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News from Messina Primary
Congratulations to Mrs. Lucinda Vorster, who was appointed as Principal of Messina Primary School today. We look forward to an incredible 2020 with you at the helm. Love, Staff and Governing Body.
Prefects Camp: Messina Primary School Prefects for 2020
When the school bell rang for the holidays, the prefects got on the bus for a team building and preparation camp at African Extreme Safaris. There were planned activities, games and even kleilat fights.
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We would like to thank the following community members for their sponsorships: Hennie & Sarita Erwee; Attie and Spur; Smartbrain Messina (Sanet); Johan Verster and Robbie Human.
School Interhouse Athletics Meeting November 28, 2019
Despite the heat, the following records were improved upon.
Boys 0/13 100m – Jeffrey Singo and Boys 0/10 Shotput – Jacques Killian
Junior Victor Ludorum Nthambeleni Nebudani
Junior Victrix Ludorum Namara Gwasure
Senior Victor Ludorum Jeffrey Singo, Best track athlete Jeffrey Singo
Best field athlete Jeffrey Singo
Senior Victrix Ludorum Bia Cunningham
Best hurdles athlete, boys: Aeden Anderson
Winning Cup: Blue Team
Spirit Cup: White Team
Messina Primary Prizegiving 13th November 2019
Academic Trophies And Prizes
Gr. 1 -3 Top Achievers: (named in each class)Front: Juanè Labuschagne (Gr. 2S), Mandisi Ndiweni (Gr. 1V), Lienke Vorster (Gr. 1P) Back: Megan Hodgson (Gr. 2M), Pieter Schoeman (Gr. 3W), Fareefta Islam (Gr. 3N), Ané van Heerder (Gr. 3S), Calum Badenhorst (Gr. 1C), Caelum Carolissen (Gr. 2B)
Gr. 4 – 7 Top Achievers: (Named in each class) Front: Yohannes Ayana (Gr 4E), Jonea Pretorius (Gr 4V), Sayma Alam (Gr 5E), Jessica Malungane (Gr 6O), Jana Erwee (Gr 6N), Danie Landsberg (Gr 5F), Joy Ngobeni (Gr. 4H) Back: Mpho Tekateka (Gr. 5D), Julia Polley (Gr. 6D), Micaela Evans (Gr. 7 S), Shaista Alam (Gr 7N), Serea Pretorius (Gr 7V) Thando Ndiweni (Gr 6R), Brent Vorster (Gr 5J)
Gr. 1 – 3 Best Progress in Reading. Front: Blessed Nethononda (Gr.1V), Isabella Fourie (Gr.3S), Xongile Nyabane (Gr.2B), Ansel Biewenga (Gr1C), Nsuku Malungane (G.2M), Marko Pretorius (Gr.1P),Ano Chiweshe (Gr. 2B), Jano Human (Gr. 1P), Nthabi Moraba (Gr. 1V)Back: Boitomelo Motalane (Gr. 3N), Ruan Jansen (Gr. 3W), Cayla Nathan (Gr. 2S), Dirk Oosthuysen (Gr. 3S), Abigail Mokoena (Gr. 2M), Kemoratile Mochike Gr. 3N), Elané Visser (Gr. 3W), Juan Shultz (Gr.2S), Vicky Barlow (Gr 1C)
Gr. 4 – 6 Reading awards: Front: Unathi Pepete (Gr 4H), Allen Mokwena (Gr 4H), Kgaugelo Mashatola (Gr 6O), Prince Makhado (Gr 5D), Asmah Ahmed (Gr 4E), Zelri Pieterse (Gr 5J), Kristelle Vermeulen (Gr. 5F), Steven Ndlovu (Gr. 6R), Jaydene van Zyl (Gr. 5J), Jack Polley (Gr. V), Prince Tlou (Gr. 4E)Back: W.J. Taute Gr. 5F), Jessica Malungane (Gr. 6 O), Sayma Alam (Gr. 5E), Jana Erwee (Gr. 6V), Julia Polley (Gr. 6R), Shaun Wesmore (Gr. 6V), Buhle Ndiwenei (Gr. 6R) ), Andrea Evans (Gr. 5D), Lesley-Jay Scholtz (Gr. 6O), Mpho Maselesele (Gr. 5E), Heiryn Cloete (Gr. 4V)
Gr. 7 Reading awards: Leon Schoonraad (Gr 7V), Shaista Alam (Gr 7N), Mashudu Maphosa (Gr 7N), Absent – Micaela Evans and Reynhardt v.d. Laarse
Gr. 7 Academic Trophy Creative Arts – Leon Schoonraad, English Home Language and Afrikaans First Additional Language – Shaista Alam
Gr. 7 – Special Trophies Performance Above Expectation – Kayla Meyer and Exceptional Character, Compassion, Honesty & Integrity – Hanno Roos
