Food Fair success at school

The third Food Fair at Ocean View Secondary School over the weekend was true to the theme “Bonding the community through food”, as residents in and around the school showed their support.

“I sometimes refer to our school jokingly as the most forgotten school in the southern part of the Western Cape. We have a community of gangs, drugs, poverty and every other social issue, and our Afrikaans-speaking learners are the most affected by these social issues. We are the only school that provides tuition in both English and Afrikaans in the area and presently we have 1200 learners. Our school fees are R1200 per annum but we also struggle to even get the fees for the learners,” says Dalene Pretorius, a teacher at the school.

At the Food Fair, each grade had a stall, as did the school governing body and school management team. The foods that were sold included calamari, fish and chips, boerewors rolls, chicken, cakes, sweets, roti and curry, lasagna, tacos, pancakes and candyfloss.

“The calamari and chips stall was a hit. Our theme was due to the volatile situation in our community and I hope the theme is going to pay dividends in the near future,” Pretorius says.

The money raised will be used to create a proper and safe playing surface for the learners. Kia Motors sponsored a get-away and despite requests for donations to businesses in and around Ocean View, very few responded.

“Hopefully next year we’ll have more sponsors on board to help the community and the school as such. We will again appeal to organisations and individuals to assist in this regard,” Pretorius says.

The school was established 40 years ago after the forced removal of the community from Simon’s Town to Noordhoek due to the Group Areas Act.

Keith Klein is the principal and initially the learners came from Ocean View only but over the last few years the school has been accepting learners from Masiphumelele­.

“We are very proud to say the actor Oscar Petersen is an ex-pupil and last year our top learner was Lindsay Daniels,” she says.