Pinelands High is a fee-paying school, and most of our running costs are borne by the fees that our parents pay. This leaves little room in the budget for developing and extending the school's facilities and programmes.
In order to pursue our commitment to being a world-class school, Pinelands High has an established fundraising programme in place. Certain projects have been identified as priorities in terms of the development of the school, and are divided into three broad categories, namely:
Long-term, high capital projects:
- The construction of a new school block, the Creative Arts Centre, to cater for the expanding needs of Art and Surface Design, Music and Drama.
- The alternative plan to adjust and extend existing facilities for the Creative Arts.
- The installation of a full-size Astroturf
Medium-term, medium capital projects (up to R1 million):
- Upgrading our science laboratories
- Greening of the school property (see our Growing Green pamphlet for more details)
- Equipping an on-site fitness gym
- Upgrading the cricket pavilion
Short-term Educational programmes:
- Funding the extended mathematics programme
- Growing our bursary fund to enable promising but financially challenged pupils with the opportunity of studying at PHS
- Funding for international assessment testing (SIAT) in Maths and English.
Our fundraising strategy includes approaching companies, trusts and foundations, as well as our Alumni. We have experienced encouraging success over the past few years. We were able to redevelop the courtyard adjacent to the Reeler Centre and install a coffee shop, thanks to the generosity of the PHS community. In addition, the Nedbank Foundation and BoE Educational Foundation kickstarted our Science Laboratory Refurbishment project with generous donations that enabled us to complete two laboratories. Our current goal is to refurbish the Natural Sciences laboratory. On the educational programmes front, we have been similarly favoured, with the renewal of sponsorship of our extended Mathematics programme by the Epoch and Optima Trusts, who have also supported our Learnership/Mentorship programme for aspirant teachers in 2013; and the funding of the purchase of the SIAT International Assessment tests for 2012 by the BoE Educational Foundation. In addition, from 2012, PHS has been identified as a Dinaledi School, resulting in additional funding for Maths and Science. We are extremely grateful to all the Programmes, Trusts, Funds and Foundations for their vital support.