It was a joyous evening at Capricorn High School last Wednesday when the best performing learners and athletes were acknowledged and rewarded for their determination and hard work during the institution’s 2019 annual speech-night and prize giving ceremony.
The school also used the auspicious occasion to announce its hostel prefects, representative council of learners (RCL), first prefects and captains of school for 2020. Parents and fellow learners could not contain their excitement and made their appreciation clear the awards recipients made their way to the stage.
The accolades came in the form of medallions, full academic colours, honours for school leadership and trophies for outstanding performances. Lethabo Shibambo was named as the President of the RCL and will be supported by her Vice-President, Tumelo Chepape. The first prefects were announced as Sagale Sodi, Shalom Marara, Msesenyane Makhongela and Marcus Motapa. The team of prefects will be led by Captains of School, Sagale and Msesenyane.
As is customary the learners and audience received words of motivation from a local influential motivational speaker, Lethabo Ramokgopha, an alumnus of the school.
During her speech, Ramokgopha indicated that the recipients of the awards had conquered against all odds as the youth of today deals with a lot of challenges daily: “You have overcome a lot of societal ills. You are faced with a lot of challenges on a daily basis but yet you managed to excel with your academic work and extramural activities. Peer pressure is a lifetime challenge and as a result you must continue to be disciplined. Capricorn High School is a school for kings and queens and you should continue working hard to become the best,” she emphasised.
Ramokgopha urged parents and guardians to take it easy with their children as she reckoned that today’s generation was not easy to raise and understand. She further stated that elders should communicate with their children as often as possible to learn about their proud moments and their challenges. She further encouraged learners to listen to their educators as she said they were their guiding force to lead them to a destination they want to be at. Ramokgopha concluded by urging learners to continue doing a great job to become whatever they want to be in life.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI