Laven­der Hill Secondary School

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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.

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