Construction work for a new faculty on track

2019-09-03 06:00
Wynberg Boys’ High School learners at the construction site of the school’s new Engineering and Design Faculty. PHOTO: Chris Merrington

Wynberg Boys’ High School learners at the construction site of the school’s new Engineering and Design Faculty. PHOTO: Chris Merrington

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Despite inclement weather, the construction of the new Engineering and Design Faculty (EDF) at Wynberg Boys’ High School is still on track.

Work on phase one began in July this year after almost two years of planning and preparation.

Jan de Waal, the headmaster at Wynberg Boys’ High School, says this is the most exciting educational development that has occurred at the school since it moved to the new campus on Lovers Walk in 1981.

Funding for the second phase has also been secured and the school’s steering committee has given the contractor, Scott+Partners, the go-ahead to start on phase two as soon as the first is finished.

“We are extremely proud that all funding will be sourced through donations and it will not affect school fees. To date, we have received R16 million towards the project. We are, however, still seeking additional funding,” says De Waal.

Phase 2 will involve the reengineering and refurbishing of the classrooms on the existing ground floor to create a workshop, two theory classrooms, an office and storage spaces. The scheduled completion of the entire project is December 2020.

According to Ben Thompson, vice-principal and head of academics, the new faculty will bring under one roof everything at school that a boy does that is creative and constructive.

“We already have creative arts and visual arts in that space. With the introduction of electronics, construction and woodworking it is going to be a real showcase for the boys’ talents,” he says.

“The establishment of the faculty will allow the school to send out generation after generation of young men into the South African landscape who are high functioning academics but also have a skill set in the technical subjects,” Thompson says.

Dillon Sibanda, head prefect 2019, says what excites him the most about the project is the hands-on learning that learners will get. “Also the skills they will be able to take with them if they decide to pursue a career in a particular trade or industry.”

EDF will offer four technical subjects:

. Electronics – introduced in Grade 10 in 2018;

. Civil construction (engineering) – to start in 2020;

. Automotive engineering (TBC) – to start in 2021;

. Digital electronics (TBC) – to start in 2022.

All subjects offered at the faculty will be fully accredited national senior certificate subjects. They will appear on the matric certificate and count toward university entrance points.

A Grade 12 student graduating from EDF will have multiple options.

“They can go straight to a tertiary institution, enter industry immediately with one of our partners as an intern or apprentice, or go directly into the world of work and ultimately open their businesses,” says De Waal

To facilitate this third avenue, all students studying through the EDF will complete an entrepreneurship course currently being designed by Wynberg old boy, Andrew Hibling (class of 1990) through his company Edge Learning Media.

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