A significant aspect of the 38th anniversary of Umkomaas Secondary School was a re-launch of the school newspaper called “The Whale” at a special function held on Wednesday, August 22.
The Whale is a publication, initiated by the learners of the Umkomaas Secondary School, in 1982.
The young and enthusiastic new editorial board has stated the following in the re-launch edition: The Whale delivered news to many members of the community and was run with dedication and sincerity.
Now, in 2018, we have re-launched this newspaper to inculcate a culture of reading and writing in our community and to also revive the essence and standards of Umkomaas Secondary School. Editor-in-Chief, Vaman Ramessur, echoed a similar sentiment, “The Whale has burst onto the scene to put forward the students’ interests in the school and society at large.
Reviving the memories of Umkomaas and its once dear high school, is key to making Umkomaas Secondary the architect of its future. This is only possible through the efforts of us, the youth and students of Umkomaas Secondary.
We need to step up and prove that we are not a generation to contribute to the downfall of this institution. Valuing the efforts of past generations and present educators needs to be addressed by the school and also by the community, which also needs to play a significant role in seeing that the golden age of Umkomaas Secondary returns.”
In his address, Deputy Principal P Naicker, who is acting in place of Principal P Jugdev who is on leave, boldly stated that the academic performance of learners is definitely on a downward spiral.
It was disappointing that the extra classes offered by the school are poorly attended. If the inability to read and to analyse examination questions were a problem, then endeavours to improve literacy would certainly help.
He complimented Mr D S Nair for mentoring the learners and for preparing them for the re- launch of the Whale.
Guest speaker, Dr Yash Somera, encouraged learners to celebrate the institution by applying their minds and not shying away from the hard work of studying.
SGB member Dees Moodley complimented the editorial team of The Whale for its efforts under the leadership of Mr D S Nair.
Mr Victor Harriram was acknowledged for having distinguished himself as the original designer of the school monogram when, decades ago, he was a head prefect and top athlete at the school. Patricia Shozi welcomed the guests and Revita Govender offered the prayer.
Programme Director Nickara Brijlall and Editor–in-Chief Vaman Ramessur gave a talk on the re-launch and presented The Whale to guest of honour, Dr Somera, who had been introduced by Ms V Misthry, a member of the co-ordinating committee.
Andiswa Ntaka assisted in the presentation of tokens of appreciation and the vote of thanks was offered by Tanita Partab.
Other members of the co-ordinating committee are Dr R Ramgoolam, Mr N G Moodley, Mr D S Nair, Mrs N Gayadeen, Mrs D Premdaw and Mrs K Govender.