Dux Pupil: Serea Pretorius
Best achievement in Afrikaans Home Language, English First Additional Language, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Mathematics, E.B.W. Technology and Life Orientation
Sports Trophies and Prizes
Sports Trophies: Front: Hanna Landsberg – Junior swimming girl, Ethan Schmidt – Junior swimming boy, Aeden Anderson – Cycling. Middle: Lu-han Pieterse and Brent Vorster – Junior Hockey Boy, Pitso Makhura – Merit Trophy for Rugby, Murendeni Manyatshe – Best Progress in Netball, Andrea Evans – Junior Hockey Girl, Mi-Ne Verster – Senior Swimming Girls. Back: Geané Anderson – Athletics girls, Tennis girls, Cycling girls, Rico Pieterse – Cricket boys, J.P. Coetzee – Senior Hockey boys, Jeffrey Singo – Best rugby player and Athletics, Hanrè v.d. Berg, Juandré Sofianos, Rryn Hodgson – Best Netball player
Sports boy and girl Jeffrey Singo and Geane Anderson
Honours colours – Athletics, Rugby and Cross Country Aeden Anderson – Cross Country, Daniel Landsberg – Cross Country, Jeffrey Singo – Rugby and Athletics, David Mokobi – Rugby, Geané Anderson – Cross Country, Hannah Landsberg
Cross Country Honours colours – Biathlon Front: Jamie Venter, Hannah Landsberg, Daniel Landsberg, Wayne Swarts, Ethan Schmidt, Aeden Anderson. Back: Melissa Laubscher, Geané Anderson, JJ Goosen, Danè Strijdom, Kaylie Groenewald.
Pieter Schoeman Recycler of the Year (Most Eco Bricks Brought) – Cameron Simpson (Gr1C)
Other Trophies and Prizes
Messina Primary School Revue; TEMPO IN TYD / TIME
Messina Primary School presented their Revue from October 8 to 10, 2019. It kicked off with a gala evening which was a huge success. The tickets for the next two nights were sold out in an instant.
Tempo in Time took us all the way back to 1950 and then up to 2020 with a time machine.
Mrs. Isabel Pietersen was the organizer of this year’s revue and Mrs. Dianne Oosthuysen wrote the screenplay.
Messina Primary School would like to thank the principal, teachers, parents, the community and especially the pupils for the hours of practice, coaching, assistance and assistance. A special thank you also to the main sponsor, Elegant Fuel.
Messina Primary School Announces Academic Top 5’s.
Messina Primary School, on Tuesday, 1st October 2019 proudly announced their academic top 5 teams for term three. These pupils all obtained an average of above 80%.
Gr 4 top achievers: From left to right are Jonea Pretorius, Adriaan Smit, Jack Polley and Aiden Erasmus (Equal third by points), Joshua Mudzongo
Gr 5 top achievers: From left to right are Brent Vorster, Larah Hodgson and Daniël Landsberg (Equal second by points), Cesca Nel, Dedrei Pretorius
Gr 6 top achievers: From left to right are Jessica Malungane, Tehya Stevens, Julia Polley, Thando Ndiweni, Buhle Ndiweni
Gr 7 top achievers: From left to right are Serea Pretorius, Geané Anderson, Shaista Alam, Zian Grobler, Micaela Evans
Annual Grade 7 Cycle Ride
On Friday 13 September there was great excitement at Messina Primary School, as it was time for the Gr. 7 pupils’ annual bicycle tour. It was also the 41st anniversary of this special event. The students ride their bikes from Bokmakierie to Tshipise, with the grade 7 parents manning the water points. After the last water point, there is usually a race among the children to determine who comes first into Tshipise.
