CURRO’s roots in Hillcrest

2015-10-27 06:00
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Some of the CURRO HCA Cheerleaders who performed in the opening parade.

PHOTO: supplied Some of the CURRO HCA Cheerleaders who performed in the opening parade.

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FROM a Cowshed in 1988, a pre-school was opened and the Tongaat Mushroom Farm became the new home of Hillcrest Christian Fellowship church.

According to Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy marketing director Fiona Johnson, the church birthed the school and in 1994 and 60 pupils were enrolled into Hillcrest Christian Academy Primary School. “On Tuesday 18 January 1994, HCA was opened by the town Clerk of Hillcrest – Mr Barry Stopps. Mr Eric Tocknell rang the bell for the first time and the children assembled in the hall for the school’s first assembly.

“HCA’s first principal, Mrs Christine Walenn bravely pioneered the first school year and then handed over the reins to our current executive head Mr Melville Temlett.”

She said the school celebrated its 21st birthday this year, and since the days of small beginnings the school has now found a new owner in Curro and opened a high school.

“Curro has impacted the educational landscape of the school with two key ingredients 21st Century Curriculum development and the capital injection into not only developing the pre and primary school but developing a 7.2 ha site on the corner of Inanda and Accutts Drive.

“The premises will boast a double storey administration block a 900-seater hall, 30 classrooms along with pristine sporting facilities. These will comprise an Astro, a 50 metre swimming pool, seven tennis courts and two rugby and cricket fields. Sporting academies, with professional coaches will be offered for cricket, swimming and tennis, whilst all other sports will be coached by skilful, dedicated coaches.”

Johnson added the cultural department will offer a music school, drama, art, debating and toastmasters. “We have been blessed and look forward to making a difference to each pupil’s life.” - Supplied

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