April 22, 2024

Back to school


‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ This was surely the thought running through every staff member’s mind when the theme of the annual Welcome Back function at Amanzi was announced.

Pre-Covid, when an outfit didn’t have to match a mask, staff went all out to dress according to the theme. Some staff members drew inspiration from their Alma Mater and wore their very own old school blazers. (They were also super impressed by the fact that it still fitted). Some decided to represent their own children’s schools, whilst others rummaged through the second-hand shop’s rails for an outfit. 

After a roller-coaster trip the staff arrived at Amanzi where they were greeted with canapés and the breathtakingly beautiful Free State sunset. This specific staff function, however, is not just about the delicious food and great company. Its purpose is also to inspire and energise the staff for the new year and all it will entail. This year’s inspiration and energy came from a certified life coach, Werner Schmidt.  By using a combination of storytelling and problem-solving scenarios, staff members were challenged, entertained and yes, somewhat confused (they’ll never admit it though).

Staff functions are always an event to remember, especially when one is graced by the finest legs the Music and Art Department can deliver.

SMS staff members ready to go back to school for the Welcome Back staff function that was held at Amanzi early in January. Photo: E. Ndwere