A newspaper article appeared in today’s Bali paper (30 Jan 2018) praising SD4 Pelaga’s girls and boys successful basketball teams in making it to the semi final in the schools tournament in Denpasar in October 2017.
SD4 Pelaga recently had a visit from a family from Waggrakine PS.
SD4 received some great donations from Melville Soccer Club.
SD 4 Pelaga is a little Primary School of 90 students in the village of Auman in the mountains in central Bali.
After completing a Basketball court at the school in January 2011 and providing all the sports equipment for the sports programme, it became evident that the work could not stop there.
The school was in disrepair and the grounds were bare. There were no teaching aids and the children had no access to books in their untidy, outdated “library”.
Sanitation was poor as there was only intermittent running water for toilets and washing hands.
Following consultation with our co-ordinator and the School Committee, we set about putting a priority list together to address each problem.
SD 4 Pelaga now has a fully functioning Water Tank providing water for toilets, washing and cleaning.
The garden beds are full of flowers, and a Saraswati statue in a feature pond greets all at the front gate. The library has been transformed into an area for reading and teaching, and brand new projection equipment was provided for teachers, along with 6 revamped computers.
The school also now how a sister school in Geraldton, Waggrakine PS, who will provide ongoing educational sponsorship.
SD 4 Pelaga is also the annual host of an Interschool Basketball tournament, involving all schools in the Pelaga District, on the Indonesian Independence Day holiday on August 17.
It has been an amazing experience to be part of the transformation of the school for this very grateful community.
Di MacPhail and Thomas Nador
Excerpts of a letter from Agung Sumanadi to Mrs Sherryn Reid
Thank you very much for your visit to our school. Through this email, on behalf of the school, I will never forget what Adopt A School has done for our school. Especially to you Mrs Sherryn Reid, Ms Lis Turner, Ms Diane and Mr Thomas Nador and others. They have bought about significant changes to our school, before our school was ugly and dirty this is now replaced with a school that looks good and is supported with improved performances by students in recent years. I myself and very proud of that. Even though we are a rural school this does not mean we can’t do better than urban schools. We wish for our school to be better and acknowledge adopt a school for their concern for the education of our children in Bali. I also want to thank very much Ms Diane and Mr Thomas Nador for donations of the basketball courts, sports equipment, water tanks, sarawasti statue, basketball clothing and much more. They have shown much concern for our children at SD4 Pelaga. I hope Adopt A School continues to promote our school and thanks to the laptop to help our operations.