On the 18th July 2013 – Mandela’s Birthday – we hosted our first ever Sports Day at Makabongwe.

It was a tremendous success and so we decided to add this event to our school calendar.

Unfortunately we did not have a decent place for the children to do their races but this did NOT dampen our enthusiasm. We forged ahead in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with a Sports Day.

Permoseal – manufacturers of Alcolin and Bostik adhesives – have always helped facilitate and sponsored the day with great energy and passion.

In 2017, Glenwood Boys High School invited us to their school for a special sports day. What a treat and what fun.

THEN…….in September 2016, Belgotex donated very durable and tough artificial grass and this changed the face of our playground for many years to come.

WHAT A PLEASURE for the children to run their races on “grass” and for the teachers not to be stressing about grazed knees, elbows and wiping away tears!!

It was another glorious DURBAN winter day – not too hot, not too cold.

There was an obvious buzz of excitement as the children changed into their red t-shirts and black shorts ready to participate in the events planned for each class.

About 40 parents attended as well as members of the Executive committee and other “friends” to Makabongwe including Kathy and her team from Permoseal.

It was evident that EVERYONE was enjoying themselves :– the children, the spectators, the teachers and our 2 VIP guests – Aunty Liz Ross, one of the founder members of Makabongwe and our previous Principal of 11 years, Mrs Shirley Yell.

We had potato and spoon races – with a difference – (it’s a lot easier if you hold the potato in place), a variety of bean bag balancing races, sack races but in pillow slips, relays and hula hoop games.

Every child in each class got to participate in 3 events. The parents were competitive and keen to show off their sporting skills and as for the teachers – WOW what competition and fun.

Grade R YELLOW BIRDS – Ms Mdabe won the Best Spirit of the Day trophy decided by Aunty Liz and Mrs Yell.

Each child enjoyed a water and energade sachet as well as energy biscuits and chips – left overs from Comrades and donated by Radio Pulpit.

The medals were delightful sunny faces with coloured ribbon representing the class – Green, Blue, red and Yellow – donated by Permoseal.

HAPPY children, HAPPY teachers, HAPPY parents – another HAPPY day at Makabongwe

The visitors starting to arrive.
The children starting to arrive.
They keep coming…ending with the arrival of the Grade R Yellow Birds
All present and accounted for.
Grade 000 Green Group
Grade 00 Blue Group
Grade 00 Red Group
Grade R yellow butterflies.
Grade R Yellow Bees
Grade R Yellow Birds
Guests of Honour – Auntie Liz Ross – founder member of Makabongwe and Mrs Shirley Yell – previos Principal of 11 years.
Our sponsors and VIP friends Kathy Raey and some of her team from Permoseal – manufacturers of Alcolin and Bostik adhesives.
The trophy for the team with the best spirit to be judged and chosen by Aunite Liz and Mrs Yell.
Potato and spoon race…oops run away potato in lane 2.
Some good sprinting in the relay race.
Our school mascot named by the children Asenathi Precious Princess Makabongwe with Melisa Hosking, one of the scholl Excecutive members, enjoying the morning at school.
Shirt and hat on and off you go again!


The makabongwe teachers in action.
Green group receiving their medals
Blue group receiving their medals
Red Group receiving their medals
Yellow butterflies receiving their medals

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