Past pupils and teachers celebrate 5th year

2015-09-24 06:00

The Uitenhage High Past Pupils and Teachers Association (UHPPTA) was started in 2010 by a group of former learners wishing to create a platform for the more regular interaction between past pupils and teachers of the renowned Uitenhage High School.

On the occasion of its 5th anniversary, the current UHPPTA members are still driven by its stated vision of “assisting Uitenhage High School in any way possible and to provide a forum for the spiritual, social and academic advancement of pupils, teachers and all those associated with the school”.

The unbridled passion with which these volunteers – both local and in other parts of the country – proceed to create new opportunities for current and former learners of the school, is indeed inspirational.

Accomplishments and future plans

Over the course of its five years of existence there has been a phenomenal increase in the membership of UHPPTA, due in no small part to regular recruitment drives and well-organised and classy functions.

Alumni from around the globe have already signed up as members of UHPPTA and the aim is to attract even more of the past pupils of Uitenhage High School and friends of the school to join the organisation.

The provision of additional staff ablution facilities and the installation of playground benches were some of the first projects successfully completed by UHPPTA.

Furthermore, the organisation has been funding the bulk SMS system being used by the school since 2012. This past year, UHPPTA has also launched its Leadership Development Project, involving groups of senior learners of the school.

Bursaries to deserving matrics

UHPPTA’s real impact, however, has been the awarding of bursaries to deserving matric learners to further their studies at tertiary institutions, as well as to the top-performing grade 8-11 academic and sport learners of the school.

Indeed, nothing demonstrates the UHPPTA objective of ‘touching one life, impacting an entire society’ more aptly than this particular initiative. To this end, UHPPTA has already forked out an amount in excess of R150 000 since its establishment. The budgeted expenditure for next year amounts to R68 000. A major portion of the revenue to fund this initiative, as well as the other projects referred to above, has come from the unselfish contributions of alumni and generous supporters. Over time, the organisation has also forged close working relationships with institutions including NMMU and Stenden University, to the benefit of the learners of the school.

The flagship project of the association is the envisaged erection of a much-needed multi-functional hall at the school. The purpose of this hall would be the conducting of assemblies, conducting of matric exam sessions, hosting of parent meetings and school functions, as well as staging indoor sports events.

The hall would also be made available for use by the community. The estimated current cost of the project amounts to R5 million.

It is hoped that the recent registration of the organisation as a non-profit organisation (NPO) will assist in accelerating the securing of funds for this project. Individuals and organisations who would want to contribute to this worthy cause, are invited to contact Angelona Williams on 083 236 9609 for more details.

Banking details: UHPPTA. Nedbank Savings Deposit. Account number 2006428985. Branch Code: 1277. Reference: Name/Hall

Upcoming events

The next event on the UHPPTA calendar is its annual, glamorous Gala Dinner to be hosted on Saturday, 26 September at 19:00 at the Uitenhage Town Hall, followed by the Golden Oldies on Saturday, 5 December at the Jubilee Hotel

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