The Koranrug Primary Farm School on the Vyekraal Farm

The school outside Darling was established in approximately 1960. The farm was then owned by Mr Floors Smit. When the Loedolff family bought the farm in 1994 they enlarged the school and it is still going strong today despite many challenges.

The school

The school is supported by the Department of Education which provides funding for the renting of the school building, the salaries of the teachers, transport for the learners and the provision of breakfast and lunch for the learners.

Back in the day there were 11 farm schools around Darling and each year in September the farms came together and held a bazaar to raise funds for their schools. Today there are only 2 of the original 11 farm schools left, Koranrug and Morning Star.

Mrs Loedolff indicated that they regard their farm workers and children who attend the school as part of their extended family.

The Grade R Class started with 6 learners and now numbers 19. There are 43 learners from Grade 1 to 5 making a total of 62.

The Headmaster for the past 11 years is from Paarl and is commuting every day to the school. Another teacher is from Moorreesburg and also commutes. The two other teachers are from Darling as well as Tannie Anna who prepares the meals for the learners.

And now more about the High Tea Fundraiser at Darling Club.

The photos were displayed on the wall at the High Tea function. They give information on why funds are needed, the tree planting day, the school’s participation in the Darling Scarecrow Project (they entered a scarecrow called Piggy), funds raised for the school at the Scarecrow Festival Auction, information about the inside painting of the school that has now been completed, why additional funding is needed and what it will be used for (repairs to the outside walls to make it more waterproof and ready for painting as well as the painting of the outside of the school before the start of the rainy season).

The High Tea raised R8 500 for the school which will go towards the outside wall renovations and painting. There is great appreciation to all the ladies who supported and participated in this event.

Other support provided by the community:

Various residents will also be providing assistance to the school in the form of blinds for the classroom windows, sports clothes for learners, a TV monitor and DVD player, office furniture etc.

Further funding required:

Funds raised at the auction of the 2018 Hello Darling Scarecrow Festival were used to complete the painting of the inside of the school. There are still funds left but these are not sufficient to cover the outside waterproofing and painting before the start of the rainy season. 
 
The funds raised at the high tea will greatly assist in reducing the financial shortfall but approximately a further R10 000 will be required to complete all the work.

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Anybody who would like to contribute in any way or require more information can contact Hannalie Neethling on 084-6091959.

The Koranrug primary farm school

Koranrug Farm School

Koranrug Farm School

The school ablution block

Koranrug Farm School

Koranrug Farm School

On 21 September 2018 a Heritage day celebration was held at Koranrug with the planting of three wild fig trees

Koranrug Farm School

Funds raised at the auction of the 2018 Hello Darling scarecrow festival were used to paint the inside of the school. There are still funds left but additional funds are required to do the outside waterproofing and painting.

Koranrug Farm School

The inside painting was done during the December/January school holidays. To ensure that the work was done by the start of the new school year the painting team only took Christmas and New Year’s day off

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The inside painting was completed and the school was ready for the start of the new school year

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Tannie Anna se kombuis

The Department of Education provides for a nutritional program. Porridge is served to learners for breakfast and a healthy meal is served for lunch.

Koranrug Farm School

The Office

Koranrug Farm School

First new day at school

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The Store Room

Donations were received for stationary purchased before the start of the school term.

Koranrug Farm School

Koranrug Farm School

The staff room

A table and chairs were donated by the Vooruitsig School to create a staff room.

Koranrug Farm School

The old water tank was replaced with a bigger one by the Department of Education

Koranrug Farm School

 

The farmer brought tractor tyres and sand and the learners mixed the sand with salt to create sand pits as part of a life orientation project.

Koranrug Farm School

Thank you for supporting this high tea which is part of a fundraising project to ensure sufficient funds are available for outside wall repairs, waterproofing and painting of the school.

Various local residents have become involved in supporting Koranrug and have pledged:

  • Donations
  • New blinds for the school windows
  • A TV monitor, DVD player and DVD’s
  • A visitor’s couch for the staff room

Why don’t you add your name to the list and tell us if and how you can help further – contact Hannalie on 084-6091959.

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