Wednesday, 28 October 2015

New Foliage on Campus (#1571-1584)

1571. New trees and shrubs planted at the front of the new school at the top of Hamilton Drive and along Weoley Park Road. (28/OCT/15)

1572. New trees and shrubs planted in the coach park of the new school and along Hamilton Drive. (28/OCT/15)

1573. Trees for the new school waiting to be planted along Hamilton Drive.(28/OCT/15)

1574. New trees planted at the rear of the school next to the playground, along the OLRC footpath leading to Bristol Road. Taken from the 1st floor of the OLRC. (28/OCT/15)

1575. View from the front entrance of the OLRC ups to Hamilton Drive. The Golden Liquid Amber tree is red, at the top of the drive. (28/OCT/15)

1576. The Golden Liquid Amber Tree on the opposite side of Hamilton Drive is now red, while the maple trees in the thicket are lovely golden shades. (28/OCT/15)

1577. The Golden Liquid Amber Tree. (28/OCT/15)

1578. Trees along Hamilton Drive. (28/OCT/15)

1579. The thicket. The school and OLRC (now OLRC and School staff only) car park can be seen through the trees.(28/OCT/15)

1580. The Jean Sames memorial (Rowan) tree in the foreground, with the school perimeter fence in the background along the OLRC path to Bristol Road. (28/OCT/15)

1581. Skinny new trees have been planted along the school boundary, silhouetted against the trees that make up the original Bristol Road meadow boundary. (28/OCT/15)

1582. New trees planted on the school boundary close to Bristol Road. (28/OCT/15)

1583. "Johnston House car park" (on the site where Johnston stood) and surrounding oak trees. (28/OCT/15)

1584. Rosehips on the winding path with Alan Geale House in the background. (28/OCT/15)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Autumn on the Selly Oak Campus (#1552-1570)

Despite the new school opening last month, the rest of the campus is still peaceful.

1552. The winding path at the back of the OLRC. To the right is Alan Geale House. On the left is where Johnston House once stood, which is now a car park. This month, pay and display parking has been introduced to the campus. (09/OCT/15)

1553. Mushrooms and conkers along the winding path. (09/OCT/15)

1554. There is always an abundance of conkers (and squirrels) along the winding path at this time of year. (09/OCT/15)

1555. Conker on the winding path. (09/OCT/15)

1556. Blackberries growing by the winding path at the back of the OLRC. (09/OCT/15)

1557. The Johnston House car park, opposite Alan Geale House in The Close. (09/OCT/15)

1558. Alan Geale House. The car park is full of squashed conkers. (09/OCT/15)

1559. The Hydrangea bushes next to Alan Geale House with a view of The Close behind them. (09/OCT/15)

1560. The Hydrangea bushes next to Alan Geale House. (09/OCT/15)

1561. The Hydrangea bushes. On the right are the two metal bollards where the entrance to Johnston House used to be. The rear of the OLRC can be seen in the background. (09/OCT/15)

1562. Johnston House car park viewed from The Close. Facing Bristol Road.(09/OCT/15)

1563. Alan Geale House in the Autumn sunshine. (09/OCT/15)

1564. The Yew berries are coming out. These trees marked what used to be the front of Johnston House. (09/OCT/15)

1565. View of Johnston House car park along the path that used to lead to the front entrance of Johnston House. (09/OCT/15)

1566. The winding path and the rear of the OLRC viewed from next to Alan Geale House. (09/OCT/15)

1567. View from the winding path. (09/OCT/15)

1568. View from the winding path with Alan Geale House on the left. (09/OCT/15)

1569. Conker and Oak trees on the winding path. (09/OCT/15)

1570. View of The Mill (where they film Doctors) across the south car park (next to Johnston House car park) taken from the Humanities Hall, 1st floor of the OLRC. Contractors are currently using this space, waiting to make final touches to the school grounds at half term. (12/OCT/15)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Ta Dah! (#1545 - 1551)

The new school has opened on the Selly Oak campus! First day of term was 10th September.

1545. Front entrance of the new school. (23/SEP/15)

1546. View of the coach park along Weoley Park Road, (23/SEP/15)

1547. The coach park being completed. (23/SEP/15)

1548. The footpath along the side of the school on Hamilton Drive. (23/SEP/15)

1549. The Community Entrance at the back of the school (opposite the thicket) (23/SEP/15)

1550. The dropping-off zone outside the community entrance on the south-west side of the school. (23/SEP/15)

1551. Mysterious laminated letters have appeared on the trees in the thicket. Something educational? (23/SEP/15)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Balloon Message

Today we received a balloon from a year 6 student at a school in Walsall, It was found by one of our students and brought in to us. I hope they don't mind that it didn't go further, but we will definitely be replying!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Update on the New School (#1548-1544)

1548. A new wall is going up along the edge of the OLRC car park. (26/JUN/2015)

1549. The Rodeca now completely covers the exterior of the Spots Hall (on the left), and brickwork is almost complete on the south-west side of the building. (26/JUN/2015)

1550. Completed brickwork on the south-west side of the school. Taken from the OLRC car park. (26/JUN/2015)

1551. Completed Rodeca cladding on the Sports Hall. Taken on Hamilton Drive facing east.(26/JUN/2015)

1552. Completed Rodeca cladding on the Sports Hall. Taken on Hamilton Drive facing east.(26/JUN/2015)

1553. The view along Hamilton drive facing Weoley Park Road. A new fence has gone up to give Birmingham Christian College a bit of privacy. (26/JUN/2015)

1554. Completed Rodeca cladding on the Sports Hall. Taken on Hamilton Drive facing south. (26/JUN/2015)

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

RIP Patch

Poor Patch, the Grounds Team's dog, had to be put down on Monday after another seizure. He was 14. Everyone at the OLRC will miss him. He had a very nice life.

Friday, 5 June 2015

University School Update (#1540 - #1547)

1540. On Wednesday, half of the north-east side of the sports hall was covered with Rodeca - a high-impact thermoplastic. (03/JUN/2015)

1541. By Thursday, the north-east side of the sports hall was completely clad in Rodeca. (04/JUN/2015)

1542. View of the new school from the Religious and Society Hall, first floor, OLRC. (04/JUN/2015)

1543. Some interesting detail in the brickwork on the south-west side of the building. (04/JUN/2015)

1544. View of the sprinkler-system water storage tower and south stairwell (which will also be clad in Rodeca) from the footpath behind the teaching wing. (04/JUN/2015)

1545. View of the new school across what was once the meadow. Taken from the Bristol Road footpath to the OLRC. (04/JUN/2015)

1546. View of the new school from across Bristol Road. (04/JUN/2015)

1547. View of the new school from across Bristol Road, showing the temporary site entrance, not the main entrance. (04/JUN/2015)