Duneside celebrates golden jubilee in style

10 August 2017 | Columns

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Duneside High School recently celebrated their 50th birthday. The celebrations kicked off with a family braai, where the misty weather could not keep learners, parents and teachers away. The Fete or family braai kicked off with a parade around the school. Learners from Pre-Primary to Grade 12 and parents were dancing and singing while walking behind a big float. Song and laughter filled the air and everyone’s big smiles chased the cold away. At the Fete, a variety of stalls catered for old and young, colorful face painting, jumping castles, games and lots to eat and drink. The parents challenged to learners and played hockey and netball matches against them.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and left with full bellies and exhausted smiles.

A special assembly was held later in the week of the celebrations, where the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa was the guest of honor. She also unveiled the golden jubilee plaque. Amongst the other invited guests was the Governor of Education, Cleophas Mutjavikua, The Director of Education, Mr John /Awaseb, Inspectors of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund Circuits, Former Principal, Mrs Ansie Du Plessis, previous and current governing body members and teachers, as well as parents and learners of Duneside High School.

A gala fundraising dinner was also held at the Atlantic Hotel in Walvis Bay. Some of the guests included, The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, The Director of Education, Mr John Awaseb, the representative for the Governor, Ms Adelheid Kandjala , Mr and Mrs Savva, Mrs Ansie Du Plessis, former principal of Duneside, current and former teachers, representatives of various companies and parents. Pledges by various individuals and companies managed to raise a staggering amount of N$150 000.00 to assist the school in the projects planned for next year. The main sponsors, Mr And Mrs Savva pledged N$50 000.00 for the school’s Science Lab, as well as to build a classroom in honour of their late son, Mr Yanni Savva, who was also the first ever Mr Duneside as well as Deputy Head Boy in 1997.

To celebrate their milestone of 50 years, learners and teachers also dressed up every Wednesday according to the following themes: crazy hair or hat day, 50s fashion, and teachers dressing as learners and vice versa.

Duneside also hosted a school play, where Grade 0 - 3, as well as the high school learners practiced extremely hard to get their acting up to standard. Scenes from Snow White in Letterland and Beauty and the Beast were seen.