TO CELEBRATE, according to the Google, is “to acknowledge a significant event or happy day with a social gathering or enjoyable activity”. Wembley celebrated its 22 years in a unique way. The birthday party started with gusts of winter wind and splashes of colour at the annual Go-kart racing on Thursday afternoon. In the morning, the Founder’s Day celebrations continued with the assembly.The assembly showcased some of our school’s diverse talent. Our confident Grade 3s began the assembly with a poem about, “If I had my life to live again,” by an old lady. This set the tone for what could only be described as a delightful morning of entertainment. The wide-eyed Junior Primary School sang about belonging at Wembley, where they feel important and special each day. The enthusiasm continued with the adventurous Senior Primary choir who sang about, “pirates and crooked smiles” and “the spark in [their] bonfire [hearts]”. Marimbas wet our appetite for culture with the Spanish song Despacito and our experimental High School choir completed the ensemble with two spiritually enriching pieces, Hallelujah and the Zulu song Avulekile Amasango. At the end of the musical medley, our chairman spoke.Mr Yeadon addressed the school regarding the legacy of Wembley and how it was created 22 years ago by our founding mothers and fathers with the intention of keeping families together and ensuring children had access to quality education through the Cambridge system. The school’s mission is to teach, nurture and inspire children to be individuals so they can grow and flourish. The school values are leadership, excellence in education, family values, and celebrating individuality and cultural diversity through innovation. These values were further emphasised in the new promotional Wembley video that was launched at the assembly. It reflects the positive characteristics that make Wembley a distinctive school. Each member of staff within the school plays a key role in making Wembley an exceptional educational product. The festivities continued on the top fields after the assembly.The family-orientated tree-planting ceremony took place next to the new Hockey Pavilion, during which our matriculants and their families helped add to the greenery on our campus. The whole school then played competitive inter-house sport, with some of the mums and dads having a chance to play against their children. The day did not end there. In the cold, clear winter’s evening, the concert began with our firmly favourite, home-grown, local school band, The Disproportionate Do-gooders, followed by the multi-talented Refentse and the laid-back, inter-active Desmond and the Tutus. The starry-skied, chilly evening ended, as it began in the morning, with an atmosphere of happy parents and children knowing that they were in a school where they belong. — Supplied.