Kuyasa Combined School in Endlovini held its valedictory service at the school hall last Thursday, with matriculants and parents in attendance.
The event opened with song and prayer, setting the tone for the attendees.
The main aim of the event was to motivate Grade 12 pupils, celebrate the journey that they have already travelled and to give them strength as they are about to write their final exams, and lastly to give them hope for the future.
Deputy principal Lulamile Mxube was tasked to welcome the guests who attended the event, including matrics, parents and guests.
School principal Xolani Justice Mayana welcomed Reverend Andile Mboyi from African Methodist Episcopal Church in Port Elizabeth, who delivered a motivational address.
He started his talk with a quote from Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“When you have a plan in place for your life don’t plan to fail but plan for success, sometimes we born into challenges and situations that confine us, sometimes we are born to parents who are not educated but their intentions are to take us to school and be educated so that we may change our past,” Mboyi said.
He also warned the pupils against wanting to take the easy way out of things in life, because in most cases that never end well, people end up going to jail or in situations where you end up in trouble.
“Easy come, easy go in life. You must be willing to work hard, start imagining yourselves in future, tell yourself what do you want in life – that will keep you studying hard and make you push yourself even harder cause you pushing yourself towards that dream,” he said.
“Another thing always know that God has a plan for your life, and start prophesying good about your life. Make sure that you always pray and include God in your life, for your plan to come true you need to work hard and be patient. Shortcuts have never helped anyone and they will never take you anywhere.”
In closing, Mboyi prayed for the matrics and told them to be confident in themselves that they going to pass these exams and become something in life.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU