A new R35 million primary school at Kranshoek near Plettenberg Bay will be opening its doors in the 2016 academic year. It will be able to accommodate up to 1 250 learners, including 120 Grade R learners. The Department of Transport and Public Works commissioned the school for the Western Cape Education Department.
Most of the school buildings comprise a framed concrete structure and a mixture of face brick and painted infill walls. The senior phase classrooms have been built one storey up because of space constraints on the site, and that part of the school is a reinforced concrete structure. The roof of the hall rests on structural steel supports.
Teaching facilities comprise the following:
- Two Grade R classrooms.
- Ten foundation phase.
- Ten intermediate phase.
- Eight senior phase classrooms.
The complex has a hall with toilet facilities, an administrative building, a kitchen, a garden store and caretaker’s facilities. Care has been taken to ensure that all classrooms have natural light and that they are adequately ventilated. There is on-site parking for staff, and a drop-off/pick-up zone for Grade R learners.
The project leaders applied best practice green standards throughout the building to mitigate environmental impact and save money in the long term.
Green features include electricity-saving motion sensor switches and rainwater harvesting facilities for irrigating fields and gardens.