Horizon’s best achievers rewarded with trophies

Ulandi Dique hands over the award for top achiever 2016 to Banu Dadashov.

MALALANE – Horizon Academy hosted its grade-R graduation and its annual prize-giving ceremony last Wednesday night.

The grade R pupils were fetchingly dressed in purple togas and graduation caps for the special occasion.

The teachers interviewed each of the kids about themselves, their family and the school. Their responses were adorable and hilarious. The videos were shown as an introduction to the graduation ceremony and had the parents in stitches.

The pupils solemnly marched onstage, sang a song to thank the parents and were handed their certificates. The graduates each received a gift bag and a delicious cupcake before heading home.

The grade R class in their togas.

The grade R class in their togas.

The grade one to -four pupils then took their seats for the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

The choir opened with a welcome song and were followed by Ms Ulandi Dique, the principal, who looked back on the highlights of the year.

The school held a fun fete and colour festival in March and a group of pupils were sent to compete in the Nelspruit Eisteddfod for the first time, with great results. Staff and pupils also rallied for a World Environment Day. They held an art competition and awareness talk, and then marched to Malelane SUPERSPAR to raise awareness about the environment through posters, songs and the handing out of seeds. Their annual concert showcased pupils’ considerable talent in movie-themed group dances.

The principal also mentioned that they were looking forward to next year, when the new school buildings would be constructed in the new development in Malalane.

The academic achievers of each grade were called onto the stage and handed gold, silver and bronze certificates for averages above 70, 75 and 80 per cent during the year.

The best pupils in mathematics, writing, reading, storytelling, as well as the best achiever and best progress received trophies.

Ulandi Dique with Arjun Sopanam, who won several awards.

Ulandi Dique with Arjun Sopanam, who won several awards.

Pupils who participated in the Nelspruit Eisteddfod, as well as the concert winners and the choir, received recognition for their efforts. The concert winners also had the opportunity to hit the stage for a stunning performance of a zombie dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

Banu Dadashov won best achiever in grade one, best storyteller, top achiever in grade one to three, and received a certificate for participation in the Nelspruit Eisteddfod, as well as a junior diploma in classical ballet solo grade one.

Argun Sopanam won best reader, best achiever in grade two, spelling quiz master, best chess player (provincial colours) and received a certificate for participation in the Nelspruit Eisteddfod. Dikgatsho Phasha received a trophy for best dancer.

Twaahirah Matsimbi, Nthabiseng Maluleke, Khanyisile Nyalungu and Junior Ngwenya were congratulated for a 100 per cent school attendance.

Ms Prayers Mathebula was overwhelmed with emotion when she was chosen as teacher of the year and received a trophy.

The choir concluded the ceremony with carols and the school song.

See photos of the prize-giving here.

Retha Nel

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