Achievers’ Dinner 2016

On Wednesday evening the 28th of September the annual Wynberg Girls’ High School Achievers’ Dinner took place. Organised this year  by Mr David Machado, Mr Jasper Saayman and Mrs Paige Du Plessis, this dreamy event served as a tribute to the top achievers across the four pillars – Academic, Culture, Service and Sport – in the student body of our school.

It takes the form of a formal dinner and invitations are only extended to Grade 11s and 12s. Invited guests are encouraged to submit their names as nominees for one or more of the pillar trophies. These achievements are tallied on a point system and narrowed down to three finalists for each pillar. The winner of each trophy is announced at the event. These trophies were donated to the school by the Past Pupils on Wynberg’s 125th Anniversary.

Although there are only four trophies to be won, on this evening the school gives recognition not only to few, but to all Grade 11s and 12s who have excelled within any aspect of the school. This year, the event took place at Simon’s Restaurant in Groot Constantia, and began with photos outside the venue and welcoming sounds of the Wynberg Jazz Band. As everyone arrived, people started taking their seats to await the welcome speech by the organiser, Mr David Machado. At the dinner learners and teachers enjoyed a three-course meal. Tables were beautifully decorated, creating a dreamy atmosphere for the pleasure of the guests.

Just after the starters had been served and eaten, the guest speaker, Ms Amy Campbell, was introduced. Being a Wynberg Old Girl and a successful musician and vocalist, she, if anyone, was the most deserving of attending this dinner. The story of her life before, during and after her Wynberg career was an inspiration to everyone in the restaurant, and she is most certainly a fine example of the strong, successful and independent women that our school produces. After her extraordinary speech, Ms Campbell performed two musical theatre pieces – for which she received a standing ovation.

After the main course had been served, rather like the Oscars Awards, Mrs Harding drew from sealed envelopes the names of the winners of each Pillar trophy

  • The Academic Pillar Award went to Asisha Dout in Grade 12.
  • The Culture Pillar Award went to Tasha Ainsworth in Grade 12.
  • The Service Pillar Award went to Huda Ely in Grade 12.
  • The Sport Pillar Award went to Kirsten Roodman in Grade 12.

The evening ended with dessert, music and laughter, with the final guests leaving at about 9:30pm. We thank the organisers, teachers, staff and learners for attending and sharing such a beautiful evening with us all. These are definitely memories that won’t be forgotten.

Achievers' Dinner 2016