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In Memoriam

Dave Diener



Welcome back to Marie Benson who will be providing us with the news articles from Messina Primary

KasKar 2018

On Friday the 26th of October we held Kaskar Day. Pupils have received sponsorship lists to raise money. Learners who collected more than R900 were rewarded with a Fundraiser Badge. The lists were also used to make lucky draws. The target was R120 000 and if the students collected the amount, the whole school will be taken to Tshipise for the day.

(Click on the images to enlarge them).

Ms Lucinda Vorster, Acting Head of Messina Primary School, would like to thank all the sponsors, parents of Messina Primary and Musina community for their generous contribution. This helped us gather the amount of R204 411, 80.

The prize winners were as follows:
Junior with the most money on the list: Fareefta Islam (Gr. 2B)
Senior with the most money on the list: Cesca Nel (Grade 4V)
Both of these two girls win a flight in Cherokee / 180 light aircraft – Mr Ravi Vansia and each also receives a set of earphones donated by Mrs. Lindie Jansen – PC Worx.

Junior and senior classes which collected the most money per head were Gr. 2 B and Gr. 4V – Both classes are rewarded with a meal at Spur.

Junior class with the best theme: Gr. 3L – Beach kids
Senior class with the best theme: Gr. 7R – Teachers of the school – Both classes are rewarded with a meal at Spur.

We would like to thank the following sponsors:
• Hanley Wildlife Services – Mr. N Whelan
• PC Worx – Ms Lindie Jansen for earphones to school winners
• Talisman: Ms R. Pieterse – Hobby air – 24l Direct air compressor with three piece airtool kit and Impact drill & angle grinder (Lucky draw)
• Ravi Vansia – Flight in Cherokee / 180 light aircraft
• Forever Resort – Weekend at Tshipise (Lucky draw)
• German Farm Butchery: Arno – Meat hamper (Lucky draw)
• Impala Service Station: Ms Nadine Saayman – Fuel voucher (Lucky draw)
• ENGEN: Ms M Libert – Fuel voucher (Lucky draw)
• 1 Impala (carcass) (Lucky draw)
• Messina Apteek – Hamper for Junior and Senior class which raised the most money
• C Jays Salon: Gift voucher for Junior and Senior class teacher who raised the most money

Buffalo Ridge Spur: Meal vouchers.

SA Mathematics Challenge

Fourteen Gr. 4 – 7 students participated in the Limpopo final. They competed against 14000 other learners from Limpopo.

Mia, Hanre ,Ruva & Jana

Hanré van den Berg (Gr. 6) and Mia Limbach (Gr. 7) obtained silver certificates and Jana Erwee (Gr.5) and Ruva Mushangahande obtained bronze certificates. Congratulations on the great performance.

Radikale Redenaars

2018 was the year of Redenaars! For the first time, Messina Primary School entered the Radikale Redenaars Competition and ended with three participants in the National Round!

Aiden, Simone & Geané

The results were as follows: Simone Nel (Gr. 7) and Geané Anderson (Gr. 6) were third in their respective parent group and Aiden Anderson (Gr. 4). Congratulations on the great achievement!


Twenty-one pupils have been chosen for our biathlon team to participate in the Limpopo Championships on October 20. The athletes run 400m / 1200m and swim 25 / 100m.

We wish the athletes all of the very best, you will all be outstanding, we are sure!!!!!!


Messina Primary School held their Interhouse Swimming Gala on Friday, October 12, 2018. It was a glorioushot day. During the day, one eighteen-year-old backstroke record was improved by Ethan Smidt. He also made history by becoming the first under 8 boy to win the Junior Victor Ludorum trophy. The Junior Victrix Ludorum was won by Kylie Groenewald. The Senior Victrix Ludorum was won by Mi-né Verster and the Senior Victor Ludorum was won by Marco van der Merwe. The Piranhas walked off with the winning house trophy in the end.

The acting head, Mrs. Lucinda Vorster, would like to thank Ms. Natasha Verster, organizer of the Gala and all those who helped to make such a successful day. Also, the school would like to thank the following sponsors:
Carinne Nel – who organized the sponsors for the starting blocks. Sponsors for the starting blocks were – Messina Toyota, Limpopo Bonded Warehouse, Gateway Truckstop, Martie Swarts and Eric and Marina Liebert, Pastor Jimmy Venter for the installation of the starting blocks, Messina Toyota Knights for the beautiful medals, Ronel Pieterse of Talisman for the flags, ice creams, water and gazebo, Staff and parents of Messina Primary School.
In the photo, the main trophy winners of the day appear:

From left to right; Marco van der Merwe (Senior Victor Ludorum); Mi-né Verster (Senior Victrix Ludorum); Kylie Groenewald (Junior Victrix Ludorum) Ethan Smidt (Junior Victor Ludorum);
Behind: Ms. Lucinda Vorster (Acting Head)


Messina Primary School is very proud of CG Human. He played for the 0/11 Limpopo T20 regional team, during the school holidays.

