Camps Bay residents campaign for school expansion
The Western Cape Education Department wants to make use of the entire piece of land that is home to the Camps Bay Bowling Club to expand two schools in the area.
Parents had called for the expansion, and a group of about 40 demonstrated in the bowling club parking lot yesterday.
The department would like to place temporary mobile classrooms on the site as soon as possible, said spokesman Paddy Attwell.
There are two primary schools in the suburb, Camps Bay Preparatory and Camps Bay Primary, and neither have space for expansion. The bowling club, over the road from the school, is owned by the city. Attwell said the department had asked Public Works to find out whether it could get access to the site if the city agreed to the request.
Suzanne Maier, chairwoman of the Concerned Parents Group, said they were determined to expand the school. She said the parents had offered to pay rent for the land and for the construction of three classrooms and a playground, to accommodate another 105 pupils. The prep school enrols 220 pre-reception, Grades R, 1 and 2 pupils and the primary school 305 pupils in Grades 3 to 7.