Learners from four Mod schools in Lavender Hill will soon benefit from the construction of new facilities for sports and assemblies at Prince George Primary School.
The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (Mod) programme is a Western Cape government initiative that will allow children in Lavender Hill access to fun-filled recreational and sports activities to be held after school at the new facilities. The building project is scheduled to be completed next year.
This is one of many Mod projects taking shape. “Construction has been underway for over a year at the adjacent Lavender Hill High School, Hillwood Primary School and Levana Primary School,” says Bronagh Hammond, director of communications at the provincial education department.
“At present, a multi-purpose sports hall is being constructed at Prince George Primary School. Prior to this hall, tennis and netball combination courts, a synthetic soccer pitch and a parking area were constructed as part of the Mod project.”
The principal of the school, Lameez Rabbaney, is confident that, once completed, it will yield positive outcomes for the youth. However, he says, the construction process has not been without its challenges.
“We are very excited about the way the construction is going. Even though we’ve had to make quite a few changes, we know in 2020 we’re going to have a beautiful hall, so we don’t mind all the minor little hurdles,” she says.
Unfortunately, the construction has affected the kitchen facilities. As a result, the feeding scheme for children at the school was sometimes interrupted.
The school’s prized garden was also uprooted to lay sewage pipes underground and will need to be nursed back to health once modifications to the school have been completed.
Rabbaney, however, remains optimistic. She believes the construction process has been a valuable learning tool for the learners.
“It’s a learning opportunity for our learners who are doing technology. They get to see the cranes in action.”