Tswellang Special School welcomes new principal

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The chess players of the School who competed in a match at Grey college on Friday. Back from left to right: Keitumetse Limpane, Verna Vorster (Principle), Kgalalelo Mokhaneli, Itumeleng Maruping (SGB Chairperson) and Renate van Rooyen (Chess Chairperson). Front : Thembane Mhlakaza, Naledi Nhlapo, and Gostofalo Mpoea. PHOTO: Heidre Malgas

Tswellang Special School welcomed their new principal last week, Verna Vorster, who has been part of the school for 7 years and has now taken up the role as Principal. Vorster tells Bloemfontein Courant that she has been involved in Special Education for the past 30 years and has always had a passion for it.

“I think being in Special needs is a calling, I’ve witnessed in my 30 years that teachers come and then go again, however, you get teachers who are really passionate and stay,” she added. Itumeleng Maruping, school governing body (SGB) chairperson said that they are fortunate enough to have her as principal because she knows the school very well, she knows the needs of the school, the plans and what they entail. Maruping added that they want to improve the learners’ skills and the development of the school. With the help of the principle and her passion for these learners, we will be able to reach our goals.

11 of the 13 learners and their coaches who will be participating for Sport in Port Elizabeth.

“Our main concern at this point is, ‘Parent involvement’, this is a very big problem because of the circumstances they face when they have to attend a meeting and/or anything that involves the child,” he added. Both Vorster and Maruping have agreed to rather have the meetings at a place where most of the parents’ are comfortable with, without them having to break the bank for transport money.

Vorster said that Tswellang Special School is now her baby, with Mr Maruping on her side they are going to fly the schools’ flag high. “This clean neat environment is what we want to carry over to the learners, we bring them values, learning and teaching in a structured way, this why the school is a safe haven for the learners’,” she added. Tswellang is proud to boast with an amazing chess team and a sports team which will be representing the school in Port Elizabeth later this year.

Heidre Malgas

heidre@mahareng.co.za