Brackenhill Primary School

Brackenhill Primary School – moving forward

Some 65 children in Grades 1–6 receive breakfast and lunch from the Brackenhill Primary kitchen, newly equipped with a fridge and microwave, and serving vegetables grown in a tunnel garden. This came about through Investec's donation to KILT for improvements at the farm school.

Brackenhill is proud of its heritage. Many of the children are the third generation of their families to attend the school. Principal Dennis Jantjies encourages his staff “to plan and continue planning for the future, even though there is always a sword hanging over us – the threat of closure from the education department. We plan for the future to prove to the department that we are worth staying open. We are moving forward.”

Jantjies says working with KILT means “knowing that we belong to an organisation that can support us”. The school ablution facilities were upgraded with lights and windows, and the school buildings were freshly painted, courtesy of Investec and KILT.

With additional teachers, class administration gets done, classrooms are better managed, and netball and soccer are available in the afternoons. Investec donated soccer and netball balls and posts. Each child received shoes from Tekkie Town. “However,” says Jantjies, “we unfortunately still have to borrow sports clothes from the school over the road.”

As a result of a joint KILT/Western Cape Education Department request, a Smart Class e-learning trolley kit was provided and learners are reading books and doing mathematics on the tablets. Still, lack of reliable internet access compromises staff communication and e-learning for the children.

The achievements so far are contributing to improved morale in both the school and the community. Sharon Filander, whose seven-year-old daughter attends the school, says: “KILT has made a difference; it has given parents pride in the school their children attend.”