Midrand High school was started in 1992 through the efforts of a few energetic, effective people: Brian Algie and Speedo Horn being the two who spearheaded the school. It started off as a parallel medium high school on the premises of Halfway House Primary School, that was located behind the taxi rank in Halfway House. The late Mr Cas Wessels allowed the school to use the office where the toilet paper was stored!
Fortunately this beautiful campus in Halfway Gardens was completed in 1993 when the school could move in with 73 learners. The first principal was appointed in the person of Brian Algie. Emile Nel was the first vice principal and the first two HOD's were Michelle Whitfield (English) and Almarie van Zyl (Afrikaans).
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." Joining the first staff of 12 was a privilege as I could see the enthusiasm with which education was executed: here everyone knew they were building a legacy to last for many years to come.
Mr Algie, as principal you had an impact that will outlive you and outlast you long after you have left the earth. I can assure you, you will be fondly remembered as a blessing- the big Brian with the big voice and the small heart!
When I took over as principal in 2005, I realised I had the responsibility to continue the excellence that was started in 1993, Through the years we have had our disappointments and failures but indeed these served as lessons to guide the future.
Tonight however, we celebrate the successes of the past 21 years. The elated exclamations around the sports field, the applause for achievements in cultural activities and the proud presentations to pupils who received accolades for academics Marc Ground, Dianne de Bude, Anthony van Zyl, Keren Moonian, Neenu Sajan, Jane Ndlovu, Nivisha Maharaj and Nimmy Sajan to mention but a few. Despite many challenges Midrand High has maintained a high matric pass rate and above 60% matric exemptions. This has resulted in our school being 1 of the 100 Circle of Excellence Schools of the Alan Gray Orbis Foundation. This bears testimony to the fact that the staff at MHS has always been committed to excellence and has always been prepare to go the extra mile. For this we thank them!
We are pleased to acknowledge the corporate support we received along the way. A highlight is the involvement of Johnson and Johnson, FHI 360 and NBI with the Bridge to Employment (BTE) programme. I am also pleased to announce that Johnson & Johnson has decided to extend this relationship with MHS and to repeat the program in 2015 and 2016.Tonight serves as the closing ceremony for this prestigious programme and it is appropriate to appreciate those stakeholders who afforded our current grade 12 learners three years of extended opportunities and global exposure in Amsterdam and in October this year in Ireland. Shireen Maharaj and her team at J+J Medical Midrand, Mariaan Scott from NBI, Petrus Lombard and everyone in the Junior Tukkie office at the University of Pretoria, Amanda and Lisa from FHI360 in Washington and last but not the least, Ms. Vijai the BTE co-ordinator at MHS.
Away from theatre of daily activities the staff, management team and school governing bodies met, planned and strategized to be innovative in preparing our learners to be the best for the world.
As this vision is anticipated in all we do, we have afforded our learners many opportunities: I wish to mention a few we have participated in the Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington and New York we arrange bi-annual tours overseas, we have been in the top four of the SA Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee Competition, we take part in the UN debating competition and have been awarded gold we have a formidable chess team. Through the years parents viewed this as the school of choice where education was at the centre of all act ivies. As a Dinaledi school we emphasise the importance of Mathematics and Physical Science. We are far from perfect but we are thankful for the many blessings God has granted the Midrand family. We are looking forward to the next 21 years and hope many of us will still be around!
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