Entertainment aplenty at graduation ceremony

2015-11-27 06:00
Photos: ntuntu dweba Pastor Frank Marais delivers a sermon at the annual St Thomas Residential School graduation.

Photos: ntuntu dweba Pastor Frank Marais delivers a sermon at the annual St Thomas Residential School graduation.

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TEACHERS, parents and pupils gathered at St Thomas Residential School for the annual pre-school graduation in the hall last Thursday, which was filled with entertainment, including drum majorettes and the school choir performing.

The ceremony that was attended by Greater Kokstad Municipality Mayor Nosisa Jojozi. Pastor Frank Marais opening the event with said it is important to acknowledge God in everything.

“If it wasn't for God, we wouldn't be here celebrating with these children. It is by the grace of God that we are gathered here. In all things let us acknowledge God and He will make our paths straight.”

School manager Shone Abraham said graduating from pre-school is a very important for the development of children.

“At pre-school they become exposed to numbers, letters and shapes, more importantly they learn to socialise and get along with other children, so they are able to adapt easily when they get to Grade 1.

“Our school strives to teach Grade R pupils all the basics they need for big school,” Shone added.

Jojozi said education is the fundamental right of all children.

“What makes this day special for me is that this year we will celebrating Children’s Rights as well as being the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Violence to Women and Children campaign, so it is important that we nurture our children.

“Education is a crucial part of any community, a future without education is a doomed one and if we are precise about our future, we need to begin at pre-school level to engrave the message to the children that education is the key to success. That message should resonate in their minds until they are adult.

“We need a new generation of leaders who will take our beautiful country forward as they are community leaders of tomorrow.”

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