FRIDAY, April 20 was an important and memorable day at Thornhill Christian College’s academic calendar as 25 pupils, who scored five distinctions and above, were celebrated amidst pomp and fun.
On this day, Mandisa Maphanga, a Grade 9 girl, was the top achiever with nine distinctions and was awarded R5 000 towards her tuition fees as recognition of her hard work and a statement by the school that it encourages pupils to excel.
It was a day set aside by management and staff of the institution to come together and celebrate academic excellence.
It was a day meant to pay homage to pupils who diligently committed their efforts towards achieving outstanding results in the March examinations.
Top achievers had their efforts recognised and also received certificates for scoring distinctions in various subjects offered at the institution. Indeed, it was an occasion that left many pupils who did not do well in the first term envying those who scooped awards.
Apart from recognising the efforts of top achievers, the occasion was also an opportunity to send a clear signal that as an institution, Thornhill Christian College does not celebrate mediocrity. The event created an opportunity for pupils to examine themselves and see where they need to improve on.
The day began with the normal opening procedures led by programme director Mr Zondi. An opening prayer by Miss Vidima set the tone of the day. Mr Zhanda welcomed the pupils, members of staff and parents gathered for the occasion
Parents were reasonably represented. The principal, Mr Charamba, talked about the purpose of the day and emphasised excellence.
In his keynote address to pupils and parents, the board chairperson, Professor Makondo, said: “We are here today to put it on record that we want our students to do well in whatever they do.”
Makondo explained how recipients of the awards were selected. He stressed that academic excellence is the institution’s cherished goal.
He emphasised that the school does not celebrate mediocrity, hence the decision to benchmark 50% as the minimum pass mark at Thornhill Christian College. This is meant to ensure pupils purposefully and diligently commit themselves to their work. Makondo also spoke strongly against a few pupils bend on tarnishing the image of the institution.
He told parents that disciplined pupils are ones who excel in their work and they need to be protected from those who seem directionless.
The presentation of certificates to top achievers who bagged distinctions in various subjects started with Grade 12 pupils and cascaded to Grade RR.
There was joy and celebration when the Makondo presented certificates to recipients. The parents whose children walked away with awards could not hide their joy and excitement. Indeed it was a day to celebrate and the school joined them in congratulating the hard workers of Thornhill Christian College.
Mandisa stole the show on the day with nine distinctions.
In paying homage to Mandisa, Makondo said the top achiever epitomises the college’s dream of excellence in everything that she does as part of her academic life at the institution.
Mandisa was awarded a R5000 worth bursary and appointed a prefect in recognition of her exemplary conduct. She became an instant darling to all present for the occasion. Her outstanding performance should definitely incite the sense of hard work in other pupils.
All that started well ended well on Awards Day at Thornhill Christian College. The clear message sent to all was, “excellence and nothing else.”
Thornhill Christian College is now registering pupils for 2019.
The institution has now opened a boarding facility and parents present pledged to continue to support the school for the good work it is doing in changing the lives of the pupils. — Supplied