Nihil Sed Optimus

Principal's Message

The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.

Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Education is a tool for social justice. Athlone High School is at an exciting time in its history. May we all embrace transformation in a genuine and bold way. Let us utilise history, memory, context and experience as we build an inclusive and excellent Athlone High that we can all be proud of. Schools exist to transform society. Through discipline, dedication and hard work, educational, political, economic and gender transformation can occur.

Principal's Message continued ...

The Athlone High School community should emulate the lives of great international educationists such as Freire and Edward Said. Closer to home we can imitate the lives of people such Robert Sobukwe, Ivan Abrahams, RO Dudley, Imam Haron, Neville Alexander and Dulcie September.

Robert Sobukwe believed in one race, the human race. We don't believe in different races at Athlone. We are presently embracing the cultural and religious diversity at Athlone in order to break down barriers.

The other important features of school life are a strong academic programme, sport and culture, discipline, environmental education and Artificial Intelligence.

We are using important spaces such as the library and the computer laboratory to improve reading and literacy. Reading and of course music can make big differences in school life. We are currently in talks with people who can assist us with regards to music.

I wish to thank all staff members for their hard work. The recent valedictory made me realise again that we have a talented, gifted staff with lots of potential.

I wish to thank all stakeholders this year for their contributions to the school. Our roll of honour: Sensei Terence (Karate), Karen and Donovan (Archery), Kiara and Fulvia (Marimba band), Kseniya (Shakespeare Schools Festival), Keziah Gabriel (Drama teacher), Sean Vester (Athletics), the MOD Centre coaches: Bevan, Vuyo and Kagiso, the department of culture and sport - especially Kumresh Chetty, Andile (Drumming), Aditi (English), Halim (Turkish music), Carren Davids (dance teacher), Bridgetown theatre company, Faried Davids (Futsal), Sigi Howes (Centre for Conservation Education), Aziz Hartley and Jenny Hendricks of the Argus, Irvine Clements (photographer) and Yasmina Pandy (donations to feeding scheme).

We gratefully acknowledge the Alumni Exco. The following alumni deserve special mention: Clive Damonze (sponsored clean up), Merold Hiebner (choir), Jerome Wessels and class of 78 for their bursary proposal sponsorship, Merlyn Lawrence for her monetary donations, Ethel Krieger for her help in formulation of Physical Science funding proposal and Neville Lintnaar for introducing me to Reuben who has paved the way for our website. We also wish to thank Professor David Smith for the opportunity to participate in the Canadian funded art project. All of our grade 8 students have benefited from this project. Some of our students also attend the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Newlands.

The following persons added value at the assemblies: Sean Lewis, the Abraham sisters, SAJFP, Simon Hoare, Debbie Hiebner, Angela Matthee, Wendy Arendse, Pastors Deon Malan and Terence Brink, Wendy, Gavin, Gio and Carly (Ballroom dancing), Mark Valentine, Howard Mackrill, Annette Hindley and Brian Isaacs.

I trust that you will all enjoy our website. We will regularly add up-to- date information on events, supported with lots of photographs. Please forward us your suggestions.

I herewith wish our matriculants a very successful writing of the external examinations.

Nihil Sed Optimus (Nothing But The Best)

Yours faithfully

Vincent Hendricks

Acting Principal

22nd October 2018