The staff of Turfhall Primary School in Cape Town were treated to a fancy breakfast at a ‘Teachers Day’ event held at The Lounge on Kroomboom on Sunday morning.
From left to right: Kulsum Parker with educators Mrs Heuvel, Mrs Naidoo and Mrs Khan.
Kulsum Parker, a parent of one Grade 7 learner at the school explained that the event put together by a group of parents was to honour all the school’s teachers who spent their time to educate and empower the children before taking off for high school.
“I wanted to do something really special since it is my son’s last year at primary school. Teachers are hardly recognised for their efforts or even given credit for all their dedication,” she explained.
“I invited all the Grade 7 learners parents to participate in this event on a no-pressure basis, those who wanted to be part of it made contact with me.”
She said the parents contributed to the cost of the breakfast and gifts among other goodies handed over to the teachers on the day. An orchid was also handed over to the school’s principal on behalf of the event organisers.
“We are here to celebrate and honour the teachers of Turfhall Primary, who give selflessly so that our kids, yours and mine, could have a better future. In my opinion, the term “teacher” includes both teachers, teachers assistants and support staff,” she said during the opening of the event.
“A teachers’ job is one of the toughest jobs in the world as they are given the responsibility to nurture young minds. A teacher is allocated a class with scholars. Each scholar is unique, different in thought, attitude, background and skills.
“Some scholars may excel in sports whilst others may be more academically inclined. A teacher is a child carer and a moulder of the mind at the most critical stage of a person’s intellect and skills.
“A teacher assists scholars to explore their interest and identify and develop their capabilities. Teaching and education at primary school lay the founding blocks for the intellectual capital, national pride, progress and development of a country. It is the cradle of a nation, and teachers, play a pivotal role in this regard.”
Teachers of Turfhall Primary enjoyed the breakfast at The Lounge on Kroomboom
She explained that it is exactly for this reason that a special day has been set aside to honour and celebrate the childcarers, and mind moulders who selflessly give of themselves in order that children could have a brighter tomorrow.
“The least we could do, which we hereby do, is to give them the respect and recognition for the important role they play in the education of our kids.
“As parents, we do hereby, in solidarity, and I am sure I do it with the affirmation of all parents present, in unison, express our sincere gratitude to the teachers of Turfhall Primary for having a caring and teaching spirit. For this, we as parents, are eternally grateful.”
Parker added that to have co-ordinated a function such as this demanded assistance and hard work of many. She said the staff enjoyed the event and thanked every parent who extended a helping hand to make the event a success. (Deen Times)