On Thursday, 22 November, Marietjie School for LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) had their awards morning for the school’s junior section. The senior section’s award ceremony took place on Friday, 23 November and the new leaders were announced.
The Marietjie School staff put a lot of effort into these mornings to make it extra special for all the children involved. On both mornings the school hall was packed with parents and some of the children’s younger siblings.
The atmosphere was one of absolute joy and pride and there were smiles on everyone’s faces – teachers, parents and the children alike.
The mornings opened with scripture and welcome messages from the head boy and head girl. After the opening formalities, the first class to entertain the crowd was the junior deaf class. They had streamers tied to their arms and danced a lively, colourful dance beautifully.
All the classes received their report cards and a small message was read to each child written by their principal, Mrs Mariaan Ueckermann. The junior and senior classes thoroughly enjoyed these messages and some even started crying because of the beautiful and gracious words that were written by their teachers. The praise they received from their teachers and the hard work that both parties had put in throughout the year was heart-warming to witness.
The junior deaf class was not the only class that performed. The junior classes banded together and performed a great song with short sticks as drums.
The next morning also held in a big surprise for the crowd. The senior classes performed a dance on ‘This is me’ from the movie The Greatest Showman and wowed everybody with their impeccable dance skills! To top those skills off they danced to a Zulu gospel song and before long the audience was clapping along to the sound of the music.
All the senior classes received their report cards and the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived… The announcement of the new leaders for 2019! The atmosphere grew heavy with anticipation and as each name was called, a “li-li-leee” and an applause was heard from the crowd. Congratulations to all the students and also to the new leaders for 2019! We salute the teachers for their dedication and the love with which they cherish each child’s dreams. – Ané Prinsloo