Parkhurst Realises A Dream To Build Future Dreams
For twenty-seven years, Parkhurst Primary headmistress, Mrs J Johnson, has dreamed of her school being in the educational forefront. With the launch of their Khanya computer laboratory on 16 September 2005, Mrs Johnson believes that this dream has been realized and that the laboratory can make it possible for the learners to achieve their wildest dreams.
The launch of the Khanya laboratory was indeed an EVENT for the community and Parkhurst went out of its way to ensure that the night will be remembered for a very long time. A marquee had been erected and was filled to capacity with parents, the learners, neighbouring principals and other special guests, including Jenny Rault-Smith (Director of Curriculum Development), Glen van Harte (Curriculum Development EMDC South and Clinton Walker (Khanya). The night was celebrated with cake and food stalls which had been set up for all to enjoy and a popular hip hop band, Black Noise, entertained the crowd.
In her speech, Mrs Johnson assured the parents that their children, now more than ever before, could compete on a level footing with other children in the world at large. She emphasized that the technology was now available to all and that Parkhurst Primary was not going to rest, but were determined to acquire a second laboratory. Plans for this are already underway and the school is already enthusiastically selling bricks for the building to parents who will then have a personal shield placed in the new laboratory.
Educators and learners are very excited about the laboratory. They have watched as their dream has come to life stage by stage and they are enthusiastically learning to use the software available to them. As Clinton Walker urged them in his speech, with the world at their fingertips in the laboratory, they have only to believe in themselves and they can achieve anything.