MBOMBELA – Mathews Phosa College was among the recent winners of the golden awards at the Eisteddfod choir competitions. This is one of the Lowveld’s social calendar highlights. The prestigious college participated alongside the best in the province. Hundreds of learners, accompanied by their teachers, took part in the Eisteddfod competitions.The learners from various schools showcased their varied and distinctive talents. Leading the audience to ask, “How do they do it?””We took a close look at one of the schools to find out its secret to Eisteddfod success. One aspect that clearly stood out was that it was not just a case of last-minute preparation for the event,” said the school principal, Thomson Mapurisa.
The school stated that academic excellence and the fostering of learners’ extra-curricular talents is the heart of Mathews Phosa’s key to success.
The college’s foundation comprises dedication to excellence within the means of its supportive families.
At the heart of Mathews Phosa’s programmes is the willingness of the directors, administrators, educators, parents and learners to evaluate, recognise and embrace the needs of the burgeoning college and community.
Over the years the college has maintained one of the highest pass rates in the country.
With a careful eye to the future, the school has selected target areas in which to develop and pursue learners’ skills growth.
Commitment to individual talent is at the core of the college’s success in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
Its curriculum and timetable activities unify the educators and learners while maintaining academic success.
It provides clear reference points for individual goal setting. This unity has supported the staff in addressing large learning curves in the areas of science and technology, differentiated learning, curriculum mapping, accommodation for individual learner needs, parent-teacher communication, and buzz-group processing and learning.
“This dynamic directly benefits the learners. It keeps the staff grounded in how learners experience learning curves and allows the educators to provide targeted instruction with current methodology.
“The learners are therefore well prepared to participate in competitions. However, they are told that it’s not about the success, it’s about the journey. Hard work and dedication is what really counts in life,” said school director Peet Struwig.