Saturday, 14 October 2006

World Class Ubuntu in Action!

Flying back from Johannesburg on the eve of our school’s 58th birthday, I sat next to an Australian ophthalmologist and his Chinese wife.  They were flying to Cape Town to attend a world ‘retina’ conference and had never visited Africa before.

After finding out that I was a principal, they quizzed me on education in South Africa.  After the usual question of how many white and black children we had, I proudly informed them about our wonderful ‘world class’ South African school – about how I didn’t in fact know that answer – I knew we have 451 pupils and about 40 staff, but I couldn’t ‘classify’ anyone.  It wasn’t even necessary to do that because we are all members of an ‘ubuntu’ community in pursuit of world class excellence!

Wow!  I’ve always known that this is a very special school, but sitting in the aeroplane watching the setting sun that evening, I realised how privileged I was to be part of ubuntu in action – how much my life has been touched by all the wonderful children, staff and parents I have worked with in the past 10 years.
Thank you for the part you have played in the building of this community, and, if you haven’t been part of the Red School before, visit us to see ubuntu in action!!