Celebrating heritage

Representatives from Peak View High School, from left, are teacher Zukiswa Silingile-Klaas, September Ntando, Zitasi Liyema, Mzitho Likhona, Mehlo Ongeziwe, Juma Awethu, Nyoka Yolanda, Bailey Siyabonga, and teacher Msimeleo Gija.

The Centre for Conservation Education celebrated the heritage and educational contribution of some of the schools in Athlone on Wednesday September 18.

Among the schools in attendance were Alicedale Primary, Athlone High, Athlone North Primary, Blossom Street Primary, Bokmakierie Primary, Bridgetown High, Bridgeville Primary, College of Cape Town Athlone Campus, Cypress Primary, Eros School, Garlandale High, Garlandale Primary, Hazendal Primary, Kewtown Primary, Ned Doman High, Peak View High, Silverlea Primary, Spes Bona High and St Raphael’s Roman Catholic Primary.

Sigi Howes, the principal of the Centre for Conservation Education, told the histories of all the schools there with a presentation. The history and heritage of Athlone was also told, from the mouth-watering pleasure of a “gatsby” to the anguish of the Trojan Horse massacre during the school demonstrations against ‘gutter education’.

The youngest school in this group of schools, Garlandale High, honoured the oldest school in the group, St Raphael’s Roman Catholic Primary. There were a few special heritage-themed musical, song and dance items.

Alan Meyer, chief director of districts at the Western Cape Education Department, himself a product of Athlone, was the guest speaker.

Each school was presented with a certificate and every pupil received a snack-pack, courtesy of the City of Cape Town.