Over the past 10 months, the team at Waterfall Pre-Primary has been working on an inspiring interior project to add more fun and colour to the school décor.  The overall objectives were to celebrate the child, to reflect a home-from-home atmosphere with a distinctly South African thread, upcycling where possible.

“As a newly built school, there were many walls and spaces to fill,” explained Paula Mason, Principal. “The marketing team drew inspiration from children’s art, the beautiful indigenous iThemba Campus, South African fabrics, and online from forward-thinking international pre-schools.”

The project is unfolding over two phases and phase one is nearing completion. Above the reception a cut-out ‘Hello and Welcome’ bespoke sign produced by Mallybongwe, a Kloof-based furniture company, sets the tone when you enter. A tactile child-centric giant abacus sits under the reception desk which little ones can interact with whilst parents chat.  Children’s art is framed and on display and a shweshwe covered noticeboard highlights school and campus news.  A bright ottoman bench covered in off-cuts and indigenous potted plants complete the entrance look.

A large comfortable pre-loved couch is a feature in the welcome display room and four fabric-noticeboards add colour and warmth. For a fun element, South African-centric ‘Hello Sunshine’ alphabet cards were pegged to string above the couch.

The second phase includes using upcycled picture frames painted in a bright joyful yellow for the school hall and encouraging the boys and girls to be the artists by painting recycled blank canvases. Exciting plans for the passage and two baby rooms include vinyl art, more children’s art and mobiles.

“Our parents, children and team are so delighted with all the additions. We especially love that we are supporting local where we can and upcycling,” said Paula. “Watch this space as more unfolds!”