Valedictory and Prize Giving 2016: The End for a New Beginning

Thursday, the 13th of October, marked the Valedictory Service of the Matric Class of 2016. The morning was filled with many photos and the usual music and dancing in the Matric block as the matrics celebrated their final farewell to the school.

The staff and learners of Wynberg were together in the hall sharing moments of tears, laughter and smiles as they reflected on the high school career of this 2016 class. The Grade 11s and staff dedicated well-rehearsed songs to the matrics that certainly tugged on heartstrings. Below is video footage of the song sung by the Grade 11’s on this occasion.

Then the matrics, linked in arms, performed their farewell song, “The Climb.”

Informal Valedictory Service

This informal service ended with a video, put together by the Memories Committee that captured the moments from Grade 8 to Grade 12 of each matric learner.

The formal Valedictory Service took place at 10h30 where the parents and loved ones celebrated with the staff the achievements of the Matrics throughout their last year at Wynberg. A warm welcome by Mrs Guthrie, Vice-Chairperson of the School Governing Body, was followed by an address from former South African ballet dancer, Ms Janet Lindup, who shared with the assembly values that she had learnt along the way of success.

One of the Matric music pupils, Sarah McDonald performed a flute solo of Hypnosis by Ian Clarke (accompanied on the piano by Ms Franke) before the Prize Giving section of the ceremony commenced. Certificates were awarded for subject distinctions and awards were handed out for book prizes and special awards to Matrics who had done exceptionally in academics, sport, service, culture and many other aspects of school life at Wynberg. The closing of the prize giving had the School Council handing over their badges to Mrs Harding as the last day of holding leadership positions.

On behalf of the school, Zolisa Kapa, as the 2016 Chairperson of the RCL, thanked Ms Lindup for her time and words to the Matrics. Before the ending speeches of the ceremony took place,  Ms Van Bergen and the choir devoted and performed a song, Bright  by Sierota to the Matrics that sent shivers through the spines of many in the hall.

Lara Harris delivered her final Head of School speech, thanking the parents, siblings and guardians of the matrics, the staff and of course the matrics themselves for conquering the 2016 year. She reminded the out-going matrics that it is only fear that will hold them back in their futures, and that love is what will carry them through.  Mrs Harding also spoke to the matrics, reflecting on the past years from the very first day in Grade 8 to the point at which the matrics were then, and wished the girls luck for their years ahead as they hold with them the memories, values and strength Wynberg has given them.

The service concluded with the singing of the matric farewell song to the parents.  As they linked arms, for many of us, there was the consciousness that this would benthe last time ever that this class would sing the school song in uniform. The power in the voices of the matrics ignited a spark in the hall from the first to the last line of the school song filling all with very mixed emotions – the dominant one being pride.

The celebrations continued as everyone met in the Junior School hall for refreshments, where hugs, smiles, more tears and cameras were exchanged. Thank you to the orchestra, Tech and Occasions teams, the parents and entire staff of Wynberg for a wonderful Valedictory service.

We wish the Class of 2016 all the best as they head prepare for the Final Exam season!

2016 Matric Valedictory and Prize Giving