The final farewell

Westside High School says goodbye to their grade 12s.

12 November 2018 | Education

Senia Mwoonde and Jhanre Pretorius, Westside High School

Westside High School hosted their annual Valedictory service recently.

While learners and parents waited with anticipation for speeches to be delivered by some of the grade 12 learners, Mr Samuel Zatjirua, the ‘’sound engineer’’ as we call him, played some motivational songs in the background.

In an unexpected but pleasantly surprising twist, Metumu Tjimune, the newly elected chairperson of the LRC, took it upon herself to be the Master of Ceremony.

One by one each grade 12 learner stood up to give his or her speech, with tears streaming down their cheeks.

The former chairperson, Iwhan van Wyk left us with these words: “From now on it is butter bread with black coffee for us, but hopefully one day we can give our children bread with cheese and polony. ”

One could see that saying goodbye was certainly not easy for the learners. The teachers were also sad, but happy that their beloved matriculates will soon start a new journey.

In addition, the first ever Oscar event of Westside High School was held in September.

The day that will forever be remembered by the matrics of 2018 as they received their matric farewell invitations on the occasion.

Some shed a few tears as the realisation kicked in that the end is near after 12 years of tests and teachers and the brown building we called home.

The mothers of our outgoing matrics came in style, walking down the red carpet knowing they raised young, beautiful intelligent people.

The grade 2s were all dressed in white, wearing the grade 12s’ names on their chests. One by one our matricus were called up to receive their invitations to the matric farewell that took place on 26 October 2018.

Mutago Guriras said that she felt that she is finally a “grown” person and experienced an “it’s actually happening” moment; she is graduating from school.

Another learner said she felt “overwhelmed, surprised and very emotional”.

I am sure each one of the grade twelve learners experienced a unique emotion. Some were scared, some were happy but all were definitely excited.

Of course the show stopper will always be Arnaldo Andries that fetched his mother from the crowd and walked her down the red carpet. He surely left his mark.

It is up to the class of 2019 to show us what they have in store for next year. Thank you to Mrs Fisher and Mrs Cloete, who wholeheartedly organised the handing out of the farewell invitations as well as all the students who assisted in making this event a success.

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