The 34th cohort of grade 12’s at Glenhaven Secondary School made history when 136 of them took English paper one, their first paper in the 2018 National Senior Certificate Examination, two weeks ago.
Traditionally, they would have been split up into lots of 30 and writing in five different rooms. However, all 136 wrote in the new school hall where they received 100 percent invigilation all round.
This was due to the fact that the desks were spaced 1m apart on every side, which adheres to the ideal seating plan prescribed for examinations by the KZN Department of Basic Education.
Molini Moodley, an invigilator, said, “It was wonderful to invigilate in such a well ventilated and well lit up room.”
“I really enjoyed my paper, writing with all my colleagues in a big hall,” said Morne Pillay.
The year also marks the first batch of Glenhaven pupils in Matric offering specialisations in Technical education, eg Automotive and Construction. In the future, Matrics will be offering specialisations in Welding and Metal Work, Woodworking, Plumbing and Power Systems.
The hall which is in the Billy Nair Circuit, is the first for a high school in the Verulam area.
The seed that germinated into the new school hall was planted some nine years ago when Verulam Secondary School deputy principal, Phillip Reddy, was appointed at the helm.
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It took root and up went a plumule in 2010 whose foliage evolved into a steel structure over the weathered assembly area.
Funds were raised over the years to foot the bill for Reddy’s three year plan from 2018-2020 which was projected to bear fruit as a completed school hall. However, construction was complete in a record breaking time of six months, just in time for the writing of the National Senior Certificate Examination this year.
After receiving a progress report on the hall, SEM Selvan Chetty described Reddy as being a man on a mission.
The 770m2 hall can seat 900 people cinema style and will comfortably seat about 600 people with round tables. Sign boards on both the front and the back proudly read Reddy managed the project from inception to completion, assisted by Sharm Ramdhani (acting deputy principal) who served as the fundraising manager, Anil Jayraj (senior teacher) who served as the Civil Engineer, Neesha Ramcharan (senior admin clerk) who kept meticulous records and Phindi Moli (SGB clerk) who dynamically took care of the administration.
The triumphant team placed on record their sincere thanks to the staff and community for their unwavering support in cash and in kind. Reddy said the hall is still a work in progress.
The school appeals to the community of business houses, ex-pupils and individuals to assist wherever they can in terms of painting, tiling, paving, etc.
Reddy stated that a road has been opened from Melrose Place in Brindhaven onto the school ground for ample/safe parking.
The hall will be available to the community for ceremonies, birthdays, pre-wedding celebrations, weddings, college reunions, meetings and so on.