Ruth Powell (right) leaving Fraaisig school on October 5 for a 500km round trip cycle to raise funds for the school. Next to her are school principal Constance Stuurman and Powell's partner Mike Jacobs. Photos: Supplied
KNYSNA NEWS - Fraaisig Primary School in Knysna was started in 1968. The school is led by Constance Stuurman, principal since 2014, who has an enthusiastic, hard-working team of teachers and support staff behind her.
The vision of the school is "striving for excellence". There are almost a thousand learners in the school with 26 teachers, and in the past three years an English stream has been added, which will reach Grade 4 in 2017.
The school is also home to a special needs class, in which pupils from various local schools are accommodated and provided with a dedicated, specialised learning environment. A small library with a trained librarian provides learners with a place for quiet reading, as well as books to research interesting topics.
Stuurman and educator Ruth Powell have joined the Partners for Possibility initiative for 2016/2017, which is a programme in leadership and management, accredited with the University of the Western Cape. This partnership is a learning opportunity for both partners as well as providing a supportive role to the principal, in which project planning, goal setting and problem solving can be shared, to enable growth and development in key areas of the school.
Our community schools are often under resourced and additional pressure is placed on the principal, the governing body and staff of the school, to raise funds in order to improve the learning environment and provide quality education.
To this end Powell has chosen Fraaisig Primary as the beneficiary of a cycle event of 500km, starting on October 5 for 10 days from Knysna to Prince Albert and back to Knysna, due to end on October 15.
Powell has been involved in education in the Southern Cape for the past 14 years, first as a teacher at Oakhill school and then as the academic manager, and subsequently as a volunteer at Tsiba Eden. Powell states, “Education has been my focus and passion for many years. I see young leaders springing forth from all corners of South Africa. I believe it begins with providing the seeds for growth in early childhood.”
* To support this fundraising drive, donations can be deposited in the school’s bank account: Fraaisig Primary, Absa Knysna, acc nr 1001 694 932, beneficiary reference CYCLE + your name. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From left: Ruth Powell, Kyle Rhode, Knysna mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies, school principal Constance Stuurman, Powell's partner Mike Jacobs and school governing body members Mercia Davidson and Renaldo Hunter.
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