On Thursday the 26th of April Music Society, in collaboration with Bonne Cuisine, Display  and the Sound and Lighting teams, brought to Westerford their annual Music Cafe. This year boasted an almost record-breaking one hundred attenders and an impressive and diverse musical repertoire from the performers. Marimbas played a few of their most African songs, String Quartet gave a spectacular rendition of the Tango, and Rock Band ended the night on a high note, quite literally. As well as these musical groups were about a dozen solo performers from all grades of the school, performing numbers from artists such as Adele, Simon and Garfunkel and Janis Joplin. Fortunately, Click Club was present to capture the highlights of the night.


Fourteen tables were elaborately set and filled with students, their families and friends. Not only was musical entertainment provided, but a two-course meal from Bonne Cuisine that consisted of butter chicken with rice as the main, and malva pudding and custard for dessert, to fit in with the night’s theme.


Music Cafe proved to be a resounding success and continues to be a valued tradition at Westerford.

Ella Pike 11C

 

This past Tuesday, MADD hosted Gill Upsher who spoke about her experiences as a dancer, model, makeup artist and ballet teacher.  She shared with us her journey through times of mental and physical struggle, numerous injuries, as well as difficulties because of the strict specifications for ballerina roles.

Gill - who now works as a dancer and ballet teacher at the Bovim Ballet company - emphasised the determination it takes to be a successful dancer but also highlighted the travel and experience perks of the career..

Pupils found this event insightful as to where a dance career may lead them.

 

Kamal Ndlovu - Grade 11

Land expropriation without compensation is one of the most complicated political matters facing our country at the moment. To better understand the buzz surrounding this intricate issue, HCA hosted Professor Ruth Hall from the Centre for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) on Thursday 3 May.

 

Prof. Hall lectures at the University of the Western Cape and is a web-journalist for News24. As she is not aligned with any political organizations, she was able to offer an extremely factual, unbiased overview of the issue and dealt excellently with numerous questions from the pupils in attendance.

 

The discussion focused on the financial and historical value of property in both urban and rural lands, as well as the various political contexts that have lead to the rise of the contentious issue.

 

A considerable number of pupils, including a contingent from the POC forum attended this event. All left with a lot to consider about our country’s history and socio-economic landscape.

 

Nadia Odendaal, Grade 11

 

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On Thursday the 26th of April Music Society, in collaboration with Bonne Cuisine, Displ
This past Tuesday, MADD hosted Gill Upsher who spoke about her experiences as a dancer,
Land expropriation without compensation is one of the most complicated political matter
Recently, GSI (Green Schools Initiative) conducted a very successful, event-filled week

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