Feedback July/August 2015
Good Day All
Attached below is the feedback for July and August.
Extracts of The Tribute to Peter Douglas Meyer by Mr Adriaan as presented at the Memorial Gathering held in the Harold Cressy Multi-Purpose Hall on 1 August 2015.
24/09/1938 – 24/07/2015
The life of the iconic, legendary Cressyite, PETER DOUGLAS MEYER, affectionately called “MEYERTJIE”.
Peter studied and graduated at UCT and started teaching in 1960 at Alexander Sinton High School for a brief spell, after which he continued his teaching career at Harold Cressy where Edgar Maurice was Principal.
Incidentally, Peter was one of the first Cressy matriculants.
He progressively assumed posts in the teaching profession: Assistant Teacher to Special Grade Assistant, then Head of Department to Deputy Principal and, finally, Principal in 1991 after Victor Ritchie had retired. After serving as Principal for 6 years, he retired at the end of 1996.
Peter Meyer was very versatile, and took an interest in, and actively involved in, a wide and diverse range of organisations, such as WPSSSU(Secretary), SASSSA, SACOS, Trafalgar Swimming Club, Silvertree Educare Centre, Workers’ Organisation for Socialist Action(WOSA), Karate Club, Hands Off District Six(HOD), Harold Cressy Bursary Fund, Harold Cressy Alumni Association, etc.
He had a tremendous work ethic, was quietly efficient, down to earth, without any frills (“What you see is what you get”), brutally honest, analytical and critical of the world beyond just Mathematics. It was Gail White who said that she will remember Mr Meyer for a long time “not least for the Pythagoras Theorem”.
Peter Meyer believed that a meaningful education in this country should be one that is compulsory, free, equal, unsegregated, non-racial, non-sexist, holistic with the express aim of producing well-rounded, worthy and productive citizens of this country, eradicating poverty, inequalities, ethnicity and with the primary focus on improved literacy and numeracy.
He was also a visionary. He was instrumental in extending education beyond the borders of South Africa by enabling Harold Cressy to establish educational and social exchange links with schools in Shetland Islands, Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic and Japan in what is known as the Global Classroom Partnership (GCP). The school discontinued its involvement in the project, which is now in its 19th year of existence; South Peninsula High School is currently the only South African partner. I am convinced that many teachers as well as students accrued enormous benefits from their participation in this project.
I am sure that if Peter Meyer had to be here today he would have agreed whole heartedly that we should have a fresh, serious and hard look again at the motto of Harold Cressy, adopt it and make it our way of life. The motto says – “Volenti nihil difficile”: translated it means “to those who are willing, nothing is difficult”!
Long live the memory of Peter Meyer, long live!
May all the ideals and principles practised, fought for and defended by him be realised in this troubled and divided political and social mileu.
Hamba Kahle! I thank you!
Congratulations to Mr David De Storie, Physics and Maths teacher at Harold Cressy High School, joint winner of the 2015 STELLA CLARK TEACHER’S AWARD AT UCT. Each year UCT students and staff are invited to nominate a teacher who is currently teaching in a secondary school and who, in their opinion, deserves recognition for years of dedicated teaching to students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr De Storie was nominated by Class of 2014 headboy, Yameen Motala who is currently studying at UCT.
- The Harold Cressy High School Multi-Purpose Hall Project – PHASE 2
For the first time in its 65-year history, all 750 pupils at the school will be able to bid farewell to the matric, through the valedictory for the Class of 2015 in the just-completed school hall. In the past, the rest of the school was dismissed early on Valedictory Day because the Forum (former “Quad”) can only accommodate about 250 people.
This is thanks to the fantastic support and contributions of over 200 ex-Cressyites and other benefactors to Phase 1 of the Harold Cressy High School Multi-Purpose Hall. It has already made a significant difference in the educational experience of pupils at the school.
However, completion of Phase 1 was merely the end of the beginning. The project now moves to Phase 2, for which fundraising was launched at the completion of Phase 1 on 13 June. Your assistance in achieving this goal would be immensely appreciated.
Your support can be given by participating in the Harold Cressy Wall of Honour Plaque Project, an exciting initiative which is the brainchild of legendary former principal, Dr Victor Ritchie. This project has completely turned around the HCAA fundraising fortunes of the HCAA as close to R1 million has flowed into the Cressy Hall Fund since its launch in August 2014.
If you would like more information about this project please reply to this email.
If you are an existing participant and you would like to upgrade your plaque or want to make a contribution to Phase 2 (no matter how modest), then please reply to this email for more details.
Please remember that our PBO and Section 18A status enables us to issue all donors with a tax certificate.
The shortfall for the Phase 2 superstructure is about R1million and this is our next fundraising target.
R1000 – R4999 plaque
Bronze R5000 – R9999: Silver R10 000 – R19 999; Gold R20 000 –R49 999; Platinum R50 000 upwards.
- Other events and activities. A Harold Cressy “Golf Day”, the usual December Rafiek Mammon extravaganza at Artscape and the possibility of a Harold Cressy High School 65th Anniversary reunion is under discussion – please watch this space for more details.
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As always, we remind ourselves of our school motto and proudly declare:
“Volenti Nihil Difficile” – To those who are willing, nothing is too difficult.
- Our banking details are:
- Harold Cressy Alumni Association
- Nedbank Savings Account
- Account No: 2025483953
- Branch: Parow
- Branch Code: 102510
- Reference: Your name (WOH)
Please let me know when payment is done.
Once again thank you for your enthusiastic participation in this exciting initiative.