Top learners awarded for hard work

Deputy principal Cleopas Maupye, Tebatso Modise, Micheal Ngwenya, Leona Motebejane, Pontsho Racheku and Menzi Ncube were awarded for doing good work.

Boitutumelong Senior Secondary School presented awards to its best performing pupils on October 16.

Deputy principal Cleopas Maupye said the event is an annual feature at the school meant to motivate learners to work and study hard.

“Today we were awarding top achievers from Grade 8 to Grade 12. We have been holding the awards ceremony for five years now. This serves to encourage learners to achieve better and work hard,” said Maupye.

He said they looked at the learners’ performance from term one to term three. Top achievers have been constant since the beginning of the year.

“We had five top performers from different grades. They were awarded certificates and a floating trophy. We have 1543 learners in total comprising 549 Grade Eights, 383 Grade Nines, 267 Grade 10s, 215 Grade 11s and 129 Grade 12s.

“To be a top achiever is something to be celebrated. I would like to say to the top achievers they must work harder and be constant in their performance. We want them to be role models to other learners so they too can work and achieve better.

“My advice to parents is that they must take part in the education of their children and give them support. Educators need to keep up the good work that they are doing so as to help all learners to achieve well. Collective participation of teachers, parents and learners enables us to achieve good performances from our learners. We expect these learners to excel at the end of the year. We see a bright future for them,” said Maupye.

Asked how they feel about these achievements, learners had this to say: Leona Motebejane, overall achiever for Grade Eight, said she she feels happy because she deserves the achievement. “I’ve worked hard to get this award. As they say, hard work pays. All I wanted was to delve into my textbooks and this is the result of my dedication,” said Motebejane.

Pontsho Racheku, the Grade Nine overall achiever, said she feels overwhelmed and honoured to receive the award.

“Now I know it takes hard work and ambition to become a top achiever,” said Racheku.

Grade 12 overall achiever, Micheal Ngwenya, said he feels honoured and views his achievement as a group achievement for his class.

“This doesn’t reflect my hard work only, but the hard work of all my classmates and my class teacher. I want to thank them as well,” said Ngwenya.

Tebatso Modise, the Grade 11 overall achiever, said he commended the school and said the gesture means hard work is recognised by the school. “This is a good initiative and pushes learners to reach their maximum potential,” Modise said.

“It’s a great feeling to be a top achiever outdoing 266 learners. I am leaving a mark and it is the best feeling any learner can wish for. I hope to inspire leaners,” said Grade 10 overall achiever, Menzi Ncube.

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Jantji Ngwenyama
Journalist

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