Ocean View High School re-opens their school library
Ocean View High School chose April month to re-open their library, the significant month when we celebrate our freedom and look forward to all the possibilities to get all South Africans to soar.
|The Ocean View High School community after the unveiling of the plaque in the newly re-opened library.|
Last night, while the rain beat down and the wind ran through trees and roads, Ocean View High school re-opened their school library. Why you ask, did the school choose to have the opening and unveiling of the library/resource centre at 19h00. Well, this school is working hard at involving and embracing the community in their work. If you want the community present, if you want the parents and the School Governing Body to be celebrating with you, you host the events at a time that suits them. Powerful messages of walking the talk.
Trumpeting our National Anthem
A trumpet recital of our National anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ IAfrika, was played by one of Ocean View High students. Yes, God bless Africa and all blessings to Ocean View High School as well, I pray. I watch this proud, confident young woman with her school trousers filled with a continuous band of dark grey extending to where the school jacket stops my gaze. She must have walked in the rain to come and render her music item. And so we enjoy this display of talent, while our young artist, oblivious of the cold, damp material clinging to her body, continues to send perfect notes of our National anthem into the room.
The library goals
Mr Zaranyika was the perfect master of ceremonies, skillfully weaving all the items on the programme together as strands of the broad theme: A book sharpens the mind and is the key to the future. Keith Klein, the Head of Ocean View High School spoke about the passionate plea by the language department of the school to establish a school library again. Keith explained that we have to instill a love of reading in our children. We have to help the students appreciate the written word, allow them to express their creativity and encourage them to do research. This is the overarching objective of starting the school library again. Simultaneously, part of the school’s vision is that the school library becomes a community hub, an extension of the public library – the only one to service the entire burgeoning Ocean View community – so that the entire community can become a reading community.
|Vibrant educator, Mr Zaranyika, as M.C|
|Mr Zaranyika and his wife pose with an alumnus and her partner|
Ocean View High School is increasing their push-back strategies. They are finding ways to shift their gaze from the often depressing situation to a place where hope, success, fulfillment and excellence are bedfellows. Well done to Keith and his staff for creating possibilities.
|The SGB of Ocean View High School|