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Academic excellence at St Andrew’s College

Jun 20, 2016
Academic excellence at St Andrew’s College

A group of Grade 8 boys received a lesson on Pythagoras by the #AcademicExcellencebuilding team.

They learnt how to use the 3, 4, 5 triangle, how poles are erected perpendicularly and got the opportunity to use a theodolite. Mr Simon Holderness, St Andrew’s College teacher, said he gained a great deal of insight and that his Mathematics class thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Academic excellence is our core business and in the twenty-first century education demands that we embrace technology. Academic excellence is facilitated by an enabling classroom environment, state-of-the-art facilities and full access to modern technology.

The #AcademicExcellence project began at the beginning of the year. This is a project that will be completed in three phases in which the classrooms will be transformed into ultra-modern, technologically-enabled, multi-use facilities. Part One of Phase One in the Spencer Chapman block has been completed.

This involved the renovation of one Afrikaans classroom, four science laboratories into specialist Life Science and Physical Science labs, two computer labs and the construction of additional preparation rooms. The staff worked exceptionally hard to ready the new labs and classrooms and it is business as usual. Part Two of Phase One began recently.

Phase 2 is the conversion of the Cawse Library into the Cawse Knowledge Centre and Learning Hub, while phase 3 involves the reconstruction of twelve classrooms in the Norton block into state-of-the-art academic teaching spaces.