Steyn City School hosts its first inaugural Founder’s Day

Keynote speaker at the launch of Steyn City School's Founder's Day, Justice Malala and headmaster of the school, Brian Mitchell.

Boosting emphasis on modern education rooted in old-fashioned values as each child is nurtured in a way that helps unleash their full potential saw Steyn City School launch its first inaugural Founder’s Day on 11 April.

“There is a sculpture in the Steyn City parkland. It lies alongside a path and next to a stream. It is named ‘Ubuntu’ and it was created by Charles Gotthard, Malvern Makhonya, Martin Umali, and Martin Garafa,” the headmaster of the school, Brian Mitchell said.

“The delight of all artworks is that interpretation lies entirely in the eye of the beholder. Here is what I see when I walk past that sculpture in the noisy and contemplative silence of a highveld dawn. Twelve elders of indeterminate gender from an indeterminate time sit in a circle around a fire. Their location is determined. That is certain. They are here, in Steyn City, and they are here to guide and inspire us.”

CEO of Steyn City Properties, Giuseppe Plumari; headmaster of Steyn City School,Brian Mitchell; guest of honour at the launch of Founders Day; award-winning journalist, television host, analyst and commentator, Justice Malala and non-executive director of Steyn City Properties Board and Steyn City School Board, David Coutts-Trotter.

The school opened its doors to its first intake of schoolchildren in January as they were welcomed to the campus which has spacious classrooms, extensive sporting facilities, science laboratories and a broad range of extramural activities.

Currently, the school accommodates 500 schoolchildren from Grade 000 to 9 and is set to break ground on Phase 2 shortly which will include a high school and additional sporting facilities.

Keynote speaker of the launch was award-winning journalist, television host, political commentator and newspaper columnist, Justice Malala who shared a story of Pixley ka Isaka Seme, one of the first black lawyers in the country and a founder and president of the African National Congress.

“His determination to obtain an education and then go on obtain degrees overseas during the 80s and how he hoped that in 100 years from now a school like this one would help unleash the potential of men and women the likes of Nelson Mandela and Pixley ka Isaka Seme.”

Steyn City School’s learners sing at the launch of the first inaugural Founder’s Day.

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Masego Seemela
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