“The property the school has been on for almost 50 years now was originally called Sandycroft.

One of the many “casualties” of the Covid pandemic was our plans and schedule for the completion of the next investment in our campus. Our newest building, which will house a new cafeteria, multi-purpose hall, middle school computer lab, and a collaboration classroom called the “Creation Zone,” was supposed to be completed earlier this year and ready for the beginning of school in August. With the lockdown, and other issues caused by the pandemic, this simply was not possible.

The work has continued throughout this semester and even during the CMCO and we are close to completion. The delays, however, will probably result in us not getting the city approvals in time for the start of second semester. Our architect is still hopeful that we might be able to get all the paperwork done and submitted and get our “CCC” but the phrase “Christmas miracle” has been used in describing this possibility. No matter what happens we will be using our new building as soon as possible in the new year. 

As we have developed our new campus we have been creating names for our new buildings. The first building became “The Castle” which stands for “center for arts, science, technology, library, and educational services.” The next building, the residence life building, overlooks the ocean and was deemed “The Lighthouse.” Our third building, which has our new auditorium, administration, and high school classrooms became “The Harbor.” Now with our fourth new building will have a new cafeteria which will be called “The Galley” while the multi-purpose hall on the second floor will have the name “Sandycroft Hall.”

The property the school has been on for almost 50 years now was originally called “Sandycroft.” Older people in the community will still refer to it that way and you can see it on some older maps of Tanjung Bungah. I like this name as it connects our newest chapter to our own history and the history of Penang. We are excited to have Sandycroft Hall improve our campus and create even more possibilities and opportunities for our students and the Dalat community.

Let’s hope and pray that we will have our own little Christmas miracle and Sandycroft Hall and The Galley will be waiting for us on that first day of school next semester.

Written by Karl Steinkamp

Karl Steinkamp is passionate about Dalat International School and training up young people. Karl was a student at Dalat and returned with a degree in education as a student teacher, high school principal, and now Head of School since 2006.
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