Lilyfontein School Founders Day week-end
Lilyfontein School – Founders Day week-end Over 114 years of education and still going strong
- Lilyfontein School situated 20km outside East London, nestled in the Brakfontein farming area, officially turned 114 years old this year. The School, originally started to teach local German vegetable farmers’ children in 1893, was taken over by Cape Education Department in 1905.
- The success of The School is based on balancing an excellent academic programme with an adventure based curriculum which develops self-discipline, mental and physical fitness and leadership abilities far beyond those offered in a traditional educational environment. The School’s focus is on developing the whole child and ensuring a balance between the academic, physical, cultural and spiritual spheres.
- Lilyfontein School celebrated with a special Founder’s Day assembly, that focused on the ethos of Adventure, with special Guest, Peter Van Kets delivering a motivational and inspirational talk on the theme: Why Adventure is so Important in Your Life? He encouraged the audience to believe that nothing is impossible and that to truly succeed we need to handle risk, have courage and find passion in adventure.
A testament to the success of the school is the fact that we have several families who are sending their 5th generation of children to Lilyfontein School. Our Founders Day Assembly was well attended by past pupils this year and we were very proud that Joyce Gaylard/Dalbock attended the assembly. Joyce graduated from Lilyfontein Primary 73 years ago. We believe Joyce to be the eldest living past pupil. She was accompanied by her daughter, Cherry Bryant, who also attended Lilyfontein School and her brother Hilton Dalbock. The Dalbock’s have a rich history and many stories to tell about the early days of Lilyfontein school, she joyfully communicated that she used to attend school on a donkey cart and that arriving at school their legs and feet were covered in mud from their journey. She was thrilled to see all the improvements and how much the school had grown and wished she could have attended the school as it is now!
We were thrilled to have our 40-year Primary School past pupils, a 20-year and a group of 10-year Matric past pupils, attend the assembly as well.
- Lilyfontein School handed out Rugby Touch flags to all the captains of each team to keep the culture of tradition strong and introduced a new tradition of a lucky draw to a fortunate learner for a gift voucher.
- The annual Games Day that took place in the school hall was a massive success and the children just love to play and win. There were hundreds if not thousands of prizes for the children from cucumbers, to sweets and toys everyone walked away as a winner.
- The Founder’s Day Art Project is an annual collaborative project that the entire school is encouraged to participate in. This year Miss Rankin and Mrs Price were inspired by the photo collages of artist, David Hockney. The intermediate phase learners took photographs of the school. The theme: The essence of Lilyfontein. From the many wonderful entries received the following image was selected and transferred onto board. Lilyfontein learners and staff began the mammoth task of collaging this giant. It will take a few weeks to complete and then will be displayed between the staff room and new photocopy room, for everyone to marvel at.
The Founders weekend was a huge success and the sporting fixtures that took place on Saturday was a testimony to the dedication and passion the school has for their sport. Of the 8 Netball games played Lilyfontein won 6 and lost 2. Of the 9 hockey matches played Lilyfontein won 4 and lost 5. Of the 6 rugby games played Lilyfontein won 4 and lost 2.