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akhill School, a co- campus infrastructure; including new participants from across the country
educational independent classrooms, administration block, a and resulted in 2 350 bed nights in
music centre and most recently an art Knysna and R230 000 spent on catered
Oschool in Knysna has had and drama centre including a learning food and restaurants for the participants
a magnificent year and has commons. alone. A great success for Oakhill and
much to celebrate. It is well known for The school recently also purchased an exciting contribution to Knysna’s
its outstanding academic record and 17 hectares of land for the development economy.
excellent reputation for sports, music, of the Oakhill Sport Campus, an “We believe in supporting local
art and drama. What is not as well- impressive first phase of sports facilities businesses and the local community
known is the large contribution the including a state-of-the-art water based wherever possible,” says Kidwell. “We
school makes to the local economy and Astroturf, rugby, hockey, cricket and have a social responsibility to do so,
community. netball fields and a clubhouse. This but it is also part of our mission to
“The fact that there is a successful August, the school celebrated the develop our students into well-rounded,
independent school in Knysna has official opening of the campus which compassionate and socially aware
encouraged many young families to has also hosted two national hockey adults.”
move here. They make a significant festivals - the Oakhill U13 Hockey For more information about Oakhill, visit
contribution to the town, not just Festival and the Independent Schools
because they pay rates, but because Co-Ed Hockey Festival.
many of them have set up local Another of Oakhill’s festivals that
businesses which create much-needed have wide appeal and exposes hundreds
jobs”, says headmaster Shane Kidwell. of visitors to Knysna is the annual
Oakhill employs just under 100 Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival.
staff and is home to over 500 learners, This year the popular event attracted
with many who live in Plettenberg nearly 600 participants from 25 top
Bay and use the daily Oakhill bus schools and drew a large crowd of
service. The school continues to expand not only tourists, but also parents and
to accommodate future anticipated supporters travelling with the schools.
growth and has spent R30m in the last Combined, these festivals attracted
five years on the school’s academic

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