Sekgutlong Primary holds prize-giving ceremony

Learners, parents and teachers of Sekgutlong Primary School attended the prize-giving ceremony.

Sekgutlong Primary School in Katlehong held a prize-giving ceremony on Friday, December 2.

The aim of the ceremony was to award both learners and teachers who performed well in the 2016 academic year.

Most of the awards were won by Grade Seven learner Luyanda Lavutha. She took home five awards, including: Best Achiever Grade Seven, Best Achiever in Mathematics, Best Achiever in English and Best Achiever in Economic and Management Sciences.

She was also awarded for being the best-behaved learner and for her consistent performance since Grade One, and was awarded the Principal’s Genius Award.

Lavutha, who wants to become a therapist, said this is the beginning of big things that are yet to happen in her life.

“I know what I want to be in life, so I am definitely going to achieve it because I work hard. Even my teachers always tell us that everything we want to be in life we can achieve through hard work.

“I will not allow anything to stop me from being what I want to be. I don’t want to disappoint my mother, who works hard to make sure I have everything I need,” said an enthusiastic Lavutha.

Vuyelwa Lavutha, the ecstatic mother of Lavutha, said, “My child is a big dreamer. All I can do as a parent is to support her to make her dreams comes true.”

Vuyelwa is a facilitator at Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance.

The principal of the school, Olga Maja, said Lavutha has been the best student since Grade One.

“She has never disappointed us. She has had her ups and downs in life like every normal child, but each time I noticed her lows in her life I would call her and give her advice, and she would pick up again. She is such a good child who listens and never gives us any trouble. She has been the top performer since Grade One. That is why I awarded her the Principal’s Genius Award,” said Maja.

Another learner who received a top achiever award was Boitumelo Ranone for doing well in a Sesotho spelling competition.

Maja said Ranone did well by reaching position one in both the cluster and the district.

“She has made us proud because she has put our school on the map. Sekgutlong is known all over just because of her,” Maja said.

According to the proud father of Ranone, Malefane Motsamai, it is an honour to receive an award on behalf of her daughter.

“I wish she won’t change. It is her seventh achievement this year,” said Motsamai.

Other awards went to the following learners:

*Dlamini Wandile: Top Achiever Grade Four

*Matloko Lesedi: Top Achiever Grade Five

*Perfect Phiri: Top Achiever Grade Six

*Lavutha Luyanda: Top Achiever Grade Seven

Teachers were also awarded with trophies for their achievements. They were:

*Winnie Mashapa: Top Achiever Educator

*Teressa Thulare: Second Position Educator

*Matsidiso Mthembu: Third Position Educator

Educator Matshidiso Mthembu said these awards were due to the principal’s good leadership qualities.

“We have a good working relationship with the principal. It is so easy to work with her. Our principal always encourages a healthy competition among the staff.

“I don’t want to lose this trophy next year. I will work harder to keep it. Other teachers told me that they want to take it away from me next year,” said Mthembu.

Teressa Thurale thanked the principal for noticing the good work they are doing with the children.

Winnie Mashapa said she had not expected the award but was very happy for being noticed.

Maja said it was the first time they were awarding teachers.

“I hope others will learn to work harder and those who achieved this time will double up their performance next year,” said Maja.

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