Primary school aims for top honours

PHIRI CAWE

Injongo Primary School in Khayelitsha is basking in the glory of their success after walking away with two trophies at this year’s regional Baswa le Meetse (Youth in Water) competition, on Saturday May 28.

A total of 31 schools took part in the contest themed “Washing of hands, use and care of sanitation facilities for a healthy lifestyle, and water conservation”.

The competition recognises pupils’ roles in water and sanitation awareness campaigns.

The Khayelitsha school stole the show in the drama and music categories, walkingaway with R4 000.

They will now be representing the province in the national leg to be held this month in Gauteng, where provincial winners will be competing for prizes such as media classrooms equipped with computers, cash prizes, trophies and certificates.

An ecstatic Injongo Primary School principal, Sithembile Mhletywa said it would great to win the media classroom prize. This, he said would allow pupils to attend classes at least twice a day. He said the school’s current facility was not big enough. “The national awards means a lot to us the school,” he said.

He urged all Capetonians to support the school, saying they badly needed to win. “We are not going there to represent ourselves, but the province,” he said.

Music teacher Pamela Mthathi said the school was prepared for the national competition.

“We are obviously excited to be heading to Gauteng for the national competition. We are going there to represent the province, that is what excites us the most. I must say we are ready for the challenge,” she said.

Asked how they would approach the contest, Ms Mthathi said there was a lot at stake. She said they would be practising extra hard.

“We started with our preparations last year. We will now have to use weekends too. This will be taxing to us and the children,. but we have to do it. We really need to win,” she said.

Spokesperson for the provincial Department of Water and Sanitation, Phetho Ntaba, said the contest strived to raise water and sanitation awareness among pupils.

“This competition promotes health and hygiene, stimulates the interest of youth in water-related careers, and promotes cultural diversity,” she said.

She said the competition targeted Grade 6 pupils who convey health and hygiene messages through the arts such as drama, traditional music, poetry, praise singing and posters under the identified theme.

Ms Ntaba described the provincial competition as exciting and hoped the national contest would be even better.

The other provincial winners are Nkqubela Primary School from Robertson for poetry, Eluxolweni Primary School from Khayelitsha for praise singing, and Wellington Primary School for posters.