New classrooms for Bathurst Primary

CANDICE
BRADFIELD

BATHURST Primary
School
has two brand new classrooms to call their own, thanks to the
department of education.

The prefabricated
classrooms were built about two months ago and will provide much needed space
for Grades 1 and 2 and another class.

While the
school has been afforded extra space with these new classrooms, there are still
needs in other areas.

HIGH CLASS:
Pupils at Bathurst
Primary School now have
the opportunity to learn in a brand new classroom. With Grade R teacher Joyce
Peters (back) are Grade 2 pupils (from left) Lisakhanya Gula, Lihle Kom and
Cindy Sanson Picture: CANDICE BRADFIELD

Grade R
teacher Joyce Peters said she wanted to appeal to the community to assist her
class in any way they can, especially with outdoor equipment. They currently
have one small jungle gym which has been at the school for many years, a slide
which was donated this year and a broken swing.

She said
her pupils do not even have balls to play with. Tables and benches would also
allow the children to eat outside when the weather is good, she said.

“It breaks
my heart. These are my angels,” she said.

She said
they also need pigeon-holes to keep their bags in during the day.

Since
concerns arose that the school may close, Talk of the Town has published
several articles on any developments. The school has again submitted
applications for two of their teachers to fill the remaining teaching posts. If
their applications are approved, this will free up school funds that can be
used elsewhere.

They have resubmitted
these applications several times in the past two years. In a previous article
(June 7, 2012), Talk of the Town reported that the last time these were
submitted principal Jill McLeod was told the department had received the forms
and would look into the matter.

Anyone who
would like to help out can visit the school or call (046) 625-0735 for more
information on what is needed. Smaller items can be dropped off at the Talk of
the Town offices.

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