Locals pour in support for school

2015-11-10 06:00
Ian Kriel, Rosmead Central Primary School’s deputy principal, James Fernie, chairperson of the Harfield Village Association, Matthew Kempthorne, ward councillor, Gail Brown, treasurer of the Friends of Harfield Park, and Kevin Boyd, Rosmead principal

Ian Kriel, Rosmead Central Primary School’s deputy principal, James Fernie, chairperson of the Harfield Village Association, Matthew Kempthorne, ward councillor, Gail Brown, treasurer of the Friends of Harfield Park, and Kevin Boyd, Rosmead principal

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Harfield Village residents have come together to launch a community initiative at Rosmead Central Primary School to help the school get a better sports field.

The official launch of the initiative happened on Saturday morning when local businesses pledged their support to the school. The school wants to have a borehole to allow for irrigation, which will help them grass their soccer field.

Currently pupils have to play on a dusty pitch and the aim of the initiative was to let the members of the community come together and work towards helping the school.

The borehole project will cost about R300 000 and is being led by the Harfield Village Association (HVA).

James Fernie, HVA chairperson, says they are excited about it and that it is about community building more than anything.

“We are very excited about extending our influence to build bridges and help the pupils. We have this amazing opportunity and we want everyone to be involved so that we build a decent soccer pitch for the school. This will allow people to engage the school and to build better relations,” he says.

One local business, Oblivion, kicked off the day with a donation of R10 000.

Jenman African Safaris has adopted the school and will organise fundraising events to ensure there is money to finish the project.

Liz Rampfshaw, Jenman African Safaris project manager, says: “Sport aides the well-being of the pupils and they can only excel if their pitch is good and well-maintained.

“So we have adopted the school to make sure that we help them throughout. This is very important and empowering as well and it also brings the community together. It’s all about education and we want to help them as much as we can.

“We will have a lot of events to make sure that they pitch becomes a reality. Apart from that we will also have educational hikes and reading classes to make sure that the children succeed,” she says.

Ian Kriel, deputy principal of the school, says the project is not just about the school but to also bring the community together.

“We are happy that through the initiative we will be able to sink a borehole, which will help us with irrigation and then we will grass the pitch and make it beautiful. It’s so overwhelming to see that people came out to support the event and to make things better for us.

“This is not just for us as the school but will also attract the community to the school. We will use the pitch during the week and they can also make use of it over the weekends. When we trace back into the history of the school we see that it has always been a community school, but over the years it has drifted from that and we want to bring it back by establishing different partnerships and getting people involved for the better of the school.”

Ward councillor Matthew Kempthorne says the only way to get things done is through partnerships.

“With working together everything is possible. We are so happy that businesses can partner and help the children. Children are our future – if we invest in them they will be better citizens. This time we are investing through a good soccer pitch.”


Readers who want to help the school can contact Fernie on 021 683 8523, 082 496 4889 or james­fernie@­uthandosa.org.

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