New main gate for De Duine

A local school is working on its ‘image’.

18 August 2019 | Education

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck

Donovan Paulse, former head boy and leader of the De Duine school board, said a project to enhance the overall safety aspect of the school environment, as well as that of the students and teachers is high on the priority list.

“We have been struggling to complete the construction of a boundary wall for quite some time now. Efforts recently reached the halfway mark with the help of former matriculates, business people and community members. We hope that this progress will motivate and move others to get involved.”

He explained that the absence of a boundary wall is not conducive to a number of challenges related to proper control and discipline.

“Vandals are also active especially during holiday breaks. A wall will see the school enclosed and result in better protection of the facilities which we want to upgrade for the benefit of learners and the community. We have approximately 1 000 learners with 35 teachers.”

Paulse said the main reason a decision was taken to focus on enhancing the main entrance to the school was due to a lack of proper control mechanisms.

“It is very important that the school should not portray an image of being in a dilapidated state for the benefit of the community. We are often measured by outward appearances and this is not always in true reflection of reality.”

A project to relocate and revamp the main gate in order to enhance the image and safety aspect of learners was initiated in July 2019.

“This project was successfully completed recently at an estimated cost of N$150 000 for material. A good samaritan who owns a construction company offered to do the work at a very reasonable and affordable rate. The idea is also to accommodate the local neighbourhood watch on the school premises to complement safety measures. We have also decided to approach Erongo RED for a spray light in the immediate vicinity of the school to increase the safety of learners and community members alike.”

Plans are to name the entrance after one of the school's former principals and discussions have been initiated with the family.

The school board also recognised teachers for their exceptional service and loyalty recently.

“We have 12 former students acting in the capacity of headmaster and HODs and teachers at the school. Some of the HODs already served for longer than 30 years. Pastor Patrick Brits, a former head boy, also leads a wellness programme at the school. A group of 15 learners have been identified by him for a leadership development camp.”

Paulse said the school was looking forward to host the Junior African Darts Tournament at the school premises.

“De Duine has over 20 junior dart players representing Namibia. The netball squad is also renowned for its prowess on the court and our rugby team joined the super league after a long absence. The rugby team made it to the quarterfinal round while a soccer player who is a learner at the school participated at the Neymar Cup in Brazil. ”

Anyone in a position to make a contribution in the form of material or funds can contact Paulse on 081 124 0214.

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