Hall heralds a ‘genesis’ for school

2015-08-25 06:02
A Heathfield High School pupil walks across the field in front of the new school hall.  

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A Heathfield High School pupil walks across the field in front of the new school hall. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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For the first time in 54 years of the Heathfield High School’s existence the school finally has a hall of their own.

Principal Mark Engelbrecht says since the 1970s there was a campaign from the staff and community calling for a school hall to be built.

“Numerous calls and fundraisers were held but nothing was done for all those years up until the Western Cape Education Department and the Garden Cities Archway Foundation came on board to fulfil this need for the school,” he says.

Construction on the hall started in October last year and was completely in the first week of March this year.

The school hall was handed over the pupils and the staff in March, but now a special opening ceremony will be held on Saturday 12 September.

“We would like to invite the community, former teachers, pupils and parents to the opening to celebrate this historic moment with us,” he says.

However the hall can only accommodate 700 people and anyone interested is asked to make contact with the school to book a seat.

Further, Engelbrecht says the staff and pupils are excited and proud of their new facility as they had to in the past conduct all assemblies in the quad outdoors.

“This hall in many ways will open the doors for the school and the pupils, parents and teachers.We can now host events and pupils can also organise fundraisers,” he says.

As part of the celebrations the school also has a new project in place in an effort to preserve the history and tradition of the school.

Wesley Neumann, a staff member of the school, says all former pupils, teachers and associates are called upon to contribute to the time capsule.

“The time capsule will be the genesis of the long awaited Heathfield High School ­Alumni Association,” he says.

Nuemann says guests are urged to bring along any mementos, photographs or anything linked to the school to the opening ­ceremony.

The time capsule will be sealed for 30 years and only opened again at the alumni’s 30th anniversary on 12 September 2045, Neumann explains.

“By then the incumbent school population and school community will add more memorabilia to the time capsule,” he says.

The current school population already has an event planned for 2045 - “Looking forward by looking back”.

“This is part of us preserving the ethos, tradition and culture forever,” he says.

To RSVP your attendance of the opening event at the school, send an email to hfschoolhall@gmail.com.

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