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Nov. 16, 2021

KABELO MASOABI

2 min read

Learners host a massive farewell party for their retiring teachers

Learners host a massive farewell party for their retiring teachers

Holy Family High School learners do the ndlamo dance

Story highlights

  • Talented young dancers incorporated contemporary dance moves with amapiano moves
  • Teachers applauded for meaningful contribution they made in learners lives

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DANCE, poetry and song were the highlights of a farewell party that was hosted for retiring teachers at an all girls school, Holy Family High School (HFHS) in St Monica’s, Leribe on Friday.

The learners received a standing ovation for a grand performance as they celebrated with their teachers - 'Matsebo Pholo, ’Mamoeketsi Mohapi and ’Mampho Ntšekhe who had reached the public servants’ retirement age of 65.

The talented young dancers incorporated contemporary dance moves with amapiano moves and traditional performances of mokhibo, ndlamo, litolobonya and liphotha, while DJ Shaker enthralled the enthusiastic spectators with his moving music.

The departing teachers received mountains of gifts from both the learners and other teachers.

Wishing them the best of luck in their future endeavours, the school Principal, ’Matumane Tefo said their time together was well-spent.

"Most of the time in life we celebrate people’s departure rather than their arrival. However, we want to bid you a proper farewell. I feel grateful to deliver this farewell speech on an outstanding day like this.

“We are all here to say goodbyes to our valuable teachers, who are retiring from active practice. Today, I realised how much time and valued moments fly. We wish you all the best in your respective lives after this,” she said.
The school Head Prefect, ’Mapitso ’Molaoa, said: “I feel honoured to tell you that we will always respect all the valuable skills and knowledge you gave us. You gave us everything we need to become proper future leaders. I therefore thank you for your invaluable, efforts and patience.”

Sharing similar sentiments was a former learner who said: "You have inspired us to become the better people that we are today. I personally feel grateful that when we encountered some challenges in our lives as learners, you stood by us and motivated us through those trying times. We shall forever respect you for the contribution you made in our lives.”

For her part, one of the retiring teachers, Mrs Mohapi who served the school as a religious studies teacher for the past 32 years said it was indeed a happy day for her.

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"I had always wanted to take an early retirement but the principal could not have any of that, as she still wanted me on her team,” she said.

Another retiring teacher, Mrs Pholo said it was time they gave young people a chance to take over from them.

She had taught English Language and Business Education subjects at the school since 1986. All the retiring teachers including Mrs Ntšekhe who was the Head of Department for Commercial subjects, are former students of HFHS.

Two cattle and a sheep were slaughtered to feed the crowd that came to see the great teachers off.

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