St Francis College – Mariannhill held its annual Prize-Giving ceremony on 26th August 2017. The event is one of the most important days in the school’s calendar which is long-awaited by everyone – educators, learners and parents alike. The event was graced by the presence of his Lordship, the Bishop of Mariannhill diocese Pius Dlungwane.
This year’s event was unique in that it was presided by our new school principal Ms Njapha who took over the reins at the start of the current academic year. The school hall was filled to capacity as parents came in droves to support the school and most importantly their children who were to be presented with their awards.
In her welcome address, the school Principal Ms Njapha, emphasized that the prize giving ceremony is a significant moment in which to celebrate the assiduousness and hard work of our learners across all subjects and extra-mural activities. “The school’s annual prize-giving ceremony is that moment of the year in which we recognise our top achievers as well as encouraging others to take their studies seriously, so that next year they could be counted amongst outstanding learners”, said Ms Njapha. Furthermore, the school principal reiterated the school’s position and commitment with regards to the adopted minimum pass mark of 50% in every subject. The principal explained that the rationale behind the minimum pass mark is to ensure that the school improved its pass rate and hence academic excellence. She called upon parents to work closely with the school so that it could reclaim its resounding quality results which St Francis College is known for.
Before learners were presented with different awards as per their performance and achievement, they were addressed by the guest speaker, Mr Moses Tembe, a renowned businessman. In his address he reminded learners that there is nothing that comes cheap in life but that everything was a result of hard work and commitment. Moreover, the event featured delightful performances by learners and they included the school choir, dance & music and solo performance by grade 10 learner Fezeka Goba. All these performances were done to the amusement of parents and educators alike.
Then came the moment that everyone was waiting for – the presentation of awards to deserving learners. The ceremony saw numerous awards presented to learners across all subjects and grades. However, the climax of the day was the school DUX award which was awarded to a Grade 12 learner, Madoda Mntungwa – who received a standing ovation from his peers and all present in the hall. Madoda achieved the best performance in the following subjects: isiZulu, English, Life Orientation and Accounting.
It is our firm hope that the time following the Prize-Giving ceremony will be well-spent by learner’s and educators alike, as they conclude the year’s work, thereby already preparing for the 2018 Prize-Giving.