During the COVID-19 lockdown pandemic Lilyfontein School turned 115 years old.  This year required that we do things a little differently, as we were unable to host our annual Founders Day Assembly and Derby week-end as we usually do. In lieu of traditional festivities, we instead planned an Adventure take-over virtual celebration, which took place on Friday 15 May 2020.  In preparation for the celebration, we encouraged our Lilyfontein friends and families to bake, make or buy treats fit for a birthday celebration. 

Each family then sent through a birthday song, a wish, a photograph or video to our marketing team, and we compiled a feature video with all the blessings and wishes from our Lilyfontein. We encouraged our past pupils to join our Lilyfontein Past Pupils Facebook group, and to send us a little story about what they have been up to in the years since they matriculated.  We are always so appreciative of the effort our alumni put in to connect with their former school, and we received messages and wishes from far and wide.

Mr Els, our Principal, sent a message of resilience and courage to all of our current, past and future Lilyfontein families.  He stated that, “Now is the time to draw on the characteristics of the Lynx and display our 5 values – Fairness, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Service”.

Our awesome art department sent out a request to the school to paint, draw or create an image of our mascot, the Lilyfontein Lynx, and send it through for our school’s annual collaborative art project.  The end result was a magnificent patchwork of Lynxes created from learners of all ages.

Peter Morrissey was the Head Leader in the Class of 2010 and was scheduled to be our guest speaker at our Founders Day Assembly.  In the wake of the restrictions and limitations at the time, Peter instead sent us a lovely, encouraging  message for our Founders Day celebration.

About Peter Morrissey – Head Leader, Class of 2010

Peter has been studying since, 2012 after working during 2011. He holds a BSc in Geography and Archaeology, a BSc Honours in Archaeology, and an MSc in Archaeology, all from the University of the Witwatersrand.

He is currently a doctoral researcher working on his PhD at Wits and is based in Johannesburg. He has specialised as a Geo-archaeologist, meaning that he conducts research into the geological context of the archaeological record.

What may be of interest to the broader Lilyfontein community is that his masters was focused on understanding environmental conditions around East London during part of the Middle Stone Age. (There is evidence of people occupying the area, such as the Nahoon Footprints).

As a result of this work, he has started a research project which aims to reveal more about human behaviour around East London during that period. We are super proud of you, soon to be Dr Peter Morrissey!

Our adventure department sourced some national stars and celebs and asked them to send our school a message of hope, we thank the following celebrities for taking the time to wish us:

Akona Ndungane – Ex Springbok
Jason Greer – Show host of The Bachelor South Africa
Gordan Graham – DJ East Coast Radio
Tom Swarts – Survivor Winner 2018
MacFarlane Moleli –  Show host of Carte Blanche

In the end, our virtual birthday celebration was a great success, and although we could not eat donuts and sing the school song together we still had fun in our homes as families.  Thank you to all our Lilyfontein families for celebrating the day with us.  May we continue to grow from strength to strength and favour adventure in our lives.