The annual Speech and Prize Giving Day or (Achievers Day) was held at Masibonisane High School in the Hluhluwe area, northern Zululand, on the 10th of October 2008. Masibonisane is one of 11 high schools that Mpilonhle partners with in this area.
And what a day it was – parents of learners who have excelled in 2008 were invited, with certificates awarded for the best performing learners in academic work and for extra-mural activities. Mpilonhle featured prominently at the Achievers’ Day, with a motivational speech delivered by Mpilonhle Health Education Coordinator Gugu Zulu and staff members Thuli Biyela (Primary Health Coordinator), Sakho Mngomezulu (IT Coordinator) and Delli Mashele (Social worker) in attendance. The cherry on top was an award for the Masibonane High’s bell ringer (the person who rings the bell to announce assembly and break times to educators and learners) and the chorus leader in the morning assembly!
Achievers’ Day is a very important day in this school’s calendar – it is held to acknowledge the good work done by learners and motivate them to keep up the standard in their schoolwork, and encourage learners to participate in extra-mural activities.
In addition to Mpilonhle, Masibonisane High School and Mpilonhle partner Star for Life (http://www.starforlife.org/document.asp) were present as guests. The guest speaker from the University of Zululand. Masibonisane Educators attended the function wearing their academic attire, and the entire gathering was blessed with beautiful music.
Learners who performed well in each grade were awarded certificates, and trophies were awarded to the overall winner in each Grade.
Ncamsile Mkhwanazi, who received a certificate for leading choruses in the morning assembly, had this to say “I would like to thank the principal (Mrs Ncube) and the selection committee for awarding me this certificate of excellence. This means a lot to me. I would also like to thank God for blessing me with the voice to worship Him. I will keep on singing as it is something I love to do.”
The bell ringer, Mandla Mhlongo, was over the moon – he had this to say, “I am very happy to get this award. I would like to thank my classmates because they always remind me to go and ring the bell, and also the educators who thought about giving me this award”
Mpilonhle is gratified to have developed such a close and supportive relationship with Masibonisane and the other 10 High Schools it works with, and looks forward to attending the 2009 function.