Sithokozile Secondary School & Community Service

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On Friday, 17 August 2018 Durban High School had the honour of visiting Sithokozile Secondary School in KwaDabheka.
The reason for the event was for staff and learners from these two very different schools to interact and get to know each other as part of a community outreach/ interaction and educational development programme.
The afternoon began with a warm welcome by Miss Nunoo (from America). We were then given an inspiring address by Mrs Dlamini (HOD) who emphasised the importance of educational institutions sharing knowledge, skills and resources to further education in South Africa. We were then treated to refreshments and snacks in the school library and staff and learners had a chance to interact and get to know each other.
The day then proceeded with activities for the afternoon. Chess matches were held which we all watched with excitement as our boys and Sithokozile played a friendly match; both were excellent but our boys managed to seize victory.
Our future young leaders (RCL and Debating teams) took part in a Forum Discussion with a thought-provoking topic which is an issue we are faced with in our everyday life – socio-economic factors which lead to poor academic performance of women both in urban and rural areas.  The learners critically evaluated this topic, talking and giving their opinions and solutions to this issue. It is reassuring to know that South Africa is indeed in great hands with the youth we have today.
Performances of Poetry blessed and our souls and we were touched by the voices of the learners doing poetic justice with their emotional words and showcasing their creative writing talents. Poetry was recited both in English and isiZulu and we were all left so inspired.
At the end of the enjoyable afternoon Mr Fundoh extended his thank you to Durban High School and expressed his gratitude for the partnership that has been developed.
Sithokozile Secondary School is an under-resourced school in a poverty stricken area, but the dedication, drive and talent of the staff and learners is world class.
What I took away from the day was these inspiring words from a Staff member: “You were blessed with the great opportunity of going to a prestigious school, grab that opportunity with both your arms and legs. God chose you because he sees greatness in you, not everyone is lucky therefore use that luck to the fullest so you can help to uplift those who weren’t as lucky to have the same opportunity as you.”
Thank you to all the staff and boys who participated in this event; your time and effort is greatly appreciated.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank the Boys and Staff of DHS for all the donations and support for Bright Eyes Centre; we managed to raise just under R3000.
I would also like to extend a thank you to all those who supported the DYC blue ribbon project in support against child abuse.
A reminder that at the end of this term all Community Service Cards will be collected by class tutors so please ensure that hours are completed.
Our annual support of Open Air School for Casual Day will take place on Friday, 7 September. Although we will not be dressing casual we will still reward those who buy a sticker with Community Service hours and we hope to have a reward for the class that raises the most money. So please support this worthy cause.
Thank you!
Nhlakanipho Gumede
Grade 12B
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