In 2016 Lawhill celebrated its 21st birthday with extensions to the building – generously funded by a grant from the TK Foundation. This boosted the number of boarding places to 66 learners, and, as of 2017, Lawhill’s Nautical Science course has included a specialised component in electronic navigation systems (ECDIS software kindly donated by Captain Kieron Cox).
Lawhill also hopes to introduce a new subject Marine Sciences, a combination of marine biology and oceanography that will combine extremely well with Lawhill’s existing subject package. And another exceptional offering to learners is sail training in Lawhill’s own yacht, recently donated to the Centre by international maritime mentoring organisation, Marine Inspirations.
As Lawhill receives no direct government funding, the success of the Lawhill operation at Simon’s Town School can be attributed to the mutually-beneficial partnership with the private sector, particularly the shipping industry, as well as the hard work, dedication and commitment of its students and staff.
Marine Crew Services awards bursaries to Simon’s Town School/Lawhill Maritime Centre students for tertiary studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. In addition, the company supports the current students by providing work shadow opportunities over the June holidays. Two Lawhill students were also invited in August to visit to the Greatship Manisha vessel while in the Cape Town harbour.
More about the Lawhill programme on www.lawhill.org and Facebook and Twitter (@lawhillmaritime)