Unity finally opens its doors

NEW SCHOOL: The special needs education facility, Unity College, unveils its new premises to excited pupils on 21 July.

In the 25 years since its inception, the school has been situated at a number of locations, including the Cedar Road property which had been rented while the new property was being developed on Runnymead Road in Chartwell.

However, the development came with many hurdles. Spokesperson for the school, Michelle Kirk, explained that Unity College was plagued by bureaucratic red tape that prevented them from developing and occupying a piece of land that the school had previously purchased. “[In addition to] the steady rise in building and development costs [which] continually escalated,” she said.

“And when the school was served with a notice to vacate the premises, there was a drastic shortfall in funds available for the development by conventional means.”

With the school being accredited by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, the school decided to investigate alternative and environmentally-friendly building methods. After numerous consultations and evaluations, the school opted for a system using high insulation values and environmentally-friendly production processes, thereby reducing their carbon footprint.

Principal Bruce Lindsay beamed with pride as he addressed his pupils before officially hoisting the Unity College flag for the first time at the new premises. “This has been a long time coming,” stated Lindsay proudly.

“We found this location, developed it and made sure it was ergonomically-, child-, eco- and disabled-friendly. It’s a place where our pupils can be taught in a stable environment, where they can learn the essential life skills that will help them lead independent and dignified lives when they leave our school one day.”

Details: www.unity-college.org.za

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Joni Tollner
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