On Thursday, 14 February, Westerford held its very first Valen-Cultural Day, a combination of two traditional events: Valentine’s Day and Cultural Day, to create one action-packed, exciting and unforgettable day. Prior to the event, pupils signed up for two interesting and unique workshops to attend on the day. The workshops were hosted by teachers, pupils and outside organisations/experts; pupils were taught a new skill or were given insight into different pastimes. Some workshops took pupils offsite, for example, the ice-cream event at The Creamery; the pizza-making event at The Village Bicycle, and the Woodstock Art Tour.
The day started off with a Valentine’s Day Assembly in the hall. The prefects hosted the assembly, looking sharp in suits and dresses. Various awards were handed out to individuals and couples, including awards like: Cutest Couple, Best Glow-Up, Cutest Grade 8, Best Bromance/Girlmance, and various other amusing awards. Interspersed between the presentation of the awards were light-hearted videos made by the prefects, giving the assembly a fun overall energy.
The Cultural part of the day began after a short break, and it was then that pupils attended their first workshop. Some examples of events in the first slot were : Chinese Traditional Food Making, Acro-yoga, an International Backpacker talk, Crepe Making, a class on Astrology, and Hip-Hop Dancing.
After a second break, the pupils continued onto their second workshop option. Guitar for Beginners, Marimba Magic, Zumba Dancing, Self-Defence, Henna Art, learning to speak Korean, and Interior Design were just some of the workshops offered in this time slot.
After the second workshop was over, and the sun was scorching down at 31°C, it was time for the lunch break. Pupils sold food and cool drinks at food stalls, raising money as individuals or as a group. There were stalls selling popcorn, brownies, lemonade, ice-cream, pancakes, and many other delicious treats. Outside companies also came to sell their goods, such as Chipstix, The Spur, and Pura Soda. Amidst the business of the food stalls, music was played from the Southern Centre. Westerfordians were able to snack on some chips and sip on their icy drink while enjoying the background music and lively atmosphere.
The day came to an end in the Noel Taylor Hall with the much anticipated grand finale: a live concert by the band, The Kiffness. There was huge excitement, with Westerfordiansjumping, dancing and clapping along to the rhythm and beats. This finale was certainly not a disappointment and ended Valen-Cultural Day with a bang!
Westerford High School’s very first Valen-Cultural Day was a great success, and will hopefully not be the last of its kind. Big thanks go to Ms Laing, Ms Grobbelaar and EXCO for organising the day, as well as to all the hosts of the workshops. A special mention goes to the school societies, GARB and Bonne Cuisine, for organising all the roses and gifts for Valentine’s Day.
Ruby Katz Wright, Grade 11