Roedean School, South Africa (SA) celebrated its’ centenary in 2003, a decision was made to design a centre that would equip girls with the knowledge and skills demanded by the twenty-first century world. Through the fundraising efforts of the committee, as well as the generosity of many sponsors and donors the dream became a reality on 20 January, 2006 when the new centre opened its doors. The centre was named The Realm: Roedean Enrichment and Learning Multi-Media Centre.
The designers’ brief was to create an up-to-date media centre with a cutting-edge high-tech Information Technology (IT) look. Their vision and creativity have resulted in a facility that is undoubtedly one of the forerunners in IT. Students and teachers are able to work on both the Apple Mac and Microsoft networks and can complete individual or collaborative projects in a flexible, multi-media environment.
The Centre Layout
The Reference and Non-fiction books were moved from the existing library and now complement the computers and hi-tech aspect of the centre. A comfortable seating area, consisting of couches and small tables with custom-designed chairs, gives the pupils the option of reading or researching in a modern, relaxing environment. A ‘fun’ pink division panel separates the books from the computers and brings a creative, playful element into the centre.
Glass panelling and stack-away glass doors divide the two sections containing computers making it possible to allow two classes to work simultaneously. An added advantage is to have a class in one section, while students on a study break are able to use the other section without disturbing the class. These two sections can, however, be opened to accommodate as many as eighty pupils. An Interactive Smartboard is an added feature: it enables teachers to maximize the technology and to teach interactively. Students are encouraged to present the results of their various research projects on this Smartboard.
The success of this centre stems from its diversity and its state-of-the art technology as well as its modern and simple design. It is a truly multi-functional space designed to accommodate the needs of the intellectually curious twenty first century pupil.