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2017-07-26 06:01
Wembley Grade 5s dressed up creatively for Ancient Egyptian Day.

Wembley Grade 5s dressed up creatively for Ancient Egyptian Day.

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ON 28 June, Monique Jonker, Renier and Amoré Van Rooyen, CG Nefdt and Milla Herbst set off with 70 participants from the Midlands Youth Choir and 50 Michaelhouse Choir members to participate in an international choir competition in Wales.

Pupils from around the world went to Wales to sing, dance and take part in many cultural activities. Our Wembley pupils were lucky to be a part of this educational process.

All South Africa participants flew to London where they spent four days exploring the city. This included a boat trip on the river Thames and taking a double-decker red bus tour around the city.

Some of the best sights were Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Natural History Museum and the London Eye. Monique’s highlight in London was going to the Royal Albert Hall and being able to play on Elton John’s piano. Renier preferred going to see the production, Wicked.

The adventure continued with a stopover at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon on their way to Manchester.

The choirs performed at the Old Trafford Stadium for one evening and enjoyed a workshop with the Manchester United Youth Choir.

From Manchester it was onto Liverpool home of the Beatles. Renier and CG loved Liverpool and seeing John Lennon’s house. They visited the Beatles museum and had a glance at Penny Lane, the famous street from a Beatles? song.

On leaving Liverpool they headed for Wales. Amoré loved the visual beauty of Wales. The choir participants stayed in a small village called Wrexham, very close to Llangollen where the competition took place. around.

The Wembley pupils commented on the experience of working together as a team. By the end of the trip they felt united as a choir.

The Midlands Youth Choir performed nine times in five days. All their performances were given an A and they won the cultural showcase of the year.

This is an amazing achievement but understandable, considering the beautiful eclectic mix of cultures performing in one choir.

Well done, Wembley pupil, you were wonderful ambassadors for our school. Monique and Chantal Jonker, with the help of Renier, Amoré and CG, helped raise money for Monique to travel to Wales by hosting a concert at the Beehive.

Renier and CG opened the concert with songs from their band The Disproportionate Do Gooders. The girls sung a medley of songs throughout the evening. This shows how mature and entrepreneurial our Wembley pupils can be when they put their minds to it.

On Thursday 22 June the Grade 5 class ended off the second term with an Ancient Egyptian Day. We have had an entertaining second term learning all about Ancient Egypt.

Costumes ranged from a mysterious mummy, a slave, pharaohs, a noble scribe and many rich important ancient Egyptians. Thank you for being so creative with the costumes.

We also had an extra pupil attending this exciting day - a real mummy and he enjoyed posing in photos with us. The hungry Egyptians were entertained at a feast with supplies of homemade Egyptian delights such as Ghorayeba (Egyptian butter cookies), Egyptian couscous-pudding, humus, dates, grapes, cucumber and schwarmas.

Formative presentations were given throughout the day and I was pleased to hear about all the things the pupils learnt. Pupils and parents are commended for their effort, time and creativity.

The Grade 5 class started the third term with a charity project at Letcee. It was the perfect opportunity to give back to the community and contribute towards Mandela Day.

We spent 67 minutes with the children playing games, soccer, teaching them songs and numbers and giving them love and attention. Letcee has one qualified early childhood development practitioner and nurse.

They are doing an extraordinary job and prepare meals every day ? seven days a week.

We were amazed by the children’s enthusiasm, energy and love for life. We donated second-hand books from our school library and the children were thrilled.

We would like to thank Letcee for having us and all the parents who sponsored clothes and food. Please donate any clothes and food to this worthy organisation.

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