Orient Heights Primary pupils and teachers celebrate 20 years of achievement

2011-01-24 00:00

ORIENT Heights Primary School celebrated its 20th birthday on Friday. Teachers lit 20 candles on a birthday cake during assembly to a rapturous “happy birthday” from pupils.

School principal Trevor Naidoo told The Witness that the school has always stood as a beacon of hope, not only for Orient Heights but also for neighbouring communities like Copesville and Haniville and Swapo informal settlement.

The school started off with only 152 pupils in 1991; today it accommodates 802 boys and girls.

“Today we are thanking the community for their support of our school,” said Naidoo.

“We also want to acknowledge our educators for the sterling work they have done, as well as the school governing body for their contributions. But most importantly, we want to thank our pupils.

“We have had a good set of pupils who realise the importance of education.”

Naidoo said that although the pupils are from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds, with many of the parents unemployed, the school has managed consistently to produce outstanding results. Many of its students have gone on to make successful careers.

Teacher Ragani Moodley, who has been with the school since the day it opened, said the 20-year celebrations have not made her feel old at all.

“It has been an incredible journey and what has kept me here for so long is the fact that everybody here works as a team.

“Everybody delivers their lesson with a passion and everything we do here is built on the premise of hard work and dedication, which I believe is the strength of the school,” Moodley said.

Naidoo added that the school’s immediate plans include revamping the computer room and building a shelter where pupils can have meals provided through a government nutrition programme.

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