Principal, school acknowledged

2019-10-15 06:00
Winning principal, Ridwan Samsodien of Kannemeyer Primary School with Grade 6 learner, Leah Mohamed who nominated him in the Woolworths and MySchool Teacher’s Day competition.

Winning principal, Ridwan Samsodien of Kannemeyer Primary School with Grade 6 learner, Leah Mohamed who nominated him in the Woolworths and MySchool Teacher’s Day competition.

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Kannemeyer Primary School has celebrated a win as school principal Ridwan Samsodien has won a national special recognition award in the Woolworths Educational Programme and MySchool Teacher’s Day Competition.

Samsodien was entered into the competition by Grade 6 learner, Leah Mohamed.

A record of almost 50 000 South African school children nominated their outstanding teachers in the 10th anniversary year of the competition.

With this year’s theme “Let’s celebrate those that shine”, learners from across the country, in all phases of school, were asked to tell their story of the teacher who has been the shining star making a difference in their young lives.

Leah’s heartfelt letter of motivation caught the attention of the judges, and Samsodien joined nine other competition finalists. Samsodien, who is passionate about promoting literacy and the benefits of becoming a lifelong reader, is an inspiring and deeply caring leader in his school community who encourages value-driven citizenship. Leah also noted in her letter that he plays an active role in involving parents and in encouraging learners to achieve greatness. She said: “Mr Samsodien is passionate about giving the best to the learners and making school a place where children want to be every day … Mr Samsodien truly is a magnificent principal, he calls us Grade 6 learners the ‘stunning sixes’; the Grade 7s, ‘super sevens’; fantastic fives, fabulous fours, terrific threes, thriving two’s, our one and only ones and radiant Rs.

“Mr Samsodien truly sees the talents in each one of us.”

A cash prize of R10 000 was awarded to Samsodien and Kannemeyer Primary School received R10 000. For her participation in the 2019 Teachers Day competition, Leah was awarded R6 000 which will be allocated towards her educational needs.

Pieter Twine, general manager of the Woolworths Education Programme and MySchool MyVillage My Planet fundraising programme, says: “We congratulate all the incredible 2019 winners of the Teachers Day Competition who have highlighted the life-changing role that teachers can play for our children.

“It has been overwhelming and inspiring to receive nearly 50 000 entries this year, and that tells us that there are over 50 000 amazing teachers out there guiding, mentoring and looking after the precious minds of our country’s future leaders,” he says.

“Woolworths has a long-standing commitment to supporting quality education in South Africa,” adds Twine. “This annual event encourages South African schools and learners to join in the global celebration of World Teachers Day on 5 October (annually). The growth of the Teachers Day Competition, which is supported by the department of education, is testimony that there is fantastic awareness of the importance of celebrating teachers as leaders and everyday heroes in our communities.”

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