When One Door Closes, Another Opens

  • Written by: Tafadzwa Mazviba

Above: Outstanding Student Melissa, receiving her tablet.

The first quarter of the Geraldine Roche Arts Academy initiative came to a triumphant close with a graduation ceremony.

The momentous occasion saw 15 talented trainees receive certificates for their exceptional work in various categories of theatre and film production. The atmosphere was filled with a mix of excitement for new opportunities and sombre feelings as the students bid farewell to each other after an intensive three-month journey together.

The occasion served as an ideal platform for the scholars to express their thoughts and feelings about their experience within the academy.

Above: Graduation class 1st quarter 2024

The consensus among the graduating class was that the programme had significantly expanded their craft and provided opportunities that would have been unattainable elsewhere. The unique focus on filmmaking stood out as a particularly transformative experience for many.

Mellisa Dube, the standout pupil of the quarter, was awarded a tablet phone courtesy of the Sally Foundation for her exceptional performance throughout the programme. With a beaming smile, she expressed her gratitude towards the academy and praised its commitment to youth empowerment. “I’ve learned so much during these past three months,” she shared. “I’ve grown not only as an artist but also as an individual. I can’t thank the academy enough for this incredible opportunity.”