Clarendon High marks 120 years of sisterhood

Clarendon High School for Girls recently had their founders’ day where they celebrated their 120th anniversary on Friday August 4.

The special celebration was attended by teachers, parents and the past and present pupils of the school.

The school also hosted a gala dinner and music night.

The guest speakers of the day were Brenda Mohr from the class of 1973 and Caitlin Laing from the class of 2018.

Both shared words of wisdom with the eager pupils of the school.

Laing shared five life lessons that she has learned in the five years that she has been out of school.

“It feels so surreal to be on the other side of the podium.

“I would love to stand here and talk about profound topics but instead I would like to share with you five very important lessons that I would like to share with my younger self, and all you young ladies.

“Firstly, hold your dreams lightly, because plans change and circumstances change, and dream big.

“Secondly, build a network of people who care about you and will uplift you when you need them. Thirdly, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

“Fourthly, find meaning in the ordinary and lastly, live for something bigger than yourself,” Laing said.

In attendance was Pat Keyter, from the class of 1948. At the age of 92 she was the oldest past pupil in attendance.

“It is such an honour to be here today and celebrate founders’ day so many years after I left. It’s so lovely to see the girls in their white blazers, and seeing the school building, so much has changed,” Keyter said.

Nancy Wainwright (1949) and Margaret Wood (1948) were also some of the older past pupils. Wood excitedly shared that she was one of the first pupils to take art as a subject in matric.

Principal Julie Patrick expressed her happiness at another successful founders’ day and highlighted the importance of the special celebration.

“Founders’ day is a constant reminder of the school’s rich history. We celebrate the many years of relationships built and the sisterhood that the pupils at this school continue to embrace.

“So much has changed, we have embraced the digital world as we now even have pupils who come to school with their laptops.

“We would also like to encourage a mentor relationship between our old girls and our current pupils,” Patrick said, suggesting a “take a child to work” day.

YEARS OF LEADERSHIP: Clarendon High School for Girls celebrated their 120th anniversary on Friday, 4 August. Pictured is the present head girl, centre, with some of the past head girls. Picture: THEO JEPHTA

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