TeachersDay blogrpfileCongratulations to the winner of the MySchool and Woolworths Teacher Who Made The Difference Competition. We received over 13 000 entries – and our judges loved reading every letter! A heartfelt thank you to all the learners who nominated their teachers for our 2015 Teacher's Day Awards.

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Woolworths Educational Programmes and MySchool have announced the top three winners of the 2015 Teachers’ Day competition.  In recognition of UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day on the 5th of October, and with the theme ‘Celebrate the real heroes this Teachers’ Day’, South African learners from across the country were invited to nominate a teacher that had made a life-changing difference to them.

With more than 13 000 nominations, the competition, now in its fifth year, received a record number of entries.  In the first stage, a panel of independent judges selected 4 finalists in each of the primary and high school categories based on the learners’ submissions.  The eight teacher finalists, who each won a laptop and a R1000 Woolworths Gift card, then attended a meet and greet event with the judges and an external auditor in Cape Town to determine the top three winners.

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They are:

3rd place winner – Mrs Anastasia Malatji  - Banareng Primary School in Gauteng  nominated by Tshepiso Maema
2nd place winner – Mr Ntandoyakhe Ntuli   -  of Bizimali Secondary School in Kwa-Zulu Natal nominated by Abulele Jali
1st place winner – Mrs Melanie Vandayar of Cedar High School in the Western Cape nominated by Shannon Rossouw

“Woolworths and MySchool congratulate Mrs Vandayar, Mr Ntuli and Mrs Malatji for being heroes in their school communities,” says Pieter Twine, Woolworth’s General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool. “We have been at the frontlines of uplifting education for well over a decade, and we know that many South African teachers work under difficult conditions.  And yet, there are those that go beyond the call of duty to make an exceptional difference in the lives of their learners. It is our privilege to recognise and honour them. ”

As the overall competition winner, Mrs Vandayar received an additional Woolworths Giftcard to the value of R50 000, while the teachers in 2nd and 3rd were awarded Woolworths Gift cards to the value of R20 000 and R10 000 respectively.  The eight learners each received a
R5 000 Woolworths Gift card, while their schools were each awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

Woolworths Educational Programmes and MySchool’s Teacher’s Day competition winners:

First Place:

•    Mrs Melanie Vandayar of Cedar High in Western Cape nominated by Shannon Rossouw
Mrs Vandayar was nominated by a primary school learner in her outreach programme, Shannon Rossouw.  She credits her A+ marks to Mrs Vandayar’s voluntary after-hours tutoring and details how the teacher’s great care extends to helping children who can’t afford stationery and uniforms.

Second Place:

•    Ntandoyakhe Zomakahle Ntuli of Bizimali Secondary in KwaZulu–Natal nominated by Abulele Jali
Mr Ntuli was nominated by one of his learners, Abulele Jali who returned to high school at twenty years of age after a self-destructive hiatus to try to gain an improved Matric result in the deeply rural Nkandla school.  Two years ago, Mr Ntuli insisted that Abulele enter the school at Grade 10 and then encouraged him ceaselessly work his way thoroughly towards a better Matric.  With success now on Abulele’s horizon, he credits Mr Ntuli with motivating learners to withstand the hardships of rural deprivation and fight for their brighter future through education.

Third Place:

•    Mrs Anastasia Malatji of Banareng Primary in Gauteng nominated by Tshepiso Maema
Mrs Malatji was nominated by one of her learners, Tshepiso Maema who said she’s such a good teacher she makes him feel like a ‘genius learner’.  She actively promotes healthy eating at her school and inspires learners to be the best they can be.