Principals honoured

2016-11-02 06:01
The learners who were awarded, with former principals Abraham Katz and James Tlhomelang in their green school blazers.  Photos: Boipelo Mere

The learners who were awarded, with former principals Abraham Katz and James Tlhomelang in their green school blazers. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“In life, one of the things that we see immediately after winter is when the trees start turning green.

“Its a sign of life, where we derive our oxygen from the trees. You have brought life to us, you have made us what we are.

“You have planted seeds in us that has matured and grown to what we are today and the the simplest thing we can say, is thank you.”

Those were the sincere words from George Mosimane when he presented green imprinted school blazers to four former principals of the Dr EP Lekhela High School – Abram Katz, Lerato Lekhobo, James Tlhomelang and James Makhata – on Friday, 14 October, as a token of appreciation.

The four served as principals at the school in the years between 1986 and 1996.

The green blazers are imprinted with the Dr EP Lekhela school logo, with the recipients’ names on them.

Mosimane did the presentation on behalf of newly formed Dr EP Lekhela Past Students Association as a token of their appreciation for the impact and immense contribution the former principals made in their lives.

The association applauded them for the type of leadership that they showed to their school and the excellent role models that they were during their different terms.

“We have agreed on the colour green, because it is the colour of the school and also because green represents pasture,” elaborated Mosimane.

At the same event, the association also awarded the current top-three learners of the school with certificates of acknow­ledgement, tablets, cell phones and stationery sets in an effort to encourage them to work harder and take their education seriously.

The Dr EP Lekhela Past Students Association was formed earlier this year with the aim of restoring their school to its past glory after realising that the school was currently in poor condition.

After they had taken a tour round the school premises, the association decided as a first step to revive the school logo and to undertake a clean-up campaign.

They then arranged for motivational talks for the learners and teachers and to take the latter on a team-building exercise.

Much more remains to be done, but the association is determined to leave no stone unturned to restore their school to its former glory.

They have also invited former learners to come on board and play their part in turning around the school’s fortunes.

Expressing his appreciation for being awarded, one of the former principals, Mr Abram Katz, revealed that one of the awardees was a former student of his.

Katz said he felt honoured to be awarded, because all he did was just to do what was required of him as an educator.

“We, as educators, have a God-given duty to take care of our children after the parents send them to school.

“And as teachers, we are not expected to shift that responsibility to anyone else.

“In our black schools, things were difficult, but education still took place under those conditions.”

Katz applauded the members of the association and said he was amazed by the knowledge that there was a group of dedicated former learners who were working tirelessly behind the scenes to try and revive what they thought was their ethos at that time and were willing to give back.

“We hope that their efforts will not be in vain. We hope that more former learners will heed the call and come on board, for the sake of the children and to make this a much bigger event next year.”

Encouraging the learners to continue to commit to their education, Katz concluded by saying: “A disciplined learner is a successful learner.”

The programme was wrapped up by the members of the association hosting a braai at Riverton Resort the next day.

Interested former Dr E.P. Lekhela High learners who attended between 1986 and 1996 have been encouraged to register on Dr EP Lekhela Past Students Association Facebook page and inbox their details to Bigman Crutse, who can add their names to the mailing list.

The association also plans to include pre-1986 former learners in its membership.

The association extended its appreciation to Vodacom, Thusho Undertakers and the Department of Education for their support and sponsorship of the event.

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