School merger gives good results

2016-03-02 06:00
THIS team of five Road Safety Ambassadors are keen to motivate for a drama class at their school after making it to the national level of the the Road Safety Ambassadors competition in 2015. They came third at the finals. Nadia Moeketsi, Marobane Leburu, Bokang Bokang Botlhakane, Karabo Montewa and Oyintando Gwala performed a play where they incorporated their truest surroundings and put their realities into play.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

THIS team of five Road Safety Ambassadors are keen to motivate for a drama class at their school after making it to the national level of the the Road Safety Ambassadors competition in 2015. They came third at the finals. Nadia Moeketsi, Marobane Leburu, Bokang Bokang Botlhakane, Karabo Montewa and Oyintando Gwala performed a play where they incorporated their truest surroundings and put their realities into play. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE merged Galeshewe-based Tlhomelang High School and Floors 2 have proven to be a good combination, as the school already shows signs of being on the right track.

The schools were merged in 2015 after realising that Tlhomelang was heading for closure due to a low amount of learners, while Floors 2, on the other hand, had an excess of enrollments, resulting in prospective learners being turned away.

During 2015, the school celebrated newly discovered talent among its learners. The school also had its first gr. 12 class and was also awarded for participation in two school competitions, the Business Entrepreneurship Competition and the Road Safety Ambassadors.

In the first competition, four gr. 11 learners participated and won R2 500 cash from Absa. In the Road Safety competition, a group of five learners won the provincial level of the competition and emerged in third place in the national competition.

The number of matric learners have grown from 39 in 2015 to 70 in 2016.

The first gr. 12 class of the school (in 2015) achieved a 56,4% pass rate. According to Angel Oliphant, principal, this is less than what they expected.

“We hope to improve this year by concentrating on our problem subjects, such as Life Science and Mathematics,” says Oliphant.

“The reason why our matric performance was low in 2015 is because these subjects remained the untackled weakness for the learners from their previous grades.”

According to Oliphant, extra classes for gr. 12 learners and weekend classes are the way to go to improve the school’s pass rate this year. They will also put the departmental holiday camps to good use.

Oliphant said the new Life Science teacher, who has experience and a record of producing good results, is a blessing to the school.

“We are confident that our school has potential, especially because the number of registrations has increased as well.

“We currently have 600 learners in the school,” Oliphant said proudly.

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