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

 

 

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