Lavender Hill school inspires learners to say 'Yes' to success and 'No' to gangsterism


A simple printed T-shirt is making a big difference at Lavender Hill High School.

On Friday, 18 January, every new Grade 8 learner at the school received a T-shirt with the message ‘I am a 2017 LHHS matriculant’ printed on it.

School Principal Faseeg Manie, says he hopes that the initiative, which started last year will improve the school’s retention rate and encourage younger learners who are just beginning high school to finish grade 12.
“The initiative has proven to show signs of success with last year’s Grade 8 learners, the first group to have received the T-shirts. We had only 17 Grade 8 pupils who failed last year, while in the past there would have been many more,” he said.


The initiative has now been extended to include all grades. Grade 10 to Grade 12 learners received T-shirts with the words ‘Knowledge empowers’ printed on them.


To listen to the podcast of Faseeg Manie's interview on Cape Talk 567 press the 'play' icon at the bottom.  


 “It’s not just about the wearing of the T-shirts, it’s about the symbolism,” Manie said. “It sends out a message that you are proud to be linked to Lavender Hill High School, but more than that, that you want to embrace a lifestyle that says ‘Yes’ to the positive things in life and ‘No’ to gangsterism, vandalism and a poor work ethic."


Manie said teachers has also started to make small changes. “It’s about a mindset change and staying positive amid the doom and gloom. Instead of harping on the negative and making excuses, we decided to focus on the positive reinforcement and building self-esteem.”

"It's one thing to have a T-shirt, but it's still up to the wearer to change his mindset. It is for him to adopt a more responsible lifestyle," Manie added.



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