As a kid in Oranjemund, this is where you would
spend most of your day. I'm not sure , but I remember some old
timer telling me that the above clocktower has it's origins at
Kolmanskop and was rebuilt here at Oranjemund.
I remember when during CDM's boomtimes
of the late 70's that the new section of the school was built on
the rugby field to the east of the main school complex. This was
a top notch facility for it's time. Science laboratory and modern
designs were the order of the day.
In those day's you had to fight
to get a spot in the bicycle shed as just about every kid you knew
had a bike. A few things that were mentioned on the forum section
of this site, were School Milk, Oppenheimer, Rhodes and Barnato,
Cross Country, Gala, Athletics, Various teachers, The Wizard of
Oz play, The big chess board, School tours and the songs we used
Please feel free to add your memories
on the Forums and also to submit your school picture, with ot without
the names. The photographs displayed here are in no particular
order and are posted as I recieve them. A big thanks to Dawn Watt
(Johnson) ,Mavis Padruth,Ann and Susan Greenway for allowing me
to scan their pics, a lot of history shared.
As quoted by Mavis - " Barney and
Graeme's (my twin brothers) School Photo with the "dreaded" Mrs
Castle - can any body put names to the other children"
Click on a photo in the column on
the right to view the full image, please note not all photographs
have names with them.
Well Mark Swanepoel reckons he can
help, and I quote from Marks
"A little help with the photo,,taken
in 1968/69 ! !
The photo with Mrs. Castle...........
Back row..Left to right..Sharon Holloway,Dion Hodgen,Kevin Laubscher,Mark
Swanepoel,Andrew Morrow,Lynette Bezuidenhout
Mid row..Anthony Bannister ?,Barbara Fry,Margaret Fry,Vivian
Standbridge,Ingrid Harris,,Mark van Greunen
Front..Stephen Hodgeson,Sean Bam,Graeme Smith,Bernerd Smith,Lionel
The question mark means im not
100 |% and the spelling may be incorrect !"
"THE SCHOOL ANTHEM"
"Oranjemund our desert school
With pride of thee we sing
And Proudly learn our lessons well
More praise to thee we bring
For many hands from many lands
Are clasped in friendship true
To win our way at work or play
Oranjemund for you."
' And onward striving as we go
More knowledge to attain
That never failing torch that glows
Will always be our aim
Though wide the field and vast the
If humbly we attend
We'll run the race with God's Good
And run it to the end."
"In 1964 , the school performed
a playcalled "Prinses
sister played Prinses Roselyn and she believes the Queen was Lorraine
has had difficulty recognising any of the other cast as they are
all rather heavily disguised! The gypsy looking rogue in
the third picture (with the black bandanna) is Bokkie van Niekerk."
, submitted by Ann Greenway.
(Click on the Above Picture!)
Many a OPS pupil would have ventured
off on various School tours, be it Sport or Learning. From Beauvallon
Farm to Cape Town. Below is a photo submitted By Susan Kintsher
(Lineker) of a 1981 trip to the SOS School of the Wild. Recognise
above photo was submitted by Bobby Smith , and I include his comments:
"Here are all the names of the rugby
team of the boarders in 1968, I was only 10yrs old then and this
pic was taken by either of three people,Mr Vermullen, Uncle Bill
Fry or Uncle Dennis Symes,most of these guys were later to become
appies and artisans on the mines.
Top row/l/r: M Mcarthy,Mike
Burgess, Sakkie Groenewald, Mike Davis, Derek Webstock, Koos Jacobs,
row: Jimmy Ockwell,John Delaney,Lionel Dixon,A Ferreira,
row: Terry Dunster, B Malleson , Buddy Slow, Andre' Nortier
and Colin Dunster,fine looking bunch,they were all the people who
shaped our lives,a fantastic bunch of guys,hope you find some Omunders
who remember this pic."
-Thanks to Mike Burgess for filling
in a few of the names!-
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OPS IN THE YEAR
The best House around , Barnato
(Thanks to Bertie Horak for the
above 3 photographs)