40 years of teaching, developing learners

2017-10-24 06:01
Levana Primary School’s Miss Debutante, Esra Blanckenberg, with her parents Henna and Alfred at the school’s anniversary celebration.

Levana Primary School’s Miss Debutante, Esra Blanckenberg, with her parents Henna and Alfred at the school’s anniversary celebration.

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Situated in the heart of Lavender Hill and in the midst of gang violence, Levana Primary School has stood the test of time and has a lot to celebrate.

Opened in 1977, the school serves learners from Lavender Hill, Hillview, Seawinds, St Montague Village and neighbouring informal settlements. These are disadvantaged areas where violence, substance abuse and lack of parental guidance are common issues. Lavender Hill is also an area predominantly characterised by unemployment and poverty.

Despite these challenges, the school celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday 14 October with a debutante ball. A total of 17 debutantes from Grades 1 to 5 participated in this first-ever event at the school.

Each participant had to help raise funds for the school and the three finalists raised the most funds.

First princess was awarded to Janica Lillieveldt, who is in Grade 3. Second princess was Grade 5 learner Raihaba Naude.

Miss Debutante was Grade 2 learner Esra Blanckenberg. The learner said pulling a puppy face was her secret weapon as she went around collecting funds.

The top three received prizes and all the participants will be treated to a field trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The school is a non-fee paying school with an enrolment of 1051 learners from Grades R to 7.

“The vision of the school is to develop learners so that they can become confident adults with strong morals, norms and values. Levana continually faces new challenges and obstacles. However, we strive to give the children the best possible education,” says school principal Andre Lampretch.

“The school is actively involved in various external and environmental bodies and has relationships with other international schools. Flower and vegetable gardens have been developed to complement the curriculum and every attempt is made to expose the learners to various sporting activities. In an attempt to manage the violent and aggressive behaviour of the learners, the school has designed a ‘magic room’ to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere where the children can go. Ideally a specialist therapist would be employed to work with the learners, but the school does not have the funds for such a person. The school encourages sponsorships and donations to supplement the school,” he says.

The school’s successes include:

. Double Diamond Environmental Education Award

. It was the first school in the Western Cape to receive Echo-Schools’ International Green Flag

. Four Grade 7 learners won the Energy Etha Awards

. Two teachers represented the Western Cape at the National Environmental Awards

. Six learners are junior marine biologists at the aquarium

. One learner is a junior Table Mountain ranger

. Six learners are on a conservationist leadership programme

. Two learners were chosen for u.12 Western Province chess

. Winner of the Grow Smart literacy ­competition

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