Following in her mom’s footsteps

2020-01-21 06:00
Cemelia Roberts when she was a learner in 2000.

Cemelia Roberts when she was a learner in 2000.

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Exactly 20 years after she left Alicedale Primary School in Athlone, Cemelia Roberts entered through the same gates as she accompanied her daughter, Mya to Grade 1 on Wednesday 15 January.

“I felt proud as I entered the school, because I achieved so much over the years and it is due to dedicated teachers. I attended the school from 1997 until 2000 and when I saw my daughter standing on the same steps that I played on, the memories came flooding back,” Roberts says.

She was in scholar patrol with Allen Parker, in choir with Florence Lindes and played softball for Thelma Achilles.

“All those fun memories went through my mind and I felt proud and content. I wouldn’t want to change anything of my primary school days. When we were naughty there was no naughty corner but having your cheeks pulled by Achilles was equivalent to the naughty corner,” she chuckles.

“My friends and I would have our lunch on those steps, and play Pokémon Tazo and hop scotch. In my final year in primary school in 2000 I was chosen as a prefect and had to guard those steps as it was no longer a play area – awesome memories and I relived it when my daughter started her first day,” she says.

Her class teacher in 1999, Faiza Daries is currently the principal at the school.

“We must do something right that all my ex-pupils are bringing their children to the school. I remember Cemelia; she was one of our bright learners, always polite, courteous and hardworking. It was so nice to see her and chat when she brought her daughter to the school,” says Daries.

She also mentioned that other teachers who were at the school when Roberts started her schooling were Nazeema Doutie and Jenny de Klerk.


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