School honours teachers

2016-08-31 06:00
CELEBRATION: From the left are Nokufa Maphutuma, Roseline Mosia (Intermediate Phase Head of Department at Motshepuwa), July Gama (Department of Education representative), Jeminah Swiegland, Motebele Ramokhothoane, (principal), Ntsoaki Mashinini, Abie Lethoba, Tiny Porotloane, Pulane Lerata and Sophie Jacobs (Ward 16 councillor) at the Motshepua Primary School’s farewell function for retired teachers. Photo: Tladi Moloi

CELEBRATION: From the left are Nokufa Maphutuma, Roseline Mosia (Intermediate Phase Head of Department at Motshepuwa), July Gama (Department of Education representative), Jeminah Swiegland, Motebele Ramokhothoane, (principal), Ntsoaki Mashinini, Abie Lethoba, Tiny Porotloane, Pulane Lerata and Sophie Jacobs (Ward 16 councillor) at the Motshepua Primary School’s farewell function for retired teachers. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – The Motshepuwa Primary School has given a well-deserved farewell function to seven retired educators who have served the school with passion and love.

The function was recently held at the school. Parents and teachers were invited to give the veteran teachers a warm send-off.

According to Motebele Ramo­khothoane, school principal, they saw fit to invite all the teachers who had retired since 2012 to give them a farewell.

He said they did not want to give each and every one of them a separate celebration, but they thought it would be nice if they celebrated it together.

“Those are the people who have contributed tremendously towards the growth of the school. Most of them have been at the school for more than 30 years and that tells a story. We are proud of them and we want to thank them for the contribution they have made,” he said.

During the ceremony, the retired teachers, Nokufa Maphutuma, Pulane Lerata, Tiny Porotloane, Abie Lethoba, Ntsoaki Mashinini and some representatives, were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation from the school.

Maphutuma said she had no words to thank the school for what they have done for them. She said she has been asking herself if the school would ever give her a farewell celebration.

“I am happy that the day I have always wanted to celebrate has finally arrived. I have been asking myself what have I done wrong, but I could not get an answer.

“I thought I did not play my part, hence the school could not give me a proper send-off, but it shows that they had their own plans,” she said.

Lethoba, who was a jack of all trades at the school, said he has officially retired, but he would be available for the school if they need his assistance.

He said the school was like his second home and family after he had spent more than 30 years there.

“I am humbled by what the school has done for us. I wish them all the best in everything that they want to achieve,” he said.

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