40 years of kindergarten in Bayrischzell: knight's castle as a birthday present
Created: 07/05/2022, 3:00 p.m
By: Sebastian Grauvogl
Speech in front of the castle: Mayor Georg Kittenrainer also stopped by at the anniversary summer party in the St. Margareth kindergarten and took a look at the new castle.
© Max Kalup
Just in time for its 40th anniversary, the Bayrischzell kindergarten once again has a knight's castle on the playground.
The inauguration was now on the program at the summer party.
– The history of Bayrischzell goes back to the Middle Ages.
However, the Wendelstein community never had its own knight's castle.
Now it is: a magnificent wooden fortress has recently been erected on the playground of the St. Margareth kindergarten.
With battlements, drawbridge, tower, dungeon - and a flag with the municipal coat of arms.
It was finished just in time for the 40th anniversary of the kindergarten, which the youngsters celebrated together with the educators, the parents as well as Mayor Georg Kittenrainer, Pastor Josef Spitzhirn and Dean Michael Mannhardt as well as many other guests and contributors in the best summer weather.
History dates back to before 1953
In her welcome speech, kindergarten director Bettina Winkel took the guests on a journey into the history of the facility.
This dates back to 1953, when the kindergarten, which used to be housed in the now demolished Steffl farm, was able to move into two rooms of its own in the basement of the extension after the school building was renovated.
In 1980 the next enlargement was due.
The kindergarten with 50 places should be the focus of the new parish center, which should also have rooms for seniors, people with disabilities and young people and also provide space for gymnastics, handicrafts and handicraft courses for locals and guests alike.
The opening followed on September 12, 1982.
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"How many Bavarians have played, romped, learned, laughed and found their first friends here?" Winkel asked the group.
Today, the team of educators looks after 50 children in two groups and, since 2019, twelve after-school children under the motto "Accompany me on my way and strengthen me for the future." of the kindergarten to master well, recalled Winkel.
Playground equipment funded by donations
For reasons of age, however, the play equipment lovingly built by the parents 20 years ago in the garden had to be demolished: a pirate ship, a playhouse and a knight's castle.
According to Winkel, the fact that the latter has now found a worthy successor is also due to the intact village community.
Almost 40,000 euros in donations were collected together with the parents' council and many helpers, and the community and church foundation had increased the sum of around 50,000 euros required for the purchase of the new castle with sandpit, which was made according to the children's wishes.
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It was a point of honor that the summer festival also went off in a medieval style.
Parents, grandparents and the AH team of SV Bayrischzell took care of the food and drink, the Bayrischzell brass band, the young Schuhplattler and the music school took care of the entertainment.
And with the little Wendelstein men and the troll Wurliz, the castle even turned into a fabulous fairytale castle.