CG Human

Top Achievers: 3rd Term

On Monday, July 15, 2018, Messina Primary proudly announced their academic top 5 teams for the third term. These students all achieved an average of over 80%.

Gr 4 top achievers:
From left to right are Brent Vorster, Larah Hodgson, Daniel Landsberg, Sayma Alam, Cesca Nel

Gr 5 top achievers:
From left to right are Jessica Malungane, Tehya Stevens, Joha Sieberhagen, Okuhle Ntsaba, Thando Ndiweni

Gr 6 top achievers:
From left to right are Serea Pretorius, Shaista Alam, Geané Anderson, Zian Grobler, Hanré v.d. Berg

Gr 7 top achievers:
From left to right are Mia Limbach, Elri Vorster, Nicole Saungweme, Tylor Nel, Simone Nel

M.A.C. Supports Messina Primary’s Cycling Club

Massive Donation For Messina Primary School’s Cycling Club.

Winston Churchill said: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.

Follie van Zyl from MAC has made life so much easier for our cyclists by donating a splendid trailer-mount bike rack that is able to transport eight bicycles. He also mounted the rack on the trailer for the school.With this donation our participant numbers have doubled.

We have also moved into the Top 10 of Limpopo Primary Schools.

School Principal, Lucinda Vorster with Follie and Nana-Mari van Zyl


Follie from MAC, we thank you for your contribution to making the joy of cycling possible for our children.


40th Annual Cycle Tour

Gr. 7 Cycle Tour – 40 years old.
There was a great excitement at Messina Primary School on Friday 7 September, because it was time for the Gr. 7-pupils annual cycling tour. It was also the 40th anniversary of this exceptional event. The pupils ride their bikes from Bokmakierie to Tshipise, with the Grade 7 parents who staff the water points. After the last watering point, there is usually a race among the children to determine who arrives first in Tshipise.

On the road

For the second time in the history of the cycling  tour, a girl, Elri Vorster, won the races. The following four places went to Tylor Nel, Meghna Jadeja, Simone Nel and Katlego Maraba.

Elri Vorster, Tylor Nel and Meghna Jadeja,

Chocolates are also awarded to cyclists who performed exceptionally. One of them was Dzanga Nthakheni who hurt her knee and shoulders in a fall, but still kept driving and finished the race. Two pupils, Dakalo Maduguma and Loyiso Booi pushed the whole race on tiny cycles and did not give up.

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 and making pap, gravy and salads, Spur for gift vouchers for the first three places, Talisman for goody bags and sponsoring a water point , Messina Toyota Knights – goody bags and a water point, Central African Crushers and Thabu Foods for cooldrinks and water, Messina Pharmacy for goody bags, Tops for providing ice and water, Messina Traffic Department and the Gr. 7 parents of Messina Primary School.

“Without your sponsorships, the day would not have been possible,” the principal of Messina Primary School, Mrs Lucinda Vorster, said

Top Achievers

Awards for outstanding students.
On 2 August 2018, the Soutpansberg North Circuit presented their annual prize giving in Dzanani. During this gala event, many learners were rewarded for their outstanding academic achievements in the second term. Congratulations to Elri Vorster from Messina Primary School, who once again won the top Gr. 7 pupils as well as the top performer of the Soutpansberg North Circuit and Jonea Pretorius from Messina Primary School who won the top Gr. 3 pupils.

Photo: Elri Vorster and Jonea Pretorius

AMESA Mathematics Olympiad

On 3 August 2018, 12 of our students attended the final round of AMESA Mathematics Olympiad in Polokwane. The pupils performed extremely well and each received a medal. Three of our pupils were among the top five. Elri Vorster was fourth, Ruva Mushongahande was third and Nicole Saungweme was first in Limpopo. She was rewarded with a beautiful trophy and laptop.

Pupils as in picture:
Elrie Vorster, Nicole Saungweme, Ruva Mushongahande

Messina Primary School proudly announced their academic top 5 teams for the first term on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

These students all gained an average of over 80%.

