Class is still united

2017-11-17 10:24
The class of 1977 of Alexander Sinton High School held their 40-year reunion recently

The class of 1977 of Alexander Sinton High School held their 40-year reunion recently (Nomzamo Yuku)

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Alexander Sinton High School’s class of 1977 celebrated their 40th anniversary at the Cornerstone Institute in Salt River on Saturday 4 November.

 About 80 former learners came together and shared their memories while enjoying dinner.

Guests were entertained by live performances by a DJ and some of their classmates.

The event was organised by old friends Mark Kleinschmidt and Noel Daniels. 

The two say they wanted to organise the special evening for their peers to revive the spirit of unity that they promised each other when they matriculated. Kleinschmidt says after the toughest years of their schooling and surviving the Struggle of 1976 and 1977, they promised to remain united and continue their friendship beyond the school grounds. He says they meet every 10 years to celebrate and try to contribute to the school.

He says he is glad the evening was a success. 

“The turnout of about 80 people is quite amazing. It is fulfilling to see that after so many years, the people you shared the best moments of your life with are still going strong and have made a success of their lives. We all recognise each other and share the same interests about the school.” 

They aimed to also give back to the school to empower the new generation of learners. He says money left over after holding the reunion would be donated to the school.

Daniels agrees that the turnout shows how “great and ambitious” their class was and that they still live by the spirit of ubuntu which they promoted in their matric year.

Another former classmate at the reunion, Merle Emmelt, says she has always supported the reunions and is grateful that they still have people who make it a point to keep their promise and meet and catch up on their lives and support each other.

Their teachers were also invited and one of them, Bernard Levendal, describes them as an amazing group of adults who carried the values instilled in them at a tender age into their adult lives. He says during the Struggle years all that was emphasised was a spirit of unity and loyalty, which they clearly embraced through the reunion. He says when he walked in and saw the venue crowded with familiar faces of successful people, he had to battle his emotions.

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