Bigger and better centre

2018-11-13 06:00
Music learners, from left, Samantha Valentine, Nomsa Mkoka, Aviwe Macutwana, Taryn van der Merwe, Sabrina Otto, Dillon Manley, Joshua Wheatley and Joshua Ndayambanje. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Music learners, from left, Samantha Valentine, Nomsa Mkoka, Aviwe Macutwana, Taryn van der Merwe, Sabrina Otto, Dillon Manley, Joshua Wheatley and Joshua Ndayambanje. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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The newly opened Art Centre at Bergvliet High School has created an enjoyable learning atmosphere for the young creatives at the school.

The centre was officially opened last month and comprises six differently equipped art classrooms.

It has a new art room and drawing room; a multi-faith prayer facility; an extended science lab; expanded disabled access to the buildings; a refurbished library; a new front foyer and toilets off the main hall; an astro changing facility; a dedicated music block inclusive of an office, kitchen and storeroom; seven individual practical music rooms; a subdivisible hall and an outside amphitheatre.

Learners say it has made their learning environment more interesting, comfortable and easily accessible.

Sabrina Otto, a music learner, says: “I love art, it is so relaxing and enjoyable. The building just complements everything. It is bigger and better. Now we are able to host our indoor concerts and other social activities in the comfort of our own premises and pride ourselves in the transformation and progress at our school.”

A teacher, Genevieve Hendrickse, also expressed excitement about the building, saying: “The happier the environment, the better the quality of results can be. Learners like it and everyone just gets excited to be here. We are glad the idea came to a success and everyone is happy about it.”

The school regularly hosts events to raise funds and in the past would hire venues for this purpose, but it is hoped the new facilities will help generate even more income for the school.

According to Kay Warne, the marketing director for the school, the opening of the centre was attended by parents and former learners who were happy with the outcome.

The school principal, Stephen Prince, adds: “It was a personal honour for me to open this wonderful facility and I know, without doubt, that it will add huge value to the school and the broader community. [It is] a vision that has been brought to life.” V The school will be hosting a comedy show on Thursday 29 November in their auditorium from 19:30. Tickets cost R100 per person.

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