Gr 4 top achievers: From left to right are Brent Vorster, Daniel Landsberg, Mpho Tekateka, Deidré Pretorius, Cesca Nel

Gr 5 top achievers: From left to right are Jessica Malungane, Tehya Stevens, Joha Sieberhagen, Marike Cloete, Okuhle Ntsaba (absent from taking photo)

Gr 6 top achievers: From left to right are Serea Pretorius (absent from taking photo), Zian Grobler, Hanré v.d. Berg, Shaista Alam, Rico Pieterse

Gr 7 top achievers:From left to right are Elri Vorster, Nicole Saungweme, Mia Limbach, Tylor Nel, Ruva Mushangahande

New Teachers And Students At Messina Primary

Messina Primary School welcomed two new teachers to their midst.

Ms. Sondrie van der Westhuizen (Gr. 4,5 and 6 Afr. Home Language) and Ms. Carita Nel (Gr. 5 Life Skills and Gr. 6 and 7 Eng. Home Language)

Messina Primary School also welcomes three students, two from Potchefstroom and one from Unisa, who come to see how a teacher’s day progresses. They will be schooled in lesson preparation and presentation. We hope that they will learn a lot from our teachers!

Picture: Alana Louw, Kayla van der Merwe, Mary-Ann Fritz

Tshipise Weekend 2018

19th Bulletjie Weekend for Messina Primary School

Messina Primary was once again the proud presenter of the 19th Bulletjie rugby and netball weekend at Tshipise Forever Resort on May 26th. The acting principal, Ms. Lucinda Vorster expressed her sincere thanks to the following sponsors and people who helped make a huge success of this weekend: Tshipise Forever Resort, Wikus Jansen, Freek Clifford, Kobus Strydom, Lindie Jansen, Flip Botha, Messina Superspar, Gates of Africa, Tersia Nel, Willem Esterhuyse, “Breakfast Club”, Nicolene Whelan, Barend Vorster, Supa Bake, Talisman Plant Hire and the Parents and Community of Messina

She also expressed her thanks to the staff of Messina Primary who had spared no effort and worked so hard to plan the weekend.

Raffle Winners

Bulletjie Raffle Winners

Messina Primary School sold raffle tickets and participants were given the opportunity to win fantastic prizes. The prize winners are from left to right; Palesa Makhura (Winner of the kudu), Ms. Dorothy Jooste and Kaden Jacobs (Winner of Weekend at Tshipise). Arnold Roodt (winner of the impala). (Arnold was not present when the picture was taken.)


AMESA (Association for Maths Education of South Africa) Mathematics Olympiad

15 of Messina Primary School’s learners went through to participate in Round 2 of the AMESA Mathematics Olympiad in Dzanani. 12 of the students, of whom there is one Gr. 6 and the rest Gr.7 learners, qualified for the Soutpansberg North team and will participate in the final round on 3 August.

Pupils as in picture. Rear; Skylar Stevens, Nicole Saungweme, Meghna Jadeja, Shaista Alam (Only Grade 6 Student), Mia Limbach, Katlego Maraba, Timonné Myburg, and front; Tylor Nel, Ruva Mushongahande, Elri Vorster, Ashiya Patel. Janel Pieterse was absent when the photo was taken.

“Maths Challenge” Olympiad

14 pupils participated in the “Maths Challenge” Olympiad and went through to the final round on August 1.

Photo; 1st row: Thato Tlou, Kabelo Mabela. 2nd row: Jessica Malungane, Thando Ndiweni, Okuhle Ntshaba,Tehya Stevens, Jana Erwee. 3rd row: Brent Vorster, Elri Vorster, Mia Limbach, Ruva Mushongahande, Simmone Nel, Timonné Myburg, Hanré van den Berg


Wayne Swarts

Wayne Swarts participated in the 15km Sondela Cycle Race on Saturday 19 May. He is the first student from Messina Primary School to take part in this competition. Well done, Wayne.

Grade 7’s Mother’s Day Fundraiser

Messina Primary’s Grade 7’s have had another successful fundraiser with their mother’s day raffle ticket sales for beautiful gift packages. The gift packages were sponsored by Mara Limbach and Sonette Coetzee. The winners of the gift packs are Lindie-Lee Möller, Jaun Coetzee and Johandré Fourie.

front: Lindie-Lee Möller. rear: Jaun Coetzee, Me. Marietjie Diener (Organizer), Johandré Fourie


Gladys Mudau

Congratulations to Gladys Mudau who was selected for the Limpopo u/13 Netball team. She will represent Limpopo in the championship on 24-28 June at E.G. Jansen, Gauteng.  Well done Gladys!

