Let­tie de K­lerk s­chool ce­le­bra­tes top a­chie­vers

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NIEU-BET­HES­DA — The com­mu­ni­ty hall in Pie­naar­sig, Nieu-bet­hes­da was pac­ked to ca­pa­ci­ty last T­hurs­day w­hen proud pa­rents, friends and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers at­ten­ded Let­tie de K­lerk S­chool's an­nu­al pri­ze­gi­ving.

P­rin­ci­pal Bar­ba­ra Vaal­tyn wel­co­med the cro­wd, ex­pres­sing gra­ti­tu­de to­wards the com­mu­ni­ty for wor­king in har­mo­ny with the s­chool. In her speech, she stres­sed the fact that the staff of Let­tie de K­lerk "werk aan die toe­koms van Nieu-bet­hes­da."

Guest spea­ker, Na­z­ley S­wiers, an ac­com­plis­hed ar­tist who works at the Bet­hes­da Art Cen­t­re and who has re­cent­ly exhi­bi­ted his work in Lon­don, spo­ke pas­si­o­na­te­ly to the child­ren on how they should ne­ver stop be­lie­ving in them­sel­ves.

He said that his ta­lent for dra­wing and be­lie­ving that he could a­chie­ve gre­at t­hings has gi­ven him won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties. He ex­pres­sed gra­ti­tu­de to tho­se who be­lie­ved in him and ga­ve him the chan­ce to a­chie­ve w­hat he has, e­ven gro­wing up in this re­mo­te vil­la­ge of Nieu­bet­hes­da. The rou­sing ap­plau­se from the au­dien­ce ma­de e­vi­dent how proud this com­mu­ni­ty is of S­wiers. The Let­tie de K­lerk pre­fects for 2018.

Ta­nya's dan­ce group per­for­med a mo­ving pie­ce on the ef­fect of ad­dicti­on to drugs and al­co­hol on child­ren. Through dan­ce and mo­vement, t­he­se ta­len­ted child­ren sho­wed the joy that can be found through o­ver­co­ming t­he­se ob­sta­cles.

The top a­chie­vers in e­ach gra­de we­re ackno­w­led­ged with the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of beau­ti­ful di­plo­mas. Proud moms and gran­nies u­lu­la­ted with de­lig­ht w­hen their child­ren re­cei­ved a­wards. Le­ar­ner's fa­ces be­a­med w­hen they re­cei­ved their cer­ti­fi­ca­tes, ackno­w­led­ging the hard work that they had put in o­ver the y­e­ar.

One of the high­lig­hts of a ce­re­mo­ny such as this is the 'gra­du­a­ti­on' of the gra­de Rs in­to gra­de 1. New shoes, smart go­wns and a­ca­de­mic hats we­re the or­der of the day and the cu­te­ness fac­tor kic­ked in as the Gra­de Rs un­der­went their first re­al ri­te of pas­sa­ge. Glo­wing with pri­de they mar­ched up to re­cei­ve their cer­ti­fi­ca­tes and a gift from their proud pa­rents.

A­not­her spe­ci­al mo­ment was w­hen the le­a­ders and pre­fects for 2018 we­re an­noun­ced. Ty­ron Bos­man and Cait­lin A­pril we­re e­lected to be the He­ad Boy and He­ad Gi­rl of Let­tie de K­lerk, much to the de­lig­ht of their com­mu­ni­ty.

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