As part of our tradition of recognising great work and effort, our primary school held the term 1 award ceremony on the morning of 11 April. The reports are distributed on the last day of each term, which leaves little time for awards at the end of each term. So we always have the term 1-3 awards at the beginning of the following term. Our award assembly was not going to be deterred by the uncharacteristic (though very welcome) rain, and so instead of celebrating under the sunny skies and the chirping birds, the ceremony was held indoors in our hall.
“Giving students rewards for their efforts suggests that their hard work is appreciated. This is a powerful mindset to have in the classroom and can encourage students to feel better about the work they complete, as well as in themselves,” remarked Mrs Shahina Patel, HOD in the Intermediate Phase. Ma’am Patel added that awards also promoted feelings of pride which go hand-in-hand with happiness.
Mrs Mapula Ledwaba, Dean of Academics in the Primary School, echoed these words and added that awards are meant to celebrate the achievements of our learners. Ma’am Ledwaba wishes to remind learners to stop complaining, as the future rewards those who press on. “Well done to a great team of teachers and committed and dedicated learners,” said Ma’am Ledwaba.