Happiness was found at Benoni Junior

Teachers at Benoni Junior School.

There is no better way to celebrate an occasion than by dancing, singing and finding your happy place, which is exactly how Benoni Junior School celebrated their centenary.

Their school concert took place over three days (October 17 to 19) where the youngsters (Grades R to Three) put on a performance in commemoration of the milestone.

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Each of the 20 songs symbolised a search for happiness which they found in the last song signifying that their happy place is at Benoni Junior.

The youngsters danced to songs like True Colours, We Know The Way, Try Everything, You’ll Be In My Heart, Waka Waka, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Sunshine In My Pocket and Can’t Stop The Feeling, to name a few.

Benoni Junior, since its inception in 1918, was a foundation phase school teaching children up to the age of nine years old.

The school moved closer to Willowmoore Park and it was said the premises were situated on a swampy piece of land which was worsened during the rainy season, forcing youngsters to remove their socks and shoes to avoid it getting wet when crossing the playground.

After parents raised their concerns about the wet ground, the school was moved in 1935 to its current location in Derby Avenue.

The school then shared a swimming pool with Benoni West School, but the depth of the pool was a concern so, in the 1980s, funds were raised for a pool built just for the little ones.

Messages from past teachers and learners were placed in the itinerary book.

Marion Wales said: “I did my second teaching practice there in 1965. I loved it so much that I changed my course from Senior Primary teaching to Junior Primary. I will always be grateful to Benoni Junior for setting me on the right path for my teaching.”

Lulama Nzinzane said: “I was taught how to carry myself and always be fair to other learners, especially my peers.”

Deputy principal Estelle van Aardt took to the stage to thank the staff, parents and learners for their contribution to making the event a success.

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Sheina Razack

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