NCHIMUNYA CHIDAKWA writes
HANDMAIDS Convent Girls School of Lusaka on October 31 celebrated its award and graduation ceremony for the fourth graders and reception pupils at its Ibex grounds.
The colorful graduation that brought parents, teachers and pupils together played an important role in encouraging and supporting pupils at the school.
In a speech head teacher Sister Patricia Chanda expressed gratitude for the continued support and encouragement the parents and teachers showed.
She said the collaboration from members of staff and parents was the reason the school continued to give a rich, balanced and aspirational education.
Sister Chanda said education provided by the school enabled the girls to acquire the skills and knowledge that would help them adapt to the many varied, new and often complex situations which occured in an ever shifting world.
“To the pupils graduating from reception and grade four classes I congratulate you and encourage you to continue working hard to achieve your career dreams in the future,” Sister Chanda said.
Speaking at the same event, PTA chairperson Steven Sikazwe said the graduation was no ordinary day to the school calendar but a special event when the school celebrated the brilliant and excellent students.
“To our dear girls, this event is meant to help you work hard. In case you don’t win today.2020 is coming and therefore make a resolution as you enter new grades to work hard. You will be the one receiving the prizes,
“And to the prize winners of the day, make sure you stay ahead of the game otherwise you will be overtaken by the girl next to you. To the grade sevens, I want to say go with this competitive spirit as you enters secondary school” said Mr Sikazwe.
Mr Sikazwe further thanked the Zambian Home Loans (ZHL) for sponsoring the prizes and also supporting and believing in the school that is still new and getting familiar to the grounds.
“I know that the economy is tight but from this tight liquidity you have been able to give us a sponsorship package worth K15000 and prizes from pre-grade up to grade seven, we are incredibly thankful to you and the entire team at ZHL,” he said
And a grade four pupil at the same school, Mwila, said it was nice to know that she would be in grade 5 next year.
“I am very happy that I will be in grade five next year, and when I finish school I want to be a doctor so that I can be treating people in the hospital” she said.
During the event the students showcased an aerobic dance, which demonstrated different types of moves, which was in important for daily health living.
Meanwhile non-graduating pupils in other grades applauded those leaving and looked forward to be like them and felt the good experience of getting awards which encouraged them to work even harder.