1,600 chairs – all donated by the city of Meerbusch: “The furniture is tip top.”
The city of Meerbusch equipped its schools with variable furniture last year. Corinna Müllenborn, teacher at the Swistbach School, had discovered the donation offer on the Internet, whereby the bikers had already offered the transport. Without further ado, around 20 members of the motorcycle club, 15 parents and ten helpers unloaded 144 tables and 288 chairs on the weekend before school started and packed them into the new container classrooms on Blumenweg in Heimerzheim. According to Peters, the bikers then brought the other furniture to schools in Schleiden-Gemünd in the Euskirchen district and also to the Ahr valley. “Because of the bad weather, the bikers came with their cars. But you have announced that there will still be a motorbike convoy in front of the school, ”reveals Peters.
In the containers, however, there should not only be new things to be seen. Peters carefully packed the crafted stars that she will soon be hanging up with students in the new classroom. All of the teaching material that was previously distributed across the Swistbach School building affected by the flood, the comprehensive school and the first containers has now been brought together again.
“Special thanks go to the comprehensive school, because the school management has always approached us over the past six months and has shared everything with us. The congregation has really worked its way out of the way so that we can now teach here, ”Peters summarizes. The vice-principal can breathe a sigh of relief when she looks at the container with the facility and children after the holidays: “It looks like a school again.”
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