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

 

 

Cancer is a complex, life-threatening disease that affects millions of South Africans. It leads to emotional, physical and financial difficulties for those suffering from cancer, and impacts heavily on families. The First Aid Committee organised Cancer Awareness Week to inform the pupils about the illness and ways that they can help.

 

The week began with an inspiring and insightful talk by Catherine Hermans who shared her cancer story and gave advice on how to support loved ones with cancer. MADD designed a memorial tree on which pupils and staff could hang cards containing messages to family or friends affected by cancer.

 

Interact held a Sprayathon at which pupils - and some staff members -  could get their hair sprayed crazy colours, and the week closed with a civvies day to raise funds for the CANSA foundation.  CANSA funds research related to lowering cancer risk, educates the public regarding symptoms, does screening and risk reduction, and provides care and support to all people affected.  

 

Besides raising awareness, First Aid wanted to inform the Westerfordians of how to help. One of the simplest things you can do is donate blood as cancer patients often have to rely on blood transfusions. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments damage cells in the bone-marrow that manufacture blood and platelets, causing a deficiency, and surgeries may also lead to blood-loss. Becoming an organ donor and bone marrow donor are some of the other easy ways to make a difference.

 

Thank you to First Aid, MADD and Interact and all those involved for hosting such an educational and inspiring week.

 

Sarah Woolard, Grade 12

 

The Westerford Music Department is so vast and talented that, often, the biennial Classical Pops event is just not enough to showcase all that the department has to offer.

 

And so, the concerto festival was proposed  …

 

The process to make this event happen was not a simple one. Auditions for the soloists were held early in the first term, meaning that many musicians were preparing their audition pieces while the rest of the school was relaxing on holiday. Once the soloists had been decided, the orchestra and concert band began to focus all their efforts on starting, and then perfecting their accompaniment. This was a mammoth task, as all the accompaniments were originals, and not simplified versions. Performing the originals meant that the orchestra would need to reach a level close to that of professionalism.

 

They were able to accomplish just that.

 

The Concerto Festival was held on the 16th of August in the Noel Taylor Hall. The Concert Band started the night off with a waltz, followed by a contemporary and quick piece (Slovanic Rhapsody - Dvorak) that made the audience want more. Soon after that, the orchestra quickly set up and began the night of concertos.

 

It was an exceptional night that showcased only the top talent that Westerford Music has to offer. Well done to the music teachers, Mrs Penny, Mr Narun, Mr Haigh, Mrs Grobbelaar, Mr Daniel, and Mrs Ainsworth for putting in all the hard work and effort that you did. Well done to the orchestra and concert band for putting in extra hours of practise and rehearsal; it really paid off fantastically.

 

A special congratulations to the soloists:

 

Naomi Fokkens

Mendolssohn Violin Concerto

 

Tessa van Schaik

Mozart Romanza

 

Nadia Fokkens

Faure Elegie

 

William Moultrie

Haydn Andante

 

Alice Schmidt

Shostakovich Piano Concerto


 

Thank you, all, for a wonderful concert, filled with so much talent.

 

  • Megan Cresswell - Grade 12