So finally we had the opportunity to see the new European school Luxembourg 2. It supposed to be a pleasant visit to an already finished school and we should all get to know where our kids will spend most of the days.
It really was a construction site as school administration warned us the day before. I don’t think they will be able to finish the school till 4. September 2012. Especially not if you know that whole construction sector has 4 weeks off in August.
Some observations and other parents’ comments:
- Playgrounds and recreational space are much smaller (less than 50 %?) than in the existing schools (any of them). No legal requirement on the size of playgrounds and numbers/ages of children?
- No sand pit in nursery?
- Swimming pools are fully booked from the start of the year (last years of primary will only be swimming 1/2 of the school year) – what happens when the school is full?
- Stairs call for accidents. How will they be prevented? Lots and lots of stairs…
- Classrooms are adapted to Lux law – up to 23 children, and EU schools have a maximum of 30 children?! In my son’s class there are 26…All the schools and CPE will have to share one football and one basketball pitch???!!!
- CPE is a special case since it does not have any recreational facilities (indoors or outdoors). In the crèche for instance I haven’t noticed a sand pit, they have one swing, and garderie has (from what I could see) no gym and Study Centre has any football/basketball pitch… Canteen is shared so I expect children in garderie (3-4 years) will have to share the canteen with primary and secondary? (I do hope that is a mistake)
The buildings are in general very impressive, but we should see in the first few months, if they are also functional.