Volunteers built jungle gyms

2018-03-08 06:01
Seven qualified carpenters from the Netherlands recently erected three large jungle gyms fit for a king and queen at Kings College in Tokyo Sexwale, Jeffreys Bay. After spending two years at Kings College, maintenance volunteer Jacob Vooys returned to his home town with a dream: to give back to the children that blessed his life while living in Jeffreys Bay Having some fun at one of the jungle gyms are (back) Kings College Principal Soria Swart, volunteer Arie de Mol, (front) Secretary Maryna Miles, Deputy-principal Simonë Salida, volunteer Gertjan van den Oever, Foundation Phase Head Anica du Toit, and Intermediate Phase Head Ode Botha. See page 6 for the full article.                                Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

Seven qualified carpenters from the Netherlands recently erected three large jungle gyms fit for a king and queen at Kings College in Tokyo Sexwale, Jeffreys Bay. After spending two years at Kings College, maintenance volunteer Jacob Vooys returned to his home town with a dream: to give back to the children that blessed his life while living in Jeffreys Bay Having some fun at one of the jungle gyms are (back) Kings College Principal Soria Swart, volunteer Arie de Mol, (front) Secretary Maryna Miles, Deputy-principal Simonë Salida, volunteer Gertjan van den Oever, Foundation Phase Head Anica du Toit, and Intermediate Phase Head Ode Botha. See page 6 for the full article. Photo:MONIQUE BASSON

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Seven qualified carpenters from the Netherlands recently erected three large jungle gyms fit for a king and queen at Kings College in Tokyo Sexwale, Jeffreys Bay.

After spending two years at Kings College, maintenance volunteer Jacob Vooys returned to his home town with a dream: to give back to the children that blessed his life while living in Jeffreys Bay.

Not wasting time, Vooys embarked on a fundraising mission. With the assistance of six friends - Arie de Mol, Dirk van der Laar, Simon Wind, Ruud Briegoos, Gijs Bakker and Gertjan van den Oever - some R500 000 was raised.

With big plans and money in the bank, they boarded a plane to South Africa and arrived in Jeffreys Bay on February 16.

Within two weeks, they erected a jungle gym looking like a castle for the foundation phase learners, as well as two jungle gyms resembling a watch tower for the intermediate phase learners.

“These seven volunteers are brilliant artisans,” says Kings College Principal Soria Swart. “Learners from grade 4, who have technical skills as a subject, could see first-hand what can be done with skills learned, and, more important, what they can do one day.

“Apart from constructing the jungle gyms, they also served as a wonderful example and inspiration for our children who so often grow up without a male figure in their lives.”

The school recently started construction of the second phase of the school.

With phase one of the new school comple-ted, the construction of phase two is set to be completed in the second quarter of this year. Phase one boasts 11 classrooms for the foundation phase learners, while the second phase will be home to 11 classrooms for the intermediate phase learners - each boasting its own store room.

Phase 3 will consist of an administration block and auditorium. A school hall, sports field and parking area will be constructed during phase 4.

The school will furthermore boast a mo-dern library.

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