Glamorous evening concludes a long school career

Khethiwe Lubisi, Nompumuzo Makhushe, Charlotte Nkuna and Faith Mhlongo.

KAMHLUSHWA – It was out with the school uniform and in with the glitz and glamour for Zenzele Secondary School’s matric dance at Elangeni Lodge on Friday afternoon.

The matriculants looked elegant in their beautiful outfits, picked especially for this occasion marking the end of their school career.

The event started with the pupils receiving words of motivation and some advice regarding career choices.

“We are here today to thank you for your patience, dedication, good behaviour and hard work that has brought you this far,” said Mr December Sibambo, the principal of the school. “When we say we want doctors, nurses and pilots, we are looking up to you. I have never yet boarded a plane. Maybe I will board a plane that is flown by one of you,” he added.

“The success of a person is not determined by his family background. It is through commitment, discipline, knowing what you want to be and trusting God,” said Mr Frans Hlongwane, the owner of Domco Chemicals.

Dr Samuel Shokane expressed his disappointment at the pupils’ lack of confidence in themselves and the fact that only a few of them had applied for university. “I’m begging you, if you were able to pass from grade R to grade 12, what prevents you from passing grade twelve and applying for university?”

He encouraged those who had not yet applied for university to do so. “Don’t apply for something that you will fail at. Apply for something that you will do your best in.”

The Class of 2016 was encouraged to be an example to the other pupils and increase the pass rate from the 90 per cent of last year.

“I don’t want to see any of the good pupils not being able to go to university because he or she can’t afford registration. Shokane said he is the owner of Samsokol GND Enterprises, a local company that donated R10 000 to the school. The cheque was received amid cheers by both pupils and teachers.

Zenzele receives a lot of support from its stakeholders. In February, Mr Thulane Khombisa from KZN Construction donated R10 000 to the school, to be awarded to teachers who did well in teaching their respective subjects.

Not only did the school receive financial support from stakeholders, Ms Patience Ntuli, the chairman of Abasa, told learners what they should expect when going to university. She emphasised that they ought to focus on their studies while at university and not material things.

“Stand for what you believe in and never compromise on your principles,” said Ntuli.

Mr Jabulani Ndlovu, the Ehlanzeni head of examinations, stressed the importance of pupils taking their schoolwork seriously and making use of time.”I request that the same attitude and energy that you used while dancing, you should also apply to your schoolwork.”

Pupils who did well in their respective subjects were awarded trophies and certificates and some managed to scoop more than one.

Of course it wouldn’t have been a celebration without lots of great food and music. After the formalities were dealt with, the dance floor was opened to and the matriculants did what they came for, celebrate, taking turns to showcase their dance moves.

Nokwazi Thobela

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