The LEAP school in Diepsloot, Gauteng, opened in 2011. The school has 225 learners in Grade 10, 11 and 12 and has been fully supported by Aveng from inception. The school has been the top performer in the Diepsloot area for the past three years.
In 2018, 22 LEAP learners wrote matric. All 22 learners obtained Diploma or Bachelor passes, thereby giving them access to tertiary education.
Highlights from 2018:
- 100% pass rate
- 16 students achieved Bachelor passes and six achieved diploma passes
- A total of 18 distinctions
- 13 learners out of 19 who wrote mathematics (68.4%) passed
- All 12 learners wrote Physical Science (100%) passed
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Building a new home for the Aveng-sponsored LEAP School
The Aveng-sponsored LEAP School in Diepsloot, Gauteng, is housed within the Methodist Church precinct, on the outskirts of the township.
The current facilities are not ideal as learners share a building with a Methodist Church-run crèche. The Aveng Community Investment Trust pledged to build a dedicated school building for LEAP to ensure optimal conditions for learning and teaching. Construction began in July 2017.
The company has committed R8 million to this new facility. The Methodist Church and key co-sponsors, Afrisam, Brickor, Total South Africa and the Roy McAlpine Foundation, have also all contributed significantly to this building project, as have business units within Aveng. The new facility will include a community hall, a library, and a learning centre.
The school building, designed by a well renowned architect, Roger Davies, combines conventional building techniques with rammed earth methodology, and honours green building principles and authentic indigenous SA design. The rammed earth building approach has been used for its economics, environmentally-friendly methodology and for its strong enabling of community participation in the building process.
The rammed earth building technique uses natural materials from the earth, such as soil and gravel, mixed with cement, to construct the foundation, floors and walls of the building. This allows the structure to maintain heat on colder days and keeps the classrooms cooler on hot summer days. The new, low-carbon footprint building has added environmental benefits, including temperature control and thermal mass capacity, with a significant reduction in water usage during the construction process.
Aveng has trained 31 unemployed people from the community in building techniques in order to ensure that there is a meaningful development and skills transfer element to this project. The trainees were selected with community consultation and have received accredited training or developed skills in the rammed earth construction technique, health & safety, masonry and carpentry, plumbing, finishing and life-skills.
The building will be complete by the end of April 2019 and will be handed over to the headmaster before the second term of the school year in 2019.