In August 2015 it came to our attention that Blouvlei Primary school just outside Wellington had been closed down. This left over 90 children with difficult access to education in that farming community.
We visited the school building as soon as we could and quickly established that the building belongs to the VGK Church congregation in Wellington. The church gave us permission to establish a new independent school there so that the local children could have a school again.
With huge community support and effort, we were able to register the property as an independent school in late 2015, and opened to teach over 50 learners in January 2016. Today we have 106 learners enrolled in Grade RR to seven.
Instead of walking kilometres to school, they board the Blouvlei Academy bus in the capable hands of uncle Hendrik Filant, to arrive in time for another day at school. The school is furthermore taking responsibility for aftercare programs until 16:30 in the afternoon, before taking the learners back to their homes.
We see happy learners, respected for who they are, and excited parents, somehow realising that we are moving together into break-through territory here, for the sake of the weakest amongst us. These are the dear and precious children in whose interest we take up the battle, wavering for nothing in our quest for excellence.