SOUTH AFRICA, Summit College

30 Nov

And Another today………

This is the drawing received from Summit College in South Africa. Thanks so much to Glen aged 10 for this great piece.

Glen`s Quote for Peace,
” The reason why I would like peace and love to happen and spread during the 2012 Olympic Games is because I would like all people to feel happy with each other.”
 Thanks also to Molly Madox for coordinating the project for South Africa.

Why the Elephant as the School Symbol?

A successful school has many of the commendable attributes of elephants.

Elephants adapt to their environment in changing times – they are unafraid of change and able to move quickly. They live in harmony with all other animals and make a forceful impact on their surroundings. In our diverse, multi-cultural South African society there is much to learn from these highly intelligent creatures.

The elephant is associated with leadership – Shaka, the great Zulu leader, was called “son of the elephant” and the Swazi king, Mswati, has the title “the great elephant”.

Elephants have been honoured in many cultures in the East and Africa for thousands of years. African legends about times before people lived on earth describe the elephant as the king of the animals. Stories tell of peaceful and prosperous times as the elephant was a fair and wise leader. The elephant ensured that resources were shared equally and was the most respected animal on earth. In the same way, co-operation and proven leadership are essential in a good school.

Elephants never abuse their power. Within the herd they care for each other, the adults protecting and guiding the younger ones. Undoubtedly they share their knowledge and wisdom with each other.

The elephant will face danger with courage and fortitude. They are family orientated – their herds being extended families where peace and order reign.

We chose the name Summit, meaning a gathering of leaders who meet to reach consensus, and we have adopted elephants as our school symbol. With these two distinctive elements we strive to emulate their admirable qualities. Respect for leadership, order in the family group, bonding, communication and nurturing the next generation are all goals we endeavour to instill in all our students.

South African Flag History:
The South African flag was adopted on April 27, 1994 after Nelson Mandela was elected President. A new national flag was adopted to signify the dawn of a new democratic South Africa and to reflect the country’s political transformation. It is one of the world’s newest flags. South Africa gained independence from Britain on May 31, 1910.

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