Saying goodbye

The St John's College Academy learners at their valedictory mass.

 

St Johns College Academy hosted a moving valedictory mass as they bid farewell to their Grade 12s on 17 October.

The academy is an after-school programme for children from grades 10 to 12 with a focus on mathematics, life skills, physical sciences and English. The programme caters for boys from disadvantaged backgrounds who attend school in Berea, Yeoville and Hillbrow. The talented youngsters are identified as academically gifted by their teachers in their Grade 9 year and are enrolled in the programme at the beginning of Grade 10.

The learners gathered at the St John’s College Crypt Chapel for their mass and to say goodbye to their Grade 12s.

Headboy of the academy, Atang Mngomeni said, “It fills me with a great deal of pride to be standing here for this special occasion. Today is a celebration, a chance to reflect on the past three years here at the Academy and a chance for us to look to the future.”

He thanked the teachers and staff at St Johns College Academy including director of the academy Agnes Nugent and headmaster of St Johns College Paul Edey for their tireless work. “To Mrs Nugent, I’m sure everyone here agrees with me when I say you are truly a God sent. You are nothing but an angel in disguise because you have managed to take this group of individuals and help form solid relationships among them.”

Director of the academy Agnes Nugent said, “To you Grade 12 boys, from the first time that you came to the academy three years ago, you have been a quiet and serious group of young men. Although you are still quiet and serious, you have grown and matured into responsible, charming and hardworking students.”

Details: St Johns College Academy www.stjohnscollege.co.za

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By Andrei van Wyk

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