Imbasa bags double accolades

2016-04-21 06:00
Sindisiwe Maloyi, teacher, (left), Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, (right) and learners at Imbasa Primary School, in Crossroads, on Monday. PHOTO: MbongisenI mASEKO

Sindisiwe Maloyi, teacher, (left), Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, (right) and learners at Imbasa Primary School, in Crossroads, on Monday. PHOTO: MbongisenI mASEKO

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Rivers of blessings have flowed doubly at Imbasa Primary School; first, their principal added a feather to her cap, and the school choir shined during a regional choral competition.

The school choir walked away with the second prize in the South District Choir Competition which was held at Yellowwood Primary School, in Mitchells Plain.

As if that was not enough, the cherry on top was when Vuyelwa Ndunduzela, the school principal, graduated with a Leadership and Management Certificate at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), on Saturday.

The choir won in the category of English Songs with their entry called Elijah Rock.

Zukile Khalipha, the choir conductor, said the competition was not an easy one.

“The competition was tough. We did not have much time for rehearsals before we went to the competition.

We could not believe that we managed to win position two even though we had a very short time for practising. We have a point to prove in next year’s competition,” Khalipha said.

The choir consists of 60 learners.

Ndunduzela said the school was a regular winner in music and sport.

“We have won quite a number of trophies in the provincial and national contests. We have also made remarkable strides in sport,” she added.

Ndunduzela’s career started off after she graduated with a diploma in teaching at Junior Primary, in Moroka College in Thaba Nchu in the Free State in 1990.

Ndunduzela then obtained a certificate in Literacy and Numeracy, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and an Honours Degree in Education, including a Masters Degree in Education, all at the University of the Western Cape.

Ndunduzela,57, proudly announced on the day that she is now on a quest to start on a road towards a PHD in Education at the same institution.

“I am not yet done. The sky is not the limit for me, there are stars after the sky. Age does not count when you want to achieve something. There are challenges, but I am soldiering-on,” she added.

Four learners who participated in an athletics contest held in Khayelitsha, have qualified to participate in a provincial competition which is due to take place at the end of the month in Stellenbosch.

Siphokazi Ndwanyana, a choir member, said listening to their conductor and taking his advice helped them win.

“The choir started off as an ill-disciplined bunch; there was rowdiness and tardiness for rehearsals, but our conductor(Zukile Khalipha) called us into order.

We started taking the choir seriously and it has paid off.

We would like to thank him and our teachers for the support. We are happy that we managed to rectify our mistakes and won,” Ndwanyana said.

The school is due to participate in a reading and debate competition, and head said their prospects of coming out tops were great, buoyed by their recent conquests.

Ndunduzela said they have recently been granted about a 1100 tracksuits from their partners, Child Safety, Takalani Sesame, which will benefit all the children at the school.

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