New construction at Cordwalles

Cordwalles Preparatory School’s 103rd birthday this year has coincided with the opening of its new junior primary building.

The R7 million, state-of-the-art extension to the school’s historic facilities in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal was officially opened recently by former teacher Pixie van Heerden, after it was blessed by the Reverend Ron Nicholson. Van Heerden shares a long history with the school — her husband Liebie was an old boy, she is still a parttime teacher and their four grandsons attended the school.

The new building comprises six classrooms for junior primary boys from Grade 1 to Grade 3, and incorporates a reading room and an academic support centre. The development of the new building came about because the school has seen a steady enrolment increase. Construction began in April 2014 and was completed by November 2014, allowing learning and teaching to commence in the new classrooms in January 2015.

Much of the classroom design and set-up was done by teachers who were sent on discovery expeditions with input from principal Simon Weaver, who on his travels to England and Europe sought advice from experts. The new venues also boast a storeroom for the teacher’s equipment, a SMART Board and six computers.

Great attention was given to maintain the architectural style and beauty of the red-brick campus. This year will also see the resurfacing of three Cordwalles tennis courts with AstroTurf, to create a multifunctional sports area.

Category: Winter 2015

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