THE 34th cohort of Grade 12’s at Glenhaven Secondary made history on Tuesday, October 23 when 136 of them took English paper one, their first paper in the 2018 National Senior Certificate Examination, in a brand new hall. Traditionally they would have been split up into lots of 30, writing in five different rooms. However, all 136 wrote in the new school hall where they received 100% invigilation all round. Invigilator Molini Moodley said: “It was wonderful to invigilate in such a well-ventilated and well lit up room.” Pupil Morne Pillay said: “I really enjoyed my paper, writing with all my colleagues in a big hall.” The year also marks the first batch of Glenhaven pupils in matric to be offered specialisations in technical education — Automotive and Construction. In the future, matrics will be offered specialisations in welding and metal work, woodworking, plumbing and power systems. The hall, which is in the Billy Nair Circuit, is the first for a high school in the Verulam area.The seed that germinated into the new school hall was planted some nine years ago when Verulam Secondary Deputy Principal Phillip Reddy was appointed at the helm of Glenhaven Secondary. It took root and up went a plumule in 2010, whose foliage evolved into a steel structure over the weathered assembly area. Funds were raised over the years to foot the bill for Reddy’s three-year plan (2018-2020), which was projected to bear fruit as a completed school hall. However, construction was completed in a record breaking time of six months, just in time for the writing of the National Senior Certificate examination this year. The 770m2 hall can seat 900 people cinema style and will comfortably seat about 600 people with round tables. Sign boards on the front and the back proudly read “This is Glenhaven Secondary Hall, Welcome.” Reddy managed the project from inception to completion, assisted by Sharm Ramdhani (Acting Deputy Principal) who served as the fund raising manager, Anil Jayraj (Senior Educator) who served as the Civil Engineer, Neesha Ramcharan (senior admin clerk) who kept meticulous records and Phindi Moli (SGB clerk) who took care of the administration.The team placed on record their sincere thanks to the staff and community for their un-wavering support in cash and in kind.“The hall is still a work in progress. The school appeals to the community of business houses, former pupils and individuals to assist wherever they can in terms of painting, tiling and paving,” said Reddy. The hall will be available to the community for ceremonies, birthdays, pre-wedding celebrations, weddings, college reunions, meetings and so on. A total of 187 726 pupils will be writing the 2018 National Senior Certificate Examination in KZN.Intervention programmes have been put in over the year and principal and staff hope that pupils will replicate the preparatory exam pass rate of 90% in the National Senior Certificate Examination. — Supplied.