Fairmount learners face future without fear

2017-05-16 06:00
Fairmount Secondary School principal Terence Klassen and life orientation teacher Fatima Molte watch as learners, from left, Jade Abels, Abdul Ismail, Safwan Bekko, Michael Jairani and Lucretia Lekas make some adjustments to their slogans for the Wall of Strength against bullying.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

Fairmount Secondary School principal Terence Klassen and life orientation teacher Fatima Molte watch as learners, from left, Jade Abels, Abdul Ismail, Safwan Bekko, Michael Jairani and Lucretia Lekas make some adjustments to their slogans for the Wall of Strength against bullying.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

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Fairmount Secondary School in Grassy Park is empowering its learners in caring and guidance.

On Saturday the school hosted an exhibition and the launch of their “wall of strength” against bullying.

The event was enhanced with a career day that included schools of the surrounding ­areas.

Life Orientation teacher Fatima Molte explains that this wall is the culmination of an anti-bullying campaign that was hosted at the school last week.

“This campaign was launched by the Western Cape Education Department where learners from Grades 8 to 11 were encouraged to design posters and slogans for the wall,” she says.

“Learners also signed a pledge document against bullying and we welcomed the interventions made possible by the education department for learners who feel that they are victims of bullying.

“We believe that these interventions, that include art therapy, improve self-esteem and reverse negative attitudes about life at school.

“One of the important lessons taught was about standing your ground and sticking to your principles, to assert yourself if you feel you are being bullied.”

Principal Terence Klassen feels the career day was an important event at the school and a big help for learners of all schools in the area.

“This is a very important annual event at the school that gives important guidance to learners about what career paths are open to them,” he says.

“Part of the activities on the day is also to have universities and colleges make them aware of study opportunities, the bursaries available and, most importantly, when to start applying for these bursaries and prepare all other applications to study further.

“We still find that we have learners with good results in Grades 11 and even 12 who haven’t looked at their direction in life or applied at tertiary institutions.

“With this event it gives them a sense of the opportunities available to them so they can start focusing on reaching their goals.”

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