ATKV – Orators.

Mia Limbach

Congratulations to Mia Limbach who was chosen to participate in the 2nd round trials in Polokwane on 25 May.

Rugby Sponsorships;


Messina Primary School’s Bulletjies are well on track. Every team shines on and next to the rugby field. The coaches and players would like to thank the following people for their sponsorship; Musina Mall, PC Worx, NFA Blouster, Popallin Ranch, Johan Badenhorst,Thabo Electric, Jayson’s Lion King Hyperana, Nthambe Electrical.

Many thanks to every parent and supporter for your faithful support.

1st XV

Messina Primary School’s 1st rugby team would like to thank the following people for their sponsorship. Jackets: Dunlop GTE Tires Messina – Mr. Kobus Pieterse. Bags: Nthambe Electrical – Mr. Albert Nembudani and his two daughters, Muringa and Khodani Nembudani. Shorts – Peter and Maryna Dillman (absent when the photo was taken).

Feedback Received

It’s always nice to get feedback on the site, so this was gladly received;

“Attended school between 1996-1998 and currently living abroad. I Just googled to follow up on how the school is doing and I have just scrolled through the whole bulletin and I am amazed to see the traditions are still going! I am ever so proud of my former school, you are all doing an amazing job and congratulations to my former geography teacher, Maneer Diener on being promoted to headmaster. You deserve it, what an awesome teacher you were, one of my all-time favourite. May the school continue operating from strength to strength.
Awesome news letter – job well done👌👍🤜👏”


Academic Achievers

On 20th April 2018, the Soutpansberg North Circuit held their annual prize-giving event, in Dzanani. During this gala event, many learners are rewarded for their outstanding academic achievements in the first term.

Elri Vorster, Dr. Phaswana, Siwe Buthelezi

Congratulations to Elri Vorster, who was named as the top Gr. 7 pupil at Messina Primary School and in the Soutpansberg North Circuit, and Siwe Buthelezi who is the top Gr. 3 pupil from Messina Primary School

Netball Trials

On Friday 20th April, the under 13 and 14 girls participated in the regional netball trials in Louis Trichardt. The following pupils were chosen for the Vhembe team and will participate in the Limpopo trials in Polokwane on May 2nd ; Karabo Semona, Gladys Mudau, Bontlé Motale, Nicole Saungweme, Livhuwani Siziba

ATKV – Orators

Front: Pieter Schoeman, Aeden Anderson, Jonea Pretorius, Hannah Landsberg
Middle: Wayne Swarts, Geané Anderson, Melissa Laubcher, Jaun Coetzee, Sonique Coetzee, Daniël Landsberg
Rear: Ruva Mushongahande, Mia Limbach, Skylar Stevens, Nicole Saungweme, Anké Janse van Rensburg, Elri Vorster

Messina Primary School’s annual debate competition kicked off with a record number of participants, thanks to Ms Annamie Stander, our longtime mentor and driving force of this important competition. The following categories have been competed: Gr. 1-3, 4-5, 6-7, Home Language as well as in Afrikaans First Additional Language.These 16 chatterboxes, with nerves of steel, will participate in Polokwane on April 24th in the first round of the Limpopo Championships.

 Mini Netball Sponsor

The under 6 netball girls, their coaches and Mr & Mrs van Zyl

The 0/6 coaches, Mss Melanie Hurter and Elizna Clifford would like to thank Nana and Follie van Zyl of MAC for sponsoring the girls new netball tunics and the coaches’ shirts.

Rugby Sponsor

The team, their coach Mr. Veldman and Mr & Mrs du Plessis

The Messina Primary 1st XV rugby team thanked Kobus and Annamarie du Plessis of NTK for the sponsorship of their smart, new shirts.

Athletics News

Messina Primary School shines on the athletics field.

Nine athletes from Messina Primary kept the name of the school high during the District athletics meeting when they obtained places in various items. These athletes will represent the school at the Limpopo Athletics Championships on 3 March. The event will take place at the University of Limpopo in Polokwane.

