Ding, dong, Dutch in music room

The children with donors at the launch.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee
The children with donors at the launch.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

The next big thing could come from Tafelsig, thanks to the investment of a Dutch company.

Tafelsig Primary School launched their new music and dance studio on Wednesday 4 April following renovations to the existing classroom.

Re-inforced walls, brightly painted walls, new flooring, lighting and mirrors are some of the additions to the room.

A safe room to house the instruments has also been added.

Kim Hendricks, a teacher at the school will run the dance programme, while school administrator, Ricardo Solomons will continue with the choir and instruments.

“We initiated the project at the school. It started last year when we hosted our first ever music concert to raise funds to renovate the room. It was not safe for rehearsals with benches and books everywhere,” she says. “We wanted to find indoor activities for the children that could take place in Winter.”

The school has been assisted by Run4Schools, an organisation initiated by Dutch residents. “Run4Schools runs our PT programme and every year we submit a wishlist. They then decide if they can grant the wishlist and they granted the wishlist in full,” says Hendricks.

The funds was procured from Philipse & Co Investment Managers from the Netherlands.

Run4Schools founder Leslie Pangemanan says he was thankful to be part of the initiative.

“This is a really special initiative and is helping the children of Tafelsig, making a huge difference,” he says

He also thanked Edzard van Citters, director of Philipse & Co who was in town for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon and attended to officially open the room.

“This has been a really emotional week. Lots of positive emotions as well and we met many special people,” he says.

He adds his meeting with Pangemanan and the rest of the Run4Schools members was inspiring.

“I hope this will bring a lot of happiness and will be enjoyed. We chose Run4Schools because when you sometimes donate to large foundations, you do not know where your money goes and here we can see with our own eyes what it has done.”

Solomons says the instruments will be purchased during the second term and looks forward to starting classes.

He plays the trumpet, tuba and recorder and Liam Wyngaard, his assistant will teach the children piano and trombone.

“Liam has been a great help. Whatever we have performed, we have never performed with a backtrack,” says Solomons.

The choir consists of 60 members and 15 of them were present at the launch to show off some of their talent.

The choir is non selectory and is open to all. The choir has performed at the Baxter and V&A Waterfront to name a few.

In an emotional word of thanks, Run4Schools general manager Frank Steyn thanked the donors and organisation for their work in uplifting the community and the school.

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