Waldorf to build campus

2016-12-06 06:01

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A “patch of farmland” is set to become the new home of the Imhoff Waldorf School, as the school sets out to develop a R100m campus early next year, which will house a pre-primary, primary and high school.

The new campus will be located on a 5.3ha piece of land that will be subdivided from Imhoff Farm. The three-way intersection at Ocean View police station will be upgraded to a four-way intersection, with the new fourth road leading to the campus.

“At the moment the campus site is no more than a patch of farmland that is grazed by camels and goats,” says Imhoff Campus spokesperson Clive Bester.

The first phase of the development will start in March and will include the construction of infrastructure for electricity, water and roads. This will be followed by the construction of the high school in the second half of next year, and then the pre-school and primary school the following year.

The pre-primary school will house 125 children in five classes, the primary school 175 learners in seven grades and the high school 150 learners in Class 8 to Class 13.

The campus will also have sports facilities, a hall and administration buildings, Bester explains.

A secondary high school for another 100 learners, a tertiary education facility and a vocational training facility are also on the cards.

The need for the campus came up as the school looks for a permanent home, explains Bester.

“The Imhoff Waldorf pre-school and primary school have been situated on a leased portion of Imhoff Farm for over twenty years. Although our landlord has other plans for the current school site, he is also very keen to have Imhoff Waldorf School as a permanent presence on Imhoff Farm, and so has offered to sell the new site to our school.”

All togetherThe current site is also not large enough to house a high school, which is currently operating from the former Solole property in Sunnydale on a temporary lease.

“The new campus will make it possible for all faculties of the Imhoff Waldorf School to be together on one site,” says Bester.

The new campus should also help address a shortage of school options on the south peninsula, he says.

“The campus will be a rolemodel of environmentally-sensitive and appropriate development. Waldorf education also stresses proper care for our planet. We trust that the physical space that we create will work hand-in-hand with the teaching to imbue in the children a genuine understanding and appreciation of our natural environment and the need to care for it.”

The school’s new campus will look to be inclusive, especially for those from disadvantaged communities, says Bester.

“We hope to mirror the cultural diversity of our country in the campus population, and in so doing help address historical imbalances and misperceptions. The Imhoff Waldorf School also runs a proactive sponsorship programme, the aim of which is to help poor children attend the school.”

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