Athletes as in picture: Front: Bia Cunningham (girls u/11 High Jump and 70m Hurdles), Keito Makhura (girls u/10 Shot-put and Long Jump), Karabo Semono girls u/13 75m Hurdles), Jeffrey Singo (Boys u/11 Long Jump, Javelin and Discus )Rear: M.C. Brand (Boys u/12 75m hurdles), Rico Pieterse (Boys u/12 Discus), Ruva Mushangahande (Girls u/12 High Jump and Javelin) Geané Anderson (Girls u/12 High Jump and Javelin), J.P. Coetsee (Boys u/12 Javelin, Shot-put and discus), Johandré Fourie (Boys u/10 Shot-put)

Valentine’s Day – 2018

On Friday 16 February we celebrated Valentine’s Day. The Gr. 7 pupils sold food, sweets, cookies and flowers to boost their Gr. 7 fund.

The senior pupils voted for Mr. and Miss. Valentine and the winners were our Headboy and Headgirl, Juan Coetzee and Elri Vorster.

Mr & Miss Valentine

They also raffled a giant teddy bear and two gift packages. The teddy bear was sponsored by Danté Schutte and the gifts were sponsored by the Gr. 7 Parents. The draw was done on Monday 19 February and the winners of the gift packages are Rendani Muraluna (Gr. 4), Dané Strijdom (Gr.4) and the bear Kaelyn de Kock (Gr. 2).

The raffle winners with Mrs Diener

The Gr. 7 teachers would like to thank the Gr. 7 parents for their support.

Interhouse Athletics 26th January 2018

Trophy winners: Junior Victor Ludorum;  Aiden Anderson, Junior Victrix Ludorum; Keito Makhura. Senior Victor Ludorum; Kylan Naudé, Senior Victrix Ludorum; Bontle Motalane; Best track athlete; MC Brand, Best field athlete; Marco van der Merwe. Best long distance athlete; Geané Anderson. Hurdles trophies; (New cups handed out this year for the first time); Girls; Keito Makhura, Boys; MC Brand. House trophy; Yellow Team.

Photo – trophy winners: Front: Timonné Myburg, Ruben Ellman, Bontle Motalane, Marco van der Merwe. Middle: Aiden Anderson, Keito Makhura, MC Brand, Geané Anderson, Kylan Naudé, Rear: Dr. Benji Pretorius (Chairman of the Governing Body)

This is a gallery of action snaps taken during the course of the event. Click on an image to enlarge it.

New Gr. R’s

Messina Primary’s new grade R buddies have started the new school year, (mostly), with a broad smile.

They didn’t hesitate and immediately got stuck in and began to display their talents. Some were a little sad but all were smiling by the end of the day. Click on the images in the gallery to enlarge them.

New Staff at Messina Primary

New teachers
Messina Primary School welcomed four new teachers in their midst.

From left:
Ezelle van den Berg (Gr 4 & 5 EAT and Gr. 4 Life Skills), Marijke Horne (Gr 4 Mathematics), Jennifer Fourie (Gr 5 Maths), Melanie Hurter (Gr. R)

New Students
Nicolene Whelan, Lucretia van Niekerk, Tiffany van den Berg

Messina Primary’s Prefects Receive Smart New Uniforms

Inauguration of Prefects.
Messina Primary School is perhaps behind the mountain, but is certainly not in the Stone Age. The prefects of 2018 were inaugurated on Monday 22 January in a glamorous event. It was also the first day that they dressed up in their smart, new prefect uniform, a uniform that makes this rural school look like a city school.

The prefects in their new outfits, with their stationery bags.

Mrs. Sonette Coetzee designed and sponsored this uniform and Messina Primary is very grateful for our dedicated and generous parents. With this uniform and blazers, our leaders can really show off our motto: “Stand Out”. Even Musina’s heat did not put these learners off wearing their blazers all day long.
We would like to thank Mrs. Jackie Pretorius for decorating the hall for the inauguration. It complemented the style of the new uniforms. Also a big thank you to Mrs. Nasreen Islam for arranging a stationery sponsor for the prefects on behalf of Nedbank.
Harold S. Geneen said: “Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in action”. Our student leaders can now display their attitude and are ready for action.

