Many schools across South Africa do not have a school hall to bring the entire school community together. Government has not built a school hall in more than 20 years and whilst their spend may be prioritised for classrooms and ablutions, the importance of a hall should not be underestimated. A hall is a multipurpose communal space that offers the school a number of opportunities. In 2018, the 'shed-like' hall at Kenilworth Secondary School was completed.
Bringing all school learners and educators together for assemblies fosters the creation and development of school spirit and a sense of belonging. It provides a venue for parent meetings, cultural and sporting activities and community meetings and gatherings. The hall is also an ideal resource for fundraising initiatives - the school can host events or rent the hall out to the community for a fee. One of the most impactful uses observed is as a venue for writing Matric exams. Previously schools have used up multiple classrooms when Matrics write exams (up to 5 times per year). This impacts other grades as their classrooms are unavailable and they lose precious teaching and learning time.