Thursday, 19 September 2013

World Book Day - Poster Competition

During April this year six of our Grade 4 learners: Nakhane Mvila, Nothando Ndlovu, Ifeoma Onwutali, Mourtala Sarr, Mark Tshangela and Mila Tyalisi participated in the World Book Day Poster Competition, which was organized by the Cape Town Central Library in conjunction with the Children's Art Centre at Zonnebloem. 

Our learners participated with those from a number of other neighbouring primary schools, among them: Zonnebloem Boys, Zonnebloem Girls, Holy Cross and Rahmaniyeh.  A large number of beautiful posters were designed.

 Two of our learners: Nothando Ndlovu and Ifeoma Onwutali were awarded with the 1st and 2nd Prizes respectively.  In addition to this our school received a beautiful Colour Printer.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

2013 School Bazaar - Postponed

Dear Parents, Colleagues, Friends

BAZAAR 2013 POSTPONED to Saturday 5 October 2013

We have decided to postpone our annual Bazaar to Saturday 5 October 2013.  The main reasons for this decision are:
   1.  Weather:  Due to the 60 - 80% rain forecast;
   2.  To give our parents and the community more time - so that we can maximize support, since this is our main fundraiser for the year.

Please share this information with family and friends. Also be so kind to print the attached poster, with the new date and info. and display it where your family, colleagues and friends can see.

Thank you

Friday, 6 September 2013

Appeal for Donations

To Whom It May Concern

We hereby request a donation towards our Bazaar.  Our Bazaar will be held on 14 September 2013 at our school premises.  The aim of the Bazaar is to raise funds to improve conditions at our school.  We wish to purchase at least four computers and four data projectors, so that we can utilise the latest technology in all our classes for the benefit of all our learners.  We also wish to further upgrade the security at our school, in order to eradicate the frequent acts of burglary and vandalism which are still ongoing.

At WEPS (Walmer Estate Primary School) our policy is to forge lasting relationships with various companies that can be of mutual benefit to all parties concerned.  We therefore do not send hundreds of letters for donations, which appears to be the norm with most educational institutions.

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL:  AREA SITUATED:  WEPS is situated in Walmer Estate, which forms part of the upper Woodstock area.  The school lies at the foot of Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain less than 1 km outside the Cape Town city centre.  The school is situated on the South East border of Walmer Estate in an area also known as Zonnebloem.

SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS:  Although Walmer Estate is considered by many as a fairly affluent area, our school is situated on the border, which has been neglected to a large extent.  The majority of our learners (about 75%) are from the black townships, mainly from Khayelitsha, Langa & Gugulethu.  The other 25% are mostly from the Woodstock/ Salt River area and some townships.  A small percentage of our learners are from the immediate area.  More than 60% of our learners come from single parent homes or live with a guardian (normally the grandmother).  Although we manage to retrieve about 60% of our school fees , most of our parents struggle to pay the school fees.  We normally have the situation where 50% or less school fees have been paid by September, although we try to encourage parents to pay all school fees by June every year.  Many parents still pay the previous year’s fees at the beginning of the following year.  Due to the socio-economic conditions many learners do not get a proper breakfast in the morning.  The majority of our learners benefit from our feeding scheme, through which we feed them on a daily basis.

SPORT:  We do not have any sport facilities, such as soccer fields, other than the one netball pitch which is also used for tennis coaching. We have a very small playground, which is divided into three play areas:  an enclosed play area with a dilapidated jungle gym (which is also in need of a complete make-over) for the foundation phase, a second area, which includes the tennis/ netball pitch; and a lower area which is primarily used by the senior learners for soccer practise and other ball games.  

We have a fairly extensive sport programme which includes swimming, tennis, table tennis, soccer and chess.  Our annual Swimming Gala gives all learners the opportunity to participate in a day of water sport & fun events.  The tennis programme takes places throughout the year.  The Growing Tennis Foundation supports us by sending their coaches twice a week to manage this programme.  All learners and class teachers are involved. 

We are aware that most companies, like yours, have an extensive charity programme, however we request that you consider our plight seriously and respond favourably.  You are more than welcome to visit our premises in order to ascertain the validity of this request.  You may also visit the pages of this blog for further information.  For contact details go to:

Thank you.
Yours faithfully

Idrees Kamish


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

School Bazaar

Please support our Annual School Bazaar which will be held at our school premises on Saturday 14 September between 9am and 2pm.

There will be lots of fun activities, live entertainment and great bargains!

See our POSTER.

If you would like to donate anything that can be sold, you are most welcome to contact our office.