Update on Upgrades!

The arrival of the Baby Grand Piano!

The arrival of the Baby Grand Piano!

We have come to the end of another busy and productive term at Durban High School. Behind the scenes, a great deal of activity and exciting projects and upgrades have been taking place.

The DC Thompson Hall received a wonderful revamp and upgrade, firstly with the arrival of a new Baby Grand Piano, and then the installation of state of the art lighting, sound system, data projector and motorised drop-down screen. Staff at School have received training to use the new equipment, which has already been put to good use in the recent Drumline competition, the Zulu Cultural Evening and the #AfriGram music production. The installation of this magnificent equipment has certainly helped to lift our productions to a whole new level.

The AJ Human Room and Blackmore House have also been upgraded with sound systems, data projectors and motorised drop down screens, all thanks to the generous sponsorship of our benevolent benefactor, Mr Chris Seabrooke. Thank you, Mr Seabrooke, your constant generosity and support of our School is unparalleled and DHS will be eternally grateful.

A great deal of planning and hard work has been invested in a number of projects which are in the pipeline. These projects include:

  • A new Intercom system to be installed throughout the school, including all the classrooms;
  • A new PABX telephone system to be installed;
  • CCTV cameras are to be installed throughout the school for security purposes, including all the classrooms;
  • A biometric fingerprint system is to be installed for all boys and staff;
  • Network and cabling to enable all the above upgrades to function are to be installed;
  • Wireless WiF, with a 1GB line, has already been installed throughout the School and once the above upgrades have been completed, all of which require WiFi to operate, it will be switched on.

These projects are due to start during the holidays, on 1 October, and are due to be completed by 25 November. This will involve drilling and a number of workmen on the premises, however, most of the drilling will take place in the holidays and, with careful planning, disturbances will be kept to a minimum.

We are grateful to our incredibly generous donors who are making these projects possible.

In addition to the above upgrades, 25 iPads have been purchased for the staff, with a further 25 to be acquired in the near future. Staff training to use these iPads in the classroom has already begun and the iPads will be rolled out shortly, with next year’s Grade 8 educators receiving priority as iPad use in the Grade 8 classrooms will be introduced in the New Year.

Further good news is that the Media Centre has introduced AudioBooks to our eBook lending platform, Wheelers ePlatform. Our boys will therefore be able to continue to read eBooks and now listen to Audiobooks easily and unhindered.

We look forward to the completion of these exciting developments as our School continues to move into the future.

The DHS Drumline performing at the Drumline Competition, the first to showcase the incredible new lighting in the School Hall!

The DHS Drumline performing at the Drumline Competition, the first to showcase the incredible new lighting in the School Hall!

Next to enjoy the upgrades to the Hall were the cast and audience of the isiZulu Cultural Evening.

Next to enjoy the upgrades to the Hall were the cast and audience of the isiZulu Cultural Evening.

#AfriGram, the School production, also beneffited enormously from the new sound and lighting.

#AfriGram, the School production, also beneffited enormously from the new sound and lighting.

Fruits of Staff iPad training, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Fruits of the first of the Staff iPad training, which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

 


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