Learners’ bailout day to set principal free

2017-06-15 06:02
=The principal of Despatch Preparatory was keen to be “arrested” as part of a fundraising project.          Photos:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=The principal of Despatch Preparatory was keen to be “arrested” as part of a fundraising project. Photos:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Despatch Preparatory School’s principal, Madelene Sachse, has been “arrested” and had to spend some time in a mock-up jail.

“We like to do things differently. The fresher the idea the more support you get,” said Asja Strydom, event organiser at Despatch Preparatory School.

“So, other than the normal pies and cool drinks fun on a Friday, we decided to have the principal arrested for smiling too much.”

JJ Basson, vice-chairperson of the school governing body said the aim of the event was to raise funds for the upgrading and beautifying of the learners’ ablution facilities and to make it more child-friendly.

Learners were informed that the principal had been arrested for smiling too much and classes had to compete in raising bail money to set her free.

Educational outing for winning class

Another motivation, besides of getting the principal out of jail, was that the class selling the most bail tickets would enjoy an outing to the Nelson Mandela Bay Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage.

Members from the Despatch police service joined in the fun and the principal was arrested in her office by Constable Nwabisa Meyi who was assisted by Warrant Officer Andre Mostert, a former learner of the school.

They escorted the principal into the school hall where the children witnessed her being “locked-up” in a mock-up jail.

Learners were kept on their nerves as each class’ funds raised were counted to see whether there would be enough bail money to set the principal free.

A member of the school governing body, Lee-ann du Preez said, “Mrs Sachse’s sense of humour and openness with her staff and the learners makes it possible for us to initiate these kind of projects.”

After being released from the mock-up jail principal Marlene Sachse said, “I trust my staff and am amazed with all the ideas they have. So, I just go with the flow.

“What fun it was to know that the learners were excited to bail me out.

“I would have been very worried if they were not keen on this!”’

“We did inform the learners, prior to the actual arrest, that this was a fun project. We are very aware that it might have been sensitive to some of the learners, therefore we made sure that all the procedures occurred in good spirit.”

The learners did more than their part and the actual funds raised to set the principal free was more than bargained for.

The Grade 2E3 class raised the most funds and will now enjoy an outing to the science centre.

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