Providing 120 years of education

2015-11-12 06:00
Denzel Mitchell, Dr Jothi Naidoo, SEM Mr SA Chetty, principal Ashokumar Maharaj, SGB chairman Derick Ngenge and Subashni Hemrajh. Photo: darshan rangai

Denzel Mitchell, Dr Jothi Naidoo, SEM Mr SA Chetty, principal Ashokumar Maharaj, SGB chairman Derick Ngenge and Subashni Hemrajh. Photo: darshan rangai

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FAIRBREEZE Secondary School celebrated their 120 year anniversary with former pupils, teachers and community members who have contributed to the school over its long history at Mumbai Dreams at the weekend.

The event was aimed at highlighting some of the accomplishments of the school in educating pupils and its history in the community as the first school in Tongaat.

The school was opened in 1893 by the Weslina Society, but it was only in 1895 that it was embraced by the community of Tongaat when education pioneer in the community Ajoodha Jeeawon became principal.

“When Fairbreeze Secondary opened the pupils moved from Jeeawon’s school to the new school, but returned a month later because of the vernacular,” said Ashokumar Maharaj, principal of Fairbreeze Secondary.

In 1895 the school had only 13 pupils and catered for primary school education. Now,120 years later, there are 1254 pupils enrolled at the school and they cater for pupils from grade R to Grade 12.

Jeeawon remained principal for 43 years.

“Our school has grown over the years in the community and we have adapted to meet the needs of the community by providing a holistic education for each child,” said Maharaj.

Maharaj said the community is largely to thank for where the school is today as patrons throughout its history have contributed with support or resources.

He said the school aims to embody the principles of the forefathers who helped the school grow and achieve what it has today. Their aim is to ensure children are given a good quality education so that they can have a better future.

“Those who started the school wanted to give education to the children.

“They came from a poor background and for them education was the key to building a better life and that has been a common trend in the community,” said Maharaj.

He said that even today parents go out of the way to build a better life for their children and this is mostly through education.

“We look back in awe at our elders and extend our gratitude to them for their unflinching support and dedication towards education of children and it’s time to celebrate our achievements over the years, both academically and on the sports field,” said Maharaj.

Maharaj thanked the community and parents for their support and urged pupils and the community to be lifelong seekers of knowledge.

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