On behalf of the Herbert Hurd, I extend a warm welcome to all parents, grandparents, pupils and the extended Hurdian Family to our Founder’s Day Assembly in this our 64th year. Today we celebrate the founding (birthday) of Herbert Hurd Primary School. 64 years ago, Herbert Hurd was established as an English Medium school to serve the community of Newton Park and surrounds.
Herbert Hurd is actually very fortunate that we can celebrate two birthdays. 92 years ago a school was started in the church hall of St Hughes for the children living in the area then known as Fairview, that later became known as Newton Park.
This school known as Newton Park Primary, operated as a dual-medium school (English and Afrikaans speaking pupils) for 28 years before the English Medium School – Herbert Hurd Primary School – opened its doors in January 1954 on this the present site of the school and it has continued to operate as an English Medium School for the past 64 years.
Herbert Hurd is synonymous with Newton Park and has developed into a highly respected educational centre. This has been the result of the continued dedication and hard work of the teachers over the years, ably supported by the enthusiastic parents, and you, the pupils of the school. Many of you seated here today are second or third generation Hurdians with your parents having attended this fine school. The encouraging part of this is that your parents must have enjoyed their schooling here in order to send you. Another reassuring point is the number of past pupils who are returning to be teachers at the school.
One constantly has the letters “HHPS” visible wherever you move around and I am always asking myself why those letters are so important. Yes, I am aware that there are many people that will tease us by saying: “HOT HOT PORK SAUSAGES!” but when you give it some thought I am of the opinion that HHPS stands for:
“HONESTY HONOUR PRIDE STEADFAST”
Herbert Hurd has only achieved what it has to date and will only continue achieving if each and every one of us remain honest, honourable, proud and steadfast in our activities so that whenever and wherever you are seen people will know that you are proud of your fine school.
You need only think of the school mascot “BRUNO”. Bruno was proud to be part of the Hurdian family and that is why he came to school every day – Bruno was part of the school. He knew no master for he was his own independent self. Bruno knew what he wanted and you can be sure he got what he wanted. If he wanted a tennis ball, he would get it – he would beg for it, borrow it and more often than not just take it. Tennis balls only had one purpose – to be thrown and caught. He was determined and if there is a lesson for us then it must be that if we decide to do something we must do it with the same enthusiasm and vigor that Bruno displayed when he played ball. Bruno was honest and steadfast.
Look at the words on the plaque in the foyer:
A friend who gave so much pleasure
To so many for so long
Visiting this school”
Bruno set an example for all on how to be honest, honourable, have pride and to be steadfast and he would be very proud today if we continue striving to be the best HHPS possible.
24 years ago our new Constitution came into being and I would like to read the Preamble of the constitution to you:
“We, the people of South Africa, recognise the injustices of the past, honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land, respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Republic so as to:
Heal the division of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights
Lay the foundation for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law.
Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person, and
Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.
May God protect our people
God Bless South Africa”
When I cast my eyes over the body of this Hall and start considering the principles of the Preamble to the Constitution, I realise that we at Herbert Hurd, are extremely fortunate as we really reflect all that the new South Africa stands for. We are representative of all the communities of the country, we all work well together and show the necessary respect for each other. We as a school are definitely working towards a better future for South Africa. Herbert Hurd is definitely laying the foundation for a democratic and open society by educating the future generation of the country. We are also improving the lives of all pupils at this school by giving you the necessary values, skills and attitudes required to survive successfully in the world today. So always refer back to the Preamble of the Constitution when you want to know how successful you are in daily life and remember HHPS – honesty, honour, pride and steadfast.
Thank you – BE JUST FEAR NOT