Injongo bounces back with win

2018-06-14 06:01
Injongo Primary School’s inter-mediate choir celebrate their victory with conductor Mandla Kala PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Injongo Primary School’s inter-mediate choir celebrate their victory with conductor Mandla Kala PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Excitement was written on the faces of the staff and learners of Injongo Primary School in Khayelitasha, as they celebrated their victory in the South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod competition held at the Metro East Education Department in Kuilsriver on Saturday.

Now, the school is preparing to participate in the national competition that will be held in Randburg, Gauteng, on Tuesday 26 June. Their entry was in the Afrikaans song category.

Mandla Kala, the school conductor and an educator, said their objective is to bring the school’s dignity back.

“We’ve been the national champions between 2013 and 2015 ... However, in 2016/17, we seemed to have lost the momentum. We have bounced back this time.”

Kala said the choir is ready for the next phase of the competition. “Now we are practicing the anthem of the African Union, which is one of the requirements in the national competition. I can assure parents that we won’t disappoint. We are not only representing the school but the province at large,” said Kala.

He described the competition as educational for the learners.

“This is not only about music. It is also about social cohesion. They (learners) will have an opportunity to socialise with other learners from other provinces,” he said.

School principal Sithembele Mhletywa said, as a school, they were very proud, and that the learners will bring exposure through their win. Mhletywa emphasised that they are not going to the competition just to win.

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