Projects Funded in 2017
Maths Challenge and Learnership Programmes
In 2017 we again received substantial support from the Epoch and Optima Trusts to fund our extended Mathematics Programme at the school. This includes the cost of an additional teacher to enable a reduction in class sizes and support for free Maths tutoring to be on offer at the school. We are extremely grateful for the support, which has been continued in 2018. In addition, the Epoch and Optima Trusts supported four graduate interns through our Learnership Programme. A further four interns are being supported by the Trusts in 2018, providing PHS with an opportunity to mentor future teachers.
Benches, Gardens and Quads
During the course of 2017 some additional outdoor benches were donated to the school, and funds provided for Quad upgrades, making a significant difference to the daily experience of students as well as visitors. Funding was also received from the Rowland and Leta Hill Trust for the installation of an educational biodiversity garden adjacent to the natural Science laboratories. This installation will take place prior to the 2018 winter rains.
We are grateful to the National Lotteries Commission for a grant made to Pinelands High towards the construction of a new outdoor basketball court. Construction will take place in 2018.
Various sponsors and past pupils have contributed towards kit for various tours, first teams as well as the Outdoor Club.
Alumni and friends of PHS have continued to contribute towards bursaries in 2017. These bursaries are set up to cover, wholly or partially, the fees of successful applicants who show great promise and determination but who experience financial challenge. We would love to secure further funding to ensure the sustainability of these bursaries as well as to increase their number.