Chapman High School alumni to host first ever reunion

2017-04-12 06:01

SPIRITS are running high at Chapman High School in Gelvandale as their newly established official alumni prepare to host their first reunion dinner on April 29.

According to the Chapman Past Pupils and Teachers Association (CHAPPTA) chairman, Deon Smith, who matriculated in 1987, the reunion dinner is an effort to call upon former students to plough back into the school.

Smith said that despite the many challenges the residents of Gelvandale are facing, Chapman High School has delivered professionals of great calibre over the years.

“We are proud of our roots and it is time we ensure that future generations of Chapman aspire to transcend beyond their circumstances and create success for themselves,” he added.

On a recent visit to the school, the alumni realised that the needs were immense and that its income was not sufficient to sustain extra curricula and maintenance projects.

Some of the immediate needs include the completion of the school hall project, which in turn could become a source of income for the school.

“We encourage all former students and teachers to see how they can contribute towards the success of the school and less fortunate learners,” Smith said.

He is of the opinion that it is the responsibility of former students to ensure that the dignity and pride of the school is maintained.

“We are constantly reminded by our school motto, ‘Goodness before Greatness,’ that it is our duty to give back and to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than us,” he said.

While CHAPPTA aims to become a meaningful stakeholder of the school, there is a drive to raise funds to fulfil this purpose.

A dedicated bank account was opened and former students are encouraged to contribute a monthly donation of at least R50 towards the fund.

“The reunion is, therefore, twofold: it is an opportunity for us to meet up with old friends and raise funds at the same time,” said Smith.

The gala dinner will take place in the form of a black-tie event at the Northern Areas Football Association Hall at the Gelvandale Grounds on April 29 at 7pm.

Tickets at R250 are available from Fahdeela Salie on 084 828 6929.

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