Ashton College – Eight Years of Phenomenal Growth

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The past eight years have seen enormous growth at Ashton College Ballito.

It started in 2010 with the initial upgrades to the campus in which the park home structures were removed and the Ashtonian Sports Café was constructed. The swimming pool area was also extensively revamped.

In 2011 the Ashlings Early Learning Centre was opened to accommodate three grade R classes and subsequently grew to accommodate two turtle classes, three grade 000’s three grade 00’s and four grade R’s.

In 2012 the Science and Information Technology Centre was constructed as well as a dedicated Art room.

Construction of the Grace Hall was started in 2013 and in the following year it was officially opened. Five full scale musical productions have so far been featured in this facility.

The Grace Autism Wing at Ashton was built and quickly became known as one of the finest facilities of its kind in the country. The successes achieved here have been truly encouraging.

In 2016 the need for more classrooms for the senior college as well as the need for additional sporting facilities was addressed with thirteen new classrooms, two science laboratories, a biology lab, a second IT Centre and an EDG classroom being built. More land was acquired on the opposite side of the M4 for the development of the new sports campus that includes two full size rugby fields and a cricket oval as well as an FIH approved Rhino Turf hockey field.

In 2017 saw four new grade 3 classrooms built to replace the original wooden structures.

In 2018 work is currently in progress on a new 2000 seater multi-purpose hall incorporating an international size indoor hockey arena as well as a state of the art sound system, 11×5 m LED screen. Adjoining it will be a 120 seater tiered theatre.

Construction has now also begun on a Consumer Studies Centre and Media Centre for the senior college making Ashton the first school on the North Coast to offer this subject.

From 437 students in 2010, Ashton currently has an enrolment of 1346 students and the future looks very bright indeed.

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