Roodepoort shines at the Johannesburg West District Awards
The Gauteng Department of Education’s Johannesburg West District held its annual awards ceremony on 5 February.
The event celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2021, recognizing the efforts of teachers, learners and administrators. Held at Hoërskool Roodepoort for the second year in a row, dignitaries from across the district, proud teaching staff and former matrics wearing their school uniforms for perhaps the last time received the individual honors for the top performers in each subject.
District Manager Lehlohonolo Ramokhoase gave the keynote address, breaking down an impressive 2021 in statistics. The Western District of Johannesburg recorded the fourth best results in South Africa and was ranked second in Gauteng. The district welcomed 1,200 more applicants than the previous year, awarded 2,881 baccalaureate passes, and had three learners represented at the national awards just weeks prior.
“We’re not bragging, but out of the country’s 81 districts, Johannesburg West is number four. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Director Ramokhoase said, before declaring his intention to propel the District to the top spot. The director thanked all directors for their hard work and challenged them to increase the District 2021 success rate by 86.54%.
Interspersed with musical numbers by bands from Hoërskool Florida and PJ Simelane High School, Principal Dennis Macuacua delivered his address. “The class of 2021 has been harmed by the challenges of Covid. This group celebrating today had to expend twice as much energy to achieve these results,” the chief director said, saying the 85% rate was now the benchmark and the district should never go below that. in the future. The individual awards began by recognizing the best facilitators in each subject before recognizing the best educators. The star learners were next with several Roodepoort representatives handing over their high level framed certificates. Caleb Steenkamp of Florida Park High School received his for the first additional language of Afrikaans, while Nyeleti Mushwana of Princess High School was top in tourism.
Hoërskool Florida had an unforgettable night with five learners winning seven prizes combined. Jordan Labuschagne was the best in music, Ciara Mostert shone in graphics and design, while Junandi Meyer excelled in French as a second language. Klariska van Straten received two awards for Visual Arts and Consumer Studies, with Kristi Lamprecht pairing her with awards in English as an Additional First Language and Afrikaans Home Language.
In the general sections of schools, Hoërskool Florida and Lantern School would both have their moments in the spotlight. Lantern School received the Top Performing LSEN School award, while Florries received the Top Performing Municipal School award as well as the prestigious Overall Excellence in School award.
A delighted headmaster of Florries, Julius Katzke, said: “I as headmaster and every member of staff are very blessed and humbled to be part of a school with such high standards. We also enjoy being part of our amazing district. The results in our district are a testament to excellent leadership and the dedication of all stakeholders, of which Hoërskool Florida contributes only a small part.