Minister for Basic Education hails school's achievements and collaboration with Oracle.
The Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School today marked its 10 year anniversary with an impressive ceremony that was attended by key dignitaries including Mrs Angie Motshekga, Honourable Minister for Basic Education, South Africa and Ms Dorian Daley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Oracle.
"The success of Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School is a great example of the effectiveness of a public private partnership to achieve our common goals. Today's milestone is a testament to the commitment and relentless efforts of the school administration; the Oracle team and our students who have worked hard to make the most of this wonderful opportunity," said Motshekga.
"In the past fiscal year, Oracle provided nearly US$3.3 billion in resources globally to help prepare students for life and work in today's modern technology-driven economy", said Dorian Daley. "Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School is a remarkable reflection of this commitment to worldwide education, and we are delighted that our collaboration with the Department of Basic Education has helped make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families".
Established in March 2006 under a public-private partnership between Oracle Corporation South Africa and the Gauteng Department of Education, Ponelopele Secondary is a no-fee school that now admits more than 1 200 Grade 8 – 12 learners annually. Supported by more than 60 school staff, the Midrand-based school has consistently delivered exceptional results. In 2016, the school secured 66 distinctions with the top performer alone achieving seven distinctions. Furthermore, since 2009 (the first batch of matric students), the school's matric results have consistently been higher than the national average score.
Besides providing financial assistance for building the school facility, the Oracle team in South Africa continues to be involved with various programmes in the school. These include career days for students; teacher development programmes; bursary initiatives; teaching robotics with Lego technology; extra mathematics, science, and accounting sessions, as well as various employee volunteer programmes.