Voyiya breaks the medal voodoo

2016-03-10 06:00
Nandipha Goba, teacher, Zintle Boya, Simamkele Nkqintamo, Ayanda Malingeni, Asemahle Voyiya, Pumza Menze and Fikile Peta, the principal are happy for the achievments for Moshesh Primary School, in Langa.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nandipha Goba, teacher, Zintle Boya, Simamkele Nkqintamo, Ayanda Malingeni, Asemahle Voyiya, Pumza Menze and Fikile Peta, the principal are happy for the achievments for Moshesh Primary School, in Langa. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Moshesh Primary School has started the academic year on a higher plane when it comes to sport and the curriculum.

Asemahle Voyiya, a Grade 6 learner, is the first from the school to break a twenty year old sports voodoo after coming third in a provincial schools Big Walk recently.

She won a silver medal for her efforts.

Voyiya first represented her school in the Langa Schools races, where she came first in February.

That granted her a ticket to represent schools in her area in a district competition which was held in Blue Downs where she cane second.

She then qualified to participate at provincial level competition in Oudtshoorn on 27 February where she took position three, thus bringing home the silver medal.

The excitement of the achievement was still written all over her face when City Vision visited the school on Monday.

In another achievement, the swimming team participated in a swimming competition which was organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), in Observatory, on Saturday.

The school participated for the first time in the swimming competition and walked away with position one.

There were three schools in the competition.

Zintle Boya, a Grade 7 learner, said they were happy for winning in the swimming competition.

“Practising even when it is raining and dedication helped us to win. It was our first time ever for the school to take part in a swimming competition. We started the club in 2014 and we have since been practising very hard. It takes time to master swimming.

We want to participate in more competitions now and we are ready for anything that will come our way.

I will personally make swimming my career,” Boya said.

The school also prides itself for improving their results during the Systematic Test for Western Cape schools, which was held towards the end of last year and the results were released last month.

Grade 3 of the school made a remarkable improvement in maths and Xhosa language in 2015 competition compared to the 2014 results.

In maths they improved from 47 percent to 75 percent and in Xhosa language they got 61 percent in last year’s results as compared to the 17 percent they received in 2014.

Fikile Peta, the school principal, said he is proud of the achievements.

“Discipline and commitment helped us to improve the results.

Teachers were hands-on in their tasks. The teacher’s work was also monitored consistently and the team-work also played a role.

We are targeting to improve the results even more this year. I am very happy with all our achievements.

Asemahle broke the record of over two decades for the school by participating and gaining a medal at the provincial level,” Peta said.

Peta also thanked stakeholder giants like Liberty Life and Future Thinking, which is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) for helping the school in mathematics and language extra classes. Mastering mathematics is a huge challenge for schools.

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