Damage a major set back

2019-06-25 06:00
The Sentinel Primary School bus that was damaged.

The Sentinel Primary School bus that was damaged.

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Sentinel Primary School has suffered a blow after their school transport vehicle had its tyres slashed twice, during the course of last weekend.

School principal Claudene Overmeyer says on Friday 14 June they came to school and found one of the tyres of their bus was slashed and the other had a puncture. They had the tyres fixed.

Coming back on Sunday 16 June as their learners were getting ready for a tournament, they found all the tyres had been slashed. Cameras on the bus were also damaged.

Overmeyer believes this was done by an amateur as the person attempted so many times.

“This is very heartbreaking and devastating. Why would someone do something like this? Our learners had to go for a tournament and to see this was a major set back for us,” she says.

Despite their ordeal, Overmeyer says they had to make other plans to get their learners to the tournament. “There was no way we were going to miss this tournament. We have been trying for two years to get into this tournament and when we finally did, our learners almost didn’t make it,” she says.

The vehicle that has been damaged is used for various other things like transporting learners to the clinic, picking up other learners from home and also helping the elderly in the community. With the school being a non-paying fee school, Overmeyer says it is very difficult to ask parents to help repair the bus.

“Some money will have to come from the school to fix the bus. This is money that would’ve been used for something else. We hope we will get it sorted out as soon as possible as we have a lot of programmes in the new term that will require us to transport kids,” she says.

V To help the school email principal@sentinelps.co.za or call 021 790 1560.

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