The Tarkastad Matric class of 2016 were treated to a day of motivation, a little music and prayer at the Tarkastad-Hofmeyr Matric Countdown held at Tarkastad High School on Thursday, 25 August.
The event included matrics from two Tarkastad public high schools which were Tarkastad High and Raymond Mhlaba Senior Secondary with Phakama High from Hofmeyr also in attendance. Attendees also included education officials from the district and and members of teacher’s unions such as SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU.
A recurring theme throughout the day was the importance of having a vision.The day was opened with prayer and a short message by Brother Peter McGregor. Tarka High’s principal, Gerhard Kitching, welcomed the guests and parents and reiterated the importance of having a positive goal and working to see it through. Mr Kitching added that the students need to be reminded that “you get out what you put in”.
Asithandile Mayongo, a high school student from Raymond Mhlaba, invigorated the matrics’ spirits and everyone present with a bilingual traditional praise-poem about determination and having a conquering spirit. The Raymond Mhlaba school choir also provided some uplifting entertainment with animated performances of lively hymns.
The motivational speaker of the day, Siyamthanda Horo gave a powerful and relatable message about identity and vision. Horo emphasised that the students need to see themselves in positive ways and speak affirming words over themselves as this affects how they act and how they treat themselves. This then will have an effect on how they treat their study time and the results they will get in the end.
Helpful tips around seemingly simple, but crucial, things like ample sleep, diet and time-management were also stressed. Other speakers motivated the students to be prepared for opportunities, think critically, make informed choices, be fearless and to read, read, READ!
The event came to a close with Mr Horo and other local Christian leaders praying for the matrics and their well-being in the weeks leading to the final matric exams.
Tarka Development Group wishes all the matrics all the best. Remember, even though the matric results are one of the most important results in a young person’s life to enable future opportunities, disappointing outcomes do not necessarily determine your future – your vision and your resolve does.