ST FRANCIS COLLEGE-MARIANNHILL bade farewell to the class of 2020 on Thursday, 8 December, during a colorful ceremony which was held at the school’s premises. During the event, learners were awarded certificates of merit and appreciation for their hard work and perseverance, and dedication throughout the year. The most prestigious award – the School DUX – was presented to Sinehlanhla Success Sithole who became first in the following learning areas: Accounting, English, Economics, IsiZulu, Life Sciences, Life Orientation, and Physical Sciences. The event was sponsored by the school’s alumni class of 1985 and 86 respectively. Teaching and admin staff worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was a resounding success. In addition, the staff served all learners with humility and a smile. In his keynote address, the Rector of the school Fr. Nhlanhla Mchunu reminded learners to ever remain focused and time conscious in all that they do. “As you are heading to tertiary level next year, you shall experience a sense of ‘freedom’ which will require a great deal of responsibility from your side. At tertiary no one will be running after you to attend lectures. It is your choice to attend lectures or not to”, Said Fr. Mchunu. Meanwhile, school principal Ms Njapha thanked all learners for the good behaviour and discipline displayed by the 2020 Matric class during these trying times of COVID 19 pandemic. “You have become a matric group that has grown up in responsibility and you hardly gave us problems throughout the year”, remarked Ms Njapha. She added that the 2020 academic year was an extraordinary year that affected us all socially economically including the education sector. “Unlike other matric groups, you were denied various extra-mural activities such as school excursions, sports, and school assembly. But in spite of all these challenges you did not complain but instead you complied with the COVID 19 regulations and protocols”, remarked Ms. Njapha. Speaking on behalf of learners, school prefect Nokwazi Faith Makatini said as learners they were overwhelmed with emotions and mixed feelings in that while the event marked the end of the 2020 academic year, on the other hand, we are bidding farewell to the school that shaped up both mentally and spiritually. “It is difficult to accept that we are leaving. We shall always miss St Francis and our teachers who have done so much for us all the years we spent at the school”, concluded Makatini.
The school Dux, Success Sithole, flanked by the School Principal Ms. N.M. Njapha and the Rector of the School Rev. Fr. Dr. Nhlanhla Mchunu.