Open letter to Saturday Star

It is with great sadness that I write this letter. What was once an honour has now become something I will be ashamed of, all because parents do not know how to raise their children with morals and respect.

I am a past learner of Mondeor High School. I am the person I am today because of the impact that teachers such as Mrs. Nicolaou had and still have on my life. The woman who I have known and loved since 2007 has been called the most horrid things in this world. A living angel has been called the complete opposite by parents who do not teach their children that there are consequences to misbehavior. If Mrs Nic was indeed a racist would I or any other accomplished black student still be going back to Mondeor High School to assist this so called racist?

I wonder if the journalist who wrote the article about the racist principle understands the English language. Blackening the school’s name means exactly that. It is bringing the schools name into shame. As far as I understand that has no implication to race. Whether those children were black, white, green or yellow they behaved like hooligans and should therefore be treated as such.

The incident that took place at Mondeor High School is something that children decided to do. This incident goes against the code of conduct of the school. These children were suspended and disciplinary was held on 31 August. I attended this hearing as my sister in currently in matric and all I heard were parents who “love” their children too much for them to teach them that for every action there is a consequence. What kind of generation are we breading when we as adults condone the pushing and shoving of an educator, spraying her with pepper spray and throwing flour in her face.

We cannot allow a couple of rotten potatoes to bring down the reputation we worked so hard to build. I stand by the school and especially it’s principle. I urge the class of 2014 to show the media what we Mondeor High School pupils are made of. This matter is in your hands and the only way you can shine some light on this matter by proving to everybody that Mrs Nic is indeed one of the best and most loving educators there is. Go out there and get 100% pass rate! Do it for Mrs. Nic.

Cbooseesaw 2014/09/01 03:39:33 PM
Same has happened to the school I went to. Once a flourishing semi-private, now a war zone. Parents dont parent anymore and schools are left to parent.
Wehr Wulf 2014/09/01 05:06:53 PM
Good letter. I hope past and present pupils stand by this teacher.
Rohin 2014/09/02 12:13:26 PM
I don't know the story but i hope you sent this to the editor as well.
Devan Kr├╝ll 2014/09/02 03:09:24 PM
I am not an ex-pupil of Mondeor High however I have met this beautiful woman and Principal of the school. She is everything but a racist and has opened her heart and home to many of all races. Its really sad that people would sink this low to tarnish such a kind hearted persons reputation and legacy.
LuvLee Heslop 2014/09/02 08:47:12 PM
I am a proud ex pupil of Mondeor High School! Mrs Nic is far from being a racist. She has tried her utmost best to break all racial barriers at MHS. She has been fair to blacks, whites, coloureds, Indians, Chinese, and any other other person who is a different race to her. If anybody needs her, she will go the extra mile to help no matter the ethnicity. She works long hours to try and make a difference. She surely is an angel! I'm tired of journalists not checking the facts and posting articles just for rating purposes. What makes things worse, is that as a journalist, you are expected to understand the English language and terms that come with it. If 'Blackening' is seen as a racist remark, then surely the term 'white wash' is no better. I have been out of the school for almost 10 years, and if need be, I will go back to Mondeor and fight for my other mom Mrs Nic, and I can guarantee that there are hundred of kids and parents who will do the same.
Janize Deerans 2014/09/03 04:53:59 PM
As a past teacher at Mondeor High I am shocked by the atricle... Not so much by what the kids did but that Mrs Nic was called a racist. The Mrs Nic I know worked her fingers to the bone for each and every child in that school. In my experience parents do not like to admit that a child behaved wrongfully ( they maybe feel it reflects on their parenting skills or lack thereof). Black parents have a race card to play and white parents always blame the teacher first, if it is a black teacher white parents also play the race card. I get the impression the journalist knows the parents/kids and created a bit of sensation. I am sure if you ask fellow students they will confirm that the ones mentioned in the article are known trouble-makers. Mrs Nic must be distraught!!
Trudy Macchidani 2014/09/04 07:32:25 AM
I am disgusted and shocked by the behaviour of these pupils. Mrs Nic doesn't have a racist bone in her body. She has over the years won the respect of parents and my daughter who went to Mondeor High is also shocked by these reports. Mrs Nic, we as past parents and our children who were taught by you, stand 100% behind you. Bring back corporal punishment / expel those kids. They gave no place at MHS.