From mustard plants to a new sports field

Barend Blom, new principal of Tyndale Park Christian School in Flat Bush, stands among the mustard plants the school has planted to aerate the soil as part of the preparation for a new sports field. Times photo Wayne Martin.

With a new headmaster on board and a brand new sports field on the way, the 2017 school year is looking up for Tyndale Park Christian School.

Experienced teacher Barend Blom started in his new role of principal in January this year and has been hard at work getting the new field ready for its transformation into a well-sized sports field.

He wants to add to the educational opportunities on offer for students by creating a field large enough for primary soccer games.

The field has been covered with mustard (now at full bloom) to help with creating a layer of topsoil as the school tries a “natural way of revitalising the soil” said Mr Blom.

The project was started around one to two years ago and has been worked on by volunteers.

Now, Mr Blom is inviting the local community to get involved in the finishing stretch of the project.

The Golflands resident, who is originally from South Africa and previously taught science and mathematics at Christian schools in Malaysia, the Cayman Islands, Japan and South Africa, said he’s enjoying his new role.

“You ask any principal – they’ll tell you its long hours, but it’s the most fulfilling experience. It’s honestly one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.

“We want to make a positive contribution to the community – that’s what we’re here for.”

The school hopes the field will be completed in 2018.