A special commemoratory assembly was held at St Paul’s Primary School in the Bo-Kaap to commemorate the 160th year since it first opened its doors for eager-to-learn children in 1859.The assembly was an introduction to a series of other events that will be held to commemorate the occasion throughout the year.Long-time teacher at the school, Joy Thomas, says the reason she has been with the school so long is because of her love for teaching and the school.“I have been teaching at St Paul’s Primary for 36 years and it has been amazing throughout. I have seen the school grow to what it is today,” Thomas said.Since her arrival at the school, four principals have come and gone, and with each of them the school just got better and better.“We are a diverse community and every child has different needs. We work together to make sure that the educational needs of every child are met,” Thomas added. Cedrick Williams joined the school a year after Thomas and came in as a music teacher.Today, he is not only a music teacher, but an Afrikaans teacher and a deputy principal.As a predominantly Muslim school, the former Model C school has kept close ties with St Paul’s Church in the city centre. “The kids and parents alike were welcoming to the idea of going to the church on a regular basis – a relationship we have maintained for years,” Williams said.Principal Yeye Mgudlwa told People’s Post that the school has come a long way, but struggles to get funding for special projects.“People think that because we are a former Model C school and that we are located in town, we have the resources to see every project through smoothly,” Mgudlwa said. She said the school struggled to start its feeding scheme.“We have over 500 learners from different walks of life. Some do not have breakfast in the morning, and this feeding helps bridge that gap that divides them,” says Mgudlwa. Quarterly events will be held as part of the school’s 160th celebrations.V For more information, call 021 424 2830.