Raisethorpe banquet to mark 50th anniversary

2015-07-02 08:07
Raisethorpe Secondary School pupils are excited to be celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary this year. Pictured from left are matriculants Nicolin Govender, Sayuri Srikissan, Margaret Muyonjo, Sarisha Ramjeawon and Kaleb Murugan.

Raisethorpe Secondary School pupils are excited to be celebrating the school’s 50th anniversary this year. Pictured from left are matriculants Nicolin Govender, Sayuri Srikissan, Margaret Muyonjo, Sarisha Ramjeawon and Kaleb Murugan. (Jonathan Burton)

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ONE of Pietermaritzburg’s oldest schools celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is calling on all former ­pupils to visit their alma mater and participate in the festivities.

Raisethorpe Secondary School, situated in the heart of the northern areas in the city, says it is dedicating the golden year to past and present pupils.

“We have so many ex-pupils who have made our school proud and have achieved worldwide recognition in their different fields. This is an exciting year for us and we want everyone to celebrate with us,” said deputy principal Jeewan Seevnarain.

The school boasts dozens of pupils who have featured among the district, region and country’s top performers.

In keeping with its vision of providing a holistic education, the school has forged partnerships with institutions and initiatives such as the Love to Live campaign, Cuppa for Cancer, East Coast Radio Winter Warmth, Gift of the Givers foundation and the Isabel Beardmore and Aryan Benevolent homes for the aged. Former pupil and well-known Pietermaritzburg doctor Aditya Purmasir said he would “always have fond memories of the school”.

“We formed great friendships and bonds at Raisethorpe High that have lasted a lifetime. I remember on Fridays we would never want to go home. We would just want to be at school with our friends and teachers,” he said.

Purmasir congratulated the school on its 50 years and commended the “brilliant” teachers “who have maintained the high standard of education” through the years. To commemorate 50 years of achievement and excellence, the school is embarking on a number of events, activities and projects.

“To ensure that pupils take ownership of the 50th anniversary of the school, we have planned a fun day, incorporating a fun run and activities. We are also appealing to ex-pupils, parents and businesses to support us in purchasing space in the school brochure,” said Seevnarain.

A grand banquet will be held at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds on August 15, and tickets are R300 per person.

“We urge ex-pupils, parents and members of the community to ­generously support our venture; more especially we are linking our 50th anniversary to launching our hall building programme,” said Seevnarain.

For more information call P.T. Gounden at 071 345 1632, Jeewan Seevnarain at 084 547 0381 or Indren Pillay at 083 480 5333

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