ZVISHAVANE - An 11-year-old grade five pupil at Errymaple Junior School was named best poet after beating four other contestants in the finals of the junior poetry category of the National Allied Arts Speech and Drama competitions held at Harare International School recently.
Bradley Machimula, who all along was a day scholar, walked away with a floating trophy before his school rewarded him with a full scholarship, meaning he will now use boarding facilities until he finishes primary school.
Before his exploits in Harare, Machimula had come out tops during the regional competitions which were held at Midlands Christian College in Gweru on June 27.
The final competitions were presided over by adjudicators from California in the United States of America.
Allied arts is a celebration of art and creativity where children showcase their talents across such areas as drama, poetry, speech and theatre. Schools compete at regional level and those that win will then meet at national level.
Bradley’s teacher Kuzvitonga Mapfumo told TellZim News the young boy had given him more reasons to be happy with his work.
“Dynamites come in small packages. The boy has done extremely well. Being young as he is, I never thought he could do better than pupils from such big names like Midlands Christian College, Hellenics, Heritage and Springvale,” Mapfumo said.
Errymaple directors Ashley and David Ruswa told TellZim News the school was pleased with the boy’s performance and had decided to reward him for helping to grow the Errymaple brand.
“We are excited by his performance and it is quite encouraging to notice that our efforts to make our school the best in the country are paying off. This is a school we started to give back to the community that supports other Errymaple ventures so we are excited that the work is bearing fruit,” said Ashley.
Her words were supported by David who said the school was now focusing on nurturing more of the kind of talent that Bradley exhibited.
“I accompanied Bradley to Harare but I didn’t know that he would prove to be such a gem. We are overjoyed by this achievement and we will now increase our efforts to do better,” said David.