Cape Winelands Education District’s future focused school
1 August 2019
Botha’s Halte Primary School in Worcester has been dubbed the Cape Winelands Education District’s future focused school, a far cry from its humble beginnings in a church and later a five classroom building.
Earlier this year, the school moved into a newly constructed building that is fully equipped with the latest technological resources thanks to the assistance of a donor.
The new building includes an auditorium-type multipurpose hall, specialist classrooms and a state-of-the-art science laboratory. The school has been designed to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient with solar panels, water tanks, indigenous plants and vegetable gardens.
The majority of the learners are the children of farmworkers and the school aims to provide the learners with opportunities to excel academically, in sport and culturally.
The new school building was as a result of a discussion in January 2016 with the owners of Farmprops about the future of the school.
Botha’s Halte has been working with Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Pedagogy in the Faculty of Education, SUNCEP, since 2016 and learners receive extra lessons in Afrikaans and Mathematics during the school holidays.
The school is expected to eventually become the technological epicenter of SUNCEP’s Literacy and Numeracy Hub which involves lessons being broadcast to a cluster of farm schools.
An official opening is planned for September.