Kayla Barnes, Head of School in 2018-19, reports on her experience of the Flag Raising Ceremony held at the Vera Lawton Hall on 13 September.
The Flag Raising Ceremony, which took place at Wynberg Girls’ Junior school on 13 September, marked one of the key ceremonies of our Founders' Day Celebrations. I was greeted with several dimpled smiles from the girls at the Junior School, and the marimba band without a doubt created an enthusiastic and vibrant atmosphere. It felt amazing to be back at my old school! Every part of the school, every teacher and student seemed to bring back so many memories and thoughts. The thoughts of ‘this is where I grew up’ and ‘this is where my childhood memories were made' were constantly running through my mind.
The ceremony definitely reflected and celebrated the lives of our girls. It put our girls centre stage, and we were able to see how talented they are in both the musical items and readings. It was later followed by my speech, an opportunity that I am so grateful for and that really cannot be expressed in words. I spoke about my memories at Wynberg and how the schools have shaped the person I am today.
Alessia Patterson spoke next: she is a past pupil who pursued her dream of becoming a pilot. It was so amazing to know that such an influential woman sat in the same classes and had the same teachers that I have now. We, coincidentally, both touched on the topic of ‘dreaming big' and ‘dreaming the impossible’ which just shows you how as Wynberg girls, whether current or past pupils, can attest to what Wynberg is able to inspire in each and every single one of us. We can attest to the ways our schools has inspired us to reach for greater heights, and how it encourages you pursue dreams that others might see as ‘undoable’ or ‘impossible’.
It was an inspiring ceremony and made me deeply humbled by and proud to be a part of this community, this family, this school and this history.