Schools battle for top position

2016-05-06 06:00
Photos: Siphelele nketo Pupils of Vulekani special school singing their own choice song and won a trophy.

Photos: Siphelele nketo Pupils of Vulekani special school singing their own choice song and won a trophy.

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ABOUT 80 schools in the Harry Gwala district battled for the top spot at the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) competition at Clydesdale community hall in Umzimkhulu on Tuesday last week.

Schools from the district competed in five categories. In the first category children (from Grade R to Grade 2) battled a song titled “I love Mom” and “Segwagwa”, the Setswana song mean Frog. The foundation phase from Grade 3 to 4 battled with songs “Let it shine and “Intuthfwane” the Seswati song that mean an Ant.

Two all boys schools, Kokstad Public and Tonjeni School, competed for the first prize with a song “I have been young” and the last category was given to Vulekani Special School in Umzimkhulu. The school chose it’s won song.

Zakhele Junior School from Ntsikeni village at Umzimkhulu came on top with 71% after singing “Intuthfwane”. The school is going to compete at a provincial level in Pitermaritzburg from May 24 to 28. The school also came on top with 68% after singing “Segwagwa”.

School teacher and music conductor, Buyiswa Shoba said the school has many trophies in music and it is going to prepare for a top position at a provincial level.

“In 2010 the school won at a national level and we want to keep the school’s flag high.”

At a provincial level schools that are going to battle will come from Ugu, Harry Gwala and Umgungundlovu district. Winners will compete in Gauteng at a national level on June this year.

Lethu Maninjwa, who is the district committee member from SASCE, said music plays a huge role in the minds of young people. She said pupils are not all excellent in academics, so the more they get involved in music the more they will enjoy school.

“The department of education is encouraging schools to make sure that music is another learning material at school.”

Another school that made history at the SASCE competitions was the Kokstad Public school after winning three trophies for second positions in all three categories.

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