Arts to benefit from new facilities

2019-11-19 06:00

A roof wetting function was held on Thursday 17 October, as phase 1 of the construction of the engineering and design faculty at Wynberg Boys’ High School (WBHS) neared completion.

The event was attended by building staff from contractors and WBHS. “It was wonderful to finally visualise the new space, to be enjoyed by both the learners and staff,” said Jan de Waal, principal at the school.

These new learning spaces will be used for the teaching of engineering, graphics and design, engineering construction, electronics, creative arts, art, entrepreneurship and technology.

“The facility will also be made available to adults who attend our night school, Cwesi, that currently has 96 students and an enrolment for next year of 180 students,” says De Waal.

Construction has started on the first section of phase 2: the refurbishing and refitting of a floor into an electronics laboratory, and three theory classrooms. It will be completed by the end of this year and, from January, the workshop will be the academic home to electronics students. It will also host the school’s first Grade 12 electronics class.

“With contractors already on site, it made sense for them to proceed with the bulk ground works which form part of phase 2 of the project. A decision was taken by the steering committee to give the go ahead and to commence before the end of the year,” explains De Waal.

De Waal says that to date most of the communication about the project has been focused on the technical and engineering subjects to be offered in the building. However, he says the new facilities will also support the development of the arts.

He says the top floor of phase 2 is to house its visual and creative arts departments.

“There will be two theory and two practical learning spaces as well as a large gallery. The creative space will be used for art exhibitions, displays, drama lessons and performances.”

The school is currently in discussion with past art pupils and influential people in the art world to garner support for this venture.V The project has received considerable donor support, but additional funding to complete phase 2 of the project is needed. Donations towards this project are channelled through the Supera Moras Trust. Donations can be made in cash or in kind by contacting the trust at superamorastrust@wbhs.org.za.

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