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De Vrije Zee Primary gets first minibus

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. And at De Vrije Zee Primary School in Goodwood love came in the shape of a minibus – its first one in 85 years.

School principal Maria Da Conceicao says the decision to purchase a 16-seater was birthed last year.

“Last year was the school’s 85th birthday. As part of celebrations, the School Governing Body (SGB) decided that it was time to purchase a minibus as we have never had our own.

“The purpose of the bus is for teachers and learners to travel to sports matches. Those who struggle to get transport to school sports may also make use of it,” says Da Conceicao.

She says in the past it was costly to hire buses to transport learners.

“This was a long-term project which was made possible by hosting various fundraisers such as civvies days. Last year our learners were very excited at the prospect of getting a bus. Parents approved the purchase at a budget meeting,” explains Da Conceicao. “We are really proud of this accomplishment and support we received.

“All we want is for the learners to benefit from this.”

According to SGB chairperson David Assur, the purchase of a minibus is a historic moment for the school.

“Some of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds so this bus can offer relief for those parents who maybe don’t have the means to drop their children at school matches or other school events. Our goal is to purchase another two buses in due time.”

The big reveal took place on Friday 14 February when school ended. Assur says, Da Conceicao drove the minibus onto the school play ground.

“Learners were waiting in anticipation for the arrival of the minibus. There was a sudden eruption of jubilation and excitement. Their faces were filled with pride, joy and emotion. The principal and teachers were emotional as the minibus has always been a vision for the school.”

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