01 Feb 2013
Curro Holdings, a listed private school company has opened a school at Century City.
The school is expected to further increase demand for residential and commercial property in the area. Executive Head Sean Friedenthal says enrolments for the first year were just under 300 and were higher than they had anticipated.
With classes of around 25 pupils, the school caters for grade RR through to Grade 5 but will extend to Grades 6 & 7 next year.
With 55 classrooms of which 33 are currently being used, it has been built to accommodate 800 learners and Friedenthal is confident they will be at full capacity within a few years. A high school is also in the planning stages.
Curro Century City, which is the group’s fifth school in the Western Cape, is its first new concept “City school”, having a bigger academic focus than the traditional larger Curro traditional campuses and offering a range of activities from chess and art to music and drama as well as various sports codes.
Greg Deans, a director for Rabie Property Group, says Century City outperformed the market in recent years, reporting strong residential and commercial sales.
He says their residential developments Quayside and Quaynorth are to be sold out before construction has been completed, which they haven't seen since 2006/2007.
“Now that the school has opened we are holding our breath expecting to see a further positive impact on our next development Ashton Park and future developments, both residential and commercial.”
Deans says Curro Century City provides a much needed facility in a mixed use development for those living and working in the precinct.
He says this is reflected in the enrolment with learners coming from all over the Peninsula with many being children of people working within Century City and wishing to be closer to their family.
He says the school is accessible to neighbouring areas and the West Coast suburbs once the new Myciti Bus Service is extended to the precinct by mid-2013.
“A school completes a suburb and it will create generations of people who will say ‘I went to school in Century City’. It becomes a tremendous community binder, a major nerve centre for generations of people and there is no doubt will add further life and soul to Century City.”
Deans says thanks to Century City’s urban designing, it is possible to walk to the school from all residential developments in the precinct, with the exception of bar one, without having to cross a road. The road system to the school has been designed to facilitate easy flow of traffic with two access and exit points.
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