Yesteryear learners’ hype to upgrade school

2016-05-12 06:00
<Jeffrey Jansen (John Walton Alumni Chairperson), Renaldo Bredenkamp (Head boy), Johnny Jansen (Chairperson of the School Governing Body) and Chante Williams (RCL Deputy Chairperson) with the cheque to the value of R120 000.                       Photo: SUPPLIED

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“Nobody, but nobody, expected the class of 1986 to have raised R41 000. This they donated with the greatest of pleasure and started the dancing and celebrations.”

This is according to Phillip Joseph, Deputy Principal at John Walton Secondary and also an alumni member of the school, regarding last weekend’s gala evening.

A newly acquired National Lottery gym as well as an additional computer room were recently opened at John Walton Secondary School. This is over and above the first computer room, which with the assistance of the Alumni, was sponsored and opened by Stenden University.

An intercom communication system will also be installed at the school. Former learners played a major role in all of the above upgrading of facilities at the school.

“Initially, the former learners of the school were to donate R60 000 towards the installation of the intercom system at their Alma Mater.

“However, former learners of yesteryear (especially 1982, 1984, 1986 & 1989) did so well with income generation, that they doubled this amount and assisted the school with a huge amount of R120 000.”

During the well attended gala evening at the Uitenhage Indoor Centre, the class of 1984 had eyebrows raised starting of by pledging R10 000 towards the school. This set the ball rolling with the class of 1982 opening their purses, beating this amount, resulting in more than just the raising of eyebrows.

“The challenge and gauntlet have now been thrown down by the ex-learners to other learners and businesses in Uitenhage to further assist the school by donating generously towards the coffers of John Walton,” said Joseph.

The Chairperson of the school governing body, former learner Johnny Jansen, 2016 Head boy Renaldo Bredenkamp and RCL Deputy Chairperson Chante Williams, received the monies on behalf of the school from the Alumni, represented by Chairperson Jeff du Preez.

John Walton, also known as “Mama Walton”, is one of the oldest schools on the western side of Uitenhage.

  • The John Walton Alumni will have their Annual General Meeting on Sunday, May 22nd (15:00) at the school hall. All former learners are invited to attend the meeting.


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