New school infrastructure is taking shape
Prince George Elementary School’s multipurpose hall site in Lavender Hill PHOTO: Racine Edwardes
Learners at four Lavender Hill Mod Schools will soon benefit from the construction of new sports and gathering facilities at Prince George Elementary School.
Participation in mass; Opportunity and Access; The Development and Growth Program (Mod) is a Western Cape government initiative that will provide children in Lavender Hill with access to fun after-school recreational and sporting activities at the new facilities. The construction project is expected to be completed next year.
This is one of the many Mod projects taking shape. “Construction has been underway for more than a year at the adjacent Lavender Hill High School, Hillwood Elementary School and Levana Elementary School,” said Bronagh Hammond, communications director for the provincial department of education.
“Right now, a multi-purpose gym is under construction at Prince George Elementary School. Before this hall, combined tennis and netball courts, a synthetic football pitch and a parking lot were built as part of the Mod project.
The principal of the school, Lameez Rabbaney, is convinced that when completed, it will produce positive results for young people. However, he says, the construction process was not without challenges.
“We are very excited about the way the construction is going. Even though we had to make quite a few changes, we know that in 2020 we will have a nice venue, so we don’t care about all the little minor obstacles, ”she said.
Unfortunately, the construction affected the kitchen facilities. As a result, the school feeding program for children was sometimes interrupted.
The school’s prized garden has also been uprooted to lay sewer lines underground and will need to be tended after the modifications to the school are complete.
Rabbaney, however, remains optimistic. She believes the building process has been a valuable learning tool for learners.
“It’s a learning opportunity for our technology learners. They can see the cranes in action.