Equestrian centre creates play area

2017-11-07 06:00
Grant Langley (Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre), Slindokuhle Majola, Junior Phelago and Aubrey Khumalo (principal) in the play area.

Grant Langley (Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre), Slindokuhle Majola, Junior Phelago and Aubrey Khumalo (principal) in the play area.

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THE fourth term got off to a great start for the Grade R pupils at Umthombomuhle School in the Upper Highway area, after the establishment of an interactive play area on site, provided by funds raised by the Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre.

The handover, which took place on Tuesday October 24, was attended by the sponsors involved in the donation.

“Foresyte Shows & Langley Equestrian Centre, and a number of sponsors, wanted to assist the youth from the local community and Umthombomuhle School seemed like the perfect choice,” said Grant Langley from the centre.

“A number of staff from the centre send their children to the school and it’s a really high performing educational centre, with friendly, dedicated staff. Unfortunately, it is lacking a few facilities, which is why we stepped in.”

Langley said on a recent visit to Umthombomuhle School he noticed there was no safe play area for the younger children. The decision was then made to create a play area, which included a jungle gym and swing suitable for the Grade R age group. In addition, a number of people came forward to donate books, toys and puzzles for the classroom.”

Principal Aubrey Sibonelo Khumalo said the staff and children are grateful for the donation, which will be used by 97 pupils in Grade R, aged between four and five.

“We really appreciate this donation because young children need to learn and develop through play activities,” said Khumalo.

“As it stands, there are 97 children in one classroom with no outside area, so this will make a huge difference to their daily lives.”

The school has an enrolment of 970 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9 with anywhere from 70 to 115 pupils in one class at a time.

Situated within an expanding community, there is a massive drive for parents to enrol their children in the school, which has a great reputation. Unfortunately, there are no sports facilities, no laboratories or library and a dire shortage of classrooms. There are also only seven toilets for the 970 pupils.

Umthombomuhle is a no-fee school, which means the majority of the children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and, for many, the unveiling of the school playground equipment will be their first glimpse of such items.

“There is so much excitement for the opening of this play area. The children cannot wait to get outside and play as children are meant to,” said Khumalo.

The school thanks all the sponsors.

- Fever Reporter.

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