Tshepang aims high

2015-10-29 06:00
AT the Matswathaka Intermediate School annual awards ceremony were, from the left Mamotsotua Radebe (Matswathaka Intermediate principal), Tshepang Setlaba (Matswathaka Intermediate Overall Academic Achiever), Puleng Setlaba, Tshepang’s mother, Selloa

AT the Matswathaka Intermediate School annual awards ceremony were, from the left Mamotsotua Radebe (Matswathaka Intermediate principal), Tshepang Setlaba (Matswathaka Intermediate Overall Academic Achiever), Puleng Setlaba, Tshepang’s mother, Selloa

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BOHLOKONG. – Tshepang Setlaba (11) of the Matswathaka Intermediate School in Bohlokong near Bethlehem has successfully retained her award of being an overall academic achiever.

She was presented with a dux award and certificated at the annual Matswathaka Intermediate Awards ceremony which was held in the new Bohlokong Hall on Thursday. Learners were awarded in many categories, academically and in sports, on the day.

Tshepang, who is a gr. 5 learner, scooped the same award last year and said she was working towards the last one next year before she leaves Matswathaka. Awards such as these are nothing new for her as she has also received them while she was still a gr. 3 learner at the Impumelelo Primary School.

The humble Tshepang, however, could not believe it when she was called to the podium to collect her dux award. She broke out in tears, but said they were tears of joy.

“I am happy that I have defended the award. It is the third time that I have done this. And I am going to do it again,” she said.

She said she would like to be remembered as one of the dedicated, hardworking learners at the school. When asked what her secret in achieving three top awards in three consecutive years was, she said, “I am always reading my books. I also pray to God to give me knowledge and intelligence”.

Tshepang said she would like to become a doctor. She said she would keep on working hard until she achieve what she wants.

“I would like to encourage other students to make friends with their books but they should not overdo it. They should also play to refresh their minds,” Tshepang advised.

According to Mamotsotua Radebe, the school principal, the award aims to encourage and inspire learners to develop their various talents.

“The learners’ performance has been outstanding since we have introduced the annual awards ceremony. One could see from the results that all the learners have been waiting for this day. I am happy with the work that the teachers have been doing throughout the year and I am confident that our children will do well in the forthcoming examinations,” the principal said.

Puleng Setlaba, Tshepang’s mother said she was proud to have a child like Tshepang.

“I want to thank God. I never thought my child would be like that, especially coming from a poor background. I am also my child’s friend. She likes her schoolwork with all her heart and I am very happy about that,” she said.

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