Bees make the grade in contest

2017-11-02 06:00
The A Team Lathitha Gontsana, Chulumanco Majodina, Siyolise Xala, Likhona Mzitho, Awuve Kulati and Sisanda Salela and Zola Mqoboka.

The A Team Lathitha Gontsana, Chulumanco Majodina, Siyolise Xala, Likhona Mzitho, Awuve Kulati and Sisanda Salela and Zola Mqoboka.

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Mseki Primary School learners made a clean sweep in the Hillsong Church Spelling Bee competition

They vanquished their opponents in all three categories.

The contest was held in Century City and the Gugulethu all girl team took first and second place in the grade 5 and 6 categories and also took second place for grade 7.

According to the schools science teacher Zola Mqoboka, the school’s good showing was a result of learning programmes and rigorous preparation for the competition.

“This is the second year that we have done well in the competition. Last year, a grade 7 learner won a scholarship after becoming number one in her category.

We only had one week to prepare for the contest but we trained really hard to get these lasses ready,” he said.

Mqoboka wouldn’t divulge much about their strategies for the competition, though.

He said that triumph was a reward for their hard work and noted the support of the parents.

“Moral support from parents play a big role in the ultimate results and success of their children.

They perform better when they have a parent in the crowd and we have one parent who goes to every competition their child attends.

We want to encourage parents to be more involved in their children’s extra mural activities,” he said.

One of the stars of the group, a grade 5 learner, said once she managed to overcome her edginess, she became the last girl standing.

“I was a bit afraid, but when I started in the podium, I did well. I was really worried that it would be tough.

The one word that gave me a tough time is the word ‘succulent’,” she said.

Deputy Principal Gasela Mphunga said that the great work was the result of dedicated teachers and the learning programs introduced.

“We have a Maths and Literature project which helps with their counting, problem solving, thinking and even their accent,” he said.

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