Tshabalala Primary are 2017 Spelling Bee top achievers

One of the schools which did well at the Church of Hope Ministries' Spelling Bee Competition in Vosloorus is Tshabalala Primary School (pictured). Learners in the back row are: Malehlohonolo Mokebe, Mpho Masekwameng, Thembelihle Zondi and Karabo Ranape. Front row: Buhle Letsholo, Lerato Lubane, Minenhle Nzimande, Neo Mhlanga, Sphelele Mazibuko and Ndleleni Makhwenkwana. Teachers are. from left: Bertha Mahlatji, Rebecca Mamabolo, Sifiso Ngobese (principal), Daphney Maoka and Joyce Makgopa.

The school did well during the competition which was recently held at the Church of Hope in Vosloorus.

Six schools from the Kathorus area including Palm Ridge, Thabo Ntsako, Abraham Hlophe, Katlehong, Oppelweg, and Tshabalala Primary Schools took part in this year’s competition.

Masindi Nemokula, the organiser, told Kathorus MAIL the purpose of the event.

“With this event we are trying to instil confidence in young children.

“We also want to encourage the use of language since it is the medium of teaching and learning,” said Nemokula.

She said they were expecting ten schools to participate.

Bertha Mahlatje from Tshabalala Primary School said learners made the school proud.

“This was one of the toughest competitions we have ever participated in, but our children excelled and I am proud of them.

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their support. This would not have been possible without them,” said Mahlatje.

She said three grades – Grade Five, Six and Seven took part in the competition and four pupils per grade participated.

Neo Mhlanga and Lerato Lubane who are both in Grade Five achieved first and third place, while Buhle Letshulo and Thembelihle Zondi (both in Grade Seven) were also placed first and third.

One of the learners from Grade Seven – Buhle Letshulo – who was placed first said the competition was tough.

“There were learners I thought would humiliate us, but we managed to do better than they did thanks to our teachers who prepared us well,” said a young Letshulo.

Aaron Damane

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