Dream of decades opens its doors

2017-08-08 06:01
The Portland High School hall was officially opened on Saturday.

The Portland High School hall was officially opened on Saturday.

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A 26-year-long dream has been realised as a new school hall takes pride of place at Portland High School.

The hall was built in conjunction with the Western Cape Education Department and the Archway Foundation.

Officially opened on Saturday, invited guests included education department officials, school governing body representitives, local politicians, principals of neighbouring schools, former staff members and learners and residents of the surrounding areas who joined the staff in celebrating the completion of the school hall.

The hall cost around R6.8m to build and was completed well within deadline.

“I remember walking into a meeting at the library and them telling me that they were taking over the site today,” says school principal Ridwaan Williams.

This was in March, with the completion date set for Tuesday 15 August.

The hall was completed by Friday 30 June. When school reopened for the new term the school held its first assembly under cover.

This has been a year of firsts for the school, with new security cameras, a new principal and deputy principal, fences and now a hall.

The hall was built through the Archway Foundation, a CSI initiative of Garden Cities, which donated R3.5m, with the education department giving R3m and the school raising R250 000. With some change left over, Garden Cities CEO John Matthews gave a small donation towards the opening.

This was also the 78th hall built by the foundation in the Western Cape.

Speakers at the opening included Rushanda Oshea, a former learner and current principal of Tafelsig High School, Member of Provincial Parliament Ricardo Mackenzie and ward councillor Eddie Andrews.

Learners and former staff of the school also kept the guests entertained with both solo and choir performances.

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