Ndlovukazi High School hosted a successful first annual reunion in Lesseyton over the weekend.
The 44 year celebration began with a wreath-laying ceremony on Friday to remember those who had died and to honour people who had contributed to the development of the school.
Coordinator Thobeka Mdebuka-Sihlala said as it was the first of its kind, she regarded the two-day event as a milestone.
“This gathering was to get former teachers and scholars to motivate and empower current pupils at the school. There is a lack of role models, people who represent an inspirational ideal for these children. With the event we were trying to bring more academics and mentors along to instil values. The day was to also educate them about ploughing back and providing continuous support to improve the standard of the school. We are here to set an ongoing trend.”
In her presentation, Sihlala said the school had a four point plan which included a vision to establish a school hall to allow for examinations to proceed smoothly, proper recreational facilities, a media centre and a ‘one stop education centre’ where the school was planning to construct a pre-school.
“There are people who have already committed themselves to assist in making these plans possible,” she said.
Addressing the guests, principal Andile Zumana said the school faced a number of challenges which included transportation for pupils, water supply and toilets that were not functioning properly, among other things. Zumana said despite all the challenges, the school was trying to get to where it needed to be.
“Last year we had about 123 grade 12 pupils and 109 of them passed. These results point mainly at the hard work of the teachers, their collective effort and the effort made by every other employee of the school. Also, I appreciate the support we receive from the department of education.”
During the event, Rev Mninikhaya Makhumsha led an exam prayer session and grade 12 pupils received stationery to prepare for the coming examinations. A fund-raising ‘play and braai day’ and a day full of sporting activities took place on the fields on Saturday.
Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality executive mayor, Luleka Gubula, who is an Old Scholar said through the determined attempt by teachers when she matriculated in 1989, she was afforded a bursary and the opportunity to go to university. “If it were not for the teachers I would not have been where I am today. A huge seed was planted at this school and these celebrations have brought back memories. There are many positive changes throughout the years. When I was at the school we recorded 100% matric pass rate for three consecutive years. Classrooms have improved and a lot of things that the school has today, we did not have in the past,” said Gubula.