New school opens in Plett – officially
The Bahia Formosa school in Plettenberg Bay, which has been operating for the past two years, was officially opened recently.
On Thursday 19 October it was the official cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque, by school founder Guy Wertheim Aymes.
The school, which has grown in the past two years to 113 learners between Grades RR and Grade 7, offers individualised attention, small classes, the national CAPS curriculum, and has an efficient team led by director Francois Lombard and principal Desmond Leonard.
It is not a private school, but a public independent school, and is the first one of its kind in Plett.
Leonard has been teaching for the past four decades in different capacities including being a headmaster,
Mr Aymes, who is 90 years old and passionate about education, in his speech mentioned this was the seventh school he started. He is a strong disciplinarian and spoke about the crisis in education in our country, especially in the area of discipline, which Bahia Formosa offers.
The guests, which included Bitou mayor Peter Lobese, were taken on a tour of the school, entertained by the school choir, and were then chaperoned to The German Restaurant, where they were addressed by the Bitou deputy mayor Jessica Kamkam.
Other dignitaries included council speaker Annelise Olivier and Bitou Ward 4 councillor Anne Windvogel. –
At the opening of the Bahia Formosa school was (from left) founder Mr Guy Wertheim Aymes, Bitou deputy mayor Jessica Kamkam, school administrator Fesizwa Tobotswhane, mayor Peter Lobese, school director Francois Lombard, and newly elected school principal Desmond Leonard.