The winners of the cycling were as follows:
Girls: First – Geané Anderson, second – Erynn Hodgson and third Busi Makautse
Boys: First – Waldo Strijdom, second, Hanré van den Berg and third J.J. Goosen
The organizer of the race, Ms Natasha Verster, afterwards expressed her gratitude to the sponsors of the day, namely Tshipise Forever Resort – for the use of the resort, Messina Traffic Department, Mussina Toyota Knights – Lizette Groenewald and Antonette du Plessis and the Gr. 7 parents of Messina Primary School.
“Without your sponsorship, the day would not have been possible,” said the acting head of Messina Primary School, Mrs. Lucinda Vorster.
Radical Orators/ Radikale Redenaars
Congratulations to Jessica Malungane and Melissa Laubsher for their beautiful performances in Radical Orators.
Both will advance to the National Final to be held on October 12 at Constantia Park Primary School in Pretoria. Congratulations, girls.
SAOU – Mathematics and Science in Action
Congratulations to Serea Pretorius, who was invited to a Maths Fun Day at the University of Pretoria on October 12. Congratulations on the great achievement!!!
Academic Achievers :2nd Term
Messina Primary School Announces Academic Top 5 at the end of the 2nd term.
“Maths Challenge” Olympiad
Round two of the Maths Challenge Olympiad takes place on July 22.
The following pupils will participate.
Front; Ade Mogale (Gr. 5), Thato Tlou (Gr. 6), Lazarus Mulaudzi (Gr.6), Jessica Malungane (Gr. 6), Wayne Swarts (Gr. 5), Yohannes Ayana (Gr. 4), Rofhiwa Mulea (Gr. 6),
Back: Ms. Maret van Niekerk, Koketso Musina (Gr.6), S.J. Schoeman (Gr. 5), Serea Pretorius (Gr. 7), Rico Pieterse (Gr. 7), Shaista Alam (Gr. 7), Jana Erwee (Gr. 6), Phomello Khoele (Gr. 6), Sayma Alam (Gr. 5)
Messina Primary School was once again the proud presenter of the 20th Bulletjie weekend at Tshipise Forever Resort on 1 June. Mini-netball was also played, with the girls playing their hearts out, just like the rugby boys. (Click on the images in the galleries, to enlarge them).
The acting principal, Ms. Lucinda Vorster, expressed her sincere thanks to the following sponsors and people who had helped make this weekend a huge success: Tshipise Forever Resort, Musina Super Spar, Freek Clifford, Howard Knott, Basjan Huitz, Willem Esterhuyse, Tshipise Safaris, Tiaan Theunissen, Kobie Oosthuizen, Hermanus Schoeman, Alicedale Estates, Ricker Botha, Kobus McCabe, Breakfast Club, Willie Barnard, Johandré Putter, Tershia Nel, Talisman Musina, Barend Vorster, Kobus Vorster, Boela Horne, Flip Botha and the Parents and Community of Messina.
Messina Primary School sold raffle tickets from which participants were able to win fantastic prizes. A big thank you to the parents, pupils and community who sold and bought the tickets.The winners of the lucky draw were: Roselda Lubbe and Dighard Myburg (each won an impala). The main prize, a weekend at Tshipise, was won by Drienie Volschenk.
Mrs Vorster also expressed her gratitude to the staff of Messina Primary School for whom nothing was too much trouble and who worked so hard to plan the weekend and spared no effort on the day.
Congratulations to David Mokobi and Jeffrey Singo who were included in the U/12 Limpopo Blue Bulls team.
Good luck for the season.
Ms. Mariaan Vorster, coach of the under twelve netball team, would like to thank PJ Safaris for sponsoring backpacks for the A and B teams.
The under ten coaches, Ms. Anzelle Esterhuizen and Ms. Kayla van der Merwe, would like to thank the following sponsors: Netball shirt – Musina Toyota and CNC Mejic Construction and Netball bags and hats – Yveian Services
Repurposing For Ecology And Conservation
Messina Primary has launched a clean-up project by making Eco-bricks. These bricks are made by stuffing empty 2-litre bottles with soft waste plastic. Stuffing the bottle properly means that when pressed it will not make a sound and will weigh 400g minimum. These ‘bricks’ will eventually be used to build with.
