Clarendon Primary School, Pietermaritzburg
Clarendon Primary School officially opened its doors on 29 January 1962. Initial pupil enrollment was 46 and the staff ratio was 2. Mrs. RM Lodge was appointed Acting Principal.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mitchell were the founder parents of Clarendon Primary School. Due to the numerous World War II veterans that settled in the suburb of Clarendon, Mrs. Jean Mitchell, a mother of three, was inspired to approach the Municipal Body and the Department of Education requesting that a school be built on a vacant plot of ground in the suburb of Clarendon for the fast growing community. The Education Department replied, "You produce fifty pupils and we will provide the building." Little did Jean and Claude realize what they had committed themselves to.
Plans were drawn up for classrooms and ample storage space. Initially only ten rooms were to be built with the Administration section facing Roberts Road. The plans were drawn up with extension in mind to accommodate a future enrollment of six hundred and fifty pupils.
When uniforms were discussed, the brown checked dress was considered to be smart and serviceable. With slight alterations to the sleeves and belt it is, till this day, the uniform for the girls of Clarendon. Originally the children wore blue jerseys, during the years this changed to brown jerseys. Mrs. Lodge designed the school badge, it was adapted from the family crest of the Earl of Clarendon and the motto, Amando Servio, I serve with love, retained.
School fees were R2 per term per family and additional funds were raised by parents by way of cake and jumble sales. These funds were jointly administered by the Principal and Secretary of the newly elected Parent Teacher Committee.
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