Young rolemodels’ good deeds rewarded

2017-11-21 06:00
Onikwa Magqwaka

Onikwa Magqwaka

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Learners from different schools in the southern suburbs, including Rondebosch and Pinelands, have been acknowledged for good gestures at their schools.

Hlumisa Mdzanga, a Grade 3 learner of Pinelands Primary School, Shazia Granger, a Grade 6 learner of Groote Schuur Primary School, and Onikwa Magqwaka, a Grade 3 learner of St Joseph’s Marist College, received shopping vouchers worth R500 in a Toys R Us weekly competition.

The regional competition hosted for a second year embraces good behaviour and positive contributions made by learners at their schools.

It runs for a period of a month and sees learners being recognised on a weekly basis to highlight the importance of carrying out good deeds.

In order to become a winner a learner has to be nominated by schoolmates for exhibiting exemplary qualities and has to be recognised as a rolemodel by his peers.

The overall regional winner will be announced in December and that learner will walk away with the grand prize of a Nintendo Switch video game console.

Nicole Annells, the company’s marketing manager, says: “The competition recognises and rewards exceptional behaviour and deeds, no matter how large or small these may be, to emphasise the importance of being a good person. It encourages children to make a positive impact in their own little way while allowing their peers to recognise their fine qualities and actions. We hope this initiative will reinforce good behaviour in schools.”

Through the competition, learnes of participating schools across the country are acknowledged and rewarded for simply displaying good etiquette.

She says it is important that the encouragement of good behaviour begins in the early years as learners are bound to carry it through to high school and later years.

Shazia (11), who wants to become a lawyer, says she feels privileged and grateful for winning. She is motivated to do even more good for others and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Hlumisa (10) says she is excited about the win and would like her schoolmates to follow in her footsteps and pick up litter to keep their school neat and do good to others.

Lyn van Niekerk, a teacher at St Joseph’s, says they nominated Onikwa (9) because she is kind to everyone, takes care of her surroundings and volunteers to do extra activities in class.

“She will pick up litter even when it is not hers. She will assist after school to help neaten my class. She is the one you wish you had an entire classful of,” says Van Niekerk.

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