? Significant shifts in our birthday celebrations!

In a number of ways, this year’s Founders’ Day ceremony was unusual: there are not many schools in Cape Town which can boast of providing educational excellence to Capetonians (and beyond) for 133 years. It was also unusual, because the formal celebration of the occasion didn’t take place in the Aileen Currie Hall as it has done for many years. And thirdly, the nature of the celebration marked a significant shift from those of the past.

Perhaps at this point in South Africa’s history and indeed the school’s history, perhaps it was apt that it should be a thought-provoking, moving and inspiring event. While there were significant and important traditions that remained, such as the flag procession and  singing of the Girls’ High and Girls’ Junior school songs, in keeping with the work that the schools have embarked on in creating inclusive environments, there was a focus on those who have worked towards creating a less discriminatory South Africa.

There were performances by the Wynberg Girls’ Junior School Vocal Ensemble, the Ubuntu Choir and the Wynberg Girls’ High School choir, and the lighting of two candles of remembrance – for our past Wynberg girls and staff  and for those who participated in the struggle to create a less discriminatory South Africa.

Then there was a lighting of the flame of the future of the Wynberg Girls’ Schools. Speeches were given by Mrs Harding and Ms Jenny Lones, Head Girl of the Class of 1967. While Mrs Harding focused on our needing to find the strength and courage to be the change we want to see, Ms Lones focused on the influential women of the 60’s.  The occasion ended with the welcoming of the Class of 2017 to Wynberg Old Girls’ Union and the offering of Life Membership to Jessica Stephen and Chloe Johnson, 2017 Head of School and Chairperson of the RCL respectively.

It was to the joyous and celebratory sounds of Ndihamba Nawe 1 performed by our Marimba Band that guests left the Vera Lawton Hall.  To our great delight, there was to this piece a spontaneous singing and dancing of our students as they returned to the High School to enjoy doughnuts and an early closing of school.

1Ndihamba Nawe literally means “I’m going with you”, but it has much greater significance in the Zulu culture. When you say Ndihamba nawe, you’re essentially telling someone that “I choose you” – We certainly choose Wynberg!