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As I was a boarder at the best school in the world at Cape Town! I can see why the parents sent their children to boarding-school.

It instils discipline in the student. Oranjemund tended to be a secluded environment where the trevails of the world did not truly impact the OM society. We were born into a bubble where the reality of nasty people, evil things etc never impacted us. OM stalled us kids from learning how to become responsible, socially-minded people in a mean, tough world where survival at all costs is an essential ingredient of our personal armoury.

At boarding school in my day, you grew up very fast. It was alien to many of us but it stood us in good stead for our future lives outside OM.

The biggest positive I derived was how to study/learn and apply myself to the lead-up to exams and to be competitive in terms of striving to improve my grades. Competition was good for me.

Attending high-school in OM would definitely not have been advantageous to me. Too many distractions like the desert just behind the 1st Ave trees.

Sunday 24 Feb 2019

Having posted the above, I stumbled across a really good article written by Natasha Robinson in the Mail & Guardian on Friday 22nd February 2019. See link below the exerpt that follows Natasha surmises:

"Perhaps we need a new definition of “best” school. Instead of simply looking at the top matric results, parents should seek out schools that actually give educational value to pupils, helping them to achieve more than their backgrounds would predict.

Schools such as Livingstone High School in Claremont, which charges R7 640 a year yet achieves a 99.3% matric pass rate, and Claremont High School, which charges R8 700 a year and in 2017 ranked eighth in the Western Cape, outperform the South African College High School. In my opinion, these schools are more impressive than a Hershel or a Bishops; they do more with less and are better value for money. Yet they attract almost no white pupils."


All I can say is if Livingstone High and Claremont High in Cape Town can beat the pants off the assumed elite institutions by providing top grade education, why can't others? Perhaps OM needs to ask these two schools how they achieve such amazing matric results. They have a proven model and I think it would be worth some effort to find out what they do that most others do not. The students are obviously deriving the benefit of some excellent tutors maybe? How can the school charge so little per annum and get the pass rates they do?
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Internet Cafe Ransacked!
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 23, 2019, 12:58:51 PM »
Has the Open survived on the golfing calendar?
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Pensioner builds House in town!
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 23, 2019, 12:55:34 PM »
Yippee there is hope for my return! Can I come back and build my retirement home at 1st Ave too? ;)
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: So It begins ~ Wildlife getting Slaughtered?
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 23, 2019, 12:52:53 PM »
Question: what does the individual who spearheaded the move to opening up the town have to say now?
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Proclamation doubts?
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 23, 2019, 12:47:00 PM »
Another two years have passed. What has worked, what has not?
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Do You Want Oranjemund Opened?
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 23, 2019, 12:38:34 PM »
Did you get a response? What was the outcome?
The Sports Board! / Re: The unobstructed view of Newlands cricket matches
« Last post by Robert Bruce on February 22, 2019, 09:59:21 PM »
That is nice photo. You got the green & gold framed so well!

More pics please.
Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Re: Locals Upset with Water Bills!
« Last post by Mike Thurtell on February 21, 2019, 04:53:07 PM »
Do you have water in the river?! Saw a pic from the Richtersveld campsite and river there was bone-dry! Dont feel alone about lack of infrastructure development.
The Sports Board! / Re: The unobstructed view of Newlands cricket matches
« Last post by Jeremy Dixon on February 20, 2019, 10:17:24 AM »
Went to the ODI there a couple of weeks back.
The Sports Board! / Re: The unobstructed view of Newlands cricket matches
« Last post by Michael Alexander on February 19, 2019, 04:53:54 PM »
Interesting bit of your family history there Robert, loved their beer by the way...
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