24 October 2017

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Hopping with Excitement!

We can’t tell you how excited we are to announce that East Coast Architects, the firm responsible for the design of both Seven Fountains Primary School and Vele Secondary School, are the recipients of the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture! The award is presented by the Paris-based LOCUS Foundation, with the support of Unesco, and […]

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Building a Sustainable Community

One of the primary principles of the Creating Schools Programme is that schools shouldn’t exist in isolation; that by building relationships with local residents and working out ways to uplift the community as whole, schools can fulfil their potential of improving the lives of not just learners, but the lives of their siblings, parents and […]

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Vele Secondary School: 2015 Matric Results

It’s no secret that South Africa’s education system is in crisis, and Vele, being a government funded school, obviously can’t fully escape the problems that beset the rest of the country. While it is by no means a run-of-the-mill learning institution, and to date has had a pass rate far above the national average, sadly […]

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Vele Hit By Severe Storms

It is with a heavy heart that we report on the devastation caused by the recent storms and severe winds experienced in the municipality of Mutale. Thousands of local residents have been left without shelter, and Vele Secondary School, which acts as a hub for the community, has been badly damaged. The roof of one of […]

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Architecture for Social Gain Awards: Best Movie

As part of their 350th anniversary celebrations Saint-Gobain held the inaugural Architecture for Social Gain awards ceremony in August this year. Entries were received across three categories, ‘Future’, ‘Built’ and ‘Adopt-a-School’, but the judges were so impressed with the quality of the digital submissions that an additional award for ‘Best Movie’ was added to the competition, a […]

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Thinking Out The Box

With the ever-increasing cost of building materials and labour, shipping containers, previously reserved for storage and transporting of goods, have entered the mainstream of the construction world, and are being used for everything from upmarket architect-designed homes to shopping centres and temporary housing. Given how cost effective and robust they are, shipping containers make for an ideal […]

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Learning from Others: Implementing Sustainable Systems In Rural Schools

One of the core principles of the Creating Schools model is sustainability, both in terms of the environment and in terms of operating a school within the constraints of a government budget. We’ve spoken many times on this subject, but generally in quite broad terms. In April this year Vele Secondary School received an Honourable […]

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Vele Library Monitors Attend Holiday Workshop

The chilly wind didn’t keep the Vele library monitors at home on Tuesday the 7th July when a workshop was held in the warm and inviting school library. Monitors, who were selected by the out-going group, with a few additions suggested by teachers, committed themselves to doing their best to keep the library open, tidy […]

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Principal of Vele Secondary School, Singo Rendani Mercy

Big Shoes to Fill!

Earlier this year we wrote about the retirement of Mr Samuel Makhado, the former principal of Vele Secondary School, who took his leave after 24 years of dedicated service. Mr Makhoda was an integral part of the school, and his absence has definitely been felt. A school needs a strong leader to guide it, and after months […]

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Going (Further) Off the Grid!

With solar power, rain water tanks and passive low energy design principles used throughout the building, Vele Secondary School is as about as green a school as you could get! In fact the school and its learners are so environmentally aware that Vele has received not one, but two ‘green’ awards: in 2012 the school, together […]

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