February 28, 2024
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Change takes courage

FUMANE MASHEANE

2022 has been a year of the unexpected, excitement, heartache and, most of all, change. Early April our original Captain, Mr Braam van Wyk, bade us an unexpected farewell and Mrs Imelita van der Berg swiftly took over. Despite the many changes and surprises,

St Michael’s has been able to stay afloat and sail the sea with success and confidence.

The annual Grade 11 Prank Week started the third term off with laughs and giggles which set the tone for the rest of the term.

Our Chapel Choir continued the ‘Sound of Music’ and were runners-up in The Cantamus National Schools and Regional Choirs competition.

The girls showcased their talents at the cultural evening. Dancers, singers, drummers, poets, and performers showed off the skills that landed them awards from the Kunswedstryd in Term 2. After Interhouse singing, hockey and netball, Athlone was awarded the Queen Cup.

Project X, the social, organised by the Grade 10s and their form teachers, was a night of dancing, eating and vibrant energy.

At the end of Term 3 the new Proctor Body who will steer the ship next year, was elected. Omolemo Malinga was announced Head Girl of 2023 with Siyabulela Ndlela and Kekeletso Licela as Head of Day Girls and Head of Hostel respectively. The new Proctor Body consists of Khothatso Ramaema, Oratile Mosholi, Rethabile Kheleli, Keshni Pillay, Jaelene Thompson, Tebogo Thobane, Jordan Fisher, Kamo Tsoai, Sinomtha Jacobs, Phakade Tshivhase, Karabo Makhetha, Iliana Stevens and Fumane Masheane. The hostel Proctor Body comprises Mosa Mohlouoa, Unathi Seletswane and Queen Sibeko.

The term ended off on a glamorous note at the Matric Farewell where the Grade 12s dressed to impress.

Term 4, the 2023 leaders had a team-building session at Moolmanshoek which was a great success. Friendships were built and skills and values were taught.

After the camp, celebrations were underway: the 102nd Annual Speech Night, the Valedictory Service and Songs of Celebration.

The year is now coming to an end. Having experienced all these events throughout the year, we can’t help but remember the most significant of them all – Mrs Van der Berg leaving her Alma Mater. She started her career as a Grade 1 girl eager to learn and is now leaving as Headmistress of the school – what an accomplishment! We’ve proven to

be a resourceful school and will continue sailing the sea of life and academics. We have been saddened to see the departure of many, but also excited to see which door will open as another closes.