There is one annual evening event where respected teachers, parents and learners can all sit together in pride. This is none other than Oude Molen’s Annual Awards Evening which took place last night, 25th Jan.
The night started off with quite a buzz as teachers and learners alike laughed about the success of the 2016 academic year. Learners could be seen posing for photographs with their favourite teachers, and teachers exchanged welcoming and congratulatory handshakes with the parents and awardees.
Mr R. Sha, the MC for the evening, led the assembly in singing the national anthem and thereafter welcomed all present. This was followed with devotions by Rheem Tikki and Tyler Lang who delivered a beautiful speech about real success.
The awarding of certificates and trophies by Ms S Ramawoothar started with the grade 8s. Ahmed Hassen Kader took the top spot followed by Amirah Carlsen and Anathi Mbali respectively.
As an interlude, Usaamah Kriel spoke about the interfaith initiative. It was quite informative and humorous. He spoke about the various outreach programmes as well as having learnt about various beliefs and cultures.
The grade 9 awards, handed over by Mrs F Khan, with Rheem Tikki taking the top spot followed by Reabetsoe Mpapa in 2nd and Eryn Morney Saal in 3rd position. This was followed with an eloquently recited poem about phenomenal women by Aluve Vuntu in Grade 11.
The grade 10 awards, handed over by Mrs E Samuels, then followed with Kalungisha Ngombe 1st, Shuaib Hashim 2nd and Pascal Nsumba in 3rd position.
Mr Marshall then introduced an ex-learner, Mr Qasim Abrahams, who also happened to be the Dux at Oude Molen when he matriculated. Mr Qasim Abrahams insightfully spoke about the road ahead for the learners. His full speech is available by clicking here.
The grade 11 awards then followed with Moin Bassier taking the top spot followed closely by Siphesihle Ndzube in 2nd and Tyler James in 3rd position. Anganathi Jack followed with another interlude.
The Matric awards, handed over by Mr B Chapfika, then followed with Trevor Ross taking the top spot followed by a painfully close 2nd by Aphiwe Mvundlela and Abu Bakr Salie in 3rd position. The fact that Mechanical Technology had 4 learners in WCED top 10 and is also ranked 1st in the province was celebrated.
The evening ended with the principal’s address by Mr DA Marshall and the singing of the school song. Parents and learners were treated to some tea and snacks before they parted.
Report by Surur Samaai, Photos by M.S. Beyers