Camphill School Aberdeen opens its doors

Members of the public will be able to visit the place where the international Camphill movement began 70 years ago, during an open day at the Camphill campus of Camphill School Aberdeen on Saturday, September 25 from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Visitors of all ages will be able to take part in craft and arts activities. Children’s activities will include donkey rides and face painting. There will be a barbecue and refreshments throughout the event.

Camphill campus

Pupils on the Camphill campus of Camphill School Aberdeen

One of the highlights of the afternoon will be the opening of the school’s new £305,000 therapy centre.

The new centre has been constructed with fundraising support from the Society of Friends of Camphill School Aberdeen, thanks to large donations from The Wooden Spoon and The Robertson Trust.

Other individual fundraising efforts have included Jane Riach, the mother of a Camphill pupil, who raised more than £4,000 by climbing Kilimanjaro, Katy Wood, the sister of a Camphill pupil, who recently raised more than £500 with a daring skydive and Camphill pupil Jack Stewart who raised £750 dying his hair mahogany.

Karen Johnston, chairperson of the Society of Friends of Camphill and a parent of a pupil at Camphill School Aberdeen, explains the importance of the new Therapy Centre:

“Camphill School Aberdeen is recognised as a centre of excellence which has helped so many children with special needs to reach their potential. The school’s therapeutic programme is a substantial element in that success. 

“At the moment the therapies are provided in the shared facilities of the school. Having a dedicated therapy centre will undoubtedly increase their effectiveness. The school also intends to open the new therapy centre to support individuals in the wider local community.”

Camphill House, in the Milltimber area of Aberdeen, first opened its doors to children with special needs on June 1, 1940. Now there are six communities that are part of Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire. In all more than 700 people live and work Camphill communities in the Aberdeen City and Shire area.

From Aberdeen, Camphill has grown internationally and now extends to 100 centres in 23 countries.
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