In this post I wish to explain some of the “behind the scenes” workings of the school and school management.
Many parents are struggling to meet the school fees, as a result of this the school struggling to meet its two main objectives.
Firstly, the best educational opportunities for all our students.
Secondly, keeping our fees as low as possible to make the school accessible to as many students as possible.
How do we do it?
Firstly, by the owners taking the minimum out of the school.
Secondly, by ourselves (the owners) lending the school money for capital costs (infrastructure). These loans are interest free and are medium to long term.
Every year we usually do our spending in January on major improvements to the school. In previous years this has included electronic equipment such servers, computers and televisions in every classroom. This year it was the upgrade of our Hospitality facilities.
Very often there is simply no money available for the things we would like to do. We wanted to give the Design students a 3-D printer this year. It costs about R12,000. We will try again in 2016.
We are looking at possible improvements for 2016. There are many possibilities: A dedicated lunch area. The upgrading of the infrastructure for the teaching of Physical and Life Sciences. Replacing our older computers. New (additional) transport. Our present combi is 16 years old. Every year there are more needs around IT infrastructure. Sooner or later faster intenet will become available, and this will necessitate upgrading.
We are at the moment one of the least expensive schools in the Strand / Somerset area. We are trying to keep our fees as low as possible. However parents need to realise that the school tries to pay the best possible salaries in order to obtain “quality” teachers. It is our policy to pay the best possible salaries to our teachers.
Finally I would like thank the parents, businesses, members of the public who have made donations to the school of furniture ( tables, chairs, cupboards, book cases, books, magazines, DVDs etc). You have made a huge difference to the school.