School becomes 40

2017-11-28 06:01
From left to right are Vincent ‘Oom Kallie’ Carelse, William Prinsloo, Sharon Brown and Julleen Goliath.PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

From left to right are Vincent ‘Oom Kallie’ Carelse, William Prinsloo, Sharon Brown and Julleen Goliath.PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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Learners and teachers of Zeekoevlei High School in Grassy Park have an exciting time ahead.

They will celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary next year, but are starting their celebration early with a bash this December.

School principal William Prinsloo says they are going all out to celebrate the school’s ­success.

“We have a number of events lined up for the New Year to commemorate our anniversary. This is a memorable event.

“We serve and have served children from all over the area, which includes eight informal settlements. Former learners are now urged to come forward and participate in the events with the hopes of taking ownership of their school,” he says.

“We want to create a stronger alumni bond and show the community that we remain the beacon of hope for this area. We are not selective in terms of our admissions but we still have many success stories here and decided to also celebrate 40 years of outstanding achievements.”

The school is known to have a great number of learners who matriculated and thereafter excelled in business, medical, educational, government and law fields. In 2014 and last year, the school had the highest pass rate in the area for the matric exams, with a pass rate of 93.3% and 98.3%.

Julleen Goliath, the school’s fundraising and event coordinator, say the celebratory events next year will cover the cost of much-needed projects at the school.

“We have had a successful 40 years of service to the community and now we need to work our way forward to ensure the next 40 years are too. There is still more that needs to be done at our premises. This includes fundraising for a much-needed sports field, feeding scheme and more,” she says.

“If funds could be raised for these projects it could help us and the learners a lot. Our events range from high teas to karaoke and bingo evenings, talent shows and much more. The community’s support in attending these events would help us build a better future.”

The school has had six principals since its establishment in 1978 and has had hundreds of teachers and thousands of leaners. Prinsloo says despite many challenges for the community, his learners are always treated as deserved.

“Like many other schools, drugs and gangsterism are major issues. We do not expel our learners but would rather work with them to deal with the issue. We also organise parent workshops to get them involved,” he says.V Continued on page 2.

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