Golden moments celebrated

2019-05-07 06:00
Rona September (right) received a round of applause as she climbed the stage to light a candle. With her is Oral Accom (Portia Primary School deputy principal).  PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Rona September (right) received a round of applause as she climbed the stage to light a candle. With her is Oral Accom (Portia Primary School deputy principal). PHOTO: SIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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Respect was the keyword that was used during the thanksgiving ceremony that was hosted at Portia Primary School, last Thursday.

Dubbed the Golden Jubilee, the ceremony was attended by an official from the education department, friends of Portia Primary, former principals and teachers, current learners and teachers – to reflect on the school’s not-so-glamourous history, and the ups and downs it has experienced over the last 50 years.

School principal Kevin Velensky welcomed the guests and thanked the staff for all their efforts.

“(Today) is the celebration of where we come from and where we are going,” he said.

Adding that he was proud of his learners, he revealed that they are doing well academically. His wish was for them to move from their current good performance to excellent.

Part of his speech was to direct a Power Point presentation that was sharing the history of the school.

“This presentation is about amalgamation, change and perseverance,” he explained.

He then lit a candle and six other individuals followed.

The first candle that was lit stood to signify forced removal, the second one was meant to pay respect to past principals. The third one was for those who have passed on, that included teachers, principals or any people who had an association with the school. The forth was for all the changes in the curriculum, the fifth was for moving into the new school and the last was for where the school is going (future).

“I love my creator, I love influencing people – young and old to reach their potential. I realised I needed to be of service,” he said before concluding his speech.

The event included the moving of school premises from the dilapidated, temporary building structure the school used for more than 10 years.

In attendance was Rona September, a former principal of the school who taught there for more than 17 years.

“We have our humble beginnings and that means we know what it means to move (into a new space) and learners had a cultural change. Because there were new buildings and everything,” said September.

One of the friends of the school, Margie Mossick who is a volunteer for Help2Read said that the occasion made them feel acknowledged and appreciated by the community.

She and her team work with the school to offer one-on-one reading, spelling and word game sessions to learners.

“Thank you for everything,” said Qhayiya Mabumbulu (12), a Grade 7 learner at the school.

She said she appreciated all the effort that was put by past and present teachers. She and her schoolmate Ciara Jacobs (13), also a Grade 7 learner, lit the sixth candle and had only good things to say about their educators.

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