Every learner who hands in 10 Eco-bricks of the right standard will be awarded a recycling badge. There will also be a prize for handing in the most bricks before the end of the year. The project will, however, be ongoing indefinitely.
The first learners received their badges on Monday 6 May. Pictured are;
In front: Ashanti Louw and Dale Nel and Back: Serea Pretorius, Hanré v.d. Berg, Ms Annamie Stander (Organizer of Eco Bricks project)
On April 24, 16 learners from Messina Primary in Polokwane took part in the first round of the annual ATKV Reasoning Competition. They had a chance to express the courage of their convictions by delivering their well-prepared speeches before a panel of judges. Four of the learners also participated in the competition in English First Additional Language.
Three learners, Jessica Malungane, Muhofe Nethengwe and Aeden Anderson, went through to the semi-final round to be held on May 25 at Hans Strijdom High School.
Cycling March 15, 2019
On March 15, another cycling competition was launched. The pupils competed against each other and the pupils with the best time were selected as winners. The best Junior riders were Elané Visser and Jaun-Claude Breedt. The best senior riders were Dané and Waldo Stríjdom.
The sponsors were as follows: Caps for First Place – Talisman, Water Bottles for Junior and Senior Winners – Tiffany van den Berg, Chocolate for second and third place – Serendipity and Christelle van der Walt.
Rugby News – Sponsorships of 1st XV and Bulletjies
Messina Primary School’s Bulletjies are well under way. Each team shone on and off the rugby field.
The coaches and players would like to thank the following people for their sponsorships; Ms. Justine Putter, Deline Els, Kobus Kruger and Paul Campbell – Cash Donation, Ruan and Johan Brits, Thabo Electrical – Shirts, Mr. Takele Ayana, 1 Stop Motor Spares – Pants, Freek Clifford – Exercise cones, M & M Textiles – “Rips” for pants, Robie and Sanet Human – Exercise balls and teambags
Thank you also to every parent and supporter for your faithful support.
Messina Primary School announces Academic Top 5.
On Monday, 8 April, Messina Primary School announced their quarterly academic top five teams. These pupils all achieved an average of over 80%.
Messina Primary School made history by signing-up for the first time as a school team to participate in a biathlon league. It was a tough season, but the team showed what they were capable of and gave their best in the hot Musina sun by practicing hard. In doing so, they have managed to score enough points to not only qualify as a team but also individually to represent Limpopo in the South African biathlon championships to be held this year in Port Elizabeth on 31 March. We are very proud of these 13 athletes, and a special thank you to every parent who motivates, drives and finances their children. We are sincerely grateful!
Front: Hannah Landsberg (she broke the provincial record but is still too young to participate in the South African championships). Middle: Aidan Anderson, Daniël Landsberg, Wayne Swarts, Ethan Schmidt, Pieter Schoeman. Back: Ms. Maret van Niekerk, Geané Anderson, Dané Strjidom, JJ Goosen, Melissa Laubscher, Kylie Groenewald, Mi-né Verster, Ms. Samantha Jansen
Messina Primary 0/13 Netball girls ready for the season.
Messina Primary School’s first netball team was treated when they each received a backpack and two exercise shirts. They are looking forward to the season that kicks off with a tournament, from 8 – 10 March, at Camp Discovery.
Thank you to NTK, Kobus and Annemarie du Plessis (NTK representatives) who sponsored the shirts and Toyota Messina, Antoinette du Plessis (Toyota representative) who sponsored the backpacks for our daughters. Thank you to Robbie Human who arranged the sponsors for us. Thank you, too, to every parent who lovingly supports their daughter. We believe they will excel on the courts.
Messina Primary School excels on the athletics field.
On Friday, February 8, the pupils participated in the Regional Athletics Meet at Louis Trichardt Primary School. Sixteen of our pupils were chosen to participate in the District Meet on Friday 15 February at Messina Primary School.
