The changing tides at St Michael’s

JADE VENTER

Over the years many things have changed at St Michael’s. Some traditions have been lost but new ones have been and are being formed. Semester interviewed a few Old girls about their school career at SMS, and it was discovered that St Michael’s has never just been all about academics and sports. You will be surprised at what the SMS ladies got up to!

Lisa Smith matriculated in 1994. A lost tradition that she remembers is the Polar Bear Club. During the first week of spring, the entire school would jump into the freezing water of the pool to celebrate the new season. Thereafter, to warm up, they would receive a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Kate Kendall, who was in matric in 2000, appreciates the fact that the tradition of going to the Chapel every morning to start the day off right has not changed.

Mrs Melanie Schoeman, a Matriculant of 2001, says a tradition that stood when she was at school was the annual mud fight that was held in the school quad. This was orchestrated secretively by the Grade 11s who lured the Grade 12s into the quad and attacked them. The whole school would watch from the safety of the corridors. All of this ended in the two grades jumping into the swimming pool.

Dominique le Riche, a Matriculant of 2008, remembers that she often accompanied Sister Joan to the office. She also remembers Sister Thirza and celebrating a sister’s 100th birthday!

To Sebina ??????, the tradition that stood out, and still stands, is the skivvy and skivvy mistress tradition. This is where a Grade 8 learner is chosen by a matriculant. The Skivvy has to do everything that the matric learner tells her during the initiation period.

All the ladies mentioned above had their fair share of naughtines. Kate and her friends stayed in the hostel. On one occasion they snuck out of the school and walked home to drink hot chocolate. However, one of her best memories is of throwing toilet paper rolls all over the hostel and never getting caught.

To Sebina the naughtiest things she ever did was avoiding class whenever possible or doing her homework just before handing it in. In 1994, Lisa took Sewing as a subject and had pulled the leg off one of the tables. This resulted in a sewing machine falling.

Dominique was a student who followed the rules but she does remember ‘bunking’ – with permission – by helping Doctor Cromhout with choir admin and for practising piano.

Mrs Melanie Schoeman’s funniest memory is of when the Biology lab still had rabbits and she would sit with one on her lap. In her Grade 11 year, a rabbit chewed holes in her winter uniform skirt. Lisa attended a camp where learners had to open canned food without can-openers by using rocks. Thereafter it started raining. They had to be evacuated in army vehicles to get home. Dominique’s funniest memory is when a fight that broke out in the Mathematics class resulted in one girl being hit with a dustpan and it breaking. Rightfully, the girls both got detention.

Currently, Mrs Schoeman teaches Life Sciences at St Michael’s. Dominique is an Occupational Therapist working in Adult physical rehabilitation. She treats patients with neurological complications including stroke as well as brain and spinal-cord injuries. Lisa and her sister, Kate, are both teachers: Lisa in Readings?????? and Kate in Dubai. Sebina is taking a gap year after graduating from Stellenbosch University last year.

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