International Letter-Writing Competition Award Ceremony: 20 July 2012
Friday 20 July 2012 was a big day for the DSJ with a special assembly called for the achievements of the English department. The school recently entered the South African Post Office’s International Letter-Writing Competition which was open to learners under the age of 15 and letters had to be between 500 and 1000 words in length. The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympics mean to you’. The DSJ won the prize for the most entries in the province of Gauteng (319) and the school was rewarded with a cheque for R10000.
The DSJ was fortunate to be joined by delegates from the South African Post Office as well as guest speaker Mr Craig Jackson. Mr Jackson is the former captain of the South African Men’s Hockey team and represented the national team on 206 occasions. Mr Jackson is the most-capped international captain in the history of South African hockey and played for the national team in the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Those in attendance were treated to an informative speech by the Post Office’s Senior Manager for Corporate Management, Mrs Angela Abrahams, while Mr Jackson’s accounts of his Olympic experiences provided a great deal of insight into the life of elite sport.
A huge word of thanks should go to Dr Eimy Oswald and the English department for their efforts. The work is not done though, as the DSJ will aim to replicate this showing in 2013!