Athletes in the photo: Front: Henré Roos (Javelin), Johandre Fourie (Shotput), Boitumelo Nkuna (Highjump and Long Jump), Dané Strijdom (Long jump and 70m Hurdles), Aiden Erasmus (Shotput) Back: Keitometse Makhura (Shotput, 100m, 80m and Long Jump), Bia Cunningham (75m Hurdles and 150m Hurdles, JP Coetsee (Shotput, Discus and Javelin), Rico Pieterse (Shotput and Discus), Busisiwe Makautse (High Jump), Sunique Coetzee ( Shotput) Absent When the photo was taken; Newo Ramarumo, Geané Anderson, Kgaugelo Mashatola, Unati Pepete.
Jeffrey Singo was our star athlete. He participated in 7 events and won gold in five of them. Truly a great achievement.
Jeffrey Singo (Gold medals) – Discus, 100m, 150m, 75m hurdles, javelin
Prefects and Gr. 7 Friday dress.
Messina Primary School has the Gr. 7 “Class of 2019” feeling special with their exclusively designed Friday shirts. The prefect group also gets a matching cap sponsored by M & M Textiles. Talisman also made a big contribution to our prefects’ outfits.
We are sincerely grateful to the staff for this initiative and the suppliers, sponsors and parents for making our children’s Gr.7 year special.
The rest of the Gr. 7 group in their Friday outfits.
New Teachers At Messina Primary School
Messina Primary welcomed three new teachers and four student teachers into their midst.
Mary-Ann Fritz, Marichelle Geyer, Kayla van der Merwe and Jeanette Nel
Inter-house Athletics, 2019
Inter-house Athletics Meeting; 18 January 2019.
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Despite the heat, the following records were improved upon. G u/10 75m hurdles – Jonea Pretorius, B u/12 100m, Shotput and 150m – Jeffrey Singo, G u/13 800m and1500m – Geané Anderson, B u/13 80m hurdles – MC Brand.
Cup Winners: Junior Victor Ludorum; Victor Kleynhaus, Junior Victrix Ludorum; Jonea Pretorius, Senior Victor Ludorum; Jeffrey Singo and Senior Victrix Ludorum; Geané Anderson. Best track athlete; Jeffrey Singo, Best field athlete; Jeffrey Singo. Best long distance athlete; Geané Anderson. Hurdles trophies, Girls; Jonea Pretorius, Boys; MC Brand. Winning Team Cup: Blue Team. Best spirit Cup: White team.
Trophy winners Front: Jonea Pretorius, Geané Anderson, Jeffrey Singo, MC Brand, Victor Kleynhaus.
Blue Team Captains: Rico Pieterse and Miché Molter. White team best spirit cup: JP Coetzee and Erynn Hodgson
At Musina Primary, the Grade R’s come singly, in pairs and in threes
New Gr. Rs
Messina Primary School‘s new Grade R buddies started the new school year with a broad smile. They didn’t hesitate and immediately started practicing their talents. Some were a little miserable to begin with, but all were smiling broadly by the end of the day. Click on the images in the galleries, to enlarge the them.
We are also fortunate to have triplets and twins in the group.
Inauguration of Prefects.
Messina Primary School may be behind the mountains, but certainly is not behind a rock. The prefects of 2019 were inaugurated on Monday 14 January.
Me. Alam sponsored the pupils’ ties. CY Frozen Foods and Messina Recycling made contributions towards the prefect’s uniforms and the rest was paid for by the parents of the prefects. With these new school blazers, our leaders can personify our motto: “Shine out“.
Even Messina’s heat didn’t put these learners off wearing their jackets all day, with pride.
We would like to thank Mrs. Cindy van der Merwe and Mrs. Natasha Verster for decorating the hall for the inauguration.
Our biathlon athletes travelled to Nelspruit to participate in an Inter-provincial competition, on 12 January.
Thirteen pupils participated and the best results were as follows:
Thirds: Ethan Schmidt (u/9) and Geané Anderson (u/13), Second: JJ Goosen (u/13) and Firsts: Hannah Landsberg (u/8) and Kylie Groenewaldt (u/11)
Hannah and Kylie respectively broke the Provincial and Open records. The Junior Victrix Ludorum for the day was Kylie Groenewaldt
Messina Primary School – Prizegiving –13th November 2018