The school governing body at Kgato primary school in Bloemfontein, together with the parents, held a teachers’ day celebration last week on Friday 14 October to show appreciation for teachers’ hard work and dedication.
This function, which was held at the regional hall in Rocklads, started at 15:00pm and went on till late.
Teachers of Kgato turned up in different formal attire as this was a special day in their honour and the first-ever historic teachers’ day celebration. Event organiser, Mrs Baartman, said it was high time teachers were noticed and thanked them for all their hard work and for going an extra mile in their call of duty. She appreciated teachers for grooming children into future presidents, great scientists and entrepreneurs.
Mr Kaudi was the Master of Ceremonies at the function where Rev Gedezana opened proceedings with a powerful prayer.
Among the guest speakers were Mr Tlale ward 14 councillor, Mme Ratshiu MMC for corporate affairs from the Mayor’s office and Mrs Kebautlwile.
Mrs Kebautlwile spoke about the school’s history, taking guests back to where Kgato started with the challenges the school faced.
As former teacher at Kgato school herself she was able to put herself in their shoes and motivate them, telling them that they are on the right track and must keep on working hard.
The councillor gave a heartfelt speech, thanking teachers and motivating them to continue with the great job. Five pupils from grade 7 students dedicated a poem to their teachers and sang a song about how great teachers are. Teachers were then awarded with certificates and hampers from Nedbank which is in partnership with Kgato primary school.
Me Ratsiu from the Mayor’s office issued the certificates of appreciation.
Teachers like Mr Ledimo and Mr Maduke were recognised for their dedication in emphasizing the importance of mathematics and giving children the opportunity to enter maths competitions and building confidence in them.
Some learners from Kgato primary school recently qualified at district level and provincial level in a maths competition.
Other teachers; Me Makgetha, Me Eland, Me Matseo, Me Moamogwa, Me Modise, Me Moeti, Mr Lepile and Me Ralepedi were also recognized for developing learners’ confidence in public speaking and for being parents to learners in the absence of the biological parents.
Me Mokotedi was recognized for developing the grade R learners with patience for many years while Mr Kgaile was appreciated for taking learners further in athletics and making sure they excel.
Parents’ representatives thanked all the teachers for doing an excellent job and pointed out that the school would not have achieved much without the leadership of Mme Tlale deputy principal and Mme Sesele principal.