THE HAROLD CRESSY MULTI-PURPOSE HALL PROJECT (MPH)

The Vision

The Multi-Purpose Hall is needed as a venue for: school assemblies, academic-award evenings and parent-teacher meetings; school indoor sports events; small-group tutoring, examinations and school drama productions. Apart from serving as a venue for meetings by community organisations, it would be offered for hire by the school and, in this way, provide a much-needed revenue stream for the school. With the use of the Multi-Purpose Hall, we also envisage that the tutoring programme can be extended quite markedly, as the space and ambience of the Hall will be conducive to providing an enriched tutoring experience.

Project Summary

The Harold Cressy Hall Multi-Purpose Hall Project was launched in May 2009. The initial cost estimate was in excess of R12million and, with the financial constraints in which the school functions, this appeared to be a mammoth task and possibly a dream, at best. But “to those who are willing, nothing is difficult” –  after four challenging years and much perseverance from the HCHS MPH Project Team and all its supporters, this dream will become a reality.

Sufficient funding is now available for the construction of Phase 1 which commenced on 11 September 2014 and is scheduled to be completed in March 2015.

Provincial Heritage Site

Because the school building is more than 60 years old, a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) for the proposed development was triggered. The HIA was done on a completely pro bono basis by Vidamemoria Heritage Consultants. In tandem with submitting the building plans for approval, Vidamemoria also submitted a nomination to Heritage Western Cape for the school to be graded as a Grade 2 or provincial heritage site. After statutory processes had been concluded, Harold Cressy High School was officially declared a Provincial Heritage Site on 14 August 2014.

Wall of Honour Plaque Project

The idea of establishing a ‘Wall of Honour’ as a means of raising funds for the Harold Cressy High School Multi-Purpose Hall Project is the brainchild of Dr Victor Ritchie. He first proposed this at a HCAA event on 2 November 2013 and the encouraging recent start to the campaign augurs well for the hall project. It certainly appears to be the perfect way of immortalizing the contributions of alumni and all other benefactors.

What is now required is for hundreds of Harold Cressy alumni to participate in this campaign to help the school bring the Multi-Purpose Hall Project to fruition.

Hashim Nacerodien from the Alumni Association is the project co-ordinator for this Wall of Honour Plaque project.

Banking Details:
Harold Cressy Alumni Association Account
Nedbank Savings Account
Account No 2025483953
Parow branch code: 102510
Universal code for eft’s. 198765
Treasurer: Nicole Petersen: nicole.lesley@gmail.com

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