MALALANE – Their hard work in various aspects of school life, earned dozens of pupils a coveted spot in Beacon College’s awards ceremony. It was held at the Kobwa Hall on November 9 and parents packed the hall to witness their children’s successes being celebrated.
Ms Retha Kelder welcomed the parents, teachers, Beacon College directors and pupils. She urged the children to work hard and dream big, and thanked parents for their presence and interest in their children’s schooling.
The principal, Ms Yulandi Lombard acknowledged the hard work of all learners, and the parents and teachers for their guidance.
Lombard mentioned the e-learning programme that was implemented from grade four to six this year and the huge impact it had on the way children learnt and perceived the world around them. Their marks were improving and they were becoming more competitive.
Mr Surendran Nair delivered the director’s message and gave a bit of background on the school. It was established in 2010 with more than 100 learners and has since grown to almost 800.
He stated that management was concerned about the education of learners and wanted to ensure that children excel in all fields. He mentioned the various programmes that supported those who fell behind in their schoolwork and who had learning disabilities. The top achievers were rewarded certificates and special awards were also handed out.
The programme was interspersed with speeches, choir performances, a lively Indian dance and a stirring performance by the Life Skills Dance Group.
The top academic performer in each class was awarded a trophy.
Ridwan Ahmad was the cum laude student of 2017.
Sports awards went to Yandisa Ndinisa, who participated in the Mpumalanga Athletics Championship, and members of the netball team who played on provincial level.
Participants of the eisteddfod, spelling bee, science expo and Namawa Maths were also recognised for their achievements.
The former bell-ringer, Bunhle Mashabane officially handed over her duties to Irin Joseman, who will be bell-ringer for the next year.
Lastly, the year’s prefects were chosen and the ceremony was concluded with the singing of the national anthem.