Gateway School ends first term on a high note

Monde Majola, Kylie Putkamer, Marcel Venter, Kago Marakalla, Lesedi Mabasa, Aiden,
Moodies and Akira Mavuso, Saskia Sidor, Nolwazi Ngomane, Amu Gumede, Lindelwa
Sibanyoni, Zanne Nel and Marcia Matola.

Gateway Christian School concluded its first term last week. It was filled with both good and bad memories.

It was a busy term for all. They also had to say goodbye to one of their teachers, Gerda-Marié van Rooyen.

The senior pupils (FET learners) recently went on their team-building camp at Prayer Mountain in Badplaas.

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Lindie Ehlers, the principal of the school, said at the camp they explored, had fun and also enjoyed career-guidance presentations.

The grade one class recently had a trip to Chimp Eden, where they learned a lot.

The grade three class went to Barberton Museum. “They had a day filled with creativity and enjoyed milkshakes.”

“To our dearest learners, the first term has been quite a stretch with lots of hard work and various activities.

“Looking at everything that has been accomplished, I can say that I am proud of your efforts. Well done to each

and every one. My greatest reward is to see how every student reaches their personal goals and often even exceed them.

“Know that you can do everything through Christ who strengthens you.

“We are looking forward to all the events, besides academics awaiting us in term two, from netball, soccer, cross-country, archery and chess to the junior convention. Embrace every opportunity.

“To all the staff, thank you for all your hard work and dedication. May you all have a blessed holiday,” said Ehlers.

“Saying goodbye is never easy.

“It is very sad that we had to say goodbye to one of the teachers, Van Rooyen.

“It has been a tremendous blessing to have her at our school.

“Her passion and dedication encouraged pupils to work hard towards reaching their full potential. I believe this has been a wonderful time of personal and spiritual growth for her.

“Her desire to learn and to meet the needs of each pupil was evident in her constant research and engagement with her class.

“As a family, they were always willing to be involved in school activities.

“I want to wish them well on their new journey, knowing that the Lord

has a wonderful plan and purpose for them.”

Van Rooyen said her message to the school is that they should always keep their high standards and purposes in mind.

“I will miss the grade three class, the worship sessions on Tuesday and the staff members.

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“The school provided me the opportunity to investigate the education sector after being a Little Lab Coats tutor previously at the school.

“I am now pursuing my post graduate certificate in education,” said Van Rooyen.

The second term will start on May 3.

Bridget Mpande

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