From the Principal’s Desk – 10 August, 2017

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday evening, Mrs Baxter and I attended the gala evening for the 2017 Hout Bay Eisteddfod. What a wonderful celebration of the week that was, with students from all the local primary schools taking part in unprepared readings, poetry recitals, art competitions and of course the singing component.

It has been wonderful to see all the students coming back each day with their certificates for having the courage to stand in front of a crowd and recite something. Anyone who knows me will know that I am completely passionate about children participating in any form of exercise that gets them to stand up in front of a crowd and perform or showcase their talent. Although academics are important, the performing and creative arts are equally so. They afford many students the chance to shine in areas that we would not know about if there were not opportunities such as the Eisteddfod available for them.

The various choirs on Tuesday reminded me of the beauty of how music (and a performance) can unite us and cross the racial, gender, and economic barriers that may exist. Choirs from Sentinel, Kronendal, Oranjekloof, Disa and HBIS all entertained the crowd with their various renditions of international and local songs. We may have been one of the smallest groups performing on the night but we certainly got the crowd going at one stage. There may or may not be a rumour doing the rounds that I had tears in my eyes as I watched our singing group perform – my version is that my eyes were tired (that’s my story and I am sticking to it). Honestly, I was incredibly proud of our girls – you can view their amazing performance below:

Congratulations to all our students who had the courage to put themselves forward to participate in this year’s Eisteddfod – with over 1000 students from all the school’s participating, the standard was incredibly high and the competition tough.

This term we have two of our biggest cultural events of the year – our Senior Primary Play, “The Rocky Monster Show” and the High School Musical “Little Shop of Horrors” – students have been rehearsing very hard and I am looking forward to seeing them sing, dance and act. Please do come out and support our talented youngsters.

Roll on the arts!

Kind regards,

Grant Ruskovich