Tafelsig alumni respond to changing needs of school

2017-11-07 06:00
Members of Tafelsig High School’s alumni association.

Members of Tafelsig High School’s alumni association.

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Inspired by the work of other alumni associations around them, Tafelsig High School’s alumni association continues to be a recognised association in the area.

Established in 2012, the organisation comprises former learners of the school, with Ryan Crouse, a teacher at the school, as chairperson.

For the past five years the association has helped the school implement a number of projects aimed at improving the educational environment and the lives of learners. They have done this by sourcing stationery and school clothing, painting, extra classes, matric ball preparations, rugby and soccer boots, helped with coaching clinics and raised funds.

The organisation was the first of its kind to be launched in Mitchell’s Plain.

Crouse says they started off wanting to be an independent body but have since seen the need to evolve.

“Our intention was to have our own constitution and banking account and to raise funds independently to assist the school to implement identified projects. While this initiative has been relatively successful, we have realised that we have to constantly review and improve the way we are doing business in order to ensure that the school and learners derive the maximum benefits from our efforts. We have realised that we have to evolve as an organisation to respond to the changing needs of the school and the beneficiary community.

“For us it is all about celebrating our heritage, being selfless and creating a culture of giving and compassion,” says Crouse.

It is with this in mind that the association was relaunched on Saturday last week.

“We have realised that we need new blood to reinvigorate the alumni and to bring on board fresh ideas,” says Crouse.

Their next event will be an old-school jazz event on Friday 17 November at West End. Tickets cost R50 each.

The third event will be a reunion gala on Saturday 24 March next year.

Tickets cost R250 each for a three-course meal and live entertainment.

This black tie event will host 300 people.

“We want to strongly encourage former leaners to make a small monthly contribution of R50 to the school.

“If you are in a position to contribute more, it would be highly appreciated. Your contribution can be paid directly into the school’s banking account. If you are unable to make a monetary contribution, you are more than welcome to offer your time and expertise,” says Crouse.

V For more information on the alumni association contact Ryan Crouse on 084 200 2162 (after 16:00) or ryan.crouse@hotmail.com.

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