In an attempt to promote a culture of academic excellence and healthy competition amongst learners, St Francis College – Mariannhill has introduced this year a “Top Achievers Awards” for learners who attain 75% and above in all learning areas at the end of each school term. For the first term five learners distinguished themselves when they earned top honours after they achieved 75% and above in all learning areas. They were each presented with a certificate of merit and a badge which they will wear throughout the term as top achievers. The recipients for this inaugural Top Achievers Awards are: Zamaqwabe Gumede 8B; Sibongile Kunene 9ML; Lindelwa Ngcobo 9ML, Akhona Madonda 9MT and Nomcebo Diko 11M. As their names were called to the stage to receive the accolades the school hall was filled with an aura of extreme jubilation and deafening ululation from learners and educators alike. The awards are meant to motivate learners to work hard, thus upholding the legacy of academic excellence that St Francis College is known for. Lindelwa Ngcobo, who could not hide her emotions, said it only takes dedication, sacrifice and making the sky your limit. If you fully give your best the God will be by your side. “This new system has made me feel more confident and positive about my school work. It has also made me feel that someone recognises my hard work and shows appreciation”, she said. Another recipient, Diko Nomcebo said that she was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to be one of the recipients of the quarterly awards. “The introduction of these awards does not only promote a healthy competition but they also motivate learners to do better”, said Diko. “I would like to thank our teachers who work so hard to ensure that learners understand the concepts and all that they teach us”, she added. Meanwhile, school Principal Ms Njapha said the main purpose of the awards is to inculcate amongst learners a culture of discipline, healthy competition and above all academic excellence a reputation that the school has built over the decades. “We want that when our learners complete matric do not experience many hiccups at the tertiary level”, she concluded.