New school, new start

2018-01-23 06:00

The new iThemba School in Vrygrond opened its doors for new learners last week.

The school has seven classrooms, with the Grade 1 class consisting of 105 learners. The main idea is to have it run as a college to benefit the broader community as well.

The majority of the learners come from Vyrgrond and the surrounding areas. The colourful school is a joint venture between non-profit organisation, My Themba Schools, and the Department of Education.

Sussanne French, chairperson of My Themba Schools, says the first day of school was very emotional for her.

“I don’t have children of my own but the day before schools opened I couldn’t sleep. I was so emotional thinking of the new learners that will walk into our classrooms. It made me really happy to see them excited and we have a lot more in store for them and we hope they will enjoy,” she says.

Most of the learners come from the iThemba Primary School and French says it is because of these learners that she decided that the area needs a primary school of its own.

“When children start at pre-primary we put so much work into them, but then come Grade 1, we don’t know what happens to them or even if they are at school. Because I engage a lot with parents, we spoke about having our own school and we worked tirelessly together. It is with great joy that we see our children here,” she says.

The construction of the school started in April last year (“New primary school rising”, People’s Post, 24 October); however, it had been in planning for about five years. The first phase cost R30m and the school is in need of more funds.

“We are currently working with international sponsors. We are calling on local people to take part and invest in our children. We are grateful to the sponsors that have helped us so that we can have these building standing.”

The school has a feeding scheme in place, but at the moment they are working with the feeder school.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum Linamandla Deliwe says they are happy that the My Themba schools NPO and the school principal Trevor Alexander engaged the community.

“The forum appreciated the iThemba leadership for engaging them as well as the broader community.

“The school is in the interest of the community and because they were engaged they will take ownership of it and protect it. This is the second primary school in Vrygrond but the best because the leadership engaged the community and listened to them. As a forum we are happy to be working with them,” he says.

The new iThemba School in Vrygrond opened its doors for new learners last week.

The school has seven classrooms, with the Grade 1 class consisting of 105 learners. The main idea is to have it run as a college to benefit the broader community as well.

The majority of the learners come from Vyrgrond and the surrounding areas. The colourful school is a joint venture between non-profit organisation, My Themba Schools, and the Department of Education.

Sussanne French, chairperson of My Themba Schools, says the first day of school was very emotional for her.

“ I don’t have children of my own but the day before schools opened I couldn’t sleep. I was so emotional thinking of the new learners that will walk into our classrooms. It made me really happy to see them excited and we have a lot more in store for them and we hope they will enjoy,” she says.

Most of the learners come from the iThemba Primary School and French says it is because of these learners that she decided that the area needs a primary school of its own.

“When children start at pre-primary we put so much work into them, but then come Grade 1, we don’t know what happens to them or even if they are at school. Because I engage a lot with parents, we spoke about having our own school and we worked tirelessly together. It is with great joy that we see our children here,” she says.

The construction of the school started in April last year (“New primary school rising”, People’s Post, 24 October); however, it had been in planning for about five years. The first phase cost R30m and the school is in need of more funds.

“We are currently working with international sponsors. We are calling on local people to take part and invest in our children. We are grateful to the sponsors that have helped us so that we can have these building standing.”

The school has a feeding scheme in place, but at the moment they are working with the feeder school.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum Linamandla Deliwe says they are happy that the My Themba schools NPO and the school principal Trevor Alexander engaged the community.

“The forum appreciated the iThemba leadership for engaging them as well as the broader community. The school is in the interest of the community and because they were engaged they will take ownership of it and protect it. As a forum we are happy to be working with them,” he says.

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