“A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril” – Winton Churchill (British Orator, Author and Prime Minister during World War II. 1874-1965)
What is Tradition?
A tradition is a ritual, belief or object passed down within a society, still maintained in the present, with origins in the past. The word “tradition” itself derives from the Latin tradere or traderer literally meaning to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping—and new traditions continue to appear today.
Tradition at Hoërskool Carletonville certainly plays an important role as we need to know where we come from, to know where we are heading. Like a compass through the ages guiding a helmsman through the dark so we believe traditions lead us to become proud leaders in our communities and believe for what we stand.
Traditions at Hoërskool Carletonville
2.1 Breaking of the Flag
This tradition has its origins in the days when Voortrekkers, Boy- and Girl-scouts were still in full operation as extramural activity at the school. On Monday mornings these learners where allowed to attend school in their respective Uniform as they would then present and break the flags (National and School flag).
This was done between 7:00 and 7:10am and then Flag down during 13:50 and 14:00pm.
This tradition was passed down to the student council of the school that followed in the pomp and circumstance of these learners before them.
Proper procedure for this tradition can be found under the information for the school coat of arms and flag.
2.2 Monday Morning Assembly
As the first day of the week arrives. School starts in a proper fashion with assembly.
Learners will gather at the school hall in lines before they will be allowed to enter. Assembly will start-off with songs of worship either with the accompaniment of a full pipe organ given as present to the school by the Grade 12’s of 1965 or guitar.
With the completions of the hymns, the school will be asked to stand to attention for the reading of the school code after which they will be seated for scripture reading, prayer, instructions by the principal and announcements.
Closing of assembly will be brought about with the singing of either respectively the National anthem or the school Anthem.
2.3 The Gift of Gratefulness
At the end of the Grade 12 year learners have passed through the hands of many an educator and in the progress of 5 long and arduous years are expected to have learned something along the way other than academic work. At Hoërskool Carletonville this is known as the “unseen curriculum”.
With funds collected by these Learners may it be from their Grade 8 years they then with their discretion and wanting present the school with a gift of gratefulness to say thank you to the school and its educators
2.4 The Bench of Remembrance
In a little silent and respected corner of the school in the shade of a very old White Stinkwood tree. A small bench was erected in loving memory of learners and Educators that has passed away since 2000 whilst at school or near to completion of grade 12.
A little bronze plaque (80 x 25mm) is attached to the bench with the particulars of the loved one that has moved on.
Flowers or wreaths can placed without need of permission at no specific moment during or after school hours whilst the gates are open.
It speaks for itself that this is no bench in the park where you can snuggle and sit as it is a very respected part of our school.