The Diratsame II Junior Secondary School in Moshupa recently celebrated Literacy Day whereupon five girls got prizes, against three boys.
Achievers were categorised as upcoming reader and writer, Form 2 and 3 reader of the year as well as female and male top magazine writer of the year. There also was an award for Top Female and male School essay writer of the year and both male and female researcher of the year.
A form one student, Lillian Olebeng, got prizes for being an upcoming reader and writer. She specialises in speech writing and poems. She has written poems about death, education and lately cancer for the Cancer Association. The speeches that she has written include ‘my secret of success’ and ‘Kgalagadi Region 2013 Academic Excellence Awards’. She apparently is the Kgalagadi region 2012 PSLE Academic Excellence top achiever.
The Form 2 Reader of the year award went to Kirtie Sharma, a girl defined by the school authorities as, “Very passionate about the literacy club and reading in general. She also is a passionate young writer who specializes in riddles and short stories.” She has written articles in all issues of the school magazine since she joined it in 2012. Her articles include ‘stop dog abuse’ and a collection of riddles.
Itseng Montle scooped the Form 3 reader of the year award. She also got away with the award for top school magazine writer of the year. In 2012, she read and summarised 70 books in less than a year. As a top writer of the club, she has written articles for all issues of the school magazine since she joined the school in 2011.
Her interests included major school events, emerging issues, poetry and advice. Her published works include Alcohol (a poem), Recipe for successful environmental issues, A word of encouragement for 2012 class of form 3s and the 2013 Diratsame II JSS SRC campaign and elections.
The male top magazine article writer award went to Vincent Matthys . He also won an essay contest titled, ‘Discuss the significance of the day of the African Child and how best it can be celebrated at Diratsame JSS’.
The school leadership described the boy as, “A very passionate writer who writes about various issues especially poetry and contemporary issues.”
Some of the articles he wrote include poem of Success and Writer’s block and how to deal with it’. A poem called ‘Time’ and ‘face book and facing books’.
Male and female top essay writer’s awards went to Phillip Baaisi and Katlego Mosarwa. ‘Fatherhood’ essay from Botswana Youth Council and US Embassy and ‘yours or mine’ collection of riddles are some of their best works.
Botshelo Sebidiwang and Fenie Keipeile won top female and male researcher awards respectively. Their best-published works include How to boost one’s self confidence and Frustration caused by yourself, sports articles and cartoons. The latter is the only cartoonist in the school.
For each award, the winner got certificate and P200 prize money. Therefore, achievers like Itseng Montle and Vincent Matthys went away P400 richer.
“I am elated by my achievements. I am even excited by the fact that I successfully defended my championship,” said Montle in a brief interview. She aspires to be either doctor or accountant when she completes school. She advises her peers to desist from earthly pleasures and concentrate in their studies.
The School Head, Chawada Dioka said her school’s literacy club was prompted by frequent essay competitions in which their students did not perform well.
“In 2008 the idea of starting a magazine was developed and 200 9 we started printing. We have produced six issues. There is progress in terms of performance of students. Their reading and writing skills have improved a lot,” said Dioka, who is also the patron of the Club.