10 reasons to celebrate at Roosevelt High School

New classrooms unveiled at the school, funded by the Gauteng Department for Education, were cause for great celebration at the opening ceremony.

“Teachers develop citizens who will lead our beautiful country, and they can do that more easily because of support from the department of education like we have received.”

These were the moving words spoken by the principal of Roosevelt High School, Willie de Wet, at the unveiling of 10 new classrooms.

The incredible Roosevelt School choir sings during the opening. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

The classrooms, funded by the Gauteng Department of Education, were built in a short three months and are already in use. The department had already funded an additional eight classrooms just last year.

One of the new classrooms is already filled with teaching aids and art on the walls to encourage learning. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

The school is situated in a high-pressure area, according to Director General for Curriculum Development in the Office of Deputy General Vaughan Holmes. “These classrooms will alleviate some pressures with regards to learner placement. Additional teachers have already started working and new pupils admitted.”

Roosevelt High School deputy principal Henk Ferreira leads the ceremony to unveil 10 new classrooms, funded by the Gauteng Department of Education. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

Currently, the school accommodates 1 764 learners.

De Wet spoke passionately about how having a good working relationship with the department was key to achieving success, not only in the provision of new classrooms but generally in the running and performance of the school. “The support from the district office is immense. The school management team, teachers and every person involved with Roosevelt is playing their part to do the best that we can for the children in our care.”

Acting District Director for the Gauteng Department of Education, Vuyi Cindi cuts the ribbon to officially open 10 new classrooms they had funded. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

“Education liberates citizens from the clutches of poverty and the gift of education is to be celebrated, especially in a country like ours,” said circuit manager, Joyce Legoete.

Plaques on the school building mark the opening of the new classrooms. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

The last speaker was acting District Director Vuyi Cindi who spoke at length about girls during this Woman’s Month. Cindi said, “It is clear that children are safe here. Health and hygiene are clearly front of mind when one looks at the beautiful bathrooms and facilities which all play a role in enabling a conducive learning environment.”

She also spoke about how new school buildings are coming up throughout the province as part of government’s plans to increase access to education.

Construction for the new classrooms, now complete, was done with great thought to usability and look. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

When the blue ceremonial ribbon was cut by Cindi, there was an expression of a celebratory mood and one of gratitude for all the role players that made this possible was tangible.

One of the new classrooms is already filled with teaching aids and art on the walls to encourage learning. Photo: Emily Wellman Bain

Interspersed among speeches was a fantastic performance by the school’s choir which left all in attendance visibly moved by the skill and enthusiasm with which they performed.

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