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2009-07-08 00:00

SCHOOL holidays could not have begun on a sweeter note for pupils of Izwilesizwe Primary School in Imbali Unit BB, who clinched top spots and grand prizes at a national competition held during the first week of the break in Gauteng.

The school took first place in the traditional music and dance category and came third in the praise poetry category of the Baswa Le Meetse competition organised by the department of Water and Environmental Affairs.

Nosipho Nxele, the teacher who composed the song and coached the pupils to their victory in traditional music and dance, said that although she is a natural science and economic management skills teacher, she felt it was necessary to help develop the children beyond the classroom because dance and drama is not provided at the school.

“Every child is gifted, but I believe they must be given the opportunity to prove themselves,” said Nxele proudly. “I was surprised by the turnout when I called for a music and dance class. Unfortunately I couldn’t take all of them. But we are so proud of the children. This is a product of their dedication and hard work. I know this is only a start — more is still to come.”

The school won 20 computers, a satellite dish, a two-year Internet connection, a water pump and R600.

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