We are planning to launch the next exciting phase of our campus improvement plan after school ends in June. This phase will include a thorough renovation of our primary school, an improvement of the traffic flow on campus, upgrades to our physical security measures, more parking, and the addition of some solar panels to provide greener energy and reduce our reliance on ZESCO. This work is considered Phase 1B of our Campus Master Site Plan (Phase 1A was the renovation of the gymnasium and construction of the Palm Pavilion and external playing courts).
The renovation of the primary school will include the construction of some new classroom spaces and renovation of some existing ones. The emphasis of this part of the project is to create more effective learning spaces by increasing natural light, creating valuable breakout spaces, and improving thermal comfort through better roof design, better ventilation, and the installation of air conditioning. There will also be a significant improvement to the quality of our bathrooms and the creation of a grassy focal area to help build community in the lower Primary grades (grades 1-3). Finally, the entire primary school will get a significant overhaul from an aesthetic point of view. Please see the architect’s rendering below to get an idea of what our school will look like.
The other part of this project is based on improving our traffic flow for better safety and security. This will entail creating a one-way flow of traffic through the school where all parents enter through what is now the secondary school access road and then proceed one-way through campus and out what is now the Primary School entrance. This will provide a very long drop-off lane, which should facilitate the morning rush by making drop offs quicker and safer. Part of this project will also include the creation of additional parking.
An additional benefit of this plan will be the creation of a barrier between the parking areas and the rest of campus. The barrier will include a combination of fencing and attractive feature walls. Everyone who enters campus itself will then have to enter through pedestrian checkpoints. This will allow us much better control of who has access to our campus, a vital safety consideration.
Works of this scale will create some disruption on the campus but the leadership team is working very hard to put plans in place that will ensure our Primary School program will continue smoothly. This includes working with our project manager to phase the project carefully to minimize the impact. Although many parts of this project will be done sooner, we anticipate the entire project will wrap up during the December/January holiday. As with previous projects, rest assured that students will continue to receive the same great education that you have come to expect from us regardless of the construction on campus.
If you are interested in learning more, please consider one of the following opportunities. On Monday, 1 April I will hold a formal presentation at 07:30 in the Protea Room. If you cannot attend that presentation, I will hold some shorter, less formal presentations in my office during Parent-Teacher Conferences. These will be at 14:00 and 16:00 each day on 3&4 April. I’ll schedule a few other sessions in the coming weeks as well. Of course, if you can’t make any of these scheduled sessions, you are welcome to email me and we’ll find a time when I can introduce you to the project.
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