PMB pupils sing for Madiba

2013-07-19 00:00

VARIOUS local schools joined in the worldwide celebration of Mandela Day by having special assemblies and creative initiatives to mark the former president’s 95th birthday.

The Department of Education and Lead SA this week encouraged schools to hold special assemblies, where they would sing and pray for Madiba, who has been treated at Medi-Clinic Heart hospital in Pretoria for the past six weeks.

Ixopo Primary School pupils sat in a formation spelling out “Madiba 95” on the school field. They held an assembly outside the premises, where they prayed and Grade 7 pupil Xola Nodada gave a short talk on Mandela.

The Traffic Department closed the roads for a short time, just for the assembly. They donated stationery and prepared lunch for the Saint Ingrid Crèche. They picked vegetables from their gardens and made soup to feed the crèche children after school.

Hilton College started classes half an hour early to make time for their special assembly, when they formed a big “M” on their lawn, and also had a speech and prayer for Mandela.

Bisley Park Primary School had a vibrant assembly. The school sang the Mandela song at 8 am as requested by the Department of Education and then again at their assembly.

The Grade 3 pupils gave a brief history of Mandela’s life and accomplishments. The Grade 7 pupils did a re-enactment of the speech he did in 1990 on his release from prison, complete with a pupil doing an impersonation of the famous Mandela voice (see video on Aurasma or The Witness YouTube channel), much to the amusement of his fellow pupils.

For their 67 minutes of service, the whole school picked up litter on their grounds and on Oribi Road. Principal Segran Pillay said: “Oribi road … is often messy, which is why our school decided to clean it up for Mandela Day.”

Cordwalles Preparatory School lined up the entire school, staff members included, along ­Howick Road. They then sang and did a Mexican wave, as cars drove past and hooted at the ­pupils. The school had already done their 67 minutes during the school holidays when pupils collected blankets and donated them to the Ethembeni Children’s Centre in Mpophomeni. They also wrote personal letters to the children in the home and will be donating more blankets to the Jika Joe informal settlement community.

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