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    October 2019 Newsletter

    Willowmoore staff win recognition at the NTAs

    The National Teacher Awards are the official awards to recognize excellence in teaching and school leadership. These are awarded once a year by the Education Department and are arranged in tiers of achievement from District to Provincial and then National.

    This year both Mrs R. Vania and Mrs L. Sanders were placed first in their district tiers for excellence in Senior School Leadership and Lifetime Achievement respectively and progressed through to the Provincial tier whose award ceremony was held at the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg two weeks ago.

    This event was with added significance as it had been merged with the inaugural lectures for the Matthew Goniwe school of leadership.

    The keynote speaker at this event was the Minister of Education for Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, who spoke about the importance of technology in the classroom and the ongoing need to eradicate intolerance and racism.

    Mrs R. Vania was placed first in the province in Secondary school leadership. Mrs L. Sanders was placed first for the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement award. Both received a cash award and they will now progress to the National tier where we hope they will receive further recognition.

    Mrs L Sanders and Mrs R. Vania with awards

    Willowmoore High’s robotics team places at provincials

    Willowmoore High has been participating in the Robotics challenge (organized by Sci-Bono) for nearly five years, and the Robotics team has been growing from strength to strength all the way.

    Every single year the team has managed to receive at least one award and last year the team was invited to participate at the National event where they received an award for innovation.

    This year seems to be no different with the team winning awards for both best robot design and also innovation. As a result of this, the team has been invited to participate at the National event which will be taking place from the 6th to the 7th of December. We wish the team and their coach, Ms Kera, all the best for this.

    Zainaaz Hansa does the school proud at Geexpo

    Zainaaz Hansa, a grade 10 learner at Willowmoore High, attended the 2019 Geexpo with a contingent of her fellow learners. She was placed second in the Mathematics Olympiad as well as second in the grade 10 IT PAT category.

    Ayaaz Street, a grade 12 learner from Willowmoore, was placed second in the grade 12 IT PAT category. Well done to both of these learners as well as to the others who participated this year. The future looks bright indeed for these technology enthusiasts.

    Willowmoore achieves at Chris Hani debates

    The Willowmoore Junior debaters of Thakgalang Ntsoane, Thakgalo Ntsoane and Zandile Dlamini participated in a four-day debate completion to commemorate the significant contribution that Chris Hani
    made to the policies involved in the liberation struggle.

    This event which was hosted by the municipality of Ekurhuleni in conjunction with schools from the Eastern Cape and also from Lusaka. The four-day event saw debaters role-playing the various groups and parties involved in the struggle as they attempt to reach a resolution on issues like the possibility of the armed struggle. Public speaking was also catered for. The learners gained a great deal of experience from this event and Thakgalang was placed third in the speaker ranking for her debate.

    Well done debaters!