From the Headmistress' Desk
Human Rights Day
This is a three day school week due to Human Rights Day on 21 March and a school holiday on Friday. I know that we all appreciate a break in routine, sometimes, and it's always wonderful to have a little extra 'me' or family time.
However, if that's all that this public holiday means to us today, blood was spilled in vain on that fateful day in SA history. This public holiday is meant to commemorate the events of the 21st March, 1960 when sixty-nine black South Africans lost their lives and 180 more were injured. They were shot by the police in Sharpeville whilst protesting peacefully against the pass laws imposed by the apartheid government of the day. This is our history, and shocking and sad as it is, we have all been the beneficiaries of it. A Human Rights Constitution was born, years later, precisely because events like these encouraged South Africans to stand up and to speak out against injustice and the lack of the freedom we should prize today.
Today, we all have the luxury of going wherever it is we wish to go without needing the permission of those in power and without the fear of being shot or jailed. With this freedom comes many other human rights and with those rights come important responsibilities. We must teach our children that they have rights and that, if we are to safeguard these, we must appreciate them and use them well.
Happy Human Rights Day! We can enjoy the day tomorrow, and every day, because many of our forefathers paid the highest price for it.
Congratulations to Mrs O'Brien (Grade 2) and Dr Phillips (Science) who are expecting babies in the third term.
Mrs N Hillen