17 Nov 2015 10:40am
AMINUIS, 17 NOV (NAMPA) - Former learners, teachers and principals of the Aminuis-based Rietquelle Junior Secondary School on Saturday flocked to the school to mark its 80th anniversary.
Rietquelle JSS, which was opened in 1935, marked its 80 years of existence with various speakers reminiscing on the school's glory days, as the school has proved to be one of the best performing schools in the Omaheke Region over the years.
The current school principal, Jogbeth Uanivi in her opening statement on the day attributed the school's lengthy existence to a strong foundation laid by her predecessors.
She said the hard work and dedication of learners at the school has over the years sustained the school's image as a formidable centre of excellence.
Uanivi, who proudly declared that she started her then Sub A - the erstwhile equivalent of Grade 1 - at the school in 1965, said she was proud that she will also be ending her education career at the same school when she retires as principal in years to come.
It is quite a privilege to witness this school celebrating such a long existence. The fact that most of its former learners came back to teach here, while others went on to occupy prolific positions in other sectors, is something worth celebrating, she said.
The school's head patron, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi implored the current generation of learners to work hard to maintain the good academic performance record the school currently holds.
Zaamwani-Kamwi, President Hage Geingobs Constitutional Advisor who is herself a former learner at Rietquelle having completed her Grade 8 at the school in 1974, said the good academic record of the school can never be taken for granted and learners should continuously strive to even better it.
The ball is now in your court to make sure that you do not disappoint your teachers. It is only through hard work, resilience and persistence that you will be able to excel in your studies, she noted.
The 80th anniversary was marked with traditional performances by both former and current learners at the school, and various other colour full displays to showcase the school's history.
The school was opened in 1935 and had 49 learners. Its opening was spearheaded by erstwhile Ovaherero leader, Chief Hosea Kutako, who saw the need for a school in the vicinity to educate future leaders of the community.
Rietquelle has over the years ranked in the top three positions with regard to the performance of its learners in Grade 10 examinations.
It has learners from Grades 8 to 10.