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Campus Development, our Vision for the Future

Proposed Engineering & Design Faculty

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Official Launch of the Engineering & Design Faculty Project

Thursday 1 November: WBHS proudly presented our vision for the next phase in our school’s commitment to providing world-class facilities to accommodate our extended curriculum in engineering and design. Key technical streams for inclusion being Civil & Electrical, with Electronics already introduced in 2018 to two classes of Grade 10 students.

WBHS ED NewsMs Debbie Schäfer, WCED Minister of Education and guest speaker “In South Africa a general academic education presently forms the primary focus area of our schooling system with technical education being one of the most neglected areas. However this should actually run parallel with a general academic education, taking into account the demands and growth requirements in the industry, the economic development of our country, and in ensuring increased employment opportunities.”

Wynberg’s proposed facility development, and accompanying scholarship funding is garnering support from key industry and academic partnerships, with Saul Berman of Berman Brothers Construction passionately bringing skills and financial commitment to the project.

Ms Schäfer continued: “We have for some time been wanting good schools to expand and provide opportunity for more people, [particularly] less advantaged people, access to education. By providing such a facility, it will not only open up physical space for enough people, it will also open up educational opportunities by offering the technical stream as well as academic education.”

Wynberg Boys’ High is proud to be a leader in this joint vision for broadening the opportunities of South African youth at secondary school level, and committed to the extended curriculum in our constant drive for academic excellence.

Into the Future: Proposed Engineering & Design Faculty

Friday 26 October 2018: Wynberg Boys’ High School takes pride in announcing the launch of our biggest and most exciting development project since the building of the current school on the Hawthornden Estate in 1981: the proposed Engineering and Design Faculty.

Three floors of academic space extending the E Block across the back parking area to place Wynberg strategically to meet the needs of the future.

Wynberg is commited to the building of pupils’ confidence in handling technology, of widening their expertise in the field of IT and indeed the expansion of the school’s capacity for offering an enhanced technical programme via specialised subjects to provide Wynberg pupils with real life work experience.

The introduction of technical subjects will extend the priority presently given in South Africa to academic courses and careers and address the critical need for tuition in practical courses, ideally beginning in the secondary stage of schooling. The benefits of such courses are assisting youth development, adult education, job creation and boosting the supply of technical skills in South Africa’s industrial sector. Wynberg Boys’ High expects to be on trend in filling these needs. Demonstrating the school’s commitment to this project, the first of these subjects – electronics – has already been introduced, starting in 2018 with two classes of Grade 10 students. It is currently being taught in an existing science laboratory but strongly deserves its own home.

The official launch of the development project to key industry and educational influencers will be addressed by Ms Debbie Schäfer, Minister for Education in the Western Cape, on Thursday 1 November.

We look forward to keeping our extended Wynberg Family informed of the project’s progress as we build on our strengths towards a bigger WBHS playing an even greater role in preparing students for our shared South African future.

Jan de Waal
Headmaster, Wynberg Boys’ High School

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