First school turns 40

2016-10-25 06:00
Some of the members of the school’s drill squad performed at the anniversary celebrations last week.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Some of the members of the school’s drill squad performed at the anniversary celebrations last week. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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It is hard to believe it is already 40 years since the first school in Mitchell’s Plain was opened.

Mitchell’s Plain Primary School celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special assembly at the school last Thursday.

Special guests included former teachers and principals of the school and parents and former learners.

Having been opened on 5 October 1976, the school was the first to be built in Mitchell’s Plain.

The school’s first principal, William van Graan, spoke fondly of his memories of serving at the school from 1976 to 1991.

“It was a warm, windy day when I walked down that passage the way we did today,” Van Graan said at the special assembly.

At the time of its opening there were 216 learners and eight teachers at the school, Van Graan recalls.

He urged the current learners to continue to uphold the standards and keep the school as a beacon and be the top school in Mitchell’s Plain.

“I leave you with one word, “Respect”. And live lives that are upright,” he says.

Current school principal Alan Frenchman says the celebrations were postponed as the school’s anniversary date actually took place during the school holidays.

He described the event as a very special occasion. He acknowledged the contributions of all former staff, pupils and parents in building the school.

“As I stand here, I look at the present of Mitchell’s Plain Primary, but I also see the past. And I remind myself that the present is only possible because of the contributions of the people from the past,” he said.

Other former principals, the current head boy and girl and other influential partners also took the opportunity to share their memories of the school and add words of motivation for the current learners.

The programme included prayers, songs performed by the school choir and an exhibition by the school’s drilling squad to kick off the 40-year anniversary celebrations.

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