Haythorne reclaims theirschool

2019-02-27 06:00
From left: SGB member Rachel Hemmend, Triarno Everton (MIT), Peace Club member Phinokwakhe­ Maphanga­, Valentine Hammond (Owner of MIT), and Craig Houghton (MIT).PHOTO: byrone athman­

From left: SGB member Rachel Hemmend, Triarno Everton (MIT), Peace Club member Phinokwakhe­ Maphanga­, Valentine Hammond (Owner of MIT), and Craig Houghton (MIT).PHOTO: byrone athman­

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PARENTS and members of the school governing body (SGB) of Haythorne Secondary have taken matters into their own hands and reclaimed their school by policing the grounds during the day throughout the week in order to eradicate drugs, bullying and various other problems which have plagued the school in recent times.

“The school attitude has completely been lifted. We are not seeing children bunking lessons or smoking anymore.

“These parents who are taking it upon themselves to help our school out without compensation are a real blessing unto us. We are so appreciative of them, they have been here since the beginning of term and have maintained law and order in our school,” said Haythorne principal Mr Diaz.

One of the members who have been patrolling the school since the beginning of the year, Rachel Hemmend, said that since they embarked on this initiative, apart from policing drugs and bad behaviour, pupils have been helped with their personal problems as well.

“Various learners have been helped through what we are doing, and we encourage parents in other government schools to do the same in their schools,” Hemmend added.

Prefect and member of the Peace Club in Haythorne, Phinokwakhe Maphanga, said that the pupils in the school have responded positively to the initiative.

“There has been a decrease completely in smoking among our pupils. Pupils now have a voice and, as a member of the Peace Club, I am happy to see the peace this has brought to our school,” said Maphanga.

Teacher Sylvia Jansen, who has been teaching for 20 years, said that she was on the verge of retiring but since seeing the change in the mood of the school from the beginning of the year she is happy to continue teaching.

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