St Raphael’s school to turn 90

2018-05-22 06:00
St Raphael’s feeding room has been burgled several times.

St Raphael’s feeding room has been burgled several times.

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St Raphael’s Catholic School in Lawrence Road will celebrate 90 years of service to the community this September.

Teachers at the local primary school are now calling on the alumni to come forward to join in on the celebrations in memory of the school’s success over the years.

“This school has been here for a very long time and therefore we will be celebrating 90 years of success this year. It is our wish to have the alumni come on board to plan the big event,” says Rene Poole, the outgoing treasurer at St Raphael’s.

“We are still deciding on the type of event to host, and would like their input in his regard. Our main aim with the invite is to also request their services in taking on the challenge to raise funds for the school, with the aim of giving back. We might be celebrating 90 years, but we are very much facing financial difficulties.”

The school accommodates more than 800 children at a monthly fee of only R150 each, but parents still struggle to afford the fee.

“Because of this, we face challenges of having to raise funds to be able to accommodate them, and pay for staff and projects at the school. The school fees should cover this, but it doesn’t always run this way. Many parents don’t work, and some of our learners are also living with grandparents who are pensioners,” she explains.

“We have students from many poor communities which include Manenberg, Hanover Park, Philippi, Khayelitsha and so forth. Our biggest challenge is to provide them with the projects we want to do. Everything needs money and our school doesn’t have that money.”

Poole says the school was previously home to rich residents in the area, but over time things have changed tremendously­.

“Back then this was a private school for the rich. This school started out with 220 children and was previously run by nuns. The premises were covered in sand and only had a few buildings – these entire classrooms were not present at the time.

“Today it is a public school on private land. Because of this the government only supplies us with a minimal amount each month. As years went by the premises slowly started filling up with classrooms through fundraising and sponsorship. And we want to continue upgrading through the help of the public.”

The school’s biggest dream at the moment is to have a computer lab for the children.

“When we host fundraisers, we do it with the aim of achieving the goal of having a computer lab one day. We are living in a century where children are into technology and the lab will be easy to bring across schoolwork daily. If we can at least get 10 computers to start off with, that will be greatly appreciated­.”

A school taxi and surveillance cameras are among several other goals for the school, she says.

“The school has been burgled several times. The break-ins have been limited to the feeding scheme area where pots and food have been stolen. We supply daily meals for those who can’t afford it, and this had become an issue with the break-ins. The community has since been very helpful by providing pots and so forth.

“There are so many things we aim to supply the children with but we are forced to do fundraising to achieve this. Without the community’ support we are not able to give these learners what we wish for them. We invite you to visit our school to work hand in hand.”

V For more information, call Rene Poole on 021 696 6718.

St Raphael’s Catholic School in Lawrence Road will celebrate 90 years of service to the community this September.

Teachers at the local primary school are now calling on the alumni to come forward to join in on the celebrations in memory of the school’s success over the years.

“This school has been here for a very long time and therefore we will be celebrating 90 years of success this year. It is our wish to have the alumni come on board to plan the big event,” says Rene Poole, the outgoing treasurer at St Raphael’s.

“We are still deciding on the type of event to host, and would like their input in his regard. Our main aim with the invite is to also request their services in taking on the challenge to raise funds for the school, with the aim of giving back. We might be celebrating 90 years, but we are very much facing financial difficulties.”

The school accommodates more than 800 children at a monthly fee of only R150 each, but parents still struggle to afford the fee.

“Because of this, we face challenges of having to raise funds to be able to accommodate them, and pay for staff and projects at the school. The school fees should cover this, but it doesn’t always run this way. Many parents don’t work, and some of our learners are also living with grandparents who are pensioners,” she explains.

“We have students from many poor communities which include Manenberg, Hanover Park, Philippi, Khayelitsha and so forth. Our biggest challenge is to provide them with the projects we want to do. Everything needs money and our school doesn’t have that money.”

Poole says the school was previously home to rich residents in the area, but over time things have changed tremendously­.

“Back then this was a private school for the rich. This school started out with 220 children and was previously run by nuns. The premises were covered in sand and only had a few buildings – these entire classrooms were not present at the time.Today it is a public school on private land. Because of this the government only supplies us with a minimal amount each month. As years went by the premises slowly started filling up with classrooms through fundraising and sponsorship. And we want to continue upgrading through the help of the public.”

The school’s biggest dream at the moment is to have a computer lab for the children.

“When we host fundraisers, we do it with the aim of achieving the goal of having a computer lab one day. We are living in a century where children are into technology and the lab will be easy to bring across schoolwork daily. If we can at least get 10 computers to start off with, that will be greatly appreciated­.”

A school taxi and surveillance cameras are among several other goals for the school, she says. “The school has been burgled several times. The break-ins have been limited to the feeding scheme area where pots and food have been stolen. We supply daily meals for those who can’t afford it, and this had become an issue with the break-ins. The community has since been very helpful by providing pots and so forth.There are so many things we aim to supply the children with but we are forced to do fundraising to achieve this. Without the community’ support we are not able to give these learners what we wish for them. We invite you to visit our school to work hand in hand.”

V For more information, call Rene Poole on 021 696 6718.

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