Oaklands is 60 and strong

2015-10-20 06:00
Oaklands High School principal Reza Patel addresses guests at the school’s 60th anniversary celebration. The evening was spent with former pupils and staff, as well as live entertainment.

Oaklands High School principal Reza Patel addresses guests at the school’s 60th anniversary celebration. The evening was spent with former pupils and staff, as well as live entertainment.

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Oaklands High School celebrated its 60th anniversary over the weekend.

The school, situated just off the M5, found its place in the community years before new buildings were added. The auspicious occasion was set to be celebrated by past pupils and teachers.

A teacher at the school, Farial Jassiem, who formed part of the organising and planning committee, says she was very excited to plan the event.

“At first we did not know how we would get all the tickets sold. But we managed to sell 430 tickets and kept 20 reserved for the door,” Jassiem says.

Jassiem has been a teacher at the school for 27 years and she says it is quite an achievement for the school as it is part of the “way forward”.

“For one, the event was hosted in the school hall which in itself is already very exciting. We didn’t always have a school hall but now you can have the celebration at the very place that is being celebrated,” she adds.

Jassiem says the school was upgraded in recent years from a wooden and prefabricated building to a brick building.

“It is just amazing what one can do with a new space and we got very creative with decorating the hall,” Jassiem says.

Former pupils of Oaklands High School also contacted Jassiem, wanting to know if they could also join or if “was it only for the younger folk”, Jassiem explains.

“We really wanted everybody to benefit from this celebration because we have pictures dating back long ago and surely pupils and teachers who came from that era would enjoy seeing that. I got calls from former pupils from the 1960s and 1980s and we are just so glad they can share in this celebration,” she adds.

Jassiem says planning for the anniversary started three months ago.

Festivities on the day included a three-course meal. Flashback photos and videos were screened.

Proportional representative councillor Mark Kleinschmidt says he salutes the school for 60 years of excellence and overcoming its hardships.

“As the Kenwyn community we are proud of the new school building and the school’s proud and illustrious heritage. The Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch patrols the premises providing safety and security assistance.”

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