A Fast-Growing Blouberg School!
West Riding Primary School was originally established in Table View in 2008 in temporary prefabricated classrooms. This Blouberg school started offering only foundation phase classes but then moved to its permanent home in 2009. By 2011 it already included grade 6 pupils and today has a learner enrolment number of 736.
Learners at the school are from a multi-cultural community and are also mainly from single parent and/or single income home, therefore, extra funding from parents is something they cannot rely on. In an attempt to introduce technology to the school, they managed to purchase a few second hand computers from a nearby high school and the Western Cape Education Department has also recently provided administrative computers.
In 2011, they launched the Khanya Project that will see their dream of a technology integrated curriculum become a reality, allowing learners regular, structured access to computers with software to boost their numeracy and literacy levels. Internet access also allows learners to have access to up-to-date, relevant information to help them with real life learning and current affairs.
Not only are the educators at West Riding Primary School helping to develop learners understanding of the technology that influences all aspects of our lives, they are also fully aware of how learners are better able to learn with a full tummy.
As many of their learners are from a low socio-economic background, the payment of school fees is irregular at best, yet they also feel compelled to provide breakfast, lunch and even food parcels for many of the learners.