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AREA IN WHICH THE SCHOOL IS SITUATED

 

The school is situated in a rural area between Paarl and Malmesbury on the tourist route to the West Coast.

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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE SCHOOL

 

The school started on 23 January 1949 with 3 teachers and 54 learners. Currently the school has 235 learners and 8 teachers. The following people served as principals; Mr. J.B. Stuurman (1949 - 1975); Mr. A.S. Pietersen (1975 - 1979); Mr. L.G. Sheldon (1979 - 1987); Miss N.M.Van der Merwe (1988 - 1998) and the current principal, Mr. J. Sass since 1998. In 1999 the school celebrated its 50th anniversary. The highlight of the celebrations was the play that the school performed with the then Minister of Education, Ms. Helen Zille and the playwright, Mr. Elias Nel, in attendance. Some learners excelled in academics in tertiary institutions. In 2002 a teacher wrote a book in conjunction with the University of Cape Town and an NGO.

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE LEARNERS

 

The learners come from the surrounding farms where their parents are labourers. The learners grow up in an underprivileged community. Many learners live with their grandparents who are dependent on state pension and child grants to provide for the needs of the learners. The school is classified as a quintile 1 school means that it serves the poorest of the poor and thus a 'No-fee School'. Learners are not expected to pay school fees. There are no recreational facilities available for the learners. Rugby and netball are the main sport codes practised. Some farms have rugbyfields which are used to play matches between different farms. Parents are not generally involved in the learners' work. Many parents do not attend meetings at school where strategies are discussed on how to support their children at home.

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ESTIMATED STANDARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT OF LEARNERS ON ENTRY

 

Afrikaans is the Language of Teaching and Learning (LoLT) and for other social activities. The learners do not get sufficient educational stimulation at home. When learners enter Grade R they are not able to hold a pencil or able to cut with a pair of scissors

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OTHER RELEVANT FEATURES

 

The school receives some donations. Currently a farmer is responsible for the construction of a rugbyfield en playpark. School funds are supplemented by managing a tuckshop. The school nutrition scheme serves meals to learners. The learners who live more than five kilometres from the school travel by bus. This transport scheme is subsidised by the WCED. The rest of the learners walk to school.