PEPPS Polokwane Preparatory School and College rewarded and celebrated their academic, cultural and sport top performers during the institution’s annual prize giving ceremony last Tuesday.
Recipients got to shine on stage in front of their educators, parents and guardians when they received accolades such as matric academic subject awards, general trophy awards, cultural colours, academic colours, sport colours, Vadit Cum Duo colours, provincial colours, national colours, academic honours, cultural honours, sport honours and merit honours. The ceremony was also used to announce the 2020 prefects. The two head prefects are expected to be named during the assembly session early next year.
PEPPS College Head Nelia de Beer’s speech focused on ambition and she motivated the Grade 12s to continue reaching for the stars. She said an ambitious attitude can lead anyone to triumph and satisfaction, regardless of what is put in front of them. Having talent means nothing if you have no ambition, no passion to work hard at any given point of the day, De Beer explained. She added that ambition was what gave people a purpose in life and allowed them to fight for what they believed in.
She reminded that ambitious people understood that there were no shortcuts and that only persistence that would get them what they want. She concluded by saying if it was one’s dream to be a doctor, architect, engineer or any other profession one should make sure to dedicate time to it and never ever look for the shortcut.
PEPPS Executive Head Annabel Roberts reminded the audience: “At PEPPS we are in the business of ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders’ and it is a joy to see so many young people being recognised for achievements. Let us, however, never forget that our value as human beings does not come from the prizes that we win. Our value comes from a place much deeper than that. It comes from our humanity and our desire to be the best version of ourselves.”
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI