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City school to celebrate 130th anniversary

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The birthday event will include a meet and greet at the school, hosting of former teachers and much more

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WILLIAM Pescod High School, a co-educational, dual language medium school founded in 1887, will celebrate its 130th anniversary next weekend.

The birthday events kick off on Friday (September 22) with a meet and greet at the school, the hosting of former teachers, the arrival of visiting schools and cultural activities at the school.

On Saturday, there will be a fun-walk, starting at 6am from the William Pescod precinct at the Sol Plaatje University in Bultfontein Road, which will take visitors past significant landmarks in the school’s history, before ending at the school in Church Street.

The day will also see various school sporting events at the AR Abass Stadium, a business breakfast at the school, where the guest speakers will include alumni Ernest January and Peter McKuchane from the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, followed by the Solly Hunter Memorial Lecture.

The lecture, which starts at 10am in the school hall, will include the reflections of ex-principal Solly Hunter, as well as a talk by former pupil, educator and principal, Berenice du Toit.

At 11am pupils will take visitors and guests on a guided tour of the school.

The day’s activities also include a golf day at the Kimberley Golf Club as well as a gala dinner at 7pm, where the guest speakers include Professor Andrew Crouch, Ernest January and Dr Indiran Naiker.

On Sunday morning there will be an interfaith thanksgiving service at 9.30am, followed by a lecture and guided tour of the Sol Plaatje University at 11am.

During the weekend’s festivities, a book on the history of William Pescod School will be launched, while there will also be various class group interactions and mini reunions as well as class group tours to sites of interest.

The school has a long and proud history of educational excellence and contribution to community welfare and upliftment. Academically it has, over the past 10 years, exceeded an 80 percent matric pass rate. It serves largely pupils from a poor, economically disadvantaged background.

Currently the school has 1 135 pupils of whom 125 are in Grade 12.