Oosterland celebrates 30 year anniversary

“Bewerk en Bewaar”

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The Bulletin News

2018 is a big year for Hoërskool Oosterland. They are celebrating their 30 year anniversary this year.
On 13 January 1988, a new school in Secunda opened its doors. There was no name yet and was called “Die tweede Afrikaanse hoërskool in Secunda” (the Second Afrikaans high school in Secunda).
The name Oosterland was adopted later the same year after a ship of the Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) or Dutch East India Company called Oosterland. The idea was that the precious cargo of porcelain and spices would be represented in the children of the school.
The ship first arrived at the Cape of Good hope on January 29, 1688, Captained by Karel de Marville. The Oosterland was lost at sea on 24 May 1697 near Salt River Mouth. Only two people survived out of more than 300 aboard. The wreckage was discovered by divers in 1988, 300 years after first arriving in the Cape of Good Hope. The school’s name also refers to the East of the country as it was called Oos Transvaal (Eastern Transvaal).
The school’s motto is “Bewerk en Bewaar” (Work and Protect) from the Bible verse Genesis 2:15.
Only 4 of the original personnel that started in 1988 is still with the school. Elzette Botes, she is now also Headmaster, Piet Mnqusho, Josiah Mtshweni and Martha Sikhosana.
“We started with 167 children,” says Elzette “and the teachers were so few they sat in the corner at tea time.”
Oosterland’s celebrations will culminate with a Taptoe on Friday night.
The Oosterland band will play with the Springs Boys’ High band.
The evening promises to be an evening that everyone will enjoy.

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