Six of our industrious learners taking part in the 2015/2016 annual matric Oral presentation were outstanding in public speaking and were adjudged the best school amongst the 16 school in the circuit. The garland performance of learners like Gcilitshana Sibonise , Luyolo Maweza, Lulama Maweza and Likhona Mkiva, to mention but a few, were just remarkable. They came up with distinction in paper 4 which is constitutes to their final continuous assessment. To the class of St. Matthews Matric 2015, we say Kudos and wish them all the best in their final exam.
Beauty pageants are where we get our learners to embrace their talents also encouraging them to continue showing off their beauty in the future. On the 21st of August we held Miss St.Matthew’s Pageant/Bash at the Tebera hall where we had 3 categories of which were *School Uniform,Short and Jeans*. Everyone had a blissful night, we all had fun everything went according to plan the presents were beautiful.
All thanks to our lovely teachers for their patience, support and commitment, Miss Blom and Mr Solombela without them the pageant wouldn’t be epic. The event was indeed a massive success
By: Gotyana N and Yiwani B
It has been a “long” two years filled with whines of the intensity, of a programme my fellow Matts would describe as for the “smarties”, which I argue with on some degree. But nonetheless everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The programme aims to target talent and polish it. I couldn’t agree more with the prior sentence. Prime example is myself. I have indeed discovered a “new me”, which I never thought existed in me. It pushed me to my breaking point, which is where the true being, traits and potential of a person is evident.
Waking up at 5am and going to bed at 21:30, every contact session. Walking in the cold corridors leading to the showers. That was indeed the hardest because my fellow matts, waking up isn’t nice at all. Eating breakfast in early morn to ready ourselves of the nothing else but over productive day. 80 minute lectures were highly effective because of lecturers who didn’t lecture us, but rather taught us.
“A healthy mind in a healthy body”, that one is to be attributed to the interchanging sport and hip hop sessions.
Building trebuchets and rockets that aims beyond the stars, steam propelled cars that propel us to our success in engineering. Questioning the norms with critical thinking in philosophy. Mastering the language to afford us remarkable power in language (English). Computing programmes of encryptions like the Caesar cypher in computer science, and so on the list the classes we had.
It essentially exposes and prepares one to a world that awaits us all (12th graders) next year. The horrifying transition we weren’t, some still aren’t ready for, tertiary education level.
But finally being able to graduate was the ultimate goal. The sweat and tears, backaches and blisters and all the whining has finally come to an end. Bidding farewell to our friends we have shared moments to be cherished was the epitome of sadness. Only one thing consoled us, that some of us will attend the same universities in a very few months. In essence, some goodbyes were temporary. It was a very sombre moment.
All in all, it has been a wonderful journey of life experiences and being prepared for the transition to varsity. I am forever grateful for being selected to participate in such a prestigious initiative.
By: Sibonise Gcilitshana
Nonceba Mahola and Siyabona Ngangelizwe will be children’s show presenters in Izwi Lethemba FM every Saturday. We thank Iziwi Lethemba for giving our learners such opportunity.
By: Cebo Solombela
St Matthews was invited to the Nkonkobe pharmacy in Alice.
Four students were invited, myself, two grade 11 learners and one grade 10 learner, along with a trio of our teachers, Mr. Sohena, Miss Ncokazi and Mr. Mbambo and our four matrons.
On our way there we were not sure why exactly we were invited. When we got there, we got a very warm welcome from Mrs. Mjiwu, the pharmacist. Everything there was very tenderising, their service and everything.
We were then told what we were actually there for; we were surprised when we learned that we were being sponsored by the Nkonkobe pharmacy.
Apparently Mr. Mbambo has had a conversation with Mrs. Mjiwu since we have been having some health problems in the hostel. That has led to the pharmacy deciding to sponsor us with the first aid kit. It is known that St Matthews High School has been facing some problems with the boarders: stomach aches, headaches and so on. The teachers together with us lLearners) and matrons were very pleased and happy with the great deed of the Nkonkobe pharmacy.
This was such a great matter to an extent that one of the the Dikelethu newspaper pupil was there to observe and even took pictures of what was taking place.
All the teachers, matrons and one learner (me) on behalf of the others, gave a word of thanks to the pharmacist, Mrs. Mjiwu, for seeing to it that St Matthews should have a first aid kit to at least decrease or ease the concern of St Matthews hostel residents, teachers and matrons on the little sicknesses that can be home cured. One would go to the clinic or hospital just for headache or a wound now that will no longer carry on with the first aid kit around.
A great thanks to the pharmacy. It is indeed a great privilege to us.
By: Nyovane Zanele