The Grade R learners of Maseala Progressive Primary School were recognised ad awarded for the hard work, commitment and dedication showed throughout the academic year when the school hosted its Grade R Graduation Ceremony at the Ngaoko Ramatlhodi Sports Complex in Seshego last
The audience consisting of parents, grandparents and guardians took exceptional pride and enjoyment in the learners’ presentation of traditional, modern and classical dance items as well as poetry and drama.
Suzy Heynes, Foundation Phase Principal at the school said seeing the learners graduating and moving to Grade 1 delighted her and her colleagues. “We are proud of their achievements. They were very focused and committed throughout the year and we want to see them continuing with the same vein of energy in other grades,” she said. Co-Founder and Executive Director of the school, Gladys Mohlahlana thanked the parents and community members for the support they have shown to them since inception of the school.
“This was our biggest class since 2000. We had 176 learners this year and that shows the growth and the progression of the school. We want to thank the parents for trusting us with their children and we also wish them all the best in their future grades,” Mohlahlana said.
She also revealed that they will be moving to new premises in Seshego in 2019. “We have just purchased 5 ha of land in Zone 6, next to Seshego’s industrial park, an area previously known as Mashinini. We are going to build a state-of-the-art school with modern facilities to enhance learning and teaching. The premises which we are currently using for our primary school limits any aspirations for infrastructural development as well as space for recreational facilities. Our enrolment has increased astronomically so the new site will allow our learners to be comfortably accommodated in a conducive learning environment,” Mohlahlana stated.
She went on to say that upon completion of the new state of the art school, Maseala will continue to strive for excellence that is expected from the school as it is a member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa which seeks to ensure provision of quality education in all independent schools.
She further stated that the reason for the current location of the school was driven by her desire to ensure that learners from previously disadvantaged communities also had assess to the Independent Examination Board education which in her opinion was much more rigorous and promoted critical independent thinking thereby giving them an opportunity to better opportunities in life.
Story and photos: Herbert Rachuene