Heideveld gets new school
26 August 2021
The new Willows Primary School in Heideveld has been hailed as an aesthetically pleasing landmark that will help reclaim the future through education.
Construction to the replacement school has come to an end after more than two and a half years and various challenges, including the hard lockdown in 2020.
The community of Heideveld together with the Western Cape Education Department met in June 2018 to discuss the construction of the new brick and mortar buildings to upgrade the facilities of the school which first opened its doors in July 1966.
Construction began in August 2019. Despite the hard lockdock in 2020 having an adverse effect on the progress of work, the partial completion of phase 1 was achieved in November 2020. This allowed the school to vacate the temporary school and occupy their new classrooms and administrative buildings.
The final phase of the construction was completed in August 2021 which included the school hall, feeding kitchen, parking area and sports field.
While the construction of the school took longer than expected, the outcome has been very well received by the school and school community. Kashief Abrahams, principal at Willows Primary School, expressed his admiration of the quality, impressive design and aesthetically pleasing landmark school buildings. He further added that the development of the sports field, which had been an absent feature, would now allow their focus sports of netball, soccer and rugby to be further developed.
The new buildings can accommodate up to 1 240 learners and provide a range of educational amenities. The teaching facilities comprise of 36 classrooms including four specialised classrooms.