School celebrates opening of new library

Premier Alan Winde and Walmer Estate Primary School principal Denize Kellerman cutting the ribbon to unveil the new school library.

Walmer Estate Primary School unveiled its new school library last Thursday November 12.

Called the Protea Library, it was made possible with help from the Otto Foundation in partnership with the Kamvalethu Foundation, the Rotary Club and the Bookery.

Dr Frouwien Bosman, chief operating officer of the Otto Foundation, said renovations on an old building in the school had started in January.

“We were meant to have the library completed in May, though due to the coronavirus pandemic it was delayed.”

Previously, the pupils used to get their books from an old shipping container on the school premises.

The old building where the library is now used to be the school hall, and Dr Bosman said the library had been laid out in such a way that furniture could be moved easily to accommodate functions.

Principal Denize Kellerman thanked the Otto Foundation and all its partners for making the new library possible.

“This library is a start for all our children to make their dreams come true by exploring the books in the library.”

Ms Kellerman said the children looked forward to their library visits.

Teacher Zeenith Rinquest said the library would be of great benefit to the pupils especially those for whom English was not a first language.

Premier, Alan Winde was the special guest at the opening of the library.

“This has been a tough year, managing Covid-19, and there have been many budgetary constraints, and the only way we can manage to get through is through partnerships like the one the school made with the Otto Foundation,” he said.