Sinenjongo gets a new permanent home
Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo is set to graduate from containers to a fully fledged bricks and mortar school.
Since inception around 15 years ago, the school has struggled without any proper amenities or facilities – there is no hall, no staffroom, a shortage of ablution facilities, no fields and the three laboratories they have – a science and two computer – have been donated by the private sector, most notably Rabie Property Group, the developer of Century City.
The new R47million school – the keys to which were handed over in November – will open in January 2017.
It comprises 33 classrooms, 8 specialist classrooms, 4 science laboratories, ablution and storage facilities, an administration block, a computer room, school hall, and media centre and a dedicated sports field.
The school is being built to accommodate more than 1200 learners who mainly reside in the surrounding areas of Milnerton.
While construction has been underway, the learners of Sinenjongo High School have been accommodated at a temporary school site under the very capable leadership of their Principal, Ms Kuselwa Nopote.
Under Ms Nopote’s leadership and with the assistance of the Rabie Property Group, the schools matric results have more than doubled from 43.9% in 2009 to 90.6%.
Ms Nopote says staff and learners are very excited about the move.
“We can’t wait to get into the new school building and are looking forward to having a school hall and a sports field.’’
The Department of Education says the development of this school is a wonderful example of how the private sector can invest in education
“Rabie Property Group have become a valued part of the Sinenjongo High School community, having adopted the school as its major Corporate Social Investment beneficiary in 2009. They have continued to provide support for the school, sponsoring additional teaching posts in maths and science, as well as a number of programmes aimed at increasing proficiencies in English, maths and science. The Rabie Property Group also played a significant role in identifying the new school site.
“We are pleased to have delivered a school that the community can be proud of, and its learners can thrive in. We are confident that school will continue to be an institution of excellence, and that their transformed environment will encourage them to reach even higher.”