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The Role Of Prefects

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 10.30.19 AMIn the morning of the 15th of April 2015 we, learners of St Francis College, assembled to witness the installation of our school prefects. On this very day, Ms. Ngcobo joyfully announced the names of the learners (apart from our school principal, Mr. Nzama). It occurred to me that all hard work really does bring profit for the learners who were making their way to the stage, as they had initiated just that from the day they began at this school.
After all the cheers and jovial cries from that day, one may still question the true essence of such an honour / a duty, “what does it really mean to be a prefect?” Prefects are learners who have shown respect, discipline and leadership skills and have been proving their abilities from their entry to school. These are learners who are chosen by the principal and teachers, to adhere to particular duties such as assisting the educators and ensuring the smooth functioning at the school.
At St Francis College, our prefects are tasked to maintain (uphold) the good Christian
rules and discipline that have kept the school running well for 106 years. They assist in the enforcement of friendliness, abiding by school rules and sound communication between new learners, teachers, staff members, parents and visitors. It is important that we as learners acknowledge the prefects and not feel intimidated by these enforcements, but to assist them where we can as this will enable us to abide by the rules much easier. The school is a place to acquire knowledge, it therefore plays a vital role in our lives. Cooperation goes a long way!Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 10.21.51 AM
Being a prefect too should not be considered as a burden, for it plays a massive role in the future of past prefects. It is well known that most successful people held positions of high responsibility in their school years since the experience teaches one about leadership, integrity and respect for others.
Therefore, I wish all of us as learners for the best of this year. May we continue to work towards our highest potential, keeping the school environment one of safety and harmony.