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The School has been evolving in its physical form, and functioning through its 112-year history, through a process of accommodating specific needs at various points of time, within the limitations of North Point's physical infrastructure.
The infrastructure limitations have naturally dictated compromises on the quality and extent of available amenities and even resulted in a complete lack of many of the facilities a premier institution such as North Point should be having, in the present context and more importantly in the emerging 'wired' world.
The experience of more than a century points to the imperative of a holistic revaluation of North Point's physical infrastructure. A purposeful and effective study will have to take into account both the immediate compulsions of the school and the emergent needs of the institution in the next 100 years. Therefore, while foreseeable growth and development issues will have to be addressed through purpose-designed infrastructure additions, an element of flexibility will also have to be judiciously incorporated in order to enable efficient responses to critical factors that we can not now predict accurately or visualise clearly.
The assessment would logically lead to the formulation of a guiding and comprehensive master plan for North Point, to steer the school adequately and appropriately through its second century of existence. This would include not only the correction of existing inadequacies in physical infrastructure, but also the incorporation of amenities and facilities that are intrinsic to the overall vision of the school, and in keeping with its renown as a benchmark of educational excellence.
Implementation of the master plan would necessarily be through a programme of action split into specific, identifiable components and initiatives over a period of time, based on priorities and available resources. While the plan would detail physical intervention such as renovation, restructuring, extension and addition, to house the needs of the school, it would go beyond the mere solving of particular problems at given points of time.
The need for North Point to formulate a master plan, which would serve as a set of directive guidelines for physical intervention and expansion to address the school's future needs, was the result of a strong consensus among staff and alumni on the subject's criticality. A number of meetings of the North Point School Alumni Association (NPSAA) exhaustively discussed the project's numerous facets and compulsions. Additionally, "North Point - Vision 2000+" was the topic of the North Point Silver Medal English Essay competition and the subject of numerous brainstorming sessions among the school's teaching and professional staff. What follows is an activity-based breakdown of what needs to be done, arrived at from all the aforesaid inputs and through a consensus among those involved in the process.
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