Siyabulela aims high

2016-04-14 06:00
 Victorious learners from Siyabulela Primary School in Langa show off their winning with their teachers.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Victorious learners from Siyabulela Primary School in Langa show off their winning with their teachers. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Langa’s Siyabulela Primary School is determined to reach the top spot in the school choral music competition after their latest triumph.

On Thursday, the school outshone its counterparts in four categories at the District competitions making their way to the provincial competition.

Siyabulela took first place in four categories, the Senior (Grade 5 to 7), Infants (Grade R to 2), Junior (Grade 3 to 4) as well the indigenous performance categories.

The performance means their choirs will now represent them at the provincial competition and at the national level if they fare well.

The last time the school won big at the national competition was in 2003 and have their eyes set on reclaiming the glory.

“We have had a sit down as the music committee and we set targets of becoming champions at the national level.

“One of the ideas we came up with was that by submitting as many choirs for the competition as possible, we would increase our chances,” said teacher and conductor Sithembele Khamsholo.

He said that the results were the rewards that came from the hard work of all involved.

“There was a good working relationship between the parents, the teachers and the management of the school. There was a lot of sacrifice from the parents, learners and teachers.

In preparation for the competition, we did not even go on recess during the Easter holidays. We practised and made sure that our team was always at the ready,” explained Khamsholo.

Although Khamsholo was grateful to the parents and the management, he noted that there was still more work to be done.

“Our aim is to win, so we must continue to work hard,” he added.

Acting principal, Masixole Guzana said it has been since they won at national level.

“We have been very successful at district and provincial competitions but we have struggled at the last step.

There needed to be interventions such as getting people who are knowledgeable in music to assist, working extra hours in preparations and giving extra support and we are seeing the results,”

He said that they were very proud of their teams and thanked the community for availing the learners.

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