Oval North pupils show the way

2015-09-08 06:00
The class of 2015, boasting their primary school uniforms, celebrated the 40-day countdown to the final examinations at a special assembly last week. 

Samantha Lee

The class of 2015, boasting their primary school uniforms, celebrated the 40-day countdown to the final examinations at a special assembly last week. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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There are less than 40 days left before the official beginning of the end for matriculants.

In just over a month, the class of 2015 will put pen to paper in their final examinations of their school career.

One school who found it important to mark the day on Tuesday last week was Oval North High School in Beacon Valley. It held a special assembly dedicated to the matric class.

In November, 177 matriculants, who are split into five classes, will complete their schooling.

Principal Na-iam Kassiem encouraged them to remain focused in these final few weeks.

“We have reached a period of 40 days and 40 nights before the examinations. We have given you the tools and skills to ensure you are successful and now it is up to you,” he said at the special assembly.

For the “forty days” celebration the matriculants all dressed in their primary school clothing to acknowledge the contributions their first teachers have made in them reaching Grade 12.

Kassiem says the clothing is also significant for the younger pupils.

“Seeing the matriculants from their school encourages the younger grades. They can say: ‘They went to my school and they made it, so I can too,’ ” Kassiem tells People’s Post.

Other speakers at the assembly also included a local pastor and imam who encouraged the pupils to pray and stay focused.

They also outlined the importance of giving back to the school when they become successful.

The pupils were also given a starter pack, including a personalised ruler, stationery, an exam prayer and a chocolate

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