Founders' Day 2017: celebrating our community of belonging

June 30, 2017 | Campus

The Founders' Day service is our annual celebration of the founders of our amazing school. On this day, we listen to remarkable guest speakers, we sing, and we connect. This year was no different.

View of the field at Founders' Day 2017

We welcomed retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke as our guest speaker, whose address was apt and filled with good advice. Among other things, he highlighted the importance of founding institutions of which we will be proud in 100 years. He said: "let us found new things, let us learn how to protect them, to tend them, to grow them, to respect them, to infuse them with values that will give them longevity." He also said: "You, as young people, have to work hard. Hard work matters...honesty matters."

The stage during retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke's address

After hours and hours of rehearsal, our choirs and orchestras performed beautifully for our community of belonging.

The combined choir and massed orchestras performing during the service

The JP choir performing during the service

The guest speaker was welcomed by our head girl Gabriella Fedetto, and the vote of thanks was given by our head boy Thulo Serobe. Our deputy head boy and deputy head girl gave the first and second scripture lesson, respectively, while the third scripture lesson was delivered by two Junior Preparatory children. Our Girls' Preparatory and Boys' Preparatory students read specific prayers for our school and our community of belonging.

The Boys' and Girls' College head and deputy head students

In the words of the Mr Carel Nolte, chair of our council: "know this, on behalf of Ntombi [Langa-Royds, the deputy chair of council], myself, our trust, and our council, [your contribution] is appreciated." 

Mr Carel Nolte, chair of our council, delivering the concluding remarks

Thank you to all of those who worked tirelessly to make this event happen. Thank you to our parents who support us every day, thank you to our students who make us proud, thank you to our alumni who continue to make us proud years after they have left school, thank you to our staff who enable our students to become the best they can be. To every member of the Saints community, thank you for living out Saints excellence, thank you for inspiring excellence and making a world of difference.

The service concluded with heart-felt war cries shouted by all our students.

The JP passionately shouting their war cry

The GC and GP passionately shouting their war cry

The BC and BP passionately shouting their war cry