Monday, May 30, 2011
Catholic Schools - how lucky we are to have them in South Africa.
I'm very pro Catholic Schools because my wife, Jean, is a Loreto Old Girl....a LOG!...and I'm quite satisfied with the product! My daughter, Caroline, spent much of her education at Holy Cross and Springfield Convent in Cape Town and they were the best schools she ever went to. I know that adults love to tell horror stories about malevolent nuns in Catholic Schools but it certainly never applied to anyone in my family and both women refer to their school days with affection and gratitude.
When Loreto celebrated 120 years in South Africa I was privileged to MC the event and attended the final committee meeting before the event. Halfway through the meeting the Convent front door bell rang and every single old girl, no matter what age, leaped to her feet to answer the door! Maybe there is a degree of brainwashing after all!
Modern Catholic Education is of such value to South Africa and the transformation of children from disadvantaged backgrounds into questioning, educated young people and the opportunities created for them never ceases to amaze me. There are expensive Catholic Schools and there are Catholic Schools where the vast majority of pupils pay little or nothing at all but they are all members of the same family under God.
Mark Potterton is the Director of the Catholic Institute of Education and here are their aims and objectives: