School policy, ever since the school's inception, has been to provide the children and staff with those facilities which are relevant and meaningful in the development of the child and which assist the staff in performing their educational task in a more productive manner.
During the school's existence, parents have traditionally given the principal and governing body their wholehearted support and have earned for the parent body an enviable reputation as leaders in their field. Facilities provided by the PTA stand as monuments to the endeavour of both parents and staff and to the excellent relationship which exists between them. We look forward to receiving the same enthusiastic support from new parents.
After completing the first phase of building operations, which was to include a grassed sports field, the CED instructed the architects to cut all expenditure on sports facilities. This then became the school's very first project. With only 43 families supporting the school fund account and no pianos, duplicators and other such necessities on the inventory, the contract went to Mr John Matomela from New Brighton using a donkey cart, to provide six inches of top soil and plant grass. This area, today the hockey field, served the school for many years as a RUGBY FIELD and CRICKET PITCH.
The first three TENNIS COURTS were built in 1975 and two more were added in 1978.
The ground on which the rugby fields, cricket pitch and athletics track stand today was sub-divided into three large erven, two of which belonged to the city council and the remaining one adjoining the schoolgrounds and separated from them by Tulip Avenue, to the Department of Public Works. This site was earmarked for a post office and a police station. Approaches by the school (a school committee had not yet been elected at this stage) for the acquisition of this land were treated sympathetically by the School Board who made a surplus lot of ground in Framesby available to the school, to offer to the Council and the PWD in exchange. Seven years later, the Department of Agricultural Credit and Land Tenure approved the transfer of the PWD lot to the school and the ground officially became ours.
The additional lot was levelled, fenced and grassed and provided with spray irrigation by BRIAN FLOYD, a civil engineering contractor and parent of the school, at a cost of R10 000. This provided the school with 2 RUGBY FIELDS, a CRICKET PITCH and a 300m 6-lane ATHLETICS TRACK.
R10 000 refunded by the CED plus a loan, free of collateral, of R18 000, organised through the good offices of none other than DR JAN MARAIS himself, of Trust Bank, saw plans drawn up for the school's SWIMMING POOL. Other than Grey, Sunridge was to be the first school in Port Elizabeth (high or primary) to provide its learners with a swimming pool and the school's proud record in this department over the past 30 years bears testimony to the returns on this investment. The pool was named after MRS VALDA HORWITZ, a mother who initiated and undertook the training of Sunridge learners in domestic pools prior to the building of the school pool. The pool was done on a "wages plus materials" basis by another parent of the school, PAT McGRATH.
The following project to be tackled entirely at our own expense was the GYMNASIUM. With very active MUSIC and SPEECH & DRAMA departments, a great deal of pressure was put on the time table for use of the school hall and the provision of a separate facility for the physical education programme was the obvious solution. Once again the parent body pooled its resources and provided the architect NICO VELDTMAN, the engineer DICK SCHULTZ and the contractor PAT McGRATH and the price was once again cut to the bone with the project being completed for R72 000. As far as we know, Sunridge is the only co-educational primary school in the Cape Province with such a facility.
The last major capital project to be launched was the provision of a MEDIA CENTRE, COMPUTER ROOM, SCIENCE LABORATORY and a re-designed ADMINISTRATION BLOCK. This project cost the school R160 000 and the contract was awarded to MCDONALD CONSTRUCTION under the management of ARTHUR KOTZEN, a parent.
Financing of the above facilities was done largely due to the efforts of the Sunridge PTA with the continuous and unflagging support of the parent body and teaching staff and the school today proudly offers its learners the following facilities:
• A RE-INFORCED CONCRETE CHIPTILE TRAINING POOL SERVED BY 2 LARGE CAPACITY MUNICIPAL-TYPE SAND FILTERS
• 2 RUGBY FIELDS
• 1 ALL-WEATHER CRICKET PITCH
• A 3OOm 6-LANE GRASS ATHLETICS TRACK
• 1 HOCKEY FIELD AND TWO MINI-HOCKEY FIELDS
• 4 NETBALL COURTS
• 5 ALL-WEATHER BARRACOTE TENNIS COURTS
• A FULLY EQUIPPED GYMNASIUM WITH CHANGING FACILITIES SERVING THE POOL AND RUGBY FIELDS
• A TUCK SHOP AND MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM BUILT INTO THE GYMNASIUM
• A FULLY EQUIPPED MEDIA CENTRE
• A COMPUTER CENTRE
• A SCHOOL HALL WITH HIGH QUALITY SOUND AND LIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND ACCOUSTIC TREATMENT