Imbasa receives honour as the best music school in PE

2016-09-28 06:00
Nyamie Vara (standing front row, left) and NMMU student teacher Sandisiwe Gaiza with the Imbasa Primary Girls’ Choir.                            Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Nyamie Vara (standing front row, left) and NMMU student teacher Sandisiwe Gaiza with the Imbasa Primary Girls’ Choir. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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IMBASA Primary School’s representing the Eastern Cape as the champion in the South African Schools Music Eisteddfod for six consecutive years has not gone unnoticed.

The NU 12 Motherwell school was recently awarded the highest honour of the Department of Education in the Port Elizabeth district, The Best School in Music award.

This was after they took home second position in the 2016 ABC Motsepe Schools Music Eisteddfod Mixed Double Quartet in Gauteng, the second consecutive time they took the position and the sixth time this school, a Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape pride in choral music, has competed nationally.

“It is the sixth time since 2011 that Imbasa Primary School choir has won zonal, mega, district and provincial championships and gone on to perform nationally,” said a glowing choir conductor Nyameka Vara.

Vara, who grew up singing choral music and went further to sing at teachers’ college, vowed to ensure that there was a choir at a school where she taught.

This she has been doing without fail since 1999 and most children who have been to Imbasa Primary have tested their singing abilities.

She does not claim sole responsibility for the success of her boys’ and girls’ choirs that continue to bring home shields and cups and have finally been recognised by the department both in the district and province as deserving acknowledgement.

“This is a result of passion, dedication and hard work. We work very hard with these children, to such an extent that they lose weekends and holidays and dedicate their time to practise,” a proud Vara said.

She thanked her supportive principal, Phopho Mayekiso, colleagues, members of the school governing body and especially the parents.

“The parents of this school might mostly be unemployed and living below the poverty line, but their commitment and support of their children’s education and the choir is enormous. These children excel because they have the support of their parents,” said Vara, adding that they sometimes practiced until late.

“We are very proud of this recognition of success in the arts and cultural activities and hard work by Miss Vara and the choir by the department.

“Most children are keen to come to school because the focus is not on books alone but also on extramural activities,” said principal Mayekiso, adding that NU12 in Motherwell and Ward 54 were not only about crime, poverty and alcohol abuse.

There was, at least a light that was brought by the Imbasa Primary School children.

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