St. Raphael celebrates 90 years

2019-06-11 06:01
The school discovered that more fun days are needed to create a safe space, encourage teamwork and creativity among the learners.

The school discovered that more fun days are needed to create a safe space, encourage teamwork and creativity among the learners.

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The St. Raphael Primary School in Athlone wants to celebrate its 90th birthday with memorable occasions.

They are in the process of lining up events to make this year special and it started with the school hosting a fun day on Wednesday 29 May at the City Park.

About 600 learners from Grade R to Grade 7 participated in the fun day.

They were challenged to be creative. Each grade had to come up with a unique theme and dressed up accordingly while enjoying festivities which included entertainment by local artist, Jerrad Ricketts.

St. Raphael Primary School was founded on the 29th of September 1929 by the late Father James Kelly, and is one of the old parish schools in the peninsula.

According to school principal Ingrid Leukes they aim to keep instilling Catholic tradition in the learners. The school prides itself on providing development opportunities in the learning environment.

Leukes says this is part of their attempt to carry forward the legacy of the school, giving courage and promoting unity and team spirit among the learners.

“All this is accomplished while harnessing the rich cultural heritage of the St. Raphael’s community. Our teachers are committed to these aims and through their continued professional growth, exemplify excellence in teaching.

“The school still serves its original purpose to serve the people of the Cape Flats,” says Leukes.

As part of the celebrations, the school also launched a values programme named Rockstar which is an acronym for: Respect, Optimistic, Citizenship, Kindness, Safety, Teamwork, Achieve and Responsibility.

The event followed two others that took place in the first term where the school had an outing at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Leukes announced that as part of the anniversary celebrations, the school will also be having a fundraising event titled the Jive Comedy Festival, set to take place on Tuesday 16 July at the Baxter Theatre.

“We are also calling on all past learners and teachers to contact the school, so that we can keep you informed of our reunion and anniversary celebrations,” Leukes says.

The details of celebrations that will take place on 29 September will be announced closer to the time.

V Tickets to the event cost R190 and are available at the school from Rene Poole. For more information call 021 696 6718.

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