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With an almost “normal” term coming to a close, read what some of our houses have been been up to.

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Amaqua

This term was a term full of service, bonding, and exciting change. Starting off the term, Amaqua continued with sandwich making for an organization that feeds the communities of Hanover Park, Bokmakierie, and Kewtown. As a house we successfully challenged ourselves to make a consistent number of sandwiches every week. We also took part in present/ package making for the St Michael’s Home for Girls. We also made educational posters and cue cards for the youth in the Kruger Park. In addition to all these exciting events. Amaqua’s 2022/23 new leaders were announced! As our first duty, we were tasked with facilitating the Amaqua song for the interhouse singing competition. This interhouse challenge has brought the whole house together, and has allowed the new leaders and house to bond.

Report by: Katje van Niekerk

Below: Images from Amaqua this term

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Aristea

When the new leaders were announced, we felt a sense of excitement but nervousness. Being the first ‘normal’ year after Covid-19, we didn’t know what to expect, however, we were immediately ready to ensure a productive term for Aristea nonetheless.

This term, learners in the house collected sanitary products for the Women’s Shelter Movement. In addition to this, we also participated in the monthly sandwich-making drive. On that specific Thursday morning, the house gathers with a butter knife in one hand and a tin of jam in the other as we do whatever we can to assist those in need at Sikhule Sonke. With music in the background and chatter amongst learners, this not only allows us to bond with those outside of our tutor groups but enables us to give back to the community simultaneously!

Aristea’s learners were ecstatic when it was announced that the inter-house singing challenge was being reintroduced after lockdown. After the leaders asked around for suggestions and ideas, practice commenced every second break on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As we entered the packed hall on the final day of the term, we were all extremely excited for our performance which consisted of our Blame It On the Boogie and Don’t Start Now mashup. Whilst we are no Beyoncé, the entire concept of getting together as a house itself was a great spirit booster for the learners and only made us more motivated for future challenges.

We are constantly trying to improve the relationships between the learners within our house. Seeing as our mascot for the upcoming year is Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, what better quote to describe the bond within Aristea:

“Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”

We strive to use this as a motto throughout all activities, by including everyone’s thoughts, and opinions. We believe that one of the key factors to coming on top is including everyone in the house and ensuring that everyone is doing their part. Overall, this term was definitely a busy one, and whilst we aren’t exactly where we’d like to be, the learners’ consistent hard work does not go unnoticed. This is just a taste of what is to come!

Report by: Daneen Fortune

Azima

Azima’s results for this term are just the beginning of a great new green leaf we are planning to turn. Overall, for the sandwich drive, we came sixth, and for our community service, we came fourth, which is a special achievement for us. Unfortunately, we came last for the collection of bread tags and bottle tops, but we intend to make a great change next term.

One of Azima’s biggest achievements from this term has to be the fact that we were the house with the highest number of learners who achieved over 65% for the latest General Knowledge Quiz which took place on 23 September. The last bread spreading of this term, which took place on Thursday, 15 September, resulted in Azima coming in 5th place with 157 sandwiches being made and 54 fruits being brought in. The continuous push to improve our sandwich production is rooted in the understanding that we, not only as a house, but as a school, are making a real difference in peoples’ lives.

Term 3 has been a fresh start for Azima in terms of goal setting and achievments. This term the green house ran a sanitary and care pack drive for Sinothando Safe Home for children in Khayelitsha. The name Sinothando is a Xhosa word which means “We have Love”. One of the main focuses of Azima’s house coordinator, Mrs Hermans, and the leadership team for 2022/2023 is to improve the house’s involvement in service. Each grade was assigned specific items for the 6 teenage girls, 13 pre- and primary school children and 2 babies. Two packaging dates were arranged for learners to come together and create these care packages while spending some time together as house. Hopefully, we have added to the already abundant love that the home already has.

As the third term draws to a close, Azima learners are working in as many practices as possible for the inter-house singing challenge taking place on the last day of term. The time and effort that has been put in has made us winners already, but fingers crossed that the judges think so as well!