Messina Primary’s Prizegiving for 2017

Messina Primary School – Awards ceremony – 7 November 2017

3 years Drummies

3 Years Drummies – Everyone in Gr. 1 to Gr. 3 who were drummies received a trophy. Front; Mpho Tekateka, Rofhiwa Mudau

Behind: Danè Strijdom, Kaylie Groenewald, Cesca Nel, Kaylin Taljaard, Mia de Jager


Junior top achievers

Junior Top Achievers:

Front: Ethan Schmidt (Gr. 1C), Lesedi Maltjie (Gr. 2B), Fareefta Islam (Gr. 1V), Jonea Pretorius (Gr. 2 M)

Behind: Pieter Schoeman (Gr. 1P), Daniel Landsberg (Gr. 3 Y), Brent Vorster (Gr. 3 A), Mpho Tekateka (Gr. 3 N), Blessing Wabu Gr. 3 L), Janez Saal (Gr. 2D)


Senior top achievers

Senior Top Achievers:

Front: Serea Pretorius (Gr 5P), Jessica Malungane (Gr 4V), Jana Erwee (Gr. 4S),

Jessica Mhlanga (Gr 5S), Tehya Stevens (Gr. 4M), Joha Sieberhagen (Gr. 4J)

Behind: Elri Vorster (Gr. 6L), Shaista Alam (Gr 5W), Charles Maphaha (Gr 7V), Annika Pretorius (Gr. 7H), Shafin Chowdhury (Gr. 7N), Nicole Saungweme (Gr. 6C) Tylor Nel (Gr. 6A)


Junior reading prizes

Junior Best Progress in Reading.

Front: Mikayla van Vuuren (Gr. 2M), Tinyiko Malunga (Gr. 1V), Erica Churr (Gr. 1P), Mholi Dlamini (Gr. 1C), Hannah Otto (Gr. 1V)

Middle: Alexia Cambell (Gr. 1C), Jonathen van Loggerenberg (Gr. 1P),

Lu-han Pieterse (Gr. 3A), Christopher La Grange (Gr. 3Y), Alwyn Burger (Gr. 2D),

Luanke Adendorff (Gr. 2D), Annoint Sichewo (Gr. 2B)

Behind: Sasha Chuene (Gr. 2B), Kaylin Taljaard (Gr. 3A), Andrea Evans (Gr. 3N),

Jahnvi Patel (Gr. 3L), Phillipa Weideman (Gr. 3L), Reabetswe Pida (Gr3N),

Jaycelize Ras (Gr. 3Y), Hailey de Vitis (Gr. 2M)


Senior reading prizes

Senior Reading Awards:

1st row: Ompa Ramuthivheli (Gr. 4D), Jessica Malungane (Grade 4V),

Ashley Muleya (Grade 4D), Armand Meintjies (Gr 4S), Joha Sieberhagen (Gr 4J),

2nd row: Jana Erwee (Gr.4J), Fateha Chowdhury (Gr 5S), Livhuwani Siziba (Gr. 6A),

Elri Vorster (Grade 6L), Janél Pieterse (Grade 6L), Mamdiara Faye (Grade 4V)

3rd row: Rosa Malatji (Gr 5S), Serea Pretorius (Gr 5 P), Theo Maluleke (Gr 6S), Chantelle J.v. Rensburg (Gr. 4J), Denzhe (Gr. 5C)

4th row: Shaista Alam (Grade 5L), Skylar Stevens (Grade 6S), Idah Tshakuma (Grade 6C),

Theunes Geyser (Gr. 7S), Elmie van Staden (Gr. 7S), Kyle Hayward (Gr. 7N),

Shafin Chowdhury (Gr. 7N), Tsholofelo Mthombeni (Gr 7V), Ingrid Ndlovu (Gr. 7v), Miché Molter (Gr. 5P)


Gr. 7 Academic trophies

Gr. 7 Academic Trophies

Front: Kabelo Phaswana – Gr. 7 Learner with Exceptional Character Compassion, Integrity and Honesty, Phenyo Legwaba – Highest achievement: Life Orientation and Afrikaans First Additional Language, Shafin Chowdhury – Highest achievement in English Home Language, Natural Science, Creative Arts and Technogogy, Yasin Alam – Highest achievement in E.M.S.

