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Lourdes Primary
Diepkloof 
(Holy Cross)

Telephone
011 985 1179  

Physical Address
2063a Zone 2

Diepkloof, 1864
Soweto

Fees
R2900 (2013 figures) 
Sibling rebates


Founding & History
The Holy Cross Sisters took over the Catholic school  in Alexandra township (opened in 1919) in the 1920s, offering tuition from Grade 1 to Grade 12. Later an industrial school was added. 

In 1922 the school was registered by the provincial department of education as a government-aided mission school. In 1953 the Bantu Education Act threatened the existence of mission schools. The Catholic Church refused to surrender its schools and Government assistance was withdrawn.

When Alexandra was declared a slum in 1960, many people were removed to Diepkloof and Meadowlands in Soweto. The Holy Cross Sisters refused to accept defeat. On 21 June 1970 the building of a new school in Diepkloof among the displaced community from Alexandra started. On 4 February 1971 the new school opened with ten classrooms and ten teachers and an enrolment of 586. To comply with government policy at the time, the sisters opened three schools on the same campus: Lourdes Lower Primary, Lima Higher Primary and Immaculata High.

During the student "struggle" years the Sisters identified with the students in their protests and at the same time tried to ensure that no student was deprived of a basic education. During 1986, however, when all high schools in Soweto were closed indefinitely, the Sisters withdrew and the schools were handed over to the Bishop of Johannesburg.

When schooling resumed in 1987, lay teachers were appointed. In 2000  Lima Higher Primary and Lourdes Lower Primary merged.

From their beginnings in Alexandra to the present day, the Holy Cross schools in Diepkloof have built up a tradition of excellence and commitment to holistic values-based Christian education.

Motto
Caritas Christi Urget Nos
The love of Christ urges us

Current enrolment
727 (2012 figures)
Boys and girls
Grade 0 to Grade 7

Facilities
Hall, computer centre, tuckshop

Extra-murals
Netball, soccer  

Principal
Mrs Maria Mgabi

Postal Address
PO Box 1134
Mondeor, 2110

Fax: 011 985 1161

E-mail: admin@lourdespps.co.za

 



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