We’ll honour you, Irene School
With pride we’ll keep your every rule
We’ll work and we’ll strive,
To keep your good name
Forever up high in halls of fame.

At work, at play, we’ll do our best
From you we get our strength and zest,
Our scholars, our sportsmen,
Our teachers, we all,
Will work and unite, obey your call.
When we are grown in years ahead,
We will remember friends first met.
There’ll be memories of our tender youth
There will be the thought of one great truth.
A guide for a lifetime; one good vow.


Courtesy and Manners

We expect our Learners to be courteous and well-mannered at all times.

Greet members of staff and adults on the school grounds with “Good morning, Sir” or “Good morning, Ma’am”. All members of staff should be greeted at all times. Please remember that our Maintenance Manager and General Assistants also form part of the staff. “Hi!” and “Hello!” might be suitable for greeting friends but certainly not for greeting adults.

Do get up and stand up straight when greeting an adult. Boys should remember to raise their caps/hats and never greet adults with their hands in their pockets. You have been taught not to talk to strangers, but remember an adult who comes onto the School property during normal hours, is probably a Parent or someone who has some connection with the school. Greet this person courteously and offer to show them where they need to go.

When teams from other schools visit our School, they should be met and greeted politely. Visiting members of staff should be welcomed and directed to our members of staff. Remember to thank the Umpires/Referees at the end of sport matches and to say goodbye to the visiting teams and their Coaches. The same basic courtesy rules apply when you visit other schools.

Never forget to say “please” and “thank you” in your dealings with other people, for example, in the classroom, at the Tuck Shop, in the Office Block, especially Administration, Reception and Finance. When speaking to people never answer with a simple “yes” or “no”. Respond with a “yes Sir”, “no Sir”, “I am not sure, Ma’am/Sir”, “it is three o’clock, Ma’am/Sir”, etc.

Remember the rules of basic courtesy mentioned above as they also apply when you find yourself in circumstances such as being transported to and from School by bus, taxi or lift club. Bad language is unacceptable at all times. Not only does it reflect badly on your upbringing, but it also displays disrespect for the people in whose company the bad language is used.

When you need to interrupt an adult conversation, begin by saying “excuse me for interrupting". Do not walk through a circle of people, or even just two people having a discussion. Always walk around the group of people.

Never rummage through other people’s PROPERTY. One must have the utmost respect for other people’s property.

Remember: There is no such thing as “finders keepers”. If you find or pick up something that does not belong to you, it is your duty to find the owner, hand it in at Lost Property or hand it in at Reception.

NB: All Irene Primary School Learners are expected to behave in the manner mentioned above whenever they are on the School grounds. The same applies when you are not on the school grounds but still in School Uniform or in School sporting outfits. One would in fact hope that you would display courteous behaviour in your dealings with all people at all times.


South African National Anthem

Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

African Union Anthem

Let us all unite and celebrate together
The victories won for our liberation
Let us dedicate ourselves to rise together
To defend our liberty and unity

O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life

Let us all unite and sing together
To uphold the bonds that frame our destiny
Let us dedicate ourselves to fight together
For lasting peace and justice on earth

O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life

Let us all unite and toil together
To give the best we have to Africa
The cradle of mankind and fount of culture
Our pride and hope at break of dawn.

O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life