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Offline Michael Alexander

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Meeting for Parents who sent their Kids to Boarding School!
« on: March 01, 2017, 07:49:46 AM »
As a number of you know, after many years, the company built a High School in Oranjemund.

Seemed like a most excellent idea initially.

Then as the years went by, it became a apparent that a number of the parents were still sending their children off to boarding school down in the Cape and in Windhoek.

These parents had to pay out of their own pockets to send their child away from them.

The parents were from a diverse background.

Private folk
Namdeb Employees, some of whom were even employed at the school. Others in the upper echelon's of the company.

Meanwhile back in town, over the years the standard of the school dropped, this was apparent in the year end marks when compared with other schools in Namibia.

What was going wrong?

There is a meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening, where the parents in town who have sent their school going kids off to boarding school get to meet with the School's custodians to chat with them on why they sent their kids away.

I think it's a good gesture, albeit a wee bit late. The rumour mill doing the rounds that the current staff at OPS will be retrenched come the end of the year as the company tries to "outsource' the school..... so already there is one factor, the moral at the school has plummeted.

....I have more to add here...... need to goto work....
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Offline Robert Bruce

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Re: Meeting for Parents who sent their Kids to Boarding School!
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 01:23:40 PM »
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?
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