School team take five wins

2015-08-25 06:02
The team before they competed at the Nelson Mandela interschool drilling competition.

The team before they competed at the Nelson Mandela interschool drilling competition.

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A cancelled bus 12 hours before they were scheduled to depart almost lost them five trophies.

However, through dedication the team of 35 Tafelsig High School learners made it to Port Elizabeth to win all five categories at the second annual Nelson Mandela Bay school drilling competition on Monday 10 August.

Best dressed, best exhibition, best grand march pass, best drum major and highest overall were trophies they brought home with them.

As the winners of the police competition for 2014, the school was invited to participate as a reward, says school principal Ruschda O’shea.

“The night before we were scheduled to leave, we got a call from the police to say they only had one bus available.

“I could not go to the school and tell the children that we could no longer go so I made some calls and found a bus for R30 000,” she says.

“Minister of social development, Albert Fritz, school alumni, Trevor Manuel, and another anonymous donor contributed to the trip, but we are still R4000 short.”

The team’s dedication is inspirational to the community and an escape from the social ills.

Typically, poverty, drugs and gangsterism are rife and the school is no exception.

But the drilling has become a major attraction.

“Children tell me they want to come to the school because they want to drill,” she says.

Since its inception, the school has won every competition and plan to continue their winning streak.

O’shea has also increased the number of sporting codes from three to 11.

“I am a big believer in sports as an alternative to what there is,” she says.

The squad’s precision has also made them targets for scouts who approach them to participate in coons and cape malay choirs.

“This initiative is promoting positivity because a lot of bad comes from Tafelsig,” she says.

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If you would like to get involved with the school or help raise funds for the drilling squad, call the school on 021 397 6031

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