The Cave pre-school on High Street Wicklow Town will be celebrating 20 years in its current location this Friday, May 31.
All pupils, past and present, along with their families are welcome to attend a celebration of the school’s 20 years and relive some memories with some light refreshments in the school from 4-6pm on Friday afternoon.
The CAVE, which stands for Creative Arts Venture, was originally the brainchild of Wicklow town woman Pat Kavanagh, who sadly passed away in December 2015. Pat had worked for several years in childcare, but had always wanted to implement her own vision of what preschool education should entail.
Having obtained a degree in the Steiner method of education, Pat first started up The Cave from rented premises in 1997, before building the present school on a site next to her family home in 1999. The Steiner method strives to develop pupils’ intellectual, artistic and practical skills in an integrated and holistic manner.
The cultivation of pupils’ imagination and creativity is a central focus. With this in mind, Pat incorporated activities such as arts and crafts, creative drama, music and singing, expressive dance and creative writing into the preschool curriculum.
In this venture she was ably assisted by her niece Claire Fitzgerald and also by Marj Newsome. After Pat’s untimely passing, Claire took over the management of the preschool, where she and Marj have continued to promote Pat’s Steiner-based philosophy in an inclusive and multicultural environment, along with Lynn O’Shea & Gloria Pense.