Pupils garden for 200th

2015-07-28 15:38
Simon’s Town pupils celebrate the completion of a legacy garden at the school.

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Simon’s Town pupils celebrate the completion of a legacy garden at the school. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Simon’s Town pupils have created a garden of legacy to commemorate the school’s 200th birthday.

The school celebrated the double centenary in September and a group of pupils, as part of the youth citizen action project (YCap), decided to create a memorial garden as a legacy for future pupils and to honour the school’s heritage.

The YCap group is made up of 10 Grade 10 pupils, who are selected by their peers to do projects to empower the school and community.

“We wanted to focus on sustainability and creating a legacy,” says YCap pupil Sharieffa Peters.

“The plants are indigenous and the garden is water-wise,” explains YCap pupil Katlego.

“I learnt to be one with nature through the project and I’ve come to appreciate what the ground staff do and the work that goes into making the school nice.”

The group partnered with Stodels Nurseries, which sponsored the plants, water features and benches as part of their Mandela Day contribution.

The nurseries’ horticulturists planned the layout. With the 2015 and 2014 Young Patriots, 25 staff members from Stodels transformed the area in four hours on Wednesday last week.

The school was founded in 1815 to accommodate the Royal Navy.

The new Simon’s Town School was opened in 1894 and was housed in the building which can be seen in St. Georges Street.

In 1896 it moved to a new building and in 1953 again moved to its present site off Harrington Road.

Extensive expansions were made in the 1970s to cater for the town’s increasing population.

Although it has an interesting history and the property offers beautiful views across Simon’s Bay and the Simonsberg mountains, as it is built on 11 different levels, the school has many needs and most pupils come from poorer households

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