This weekend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) welcomed 67 new grade eight students, two grade nine students, their parents and caregivers at our annual Founder’s Day celebration.
Every year on this day we celebrate OWLAG founder, Oprah Winfrey’s birthday. We also take time to remember the founding moments of the Academy, including Ms. Winfrey’s conversation with Nelson Mandela, which gave birth to OWLAG.
A big part of this day is the formal blazer ceremony, where all new students take a school oath and are dressed in their school blazer for the first time. This year the blazer ceremony was followed by a new tradition of tree planting. Each new student and staff member were called by name to place a pebble under a newly planted tree, which the students promise to nurture and care for during the five years they are at the Academy. Under this tree is a bench on which is written “Class of 2023” signifying the connection to the new grade eights.
This year we also we welcomed our new Executive Director, Ms. Gugu Ndebele, and the new Head of Academics, Mr. Mzwakhe Hlatshayo, in the presence of our Parent Forum and new families.
This event connects the OWLAG community together and continues to show the Spirit of Ubuntu in many ways. We continue to be grateful on behalf of our country for Ms. Winfrey’s generosity, love, and care for humanity.