The 16th annual Cape Town Pride Festival, was a riot of diverse and flamboyant costumes shown off by the creative LGBTQ+ community. The crowd of Westerfordians brandishing banners and flags could be clearly identified marching amongst the vibrant, multicolored paraders on the fan walk.  Our participants reported that the parade certainly did not disappoint: exotic floats, glamorous drag queens and other extravaganzas were the order of the day.


Despite the relentless midday heat, the celebrations could be seen stretching as far as the eye could see, thronging with people of all ages, genders, races and sexualities, united by a shared pride and love. Each major religious group had representatives marching to support their own LGBTQ+ members.


The Pride March started at the beginning of Somerset Road and continued to Reddam Field at Green Point Urban Park, where the festivities were only just beginning.

A large tent offered the sweaty paraders refreshments, shade and a variety of stalls selling food and merchandise. Live music and dancing continued for the rest of the afternoon while the atmosphere radiated acceptance, love, and pride of the LGBTQ+ community.

Special acknowledgement goes to our PLUS society (The Provision for the Learning and Understanding of Sexual orientation and gender) for getting Westerford involved in the festivities.


Alice Nuttall, Grade 12




Last Thursday, Westerford held its annual Founders Day, a day commemorating the founding of Westerford in 1953. This year we were visited by the class of 1968, who were able to reminisce and tour the school together.


The day started with the ceremonial entering of the stage party, led by two Grade 8s, and the ringing of the Founders’ Bell, six times - once for every decade. Mr le Roux then welcomed all present and the School Song was sung.


The traditional reading was read by Old Westerfordian, Pastor Beverly Mallory, and the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Adv. Lynette Zimbler, lead the school in prayer. The history of the founding of Westerford was then read by the Head Girl, Hanaa’ Toefy.


This was then followed by an inspiring address by Old Westerfordian, Mr Dennis Rosslee, about the power of innovation.


Every year Westerford presents a worthy recipient with the Nil Nisi Optimum Award, an award given to a person who has upheld the high standard of Westerford High School. This year, the prestigious award was presented to Mr James Bissett for his excellent 37 years of service to the School, as a teacher and Deputy Principal.


The ceremony concluded with the singing of the National Anthem, marking the end of Westerford’s 65th anniversary celebration formalities, and the commencement of the numerous afternoon OW functions and sporting encounters.


Gabi Crafford, Grade 10



The Western Cape relies on donors for over 165 000 units of blood annually. These donations impact 495 000 lives every year.


On Wednesday 28 February, numerous Westerfordians participated in a blood drive run by the WP Blood Transfusion Service and facilitated by our own First Aid Society. While only 90 students met the strict criteria for donation, many more arrived with the intention to contribute to this admirable cause.


Without regular donations, the province’s blood bank would run dry in less than 3 days. Blood donation is a fast, relatively painless procedure, but the difference it makes is absolutely invaluable. A single donation may save up to three lives!


If you lead a healthy lifestyle and may be eligible to donate in future, visit to see how you can get involved.


Thanks to all Westerfordians who donated!


Nadia Odendaal, Grade 11