Edlelweni Public Primary School scooped eight awards at the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod recently hosted at Mzingisi Skweyiya Hall.
Principal Zukisani Sondlo said the pupils have yet again done the school proud with the junior choir making it to first position for the English piece and were placed second for vernacular.
The boys’ choir, recently introduced to the school, also obtained first position for the English piece and second place for vernacular. The intermediate phase was on the number one spot for the Western piece and number two for the vernacular piece.
“Last year we collected many trophies from music competitions. We are always grateful for these achievements. We will be staging for the Circuit Management Centre competitions on May 3 and this gives us strength to prepare for other higher competitions,” said Sondlo.
He said music generally brought great enthusiasm at the school. “The pupils get excited and are steadily getting into that tune of winning these choral competitions. More confidence is gained especially when they have to get on stage to compete with other schools. Even the atmosphere here at school is positive and vibrant because of these trophies brought by our children.”
Sondlo said the pupils had managed to get the awards through producing good work and dedicated teachers. “Educators were present even during school holidays. They made sure that pupils were organised and were kept away from wrongful activities. We have a team that is committed and I must also mention the support from parents. They were very assistive and they made sure that the uniforms were kept clean.”
Choir coordinator Nombulelo Mpela said preparing the pupils for competitions came with challenges but with the unwavering support from other role players in her team they overcame those challenges. “It is sometimes hard to get them to practice sessions but ultimately they have made me proud. They enjoy singing and this has motivated them a lot.” Mpela said they have started preparing for the next competition and reckons the choir will again be in first place.