Behind: Courtney Bothman – Gr. 7 Learner who achieved very well, Annika Pretorius – Highest Performance in Creative Art, Annmari Erasmus – Highest Performance in Afrikaans Home Language and English First Additional Language, Jane Naude – VLU Book Prize for Best Orator, Charles Maphaha – Highest achievement in Social Science and Mathematics

Dux Pupil: Annika Pretorius

Dux Pupil, Anika
Ruva. AMESA trophy

3rd Place in the AMESA Maths Olympiad – Ruva Mushongahande

Sport trophy winners

Sports Trophies:
Front: Josiah Rathokolo – Best Achievement in Rugby, Arno Roets – Best Performance in Swimming
Middle: Jeffrey Singo – Merit Trophy for rugby, J.P. Coetzee – Best achievement in athletics, Crayden Rosslee – Best achievement in cricket and included in the Limpopo team for golf, Kyle Hayward – Best achievement in tennis
Rear: Geane Anderson – Highest achievement in hockey and included in the Limpopo team for biathlon, Chloë Nathan – Best Performance in Swimming and Highest Performance in Hockey, Annika Pretorius – Best Achievement in Athletics, Charmaine Dhiliwayo – Best progress in Netball, Karabo Semono – Highest achievement in netball, Ruva Mushongahande – Highest achievement in tennis

Sportsman and sportswoman of the year

Sports boy and girl
Arno Roets and Ruva Mushongahande

ATKV trophies

Geane Anderson, Simone Nel, Elri Vorster, Daniel Landsberg

Ek Weet/ I Know General knowledge trophies

I know / I know General Knowledge trophy
Yasim Alamen, Elri Vorster

Neatest handwriting prizes

Netjieste Handwriting – One per grade has been selected.
Geane Anderson (Gr. 5), Boitshoko Phalane (Gr. 7), Nicole Saungweme (Gr. 6),
Muofhe Nethengwe (Gr. 4)

Student leaders 2018

Student leaders for 2018:
Marco v.d. Merwe (Deputy headboy), Juan Coetzee (Head boy),
Elri Vorster (Head girl), Janel Pieterse (Deputy headgirl)

Prefects 2018

Prefects for 2018
1st row: Josiah Rathokolo, Adrian Mbewe, Lesedi Salani, Burger Roets,
Domanic Maledi
2nd row: Munazzah Islam, Dzangafula Nthakheni, Skylar Stevens, Etienne Koekemoer, Theo Maluleke, Dante Schutte, Ruben Ellman, Simoné Nel, Tylor Nel
3rd row: Timonné Myburg, Katlego Maraba, Janel Pieterse (Deputy headgirl),
Elri Vorster (Head girl) Juan Coetzee (Head boy), Marco van der Merwe (Deputy Headboy)
4th row: Anke J.v. Rensburg, Amy de Villiers, Chanté Pretorius, Nicole Saungweme, Meghna Jadeja, Gladys Mudau, Mia Limbach, Ruva Mushongahande, Janli du Toit, Kylan Naudé


Lukas Korff

From left to right are Phenyo Legwabe (Deputy headboy), Annika Pretorius (Deputy headgirl), Mr. Lukas Korff, Pastor Jimmy Venter, Jané Naudé (Headgirl) and Kyle Greig (Headboy).

Lukas Korff, a well-known evangelist, visited Messina Primary with Pastor Jimmy Venter of the Full Gospel Church on Friday, October 20, as part of a motivation initiative for scholars

Inter-house Swimming Gala

Op die foto pryk die wenners van die dag:
Voor is Angelique Coetsee (spankaptein van die wenspan). Agter van links na regs is me Natasha Verster (swemorganiseerder); Henré Roos (Junior Victor Ludorum); Arno Roets (Senior Victor Ludorum); Simone Nel (Senior Victrix Ludorum); Mi- né Verster (Junior Victrix Ludorum) en mnr. Jan Naudé (die borg van die trofees).

Messina Primary School held their Inter-house Swimming Gala on 12 October 2017. The principal, Mr. Dave Diener, would like to thank all those involved who helped make the day a success.

Academic Top 5 Achievers

Messina Primary proudly announced their academic top 5 teams for the third quarter on Monday, 9 October 2017

Gr 4- toppresteerders:
Van links na regs is Chantelle Jansen van Rensburg; Jana Erwee; Joha Sieberhagen, Jessica Malungane en Mi-Né Verster.
Gr 5- toppresteerders:
Van links na regs is Serea Pretorius; Geané Anderson, Hanré van den Berg, Shaista Alam en Rico Pieterse.
Gr 6- toppresteerders:
Van links na regs is Elri Vorster; Nicole Saungweme, Simoné Nel, Mia Limbach, Tylor Nel.


Gr 7- toppresteerders:
Van links na regs is Shafin Chowdhury, Yasin Alam, Annmari Erasmus en Charles Maphaha. Afwesig: Annika Pretorius.

Messina Primary School Annual Golf Day 

Messina Primary’s golf day was a huge success.

