Grade 8s prepare for DIY

2015-05-05 06:00
Pupils at a school in Wynberg are calling on the community and business owners to help them to beautify their school’s ablution facilities by donating money or equipment.

Pupils at a school in Wynberg are calling on the community and business owners to help them to beautify their school’s ablution facilities by donating money or equipment.

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Pupils at a school in Wynberg have taken it upon themselves to beautify their school’s ablution facilities.

But they need the help of the community and local businesses.

Amina Pillay, a Grade 8 pupil at Wynberg High School, and her fellow classmates believe a clean environment is a healthy one.

Speaking on behalf of the Grade 8 pupils involved in the “toilet project”, she says: “The toilet facilities are run-down and not a place I want to go into.”

Amina says she feels as though it is her duty to do something to brighten up the girls and boys’ toilet facilities.

“We make use of it throughout the day and it is also our responsibility to make sure it is left in a good condition for the next person to use,” she says.

Amina explains that there is a lot to be done in the ablution facilities but they are ready to tackle the project.

A teacher at the school, Ellen ­Fedele, says the Grade 8s have asked to improve the school toilets as a new project in the coming term.

“We are hoping to get paint and brushes sponsored so that we as a grade can repaint them and spruce them up in general,” she says.

When People’s Post visited the school and toured the toilet facilities it was found that some of the lights in the boys’ toilets were not working, with wire hanging out of the light sockets.

In the girls’ bathroom the walls are covered in dirt and pen and pencil marks.

“It is not a nice place to go into – it is not inviting at all,” Amina says.

The pupils hope that they can come together through the project and do something positive.

They are in need of paint, brushes, light fittings and bulbs.

The pupils hope to start the project next term as soon as they have all the equipment and products they need and are therefore trying to rally as many people as possible to donate their time or fund the project.

“I hope that when we are done with the project pupils will be proud and enjoy the new space created for them as well as for guests to the school,” Amina says

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