The School has once again received many generous gifts of books for the Library, benches for the Pleasance, curtains for the Schollay, sewing machines for the Domestic Science department, a Becker heater for the junior School Hall. This last winter, with its prolonged cold spell, made us doubly grateful for this and has left the problem of dormitory heating and some form of heating for this Hall very much on my mind.
Some of you, who must today be enjoying your first comfortable Roedean function, have reason to be grateful to the P.T.A. for a splendid first installment of new chairs. The whole school is as grateful as today’s lucky ones or almost.
Then there has been the Trust’s Pavilion, which has revolutionized our sporting lives by concentrating the sport and its refreshment in one area. This, as many of you know, was formally opened on October 5th by Mr. Peter Anderson and has been a great joy to us.
Faith in the generosity of our friends has prompted me to some new projects for next year. From January, 1969, we shall have teacher rooms rather than classrooms. The object is to facilitate project work. Each room will be the headquarters of a member of staff and will be fitted with cupboards and shelves for the housing of books an equipment relevant to her subject. This has been done for the Sciences and for Geography for some time but is now to be extended to all subjects. The system should have the added advantage that it will make places available for individual help to pupils at odd times.
More emphasis on project especially to extend the gifted girl. I am particularly anxious that w shall soon be able to offer Ad Maths and Afrikaans Higher at Matriculation level. An introductory computer course, on a voluntary basis, has already been introduced this year and been supplemented by a visit to a computer demonstration.