Local teacher a heroic teacher finalist

2015-10-08 06:00
andlt;Anton Calitz, a teacher at Uitenhage’s Riebeek College Girls’ High, is one of eight finalists in the 2015 Teacher’s Day        competition. 

andlt;Anton Calitz, a teacher at Uitenhage’s Riebeek College Girls’ High, is one of eight finalists in the 2015 Teacher’s Day competition. Photo: MEDIA24

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Woolworths Educational Programmes and MySchool have announced Anton Calitz, a teacher at Uitenhage’s Riebeek College Girls’ High, is one of eight finalists in the 2015 Teacher’s Day competition.

The annual event, now in its 5th year, promotes UNESCO’s World Teacher’s Day on 5th October by inviting South African children to recognise and appreciate teachers who have made a life-changing difference to them.

A record number of South African learners from across the country entered the competition with this year’s theme, ‘Celebrate the real heroes this Teacher’s Day’.

Calitz was nominated by one of his learners, Mthunzikazi Scott, who described herself as a “lost soul” heading for trouble when she met him in her Grade 8 year.

Caltiz encouraged her to join the debating club as a route to her growing, learning and developing. She credits the success she enjoys today as a confident, well-rounded learner to his belief in her and his constant challenge to her to do her best.

A panel of independent judges took on the task of evaluating more than 13 000 nominations by high school and primary school learners from across the country.

They selected 4 finalists in each of the primary and high school categories.

Calitz will soon be joining the other seven finalists in Cape Town to attend a meet and greet event with the judges and an external auditor who will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, which will be announced tomorrow (October 9th).

As a finalist, he has won a laptop and a R1 000 Woolworths giftcard. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive Woolworths giftcards to the value of R50 000, R20 000 and R10 000 respectively.

Mthunzikazi will receive a R5 000 Woolworths giftcard for her winning motivation and Riebeek College Girls’ High school has been awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

“Woolies and MySchool have played a long-standing role in uplifting education, and we have a deep appreciation for the great work that teachers are doing in our schools,” says Pieter Twine, Woolworth’s General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool.

“We congratulate Mthunzikazi and Mr Calitz on reaching the finals and hope that their school’s participation in the competition serves as an inspiration in their community to recognise the vital status and role that teachers play in our society.”

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