Revamps give school a chance to make its mark
A COMMUNITY project spearheaded by Grey High School has transformed an underprivileged northern areas school, which now has a chance to provide quality education.
Since Grey High adopted Hillside High School through its ATKV-Handevat project in 2013, it has donated nearly R20 000 and assisted the school in making various revamps and refurbishments.
Of the R20 000 donated, R5 000 came from the Grey High boy in charge of community projects, Grade 10 pupil Keegan Hull.
He donated the money to Hillside after he received a maths and science bursary in September.
“I just thought it was necessary to give this money to the school. Why should I keep it when they deserve it more?” Keegan, 16, of Walmer, said.
He said the school’s community service team had organised a range of fundraising initiatives to assist Hillside through the Handevat project.
Hillside teacher Debbie Labans said the money had been used to sustain and maintain the school.
“We have revamped our women’s teacher toilets and painted the school,” she said.
The hall where matriculants write their exams was also fixed and revamped.
“The roof was broken and leaking and it needed to be fixed but we did not have the funds. We are a no-fees school so we do not have any money coming in for this kind of maintenance,” Labans said.
The funds from Grey had also been used for electrical repairs at the school.
“They have really created an environment to help the school to provide better quality education.”
Yesterday, Hillside High pupils Buhle Mangcangaza, 17, and Gideonna Boateng, 18, attended Grey’s final assembly to thank the pupils for their contributions.
“The most important thing they have done for our school is their donation of library books,” Gideonna, who is the Hillside library monitor, said.
“Hillside High is in an area which is mostly Afrikaans-speaking and before we did not have a fully functional library.
“Because we have so many English books now, more pupils are coming to read and we have seen an improvement in their English marks and speaking.”
Grey High teacher in charge of community service Amore Kember said ATKV-Handevat was a competition and a team would be visiting Hillside High in January to check how Grey had assisted the school.