The Branch School of Croydon opened its doors to local people in 1990. Initially meeting at a TAFE venue, the final home was found shortly afterwards at “Silver Birches”, a quaint but beautiful, two storey historical residence, situated in the established, park-like setting of Wyreena Community Arts Centre, from where the City of Maroondah conducts many community groups. What followed at Silver Birches were many hours of enthusiastic service and fine attention from a small band of students, as the interior of the building was cleaned, painted and curtained, topped off with lovely and enriching prints on the walls. Over the years Maroondah City Council has generously added to the restoration of the old home with some major structural works. Everyone who comes to Silver Birches enjoys the light, bright and peaceful ambience they find there, complemented with beautiful flower arrangements in abundance, faithfully arranged by students each week. Though a smaller Branch in terms of numbers, the strength of the School holds together a robust group of long-time students, as well as newer students. Many find the friendly and intimate environment appealing and all newcomers can be assured of a warm, affable welcome, as they set about their philosophic enquiry in small groups ably facilitated by dedicated, experienced tutors.