Appointments restore confidence in J-Bay High School

Welcoming the new HoDs Khutele Langbooi (third left) and Naomi Venter (fourth right) to the school this week were (from left) School Governing Body (SGB) members Janet Dennis and Bennett Napoleon, Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas, Sipho Miggels from the Education Department, SGB member Bettie Moos and Kouga ANC Chief Whip Virginia Camealio-Benjamin. Photo: SUPPLIED
Welcoming the new HoDs Khutele Langbooi (third left) and Naomi Venter (fourth right) to the school this week were (from left) School Governing Body (SGB) members Janet Dennis and Bennett Napoleon, Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas, Sipho Miggels from the Education Department, SGB member Bettie Moos and Kouga ANC Chief Whip Virginia Camealio-Benjamin. Photo: SUPPLIED

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“The matter of the budget has been clarified and members of the district’s Supply-Chain Management Unit visited the school to fast-track the procurement of textbooks.”

He said the Grade 8s and 9s had all but their English books.

“We are still waiting for textbooks for our first intake of Grade 10s, but the teachers are well versed in the curriculum and teaching is continuing. We regret the delay, but the matter is being addressed. We do not expect this to impact negatively on learners’ schooling.”

A former principal of Makukhanye Primary at Jeffreys Bay, Miggels said the exaggerated reports about the challenges at the school had been a knife in the heart of hundreds of parents, many from poorer communities, who had fought long and hard for a public high school to be established in the town.

“It was clear that the attack was initiated by people who had no idea about the history of the school or how difficult it was for parents and learners when the nearest high schools were in Humansdorp. Negative reports of that nature, which make no attempt at bringing solutions to the table, are not going to take the school forward,” he said.

He said that while all essential facilities were just about in place, the school did have a wishlist to improve the overall education experience of learners.

This wishlist includes an intercom system, computers, lab equipment, sport facilities and gear, a school library and the technical workshop.

“The Department will be addressing all of these in phase two of the school’s development, but we do not have fixed timeframes as yet. We do not want to see the school become just another academic school. We are grateful to Kouga Municipality and other roleplayers for the assistance they have offered in the meantime,” he said.

Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas, who visited the school again this week to check on the progress, said she wanted to encourage the local community and businesses to get behind the school and to assist where they could.

“For example, 40 learners will be taking part in an interschool athletics event this weekend, but they do not have sports vests in which to compete. If anyone can help them to overcome this hurdle, it will help to make the school stronger.

“This school belongs to the community of Jeffreys Bay. Together we can take it forward,” she said.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the school, can contact Sipho Miggels at 060 764 7918 or email siphomiggels50@gmail.com

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