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The context for creativity: Avon Dickie

Phil Redmond Architecture and Urbanism (PRau) and Avon Dickie Construction are the collective behind the gorgeous build at the Rabbit Patch Preschool in Burnside.


“A stunning light-filled setting in blondes and neutrals, with soaring ceilings and angles that create a context for creativity”

This beautiful space follows the Reggio Emilia philosophical approach to learning where children use enquiry, investigation and reflection, working alongside their teachers to construct their own learning, by participating in long term investigations and using intelligent, artistic materials.

Guided by the Reggio principles, PRau Director Phil Redmond and his team developed their idea that the building itself should not be the typical saturation of colour – that would be the role of its tiny new occupiers.

Instead, they created a stunning light-filled setting in blondes and neutrals, with soaring ceilings and angles that create a context for creativity.

Key to the brief was that the preschool should feel like a home and the result is an incredibly desirable home, at that.

The strong relationship between the spaces means children in different parts of the building can relate to one another.

Made up of three buildings – two converted workers’ cottages already existed, the new build brings the three into one.

Together they form a semi-circular arc which hugs the playground and ensures it is entirely private from the street.

However, as a hardworking building, sheer beauty was never going to be enough.

Luckily, Phil has more than received the ‘achiever of the day’ certificate for this essay in the architecture-teaching relationship.

“The parents and children love it and take a lot of pride in it – I’m thrilled it is so successful.”


Shaping child development and early learning: The Cathedral Grammar Pre-School

The Cathedral Grammar Pre-School is an inner-city, family-orientated, community-based education centre for boys and girls, located in the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School’s central city campus.



Head of Pre-School Lyndell Turner leads a team of caring early childhood teachers who possess a deep understanding of how young children learn.

“Teachers are responsive to individual interests, strengths and abilities. They listen closely to children, support them to develop oral language skills and share their ideas.

“Our Pre-School philosophy values play as instrumental in stimulating and shaping child development and early learning. Through planned and spontaneous play experiences, children form relationships, share, cooperate, develop self-regulation, they learn to test ideas and develop friendships, extend their range of experience through reciprocal relationships with people, places and things.”

“Our programme intentionally balances times of child-centred and adult-led play, plus we value extended blocks of uninterrupted time for children to make discoveries, to elaborate on projects, and to be involved in deep meaningful play,” Lyndell says.

The Pre-School children are fortunate to be located on the grounds of The Cathedral Grammar School. This means access to numerous activities and resources such as specialist art, music and physical education teachers which add value to an already strong and varied programme.

ECE hours available. For more information and Centre tours, please contact Lydia Hemingway (Registrar, The Cathedral Grammar School) on 03 365 0385 or email inquiries to