Lavender Hill Secondary School
AT LAVENDER Hill Secondary School good planning meant the school year started on the right foot, but principal Faseeg Manie said he still expected between 50 and 100 more pupils to arrive within the next week.
“Learners don’t always pitch up on day one. There are about 50 to 100 who don’t arrive until about a week later.
“Some of them don’t have the taxi money to get here, others take an extra few days and roam the streets,” he said.
At the school on Thursday, security guards and volunteers patrolled the grounds making sure everyone was in the right place.
Manie said the school’s “socio-economic context” of poverty, substance abuse and unemployment affected performance.
“We do not use our socio-economic context as an excuse for lack of achievement, but the playing fields aren’t level yet.
“Not all schools have internet access and mountain views.”
The school has, however, worked hard to create a sportsfield that pupils can use in a “healthy, concrete way” and lavender bushes grow at the school’s entrance.
Despite a drop in the matric pass rate last year, Manie and his pupils are positive that the upward curve of the previous five years can be achieved again.
Manie said the five-week World Cup break could be problematic as pupils would be idle.
However, the school had time to plan and would offer activities during the holidays to keep learners occupied, and matrics would be involved in extra lessons.