Spelling contest a winner

THE Nkwanca old student association (Nosa) hosted its first  spelling  contest at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Friday.

IT CAN BE DONE: Grade 12 pupil Anathi Mazamisa, left, from Nkwanca High School, receiving his prize from Nosa secretary, Tembela Malotana, at the spelling bee at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Friday Picture: SUPPLIED

Four schools from Komani – John Noah High School, KwaKomani Comprehensive School, Nkwanca High School and Luvuyo Lerumo High School – participated in the competition.

Deputy chairman of Nosa, Tsepo Moerane, said past pupils of Nkwanca High came up with the idea of a  spelling   bee  due to the poor performance of most pupils in English language.

The event also aimed to raise funds for school shoes and stationery.

“There are a huge number of children who have trouble with the language when it comes to  spelling  and grammar,” Moerane said.

“We also want to boost their confidence and morale when it comes to public speaking.”

Each school was represented by five pupils.

Luvuyo Lerumo High School pupil, Memory Bangani, said: “We prepared at school by downloading words from the internet that have been used in previous  spelling   bee  contests.

“We also used the dictionary and practised,” Bangani said.

Luvuyo Lerumo High School teacher, Duduzile Ngeva was pleased with the initiative.

“Next time, we will invite other schools around Komani to compete against each other.”

The prizes consisted of dictionaries, pencil bags, certificates and name badges.

Every pupil received a gift.

Nkwanca High School was the overall winner.

“I would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting us and the teachers, department of education and Komani district office for supporting the event,” Ngeva said.

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