All set for the new school year

2018-01-23 06:00
Education minister Debbie Schäfer at Levana Primary PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Education minister Debbie Schäfer at Levana Primary PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill started the new academic year on a positive note.

Despite the school being in a volatile area characterised by gang wars and drugs, the principal, Andre Lamprecht, says they have measures in place and they are ready for yet another year.

The school was visited by the education minister, Debbie Schäfer, accompanied by the chief director of districts, Alan Meyer.

Schäfer said she is very pleased to see how organised Lamprecht and the school management team are.

“I briefly met with the teachers before the school day to offer words of encouragement for the 2018 school year. School principal, Mr Lamprecht, was at school very early as the school opened to ensure that the school was ready to receive learners. It was clearly evident that, as a result of good leadership by Mr Lamprecht, the school was ready for teaching and learning with classrooms well organised and class lists finalised.”

The centre of attention on the day were the little ones being watched by their parents as they walked into the classroom to start Grade 1. For some it was smooth sailing, but for others it was a rocky start as they cried their eyes out and called for their parents to come and fetch them.

“It was heartwarming to see so many parents there to accompany their children to school on their first day. At Levana Primary, learners are met at the school gates by school safety officers. While many learners were very brave as they bade farewell to their parents, there were also some tears shed as parents stood at the school fence to watch their little ones enter the next stage of their life. One Grade R learner even tried to make a run for it! We eventually managed to convince the learners who were upset to return to class and the school day kicked off without any hiccups,” says Schäfer

Schäfer visited the Grade 1 classes and encouraged them to make the most of their time to learn.

“Listen to your teachers. Read a book every day. Learn to read and write and continue to try on your own at home.”

Lamprecht says he is happy that most of the Grade 1 learners started their first day well. “There were no disruptions and we are ready for the year. We have measures in place for gang violence and the learners know exactly what to do when shooting starts. We are grateful for the safety kiosk and we hope we will have it throughout the year,” he says.

Although the first day started well for most learners, there are still 11 000 learners in the province who have not been placed. Parents who are having difficulties enrolling their children or who have failed to enrol their children are urged to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will be on standby to provide assistance at schools where there are late registrations and any other last-minute tasks that need to be completed.

Schäfer made an appeal to parents to play an active role in their child’s education. “Parents have an important role in their child’s school career and we ask that they assist us in this 12-year journey by cultivating and encouraging their child’s reading and writing skills.

“Children can achieve much more with supportive, interested parents. Without it, their entire futures could be compromised,” she says

Each district office has identified officials to assist parents struggling to find places for their children.

V Visit the WCED website for a list of district officials, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding enrolments: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/FAQ/faq-index.html

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