Historic milestone for school

Father figures: Former principals Rolnald Peterson, Henry Pearce and current head Sivan Pillay at Paterson High's 90th anniversary
Father figures: Former principals Rolnald Peterson, Henry Pearce and current head Sivan Pillay at Paterson High’s 90th anniversary

Former pupils and teachers talk about the good old days

Fond memories of days gone by were shared by community members in celebration of a special occasion for a northern areas school in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Those associated with Paterson High School gathered on Monday to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its founding with a founder’s day held at the S M Arendse Hall in Schauderville.

Past pupils and former principals, including Henry Pearce, Ronald Peterson and current principal Sivan Pillay, were in attendance to share their memories of how the school was during its earlier years.

The guests were kept entertained by the school’s choir, which performed the national anthem and two other items they had prepared for the occasion.

The day was also an opportunity for the Paterson High “Class of ’74” to hand over the Friends of Paterson Trust to the school.

Led by trust chairman Richard van Briesies, the group helps the school with improvements and upgrades of facilities.

The Friends of Paterson Trust is actively involved at the school and has helped build a new media centre.

It also helps pay fees for the school’s top pupil in each grade, and helps matrics with financial assistance towards studying at a tertiary institution.

Pillay said reaching this stage in the school’s history was a huge milestone.

“I am very proud of what the school has achieved over the years,” he said.

Paterson High School has huge plans.

“We are looking to improve many things at the school, including the infrastructure and our sporting facilities,” Pillay said.

“We would also like to improve the pass rate of our matriculants in the years that follow.”

-Amir Chetty

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