At the launch on Friday 20 May, attended by school principals of Avondale, Protea Park and Reygersdal, ward councillor Moosa Raise and Education Department area director Wendy Horn, Witsand principal Gerhard Matthyse said the new lab existed thanks solely to “the generosity and support of donors.”
He thanked them all as well as all other contributors for their generosity, especially West Coast College for its contribution of 40 computers and its Deputy CEO, Andy Swartbooi, in particular for the vital role he has played in the project.
” We are honoured to be part of this new developments in the school and know that these computers will be used and assist these learners to reach their full potential in this, the new digital age,” added Swartbooi
Horn, who presides over the Metro-North education district, congratulated and praised the school and all its community involved in this milestone. “Witsand Primary had a 95,2% pass rate in its first year of operation, which shows what can be done through holistic development, passion and commitment,” she said.
Raise commented: “I’m speechless because I cannot describe my sentiments towards your staff, Mr Principal. You are not only showing us the importance of the sun from above, but also the importance of creating opportunities for young people. “Collaboration is important for leadership, as the foundation you lay for the school will further strengthen it.”
Local activist Nolefe Mbombo explained it was difficult to convince the powers that be of the importance of a school for the Witsand area. “I walked from one primary school to one another to get the total of learners of Witsand attending them. This was not easy because I sometimes had to walk in the rain to get those records from school administrators. “As a community we overcame and managed to get those totals to the WCED.”
After an agreement was reached between the City of Cape Town and the WCED the land was made available to build the school on. The interim facility was opened in 2020 for learners in Witsand and surrounding farms and community.
“This is just the beginning of our vision to make all our classrooms smart ones,” Matthyse said.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” Matthyse closed.