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Per Aspera, Ad Astra

St Joseph's College staff, students, alumni and well wishers staged a fund raising dinner dance at the Gaborone International Convention Centre Friday night in efforts to raise funds for the school's 80th anniversary celebrations on October 4.
By Staff Writer Mon 19 Nov 2018, 08:06 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Per Aspera, Ad Astra








The fund raising committee plans to raise at least half a million pula for the celebrations that they expect to attract at least 6,000 guests.

The school has been staging celebrations to mark the end of every decade of the school's existence but the 80th anniversary celebrations seem to have gathered quite some momentum.

Speaking at the event, the Pula Holdings chairman said St Joseph's is a crucial partner in providing excellence in education development that has consistently produced good results.

The College came out first in the 2006 Cambridge results but dropped to 6th in the 2007 Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education examinations. The school's achievement of a 65.17 percentage pass rate was lauded as 'an all time high' to be kept up. Mmusi also noted that while significant milestones have been covered, there still were challenges on the road.

"There have been successes and failures as our motto says 'Per aspera ad astra' - through difficulties to the stars. St Joseph's will turn 80 on October 4 and from there, there will be a challenge to strive for more innovative ways".

He said the college should strive for excellence and continue building on its reputable image.

The challenge, according to Mmusi, is for the school to now shift to new ways of doing things. He challenged the school to strive for a global conquest of the education sphere.

"The school should be independent and affiliate to an international partner. There is also need to engage in student exchange programmes with other institutions across the world," he said of one of the hallmarks of modern education that seeks to

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equip graduates with cross-cultural skills to survive as global citizens. Thus, the College he said, should integrate globally but still maintain important tents of Botswana culture.

The principal, Frazer Tlhoiwe, said great things are achieved through the cooperation of all stakeholders and that unity defies all odds. "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. We should work together physically and emotionally to build our school".

He advised that some Colleges and Universities are actually financed by their alumni and so should the College's alumni continue to support their former school. Currently, the school is a government aided Catholic mission school and still adheres to strong Christian values.

Tlhoiwe said this was one of the many fundraising activities that will be staged in a bid to raise over half a million Pula for the celebrations. Some alumni, among them Attorney General, Athaliah Molokomme, and Gaborone Central Member of Parliament, Dumelang Saleshando, shared their St Josephs' moments with the crowd.

The school first opened its doors on 25 January 1928 with one classroom, one teacher and three students.

The chairperson of the diocesan pastoral council, Moses Lekaukau, in a maroon blazer, shared experiences from his 1958 Form A class. Back then, they wore grey trousers, white shirts, a tie and the maroon blazers, he said.

He said the school was started on land that was not donated as popularly misconstrued but bought from a Catholic farmer.

The school that produced the first class student in Bechuanaland in Phineas Makepe will continue fundraising initiatives with a planned family fun day, entertainment and a sponsored walk.

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