Report by: Jada Mcleod

Ferraria

This term has been filled with many exciting and fun events such as the recent announcement of the new leaders of the house and the interhouse singing competition. “The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. And peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Teresa Our house truly embodied this quote by doing an act of service by baking cakes and cupcakes and giving these items to homeless people, people working at petrol stations and shelters. This act of service was a house bonding moment as well, as we worked together to make this possible and many learners enjoyed decorating and making the delicious baked goods.

Towards the end of the term, we were preparing for the inter-house singing competition which has proven to be fun and exciting as the learners got the opportunity to contribute their creative ideas and talents to the house. I’m sure my house will perform and shine on the day.

Report by: Shannon Carr

iKhala

The new leaders of iKhala have rapidly adapted to their new responsibilities and have learnt to find joy and support within each other. The house as a whole has been trying to adapt to the “way of iKhala”.

Term 3 has been an extremely challenging academic term. Despite the academic pressure, iKhala and other houses alike are trying to re-establish the purpose and overall atmosphere of the house system at Wynberg. We, as iKhala, are trying to acknowledge the impact of covid-19 yet we are walking into the “post-covid era” and trying to create an even better “normal” for all within the house. iKhala has been contributing and participating in the regular term challenges such as: collecting bread tags, collecting bottle caps, sandwiches on the 3rd Thursday of each month, the sanitary product drive, and attending matches and lunchtime concerts.

The greatest challenge this term has been the inter-house singing challenge. Our first rehearsal was noticeably awkward and silent. No one wanted to sing too loud or “create a scene”, however, I understand that it must have been awkward to interact with so many people for the first time, as we haven’t had an event of this size. After the third rehearsal, people began to warm up and participate. We have been having rehearsals every Monday and Wednesday during first break. The majority of the house, which is only a small portion that has been attending the rehearsal, is extremely new to house events and it was the first inter-tutor/house event where they saw almost everyone within our house. We as a house are looking forward to our performance on the last day of term. I am elated to have such an amazing team; all of the matric leaders have been such a tremendous help with all things iKhala.

iKhala is looking forward to more events like this, and our recent service involvement with Rise Against Hunger. Well done iKhala, see you next term!

Report by: Jesse Francis

Below: Images from the iKhala service event

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Jackalberry

We started off this term with leadership application. This was the beginning of a stressful yet fun process. After we were announced as leaders, Lara Thomas, Zain Beaunoir, Ella Dodds and Sikho Roxo, we had the mammoth task of the singing challenge.

We had practices twice a week without help from our teachers, arguably our first test as new leaders. Along the way we had meetings with Ms Amien, our house coordinator, where we planned the upcoming term and the year to come.

All in all this term was dedicated to the singing challenge and our forthcoming term in office as the new leaders of Jackalberry.

Report by: Lara Thomas

Marula

Marula started term three with a lot of involvement and improvement. The new transition of the 2023 leaders has been smooth and exhilarating. The new leaders have been confident and hyped up in their positions. Our unity as a house has increased and it’s such an amazing feeling to see how close the house can really be. We did well in the bottle caps and bread tag challenge this term. The house really pulled through and exceeded expectations. Marula is involved in community service and has come first in this area compared to the other houses. I love to see the siblinghood between the young peers in the house. My vision for Term 4 would be to have more involvement and commitment within all four pillars. However I am excited to watch Marula transform in the year to come and to see them thrive as I know they can.

Report by: Cayla de Jager

Mowana

In Term 3 the new Mowana leaders took up their positions while the matrics wrote their preliminary examinations. Our first event in office is the interhouse the singing challenge which is a bit overwhelming as it is a student lead event, but I can say we have all pulled through and feel deeply honoured to be chosen to fill the positions.

The sandwich drive which happened on 15 September was successful. The Mowana learners came together to make 388 sandwiches and we collected 433 fruit, overall Mowana placed 3rd for the sandwich drive. The new leaders’ goal for our time in office is for Mowana to become more involved in the Service Pillar, and the sandwich drive was a good stepping stone for us to witness the potential we have to thrive in service drives.

Mowana has been learning a mashup of “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire and “Ms Jackson” by Outcasts with some added funky moves for the interhouse singing competition. Through this experience, we learned more about ourselves by testing out our leadership styles. We, as the new leaders, have big shoes to fill but I can say I’m proud about what we as a team and house has accomplished thus far.

Report by: Famke Zeeman

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