Curro Hazeldean celebrates a rosy decade

Halmar Taschner (left) and Dr Hennie Rheeders.

Curro Hazeldean celebrated its 10th anniversary with the launch of a special signature rose, reflecting the values that distinguish the school as an extraordinary place of learning.

Dr Hennie Rheeders, Curro Hazeldean’s former respected executive head and now phase head of Curro Curriculum Management and Delivery (CCMD), explained that the school wanted to do something out of the ordinary to mark its first decade of success.

“We needed something extra special and unique to reflect our extra special nature,” he said.

After extensive brainstorming, the school’s team came up with the idea of cultivating the Curro Rose.

“The idea resonated with us because roses are associated with the superior. Their beauty makes them outshine all other flowers, while offering the promise of hope and growth.”

The Hazeldean team consulted rose expert Ludwig Taschner of Ludwig’s Roses, who advised on a vermilion (brilliant red colour) rose as an emblem of the school’s commitment, determination and success.

“Red makes a statement – just as Curro has done since its establishment 20 years ago. Red is a warm colour that speaks of passion.”

In the same way, Curro learners have an immediate impression of warmth as soon as they enter their school, and their lives are touched indelibly by their teachers’ passion for shaping young lives.

“Red is also associated with speed and power – think of a red sports car, for example. We like to think that Curro shares the same attributes,” Rheeders said.

Taschner of Ludwig’s Roses noted that the Curro Rose adopted by Curro Hazeldean was developed by an amateur rose breeder from the United States, and has been growing at Ludwig’s Roses for five years.

“It shares many common traits with Curro, including the values the school strives to instil in learners: “It is neat, resilient, adaptable, and achieves excellent results through a process of nurture and discipline,” he added.

The rose was unveiled by the CEO of Ludwig’s Roses, Halmar Taschner at a dinner hosted at Curro Hazeldean held on 3 November to salute the school’s 10th anniversary.

Curro Holdings’ regional head, Anthony Edwards was in attendance while popular musician Matthew Mole got feet tapping.

Alongside marking Curro Hazeldean’s 10th anniversary, the signature flower forms part of an overarching milestone too, as the Curro group is set to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year.

“The fact that we’ve been making quality independent education accessible to South African children for 20 years next year, is a truly momentous landmark,” Rheeders said.

“Roses are the ultimate anniversary gift – which is why we believe developing a Curro hybrid is one of the very best ways to celebrate this significant occasion.”

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