Published 02 December 2016 by Cape Argus, Independent Media at 11:27pm
Livingstone High School principal Theo Bruinders and his staff live up to the school’s motto of embracing excellence, writes Gasant Abarder.
You may miss it when you’re driving down Imam Haron Road, Claremont, as right now it resembles a construction site. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Inside the modest buildings and grounds lies a centre of excellence for maths and science.
This Friday Files edition is not about a single person, but rather about a passionate principal and a team of dedicated teachers.
As I enter Livingstone High School I am welcomed by principal Theo Bruinders. He is a serious man with a frown etched on his face as he reflects on the 90th anniversary of the school.
Livingstone is proof that you don’t need state-of-the-art facilities to compete with the best – although it’s much needed.
For decades the school has consistently produced matriculants in the top 20 or 30 achievers in the province, has more than 80 bachelor passes and the cream of the crop when it comes to maths and science results.
“Our alumni are all over the world. In fact, they are true to our school song, We roam the wide world over’,” says Bruinders.
Livingstone was founded in an era when high school education for black and coloured children was an afterthought for the government of the day.
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