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SFL Primary schools arts festival praised

posted 11 Sept 2014, 12:57 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 25 Sept 2014, 13:11 ]

Young and vibrant voices echoed through Hluhluwe Rugby Club on Friday the 5th of September as learners from Star For Life Partnered Primary Schools showcased their talent at the 2nd Star For Life Primary School’s Arts Festival.


                                                                Learners from all four school's on stage during the mass dance performance.

Phumlani Primary School, Macabuzela, Nompondo and Ntuthukoyamazulu are the four primary schools which contributed to this festival. Each of these four schools perfomed in the categories of drama, music, dance and visual arts. Learners used these performances to tell stories of their heritage.  As the month of September is ‘Heritage Month’ in South Africa, the organizers of the event said this year’s event focused more on encouraging learners to be proud of their heritage.

                                               Mnikelo Maphumulo from Macabuzela Primary School during their 
                                                                                         dance performance.

Among this year’s performances audiences got the chance to see a play by Ntuthukoyamazulu Primary School, which aimed not only to teach traffic safety to learners who are pedestrians but also to send a message to the drivers as well; “drivers need to be mindful of school zones and always be cautious of young pedestrians crossing the roads,” said Sifundo Ndlela who was one of the main characters of the play.


The Star For Life Primary School’s Coach and one of the organizers of the event, Mr. Dumisani Ngubane described the event as a good platform for learners to showcase their talent as well as to use art to express their views and raise awareness.  “This festival is growing from strength to strength, this year performances were not only entertaining but they were also very educational. All the plays performed here were written and produced by learners themselves with the help of their teachers,” said Ngubane.


The Arts and Culture subject advisor from uMkhanyakede District, Mr. F Nkosi praised the work of SFL in schools. “As the Department of Education, we are very happy to be associated with Star For Life, as they share the common goal of providing young people with an opportunities to showcase their talent.”


The Principal of Macabuzela Primary School Mr.V Nsimbi praised the hard work of the teachers, who dedicated their spare time to help learners with rehearsals. “Thank you to Star For Life for including primary schools in their programme,” said Mr. Nsimbi.


The Star For Life Primary School’s is currently partnered with four schools, with an aim to include four more schools next year.