Grade 5 Southbourne Primary School pupil, Kungawo Yipha, has been selected to participate in the Radikale Redenaar national finals to be held in Pretoria in October.
Yipha, who participated in the provincial rounds of the public speaking and reading competition in East London recently, was chosen for her exceptional reading skills in the English Home Language category. A document provided by the school indicated that the competition aimed at improving reading in schools and promoting self-confidence, eliminating the fear of public speaking. Although this festival is hosted as a competition, the focus should always be on the development of public speaking as a life skill.”
The competition has various participants from other provinces. Individuals from grade 4 to 7 were each allocated 2.5 to 5 minutes during the rounds and had to ensure their speeches were within the set time. They were judged according to their confidence, articulation and use of voice.
Proud English teacher, Camilla Wigmore, said Yipha made her job meaningful and described her as a special young girl. “I have been teaching her English since Grade 4. I am so proud of her. Yipha is a really special girl. She is always smiling and energetic. She is very ambitious and loves to learn new things. She is always kind to her peers, but also knows how to be a leader when she needs to. She is an asset to our school. I love her energy and sometimes she even suggests ideas for things to do in English. Her combination of brains, personality and a kind heart truly make her one of a kind. She is very smart and I can see a bright future for her. I am excited to watch her along the way,” said Wigmore.