The knee-jerk response many South Africans experienced after the president announced a nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 crisis was panic buying. People raided their nearest supermarkets, emptying the shelves as if toilet paper and hand sanitiser would never again be available.
As you have probably seen in my mother’s email, today has been a difficult day for me. I am writing to you to express what impact St Michael’s has had on me and to say a few words to the class of 2021.
In the third book of Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series, Moving Target, Maddy McKay and Detective Quinn Holcombe are on the run from a serial killer who calls himself ‘The Chosen One’. Both of them are also running from their past and for their lives. Now forced into in a deadly game of hide and seek they have to do everything possible to say alive and keep their friends and family safe. The Chosen One has been more than capable of tracking them down so far.
Mrs Rosemary van Niekerk handled the finances at SMS before she recently resigned. She was a warm presence in the office who was legendary for the pink sweets that she dished out to teachers when they felt a bit blue. She was a caring person who showed genuine interest in everyone’s wellbeing.
2020 has felt like one of those long-winded, unrealistic movies you watch on a whim with your friends, which you give up on halfway through when keeping up with the plot starts to give you a headache (P.S. The movie probably stars Dwayne Johnson). Unfortunately, unlike those movies, there was no magical off-button that could end this year. Finally, we are approaching the end-credits, and are awaiting 2020’s swansong.
In a small school such as St Michael’s, one teacher can play a very significant role. Mrs Karen Venter, the SMS Physical Sciences educator for the past two years, was one such teacher. It is with heavy hearts that the SMS community says goodbye to her as she begins a new phase in her life: completing her PhD.