75 years of schooling

2015-08-04 06:01
Rosmead Central Primary School is celebrating its 75th anniversary with events on 21 and 22 August.

Rosmead Central Primary School is celebrating its 75th anniversary with events on 21 and 22 August.

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Former pupils, teachers and parents of Rosmead Central Primary School are invited to come celebrate 75 years of the school’s existence.

Celebratory events will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August at the school in Claremont.

The first event will be a service of thanksgiving to pay homage to the history of the school while the second event will be a fun day. The service will be open to the community to attend, focusing on pupils, parents and teachers of the past as well as current pupils and parents.

Carmen Hartzenberg, a teacher and event organiser, tells the school was established in 1940 to serve the communities of Claremont, Kenilworth, Harfield and Lansdowne. Initially the school only catered for Grades 6, 7 and 8 but as numbers continued to grow other grades were introduced. In the latter half of the 1950s the Grade 8s and their teachers moved to become part of Livingstone High School.

“With the implementation of the Group Areas Act and forced removals, the Rosmead community was dealt a blow as the majority was displaced across the Cape Flats and areas further afield,” she says.

Hartzenberg says many children came to Rosmead, since it was the only one of many primary schools to have survived in Claremont as part of the Group Areas Act.

However, in the 1980s the pupil roll dwindled and closure was imminent.

“In 1987, the principal and parents resisted closure and opened its doors to all pupils, disregarding the segregation policies of the state,” she says. Enrolment swelled as a result of pupils attending from areas as far as Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Manenberg.

As a result, Hartzenberg says, the alumni have spread far and wide. For more information contact Hartzenberg on 083 534 0818 carmen.hartzenberg@gmail.com or Naz on 021 671 6502.

Former pupils, teachers and parents of Rosmead Central Primary School are invited to come celebrate 75 years of the school’s existence.

Celebratory events will take place on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August at the school in Claremont.

The first event will be a service of thanksgiving to pay homage to the history of the school while the second event will be a fun day. The service will be open to the community to attend, focusing on pupils, parents and teachers of the past as well as current pupils and parents.

Carmen Hartzenberg, a teacher and event organiser, tells the school was established in 1940 to serve the communities of Claremont, Kenilworth, Harfield and Lansdowne. Initially the school only catered for Grades 6, 7 and 8 but as numbers continued to grow other grades were introduced. In the latter half of the 1950s the Grade 8s and their teachers moved to become part of Livingstone High School.

“With the implementation of the Group Areas Act and forced removals, the Rosmead community was dealt a blow as the majority was displaced across the Cape Flats and areas further afield,” she says.

Hartzenberg says many children came to Rosmead, since it was the only one of many primary schools to have survived in Claremont as part of the Group Areas Act.

However, in the 1980s the pupil roll dwindled and closure was imminent.

“In 1987, the principal and parents resisted closure and opened its doors to all pupils, disregarding the segregation policies of the state,” she says. Enrolment swelled as a result of pupils attending from areas as far as Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Manenberg.

As a result, Hartzenberg says, the alumni have spread far and wide. For more information contact Hartzenberg on 083 534 0818 carmen.hartzenberg@gmail.com or Naz on 021 671 6502

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