Our new school building only opened a few short years ago and since then it has grown with incredible speed. Parents, students and the local community have quickly come to trust the name Maxton Strong School; as a result our student base has increased at a far greater speed than we ever could have imagined.
To account for the growing need we contacted the international engineering firm Engineering Ministries International and asked them to help us come up with a concept plan for our future campus. EMI sent a team of 14 design professionals out to conduct a site survey.
The team was quite diverse, there was a surveyor from Botswana, a civil engineer from South Africa, architects from India, a structural engineer, civil engineer, architects and an arborist from the USA. Each team member brought with them a different set of unique skills and abilities that they were able to use to help bring a real tangible focus to our dream for our school; a dream that we would like to share with you now.
High & Secondary School
The next stage of our journey is the construction of our High School and Secondary/Senior Secondary facility. It is our goal to complete this project before March 2017, before our upcoming students will need to look elsewhere for their education.
With faith and dedication, we are launching into the planning and fundraising process for this project, and are excited at the possibilities that lie ahead of us. The new double story building will provide the classrooms required for Grade 7-12 as well as science labs, an art room, mathematics lab, multipurpose rooms and the administration section of our school campus.
Currently the Maxton Strong School is operating a Kindergarten out of a less-than-ideal facility. This building was built in the early 90′s and is made mostly out of mud-brick. The cement roof leaks badly in the rainy season and requires that the entire building be covered with a tarpaulin to keep things dry inside. Classrooms are small and poorly lit, often crowded, certainly well below the standard we envision for our children.
The new Kindergarten has a large open feel with spacious undercover and open air play space. The ‘L’ shape lines up with the Secondary School administration wing leaving room for entry into either school. It will be a perfect environment for the newest members of our school family; these youngest students are also our largest growth area, with many local families eager to enroll their children into our well-respected system as early as possible. To better serve and continue attracting a robust roster of long-term students, we see this stage as a critical piece of our larger vision.
Learning Resource Center
To assist in the overall educational experience of both our Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary students our LRC will contain both a library and computer lab; the lab is designed to incorporate a digital projector in addition to having room for our tech support officer.
The large open plan building will be a perfect environment to just sit down and ready a book; large open rooms with lots of natural light as well as an open outside reading area will help to keep the spirit of learning alive. Individual sections will be allocated for younger and older children as well as having multimedia stations, newspaper & magazine store and study area.
One of the final buildings of our campus will be the Gym; this building will be used both for physical education purposes and to provide after school training and coaching for basketball, badminton, Taekwondo and soccer.
The building can also be used as an assembly hall during monsoon and winter seasons and will have a stage purpose built for programs and the arts.
A 1/4 size outdoor Olympic swimming pool is also planned; toilets and changrooms will be incorporated into the design of the Gymnasium.
Based on the position of the existing Primary School, the new Secondary School, Kindergarten, LRC and Gymnasium are designed to form a courtyard space in the center as an open assembly area. The design is such that each of the schools would have a direct connection to the open assembly area yet be able to maintain a similar gathering space within.
When resources and opportunities allow, we have still bigger dreams, including the construction of Playgrounds, a Canteen, and a Car Park are all on our long-term plan. In its finished form, we see the Maxton Strong School as more than just a school. It will be a resource and a place of opportunity, transforming the lives of our children and countless area children and their families for many years to come.