Pilgrim’s Rest Secondary School said farewell to the 24 learners in the Matric Class of 2017 on September 9 at the Royal Hotel, where the Victorian decor was a perfect backdrop to the learners’ glitzy outfits.
After the welcome, top learners were awarded merit certificates and all learners received a gift of a pen and clutch pencil set from the Royal Hotel. This was followed by an inspiring message by the guest speaker and items by the learners. With the formalities concluded everyone enjoyed a buffet meal before the real party started with dancing until late.
“At best, use your energies and talents to the fullest to achieve your goals and dreams” encouraged the guest speaker, Meisie Mokoni. “Hard work and sheer determination will unlock the doors of success for you. Live each day as if is your last because this will help you to get your priorities right and remove the clutter from your daily life”. Mokoni also emphasised that good qualifications can open up opportunities throughout the world.
Bongani Ginindza received the certificate as the best learner of the class, after also being awarded for being the best student in Life Sciences, Physical Science and Geography. Merit certificates were also awarded to Banessa Mashego (Tourism), Bernadine Dennison (English), Goodwill Pheko (Maths); Khutso Khwiyane (Maths Literacy); Mmapontsho Maphanga (Sepedi); and Privilege Ndlovu (Life Orientation).
As in the past, the matriculants will live as a group at the Pilgrim’s Rest Environmental Centre from the beginning to the end of the examinations to separate them from distractions and enable them to focus fully on their studies.