WESTERFORD MATRICS SHINE


 

2018 was in many ways a trying year but it did not stop Westerford High School from maintaining its high matric standard.

 

On January 4, the Westerford matriculants of 2018 travelled anxiously to school to receive their long-awaited results. Each one of the 167 candidates passed and 165 of them acquired a Bachelor’s Degree pass.

 

46 students achieved six or more distinctions, 17 obtaining six, 18 obtaining seven, 10 obtaining eight and 1 obtaining nine. The total number of distinctions across the grade was 547. In the province, the school placed 4th overall on the Merit List.

 

A special mention must be made of Liam Gurney and Jaeyoon Kim, who were invited  by the Minister of Education to the premier’s residence at Leeuwenhof to attend the top achievers’ function. Liam came third in the country in Mathematics and stands as the top achiever of the Westerford matrics, with nine distinctions and an overall aggregate of 96%.

 

Westerford High School  - which continues to produce well-rounded pupils every year - can once again be commended on a highly impressive set of matric results.

 

Ella Pike Grade 12

 

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