All Girls Festival : Sports and Cultural Tour

Wynberg Girls’ High School took part once again in the annual All Girls Festival – this time hosted by Collegiate High School in Port Elizabeth. This festival has been a huge success each year, and is only increasing its standards. Wynberg Girls’ High was one of the 20 different participating schools this year, with more than 900 participants in the festival in total. As this was both a sport and cultural tour, a huge variety of societies were given the opportunity to attend, including: hockey, netball, vocal ensemble, chess, public speaking, tennis and squash.

The bus trip was a long and tiring one, although our driver did allow for several pit stops. But all of that was soon forgotten at the eventful opening ceremony. After learners embraced school spirit with the singing of each of the school songs, they were treated to several performances from well-known national dancers and bands. As our host school was celebrating its 140th anniversary, there was also a surprise performance from some of the learners. Various speakers were also there to give inspirational talks that were interesting and relevant, giving us some wonderful pointers to managing our school lives and achieving our dreams.

After a successful first night, it was time to get to work, with each of the sports teams playing their matches from the morning until the late afternoon – and the collapse of their muscles. The cultural societies were also hard at work, both competing and rehearsing all day. The pressure was on until the closing ceremony, where results were revealed. Although each of the teams suffered losses to accompany their victories, great sportsmanship was shown no matter the results. The big surprise was a flash mob by all of the choirs and vocal ensembles of the different schools teaming up to showcase their talent.

The weather was not always pleasant, but the girls did not allow it to dampen their moods, as they took advantage of the opportunities to stretch themselves and realize their potential. Although only four days, the All Girls’ Festival was once again a valuable experience, with many new lessons learned and skills acquired. There is no doubt that each of the participants left with new goals and challenges, but also the tools to achieve and overcome them.