Messina Primary School was once again the proud presenter of its eighth golf day on September 9, 2017. The theme for the day was a German Beer Festival. German beer, food and delicacies gave the event a true German atmosphere. The competition was honoured by the many teams that entered. The principal, Mr. Dave Diener expressed his sincere thanks to the sponsors and people who helped to make a huge success of the day.

Winners On The Day

Front, from left to right are Ms R. Viljoen; Ms A. Diener; Ms E. Clifford and rear from left to right are Ms Hurter; Ms M. van Niekerk and Ms D. Sehrawat.
From left to right are Mr. Pierre du Toit; Mr. Tony Dorman; Mr. Alain du Plessis; Mr. Patrick Rosslee and Mr. Rubi Coetzee.

2017 Senior Girls’ Hockey

Messina Primary School is proud to say that their 2017 senior hockey girls’ team has had a successful hockey season. 30 girls were chosen to attend a hockey clinic at Mariepskop Primary School. T clinic focused not only on ball skills, but also on team spirit and endurance, whichwill come in handy in preparation for their annual league matches. The school would like to thank the following sponsors: Ms Nadine Saayman of Impala Service Station for the sponsorship of the T-shirts and hats; Elegant Fuel for the backpacks; Ms Amelia Botha and Ms Theresa du Toit for the stockings; Ms Elaine Rodrigues for the water bottles; Ms Luciel Vivier for the water; Mr Errad van der Merwe of VDM Logistics for the sponsorship of the coach’s shirt and Ms Ansie du Plessis for the hair-ribbons.


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From left to right are Lusani Ravele; Serea Pretorius; Geané Anderson; Erynn Hodgson; Simone Nel and Elri Vorster.
Second row from left to right are Nduvho Machinge; Dalcy Moyo; Stacey-Ann Rodrigues; Edzisani Matamela; Ruvarashe Mushongahande; Tylor Nel; Skylar Stevens; Dzangafulu Nthakheni and Miché Molter.
Third row from left to right are Meghna Jadeja; Annika Pretorius; Amahle Tabengwa; Hope Muvhango; Annmari Erasmus; Gladys Mudau; Angelique Coetsee and Janli du Toit.
Rear, left to right are Nicole Saungweme; Tanya du Toit; Antoné Botha; Jané Naudé; Genévieve Pieterse and Chloë Nathan.
Absent for photo: Gift Radzilani

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Cycle Tour 2017 Winners

Messina Primary School would like to thank the following people for their contribution to a successful Grade 7 cycle tour: Grade 7 parents; Venetia Schmidt; SAPS; Musina Municipality; relevant staff; Mr. Simon Peta and the traffic department, as well as Mr. Pieter Erasmus.

After the cycling tour, this group of Grade 7s were rewarded for their performance during the event: Rear from left to right are Ms Natasha Verster; Kyle Hayward (2nd boy); Gloria Ramavhuya (endurance); Kyle Greig (1st boy); Jané Naudé (1st girl); Chloë Nathan (2nd girl); and Annmari Erasmus (3rd girl). Front, left to right are Gift Radzilani (endurance); Simoné Laubscher (endurance); Kyle Todd (3rd boy) and Nathan Esterhuizen (endurance).

Cycle Tour 2017 Sponsors Come On Board.

The annual cycle tour held from Bokmakierie to Tshipise was boosted when bicycles were sponsored by Messrs. Johan Dreyer of Filterman and Charles Patterson of C. I. M. Lubri Fuel, which made it possible for all learners to participate. Sincere thanks are extended to these gentlemen and their companies, by Messina Primary School.

Rear, from left to right are Mr. Johan Dreyer; Keanu Marshall; Boitshoko Phalane; Hope Muvhango; Dalcy Moyo; Dylan Kruger; Stefan de Wet and Reuben Reyneke.Front, from left to right are Thizwi Manyagwe; Kabelo Phaswana; Lufuno Mulaudzi and Vanessa Ndhlovu.

Helicopter Fundraising

Messina Primary School’s Gr.7’s 2017 fundraisers are in full swing. Thank you to Mr. Howard Knott, who made his helicopter available for “bombing” the flour bombs onto the rugby field to determine the winners, as well as all of the sponsors for the fantastic prizes. Ms. Theresa du Toit – Free weekend at Môreson won by Pieter Erasmus, Barbara Rossouw – Viewing of the impalas on Popallin Ranch donated by Mr. Peet Bezuidenhout, won by Tristan Greig and Jan Naudé, Ms. Samantha Jansen – donation of a hamper – won by Cornel Pieterse.



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