Plus, Westerford’s society for the LGBTQIA+ community, hosted Mziyanda Malgas -  also known as Queen Lohanda - during second break on Tuesday 30 October.

Mziyanda, 21, addressed many topics, focusing on toxic masculinity present in same-sex boys’ schools and elaborating on how he ‘navigated his queerness’.

 

Throughout his prep and high school career, Mziyanda dealt with varying levels of bullying. Being flamboyant and not conforming to the stereotypical and ‘acceptable’ norm present in his school led to his peers making assumptions about his sexuality, before he had even had the opportunity to discover it himself. He found that he was changing himself to fit in to the dynamic and expectation at his school, and wondering what he was doing wrong to be called gay.

 

Mziyanda spoke about the relief of coming out, and being able to accept who you are and not caring about anyone else’s opinion. He does not claim to be an activist, but someone who is tired of the injustices and imbalances queer people suffer from day to day. He encourages people to ‘champion their queerness’.

‘Queer is not a caricature’

 

Mziyanda’s experience has been trying, but has taught him how to ‘navigate his queerness’ and provides inspiration and solace to current high schoolers.

 

Ella Pike Grade 11

 

 

Tuesday 16 October marked the opening of the Matric Art Exhibition of 2018, showcasing the undeniable talent and hard work of this year’s matric Art students.

 

The evening was opened with speeches from Mr Cain and guest speaker Zapiro (Westerford parent, Mr Jonathan Shapiro), after which people were free to help themselves to the variety of delicious eats, and to admire the artworks.

 

Each Art pupil filled their own designated area with their various art practicals from the matric year, including their portfolios which showed their ideas, the process work and planning that went into creating the final artwork.

 

Both seminar rooms as well as Mr Cain’s Art room and the loft were packed with Westerfordians, parents, friends and relatives of the artists who had all come to view the exhibition. This support and recognition was well-deserved by the Art pupils, who spent hours working during and after school to produce this beautiful range of artworks.

 

It was a highly successful evening, enjoyed by all. We wish the matrics well as they begin to write their final exams.

 

Tessa van Schaik - Grade 10


 

 

On Thursday 2nd, pupils from various high schools gathered together in the Noel Taylor Hall to celebrate the rich and vibrant isiXhosa culture.

 

The night was jam-packed with entertainment: the harmonious and joyful songs of choirs;, the gqom and gumboot dances that raised the roof; the profound and gripping poems, as well as several other performances. It was spectacular, to say the least!

 

The joy and cheer as the audience watched - an audience of of all ages and cultures -  could be felt in the air that night. The delicious meal served during the interval was equally well received.

 

The isiXhosa culture is one that many are proud to be a part of, for obvious reasons, and definitely one that deserves the type of appreciation and reverence that it was given at this event.

 

A big thanks goes to the Xhosa Club for organising and running a successful and entertaining evening. A special thanks to all the diligent Westerfordians who helped run the evening.

 

This event was Mc-ed by Liya Kilani and managed by Xhosa Club chairperson Nathi Mkonto, Mrs Mapukata and Mr Dugmore.

 

Enkosi ngosuku olumnandi, kwaye enkosi ngokubhiyozela isiko lesiXhosa nathi. (Thank you for the great evening and for joining us to celebrate the Xhosa culture).

 

  • by Emmanuel Abiodun - Grade 11