Local rivals vanquished, now for Durban

2015-05-21 06:00

Itsitsa Primary School staff and the choir share in a moment of pride after the school won top honours at a district competition. 

Lindile Mbontsi

Itsitsa Primary School staff and the choir share in a moment of pride after the school won top honours at a district competition. PHOTO: Lindile Mbontsi

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Itsitsa’s primary school teachers and learners are raring to take on another challenge now that they have been crown ed choral music champions.

Last Saturday, the Mfuleni School scooped three medals in the Northern District School Choral Music Competition held at Elsie’s River High School.

They took first place in the English category and second spot in both the mixed doubles quartet and traditional song categories.

“It was a tough competition as we were pitted against eleven other primary schools but we were well prepared.

We worked really hard improve our chances,” said teacher and choir conductor Xoliswa Booi.

Booi said that their history as winners put them under pressure to succeed.

“In the last few years we have been victors in such competitions so we lived up to our reputation,” she told City Vision.

She said that they were not lying on their laurels as they are now preparing for the provincial competition to be held in June.

“Our goal is Durban later in the year, where the national competition will be held.

We are confident that our school will be among the stars in that competition.”

Even the pupils are already smelling victory in Durban, she shared.

Asked what the secret to their success was, Booi said that dedication was the key.

“The teachers, pupils and parents are dedicated and each of them plays a vital role in making sure that the schools choir is properly prepared.

The working relationship between all the stakeholders is the reason for the continued success at our school,” she said.

Simphiwe Wulana, principal, concured with this statement, adding that the community has been very supportive of the schools’ activities.

“The extra music lessons have also played a huge role in the final outcome.

Our children are very enthusiastic about the choir, even those that have graduated to high school still come back to get involved in the choir,” said Wulana.

“In 2007 we were on a quest to recruit conducters. We visited other schools and recruited them. We were very fortunate that throughout the years those teachers were kind enough to share their knowledge and skills to other teachers,” he said.

Wulana said that they were confident the school will do well in Durban

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