As the Matrics continue with their final exams and they head off into future ventures, we say hello to a brand new set of bright, wide-eyed pupils: the Grade Eights of  2018.

Earlier this month, approximately 180 anxious Grade Sevens and their equally apprehensive parents arrived at Westerford for the annual Grade Eight welcome. The soon-to-be Westerford pupils waited nervously in the Hall for proceedings to begin, attempting to make small talk with each other.

Mr le Roux began the afternoon speaking about being a Westerfordian and what it entails, namely respect. What followed was the head prefects, Hanaa’ Toefy and Shalom Abiodun, speaking about their experiences at Westerford and giving advice to the Grade Sevens as to how to each make their own Westerford career a successful one. Pupils listened intently to the prefects speaking about the various portfolios of Sport, Culture and Service at Westerford, and how there are so many ways for one to get involved.

No sooner had their nerves begun to settle, when that nervousness returned, for it was announced that the new pupils would be required to write the infamous Afrikaans test which every Westerfordian remembers so clearly. With the adrenalin pumping, answers were quickly scribbled onto the page in the short fifteen minutes allocated.

Thankfully, after the test the Grade Seven pupils could enjoy a delicious doughnut and quench their thirst with a refreshing cup of juice.

To end the afternoon on a high, the prefects rounded the day off with lots of interactive games to try to help the future Grade Eights to get to know each other. From trying to untangle one another to exposing one’s truths in “Two Truths and a Lie”, the ‘newbies’ were able to leave having got to know one everyone a little better, and feeling a little less stressed about the upcoming year, and the new beginnings.

Thank you to all involved for putting in the time and effort to host such a memorable afternoon, and for helping to ease away the fears of our future little fish in the big Westerford pond.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sarah Woolard, Grade 11

Thanks Sarah

 

Dr Andrew Mlangeni’s Assembly Address

Directly after his address to the senior pupils on Friday the 27th of January, Dr Andrew Mlangeni, one of the three remaining 1963 Rivonia trialists who led the struggle against Apartheid, was invited to address the whole School at the Friday assembly.

Dr Mlangeni beamed as he sat facing the packed Noel Taylor Hall, and - with astounding charm and wit -  recounted his experience of the Rivonia Trial and the part he played in the struggle against Apartheid, alongside South African icons such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Denis Goldberg and Govan Mbeki.

The words of our struggle-stalwart guest were truly awe-inspiring, particularly when he imparted wisdom to the pupils about how to safeguard values and rights  - for all South Africans in the future  -  so as to create an equal, all-inclusive, culturally-diverse and accepting society in which we are all proud South Africans.

Dr Mlangeni stated that the youth need to carry the torch lit by our older generations into the country’s future and hold the ideals for which the struggle stood.  He urged that peace and the welfare of everyone in South Africa must be maintained through current movements such as #FeesMustFall and through any future challenges our country may face, emphasising that any such protests should be non-violent. He stressed the importance of a solid education and a meaningful, beneficial career, and encouraged pupils to be good citizens, to always be involved in ensuring South Africa’s wellbeing and to become great leaders of the country.

Having given the school a great deal on which to reflect, Dr Mlangeni concluded his address, leaving his audience full of hope and inspiration. The School sang The National Anthem before our esteemed South African icon, Dr Andrew Mlangeni, made his exit. Pupils will remember this historic day for many years to come.

Westerford is confident that its pupils will strive to create and safeguard the South Africa that Dr Andrew Mlangeni and our great South African struggle heroes envisaged - for the benefit of all South Africans.

 

Yuri Behari-Leak Grade 12

The final year at Westerford is marked with many moments that are the final steps in the journey of high school.  One of these events is the Matric Barn Dance; it was held last Thursday and turned out to be an  evening that bubbled with laughter and the creation of warm memories.The Matrics,dressed in somewhat subdued elements of cowboy and cowgirl attire, trickled into the hall with feelings of trepidation.  After a warm welcome from the instructors, the dancing began with a simple line dance. As time slowly passed, so did the fears of embarrassment fade, with many embracing their awkward movements as they stepped to the rhythmic music. The unexpected physical exertion soon left left the grade clambering for the tantalizing spread of snacks on offer.Swinging and stepping to classic tracks from Footloose, and twisting and turning to songs like Achy Breaky Heart, the matrics found their groove. Carefree laughter swung around the hall as partners mastered the do-si-do. The clapping of hands and stamping of feet shook the hall as everybody became more and more comfortable with the dances.

The lesson in barn dancing ended with many matrics fanning their sweaty selves and harbouring a twinkle of mirth in their eyes. At the end, Thomas Atwood and Chelsea van Coller won best-dressed, as Toy Story’s Woody and Jessie respectively.Finding the energy to carry on, the grade reverted to its natural choice of dance: trance blared as the lights flashed wildly, and the night ended with many matrics thoroughly spent.This special event, although fleeting, will remain as a milestone that marks the journey to the end of high school; a night that - although originally frightening - transitioned to become one of new joyous memories with great friends.

Linah Jokazi

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