Joe Erasmus, MD
We look back on the year and once again, are in awe of what has been achieved at Ashton in 2019.
Apart from the academic, cultural and sporting milestones and goals which our students and staff have set and attained, the campus build out has continued at an incredible pace. We have been blessed by an unprecedented number of additions, alterations and new structures across the campus this year. Most important of these was the completion of the Legacy Hall Indoor Arena. We were blessed to host the SA Men and SA Women vs Switzerland Indoor Test, a mere 6 weeks after the official opening of this world class facility. This in the year that Ashton celebrated its 10th Birthday.
The Sports Campus was completed boasting 8 cricket nets with two dedicated bowling cages and 5 netball courts. All the facilities on the Sports Campus are now fully equipped with floodlights making it possible to run sports fixtures day and night – and with this the AMPM Cricket Series kicked off this season.
Construction in the Ashlings Early Learning Centre is almost complete and a new ablution facility, an additional classroom and playground make-over with an AstroTurf cycle track, sandpits, awnings, and new reception area and library, will give our young students much pleasure. The Foundation Phase quad was refurbished, and students in this phase of the school have enjoyed an amazing year in this beautiful new space incorporating a mini Astro soccer field and exciting new wooden jungle gyms. The Grade 2 classrooms also now boast studios for enhanced learning opportunities and monkey proof vegetable gardens were built and are flourishing under the care of these young students. There is much excitement as the Grade R’s will be incorporated into the Foundation Phase in 2020.
Back to back to the Legacy Hall, a 120 seater drama theatre has been added with stages and lighting as well as a Dance Studio boosting the Cultural aspect of school at Ashton.
In the Senior College four new classrooms have been added for the Geography and Business Studies departments, and the Art Studio has been relocated to a bigger studio. None of this would have been possible without the vision and commitment to education by Mr and Mrs Buys, and once again we thank them for their generosity.
As a College we look at our Community and thank them and our parent body for their continued support of our College. We congratulate our students on their achievements in 2019, on the academic, sporting and cultural fronts, and look forward to a more successful 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Dolphin Coast Community a Blessed Christmas and enjoy spending valuable time with your families.