School flies Wrenchville’s flag

2018-09-12 06:01
From the left are Bertus Eiman (Wrenchville councillor), Pako Molaodi, Deney Williams, Micheal Ludick (mentor), Lilly Ludick (acting principal) and Thabiso Moshweu (chairperson of the school governing body).Photos: Supplied

From the left are Bertus Eiman (Wrenchville councillor), Pako Molaodi, Deney Williams, Micheal Ludick (mentor), Lilly Ludick (acting principal) and Thabiso Moshweu (chairperson of the school governing body).Photos: Supplied

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One of the most inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela states that: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in setting for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”.

This is the motto that continually motivates the debating and public speaking club of the Wrenchville High School.

The club consists of more than 30 motivated learners, under leadership of Micheal Ludick, who excelled to compete at national level, putting the name of the school, district and province on the map.

Two members of the team, Pako Moloadi and Deney Williams, accompanied by Ludick, competed nationally in the South African Mining and Minerals Resources Prize (SAMRP) competition in Port Elizabeth, held from 1 to 5 July. The competition was hosted for the learners to expand their knowledge about the mining and mineral sector by creating models that depict the sector.

Each province sent 50 learners from 25 schools to this competition, of which the level of projects produced was of a high quality.

This is where the Wrenchville High School’s team was announced the national champion. The award ceremony was held on 4 July.

According to Ludick, their project was creating a two-stage gravity-fed water purification system with activated carbon and a copper coil, which can purify 99,99% of all water sources and is created from mostly recycled materials.

Among the prizes the learners won, are full bursaries to study mining-related careers, laptops, printers and Wi-Fi routers.

The two learners were also given the opportunity to represent all the learners in the country and address Gwede Mantashe, minister of Mining Resources, at the award ceremony.

The school thanks Billy Nonyane and his team of the Kgalagadi Mine and also Wilstie van Wyk of the Assmang Mine for their assistance in preparation for the national competition.

The Wrenchville High School team further scooped silver in the high school section of the national Youth Citizen Action Project (YCAP) competition. This was held at the Swadini Resort in the Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga.

Deney Williams, Simoné Ganesan, Tlotlo Mocwaledi, Thoriso Maroke and Jesné Geduld were accompanied by their mentor, Ludick, on the trip.

Primary and high school learners identified a problem faced by the school on either social, environmental, academic or economic level and had to launch a project to solve this and show impact and sustainability.

The Wrenchville learners initiated a suicide awareness and prevention campaign called the Dimpho Project in memory of a Gr. 9 learner who committed suicide at the school last year.

Their mentor also received an award for the second best teacher or mentor in the country.

A surprise award ceremony was hosted for the learners by fellow learners, teachers and the school governing body on the first day of the third school term.

Addressing the learners on the day, Ludick said that this was only the beginning of big things at the school.

Quoting Eleanor Roosevelt he said: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

The school debating and public speaking club is reported to have five other competitions they are competing in this term, in which they hope to produce great results.

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