Last year, Enlighten Education Trust’s music department, Hermanus Academy of Music (HAM) entered its students in the UNISA music examinations for practical and theory.

Jasmine with her mom and dad, Desiree and Jojo

Their students performed extremely well, with 18 receiving distinctions (over 80%) and 7 receiving merit (over 70%). Those with distinctions were awarded with a special place on UNISA’s Roll of Honour – an outstanding achievement.

One of HAM’s students in particular, 11-year-old Jasmine Banson from Hermanus Primary School, did exceptionally well. She received three distinctions: for theory, violin and piano. Jasmine was also awarded a Hennie Joubert Merit Prize for Grade 1 Piano. This prize only goes to the top two candidates in the country in each grade, irrespective of the instrument they play.

Jasmine plays the piano while Delia Scott, who donated the instrument to EET, looks on

HAM’s music coordinator, Anna-Marié Kotzé, is very proud of all of the students. Anna-Marie and two other music educators teach cello, piano and violin at Enlighten.

If you would like to support Enlighten’s music department by making a donation, contact Trust Manager, Magriet Peter at

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