Parkside Primary celebrates 60th anniversary

Mrs T Hurryminthar (acting HOD), Mrs H Stevens (HOD), Mr S Thaver (principal), Miss C Sutherland (deputy principal), Mrs J Govender (acting HOD) and FA Ally (HOD).

It is a very exciting time for Parkside Primary School – in many ways, a milestone moment, celebrating their 60th anniversary as an institution is significant indeed.

Parkside Primary opened its doors for the first time on January 21, 1957. From humble beginnings in 1957, when there were just 189 English medium pupils, 64 Afrikaans medium pupils and seven staff members, Parkside has grown to be one of the leading primary schools in the Queensburgh/ Malvern area.

Parkside rapidly outgrew its original building at Queensburgh High School and moved to the current premises on Hyde Avenue in October 1968.

Steady growth and enrollment since 1957, demanded the creation of additional facilities. The numbers had by now increased which lead to the addition of new classrooms, building of a school hall and of a swimming pool in the early 1980’s.

In the last decade, Parkside has boasted a further increase in enrollment, expansion of the existing school hall, addition of playground facilities and comfortable seating stands for parents and pupils. The level of progress the school has attained in all its spheres especially adding on to the school’s infrastructure is most impressive.

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All past and the present administration of the school must be commended for their foresight, dedication and hard work, which have contributed in making the school what it is today.

In the last 60 years, Parkside has offered a strong academic education balanced by an extensive extra –curricular and cultural programme.

It has established itself as an extremely innovative and inclusive institution which has provided the tools and acumen to fulfil the dreams and aspirations of the multitude of pupils who have passed through its portals.

There is no doubt about the fact that Parkside over the 60 years, has carved an enviable niche for itself as a centre of excellence in academics at the primary school level. It has stood the test of time and produced many luminaries in the field of education and sport.

In forging on with this legacy, it never loses sight of the fact that, it took vision, perseverance, determination and above all, hard work from all roleplayers to take the school to where it is today.

As part of the diamond jubilee, a number of activities are planned to commemorate this milestone.
November 17 – A day of celebration with pupils and a dinner for staff and invited guests.
November 18 – Dinner and dance for parents and friends. Venue: Parkside Primary Hall. Time: 7pm. Cost: R200 per person.

The school urges all their past pupils, teachers, GB members and well-wishers to support their fundraising intiatives. For more details, contact the school on 031 464-0213.

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Rising Sun Chatsworth

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