Thirty and thriving Hans Moore learners

The classes of 1987 and 1988.

“Thirty and Thriving” was the spirit in which the Hoërskool Hans Moore classes of 1988 and 1987 celebrated their 30th and 31st school reunions in Brentwood Park on September 8.

The combined reunion took place at the Nimbati Lodge and saw 80 attendees, comprising of former teachers and learners, partners and their children.

This was a special reunion because in 1987 the school was relocated to Northmead from Benoni CBD.

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Bennie Richardson, who was in the class of 1988, said the move was memorable because teachers and learners joined hands to turn a plot into a school.

“We were involved in planting the grass and taking care of the fields,” Richardson explained.

The teachers who attended said they are so proud of their learners’ achievements.

“We can see now that the school must have done something right under the leadership of the late André van der Hoven,” one of the teachers said.

“We worked well with the class of 1987 and 1988 to turn the school into a successful one; we were involved in and part of the foundation of the school.

“The old school building is now abandoned and derelict, which is heartbreaking.”

Apart from this achievement, one of the first young women to attend the school, Desré McGregor, who joined the school in 1985 and graduated in 1988, also attended the reunion.

McGregor was one of two female learners to join the formerly all boys school.

“It was frightening because it felt as if we stepped into their territory,” she said.

Francois Ludick (head boy of 1988) giggled about the comment and said they were lectured about how to treat women prior to the arrival of the first two female learners.

“We also could no longer just change on the rugby field,” he said.

The teachers said for an all-boys school, the discipline was exceptional and this is what contributed to making the move easier and the running of the school simpler.

Herman Bester, who was the HOD of practical subjects (now known as life orientation) until he left in 1991, said the school became an attraction for primary schools.

“The fact that the staff and learners worked together showed others we were a unit and the fact that we worked until after sunset was a statement in itself about our commitment,” he proudly said.

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Sheina Razack

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