On Friday the 15th of June, in honour of Youth Day, the male pupils and staff from Westerford High School marched to the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, taking a stand against the abuse of women and children, which is a prevalent part of South African society. The march was a way for all the male members of the Westerford community to show their support for the various movements highlighting the issues regarding this abuse, as well as expressing their desire to help bring about the end of any gender-based violence.

At 13:30, the pupils and teachers, as well as some parents, Old Westerfordians and representatives from Rondebosch Boys High and Wynberg Boys High, met on the front lawns of Westerford, from where they began the march to the Baxter Theatre.

The march was spearheaded by Westerford Head Prefect, Shalom Abiodun, and many pupils carried placards depicting inspiring messages such as “Change Starts with You” and “Listen to Womxn”.

Once at the Baxter Theatre, many of the students attended a special performance of the docu-drama #JustMen. The production was eye-opening and encourages all men to take a stand against the abuse of women through highlighting and unpacking several key issues such as sexual harassment, rape, abuse and murder that has been and still is being perpetrated against the women and children of South Africa and around the world.

The production challenged all pupils and teachers to think about how their own actions could be offensive and problematic, as well as creating a healthy dialogue regarding the issues of abuse against women and children in South Africa. The production was followed a by a question and answer session between the cast of #JustMen and the audience.

The march was a fantastic way for the Westerford Community to pledge their support towards the struggle to eliminate gender-based violence and abuse and it is certainly only the beginning of a greater stand against the violence that is prevalent in society today.

#JustMen will run at the Baxter Theatre until the 30th of June.

 

LUCAS ROSENFIELD

Westerford staff, parents and pupils have been hard at work knitting blankets for distribution at the Zithulele Hospital in the Eastern Cape. Thirteen matrics, together with teachers Steve Anderson and Annabelle Hill left on Friday for the annual trip to the Eastern Cape where they have spent this week working alongside educators from Axium Education in their Winter School for Grade 10-12 pupils who attend under-resourced rural schools.

Some of the Westerfordians spent Monday job-shadowing at the Zithulele Hospital. Westerford has close connections with Zithulele: Old Westerfordian, Craig Paxton, is the Director and Founder of Axium Education, Ben Gaunt, also an OW, is Medical Director of the hospital, and numerous other OWs have either worked at Axium or at the Hospital, over many years.

 

On 11 June 2018, the matric French class hosted a night of laughs and delicious food at their annual French Evening. The aim of the evening is to raise money for pupils to be able to take the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) exam. The DELF exam is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

The joyous occasion began with performances by the grade eleven French pupils. The guests were treated with funny and thought provoking speeches as well as an incredible French rendition of “Let it Go” by Emmanuel Abiodun. Danyaal Sookool acquired first place in the Grade eleven speech contest  for his talk about his unforgettable exchange in France.

The mood then changed with a general knowledge quiz to test the audience’s knowledge (or lack thereof) on French Culture. Some laughs were shared and things were learnt. Did you know that it is illegal to carry live snails on a French high-speed train? Grace Bagula (Grade 9) enchanted the audience with her magical voice before the Grade twelves took the stage to deliver their speeches. The topics ranged from “Great Things about Cats” to “My High School experience.”  Ashleigh Williams took home first prize and a large, gold photo frame with it for her presentation on “The Great Thing about Learning Languages.”

The tasty food made by Bonne Cuisine and the numerous raffle prizes that were won were the cherry on top. Thank you to all the pupils, sponsors and staff that helped to make the night such a great success.                                                                                                                                   

Sarah Woolard, Grade 12

 

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