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Pupil’s project brightens up school

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Jamienca launched a playground project for the Intermediate Phase at the school at the beginning of the third term.

A GRADE 4 pupil at Elizabeth Conradie School, a school for pupils with special needs in Kimberley, Jamienca Botha, has added a splash of colour to her school playground.

Jamienca launched a playground project for the Intermediate Phase at the school at the beginning of the third term. 

Together with a friend, Zimri de Wet, a Grade 4 pupil at Newton Primary School, Jamienca initially started the project as part of a community project for Vogue Kimberley’s Global Beauty Pageant. 

The two painted old tyres during the school vacation and, with the help of Jamienca’s parents, planted these to serve as colourful seating on the playground. However, they very soon realised that this project could be so much more.

Several of the parents of the Grade 4, 5 and 6 classes at the school threw their weight behind the project and got together on Saturday mornings to offer their labour. 

They painted bigger tyres that were donated, as well as wooden cable reels. A music corner, made with recyclable materials, was established and a hopscotch court was painted. Netball balls were purchased, while a chess board and chess pieces, also made from recyclable materials, are on the cards, as well as maths worms.

The project leaders said that they were especially proud of the group of children who regularly offered their time to help paint and even the curb stones around the school’s parking area were painted.

The project’s biggest challenge now is replacing the old wooden handrails, which are so necessary for the disabled pupils. 

Donations have made the replacement of part of the rails possible, but the group is hoping to replace all the wooden rails with steel rails.

An appeal has been made to the public, especially old pupils, to support the initiative.