Window on Wembley

2018-04-04 06:03

AS every Form 5 class will agree, the transition from IGCSE to AS is a very tough one.

The work load increases drastically and the learning curve can be steep. However, as with every Form 5 class before us, we adjusted to the changes and pushed through.

There were many new faces in our class at the start of the school year, all coming from different backgrounds.

Throughout the term we have all grown closer and have come together as a class.

All of the new pupils have found it very easy to fit in with the rest of us. This process was helped along by the need for us to work together to organise two of the school’s biggest functions in the first term.

First came the Valentine’s dance. For many years, we have attended this dance and have acknowledged that it requires much effort to set up but we had never imagined that it would be this challenging. This year we decided to sell a variety of Valentine’s themed items to help raise funds. In the week leading up to the dance, we prepared cupcakes, chocolates, popcorn, ribbons and many other delicious treats. While some of us were busy with that, the rest of us began the decorating of the hall.

This included cutting out endless hearts, spray-painting light bulbs red, putting up cables, hanging decorations, carrying tables and a great deal of hard work.

As a finishing touch we scattered pink and red rose petals across the entire floor of the hall. On the night of the dance one of our genius classmates, Phila Mguni, had the wonderful idea to prepare a speed-dating game in which all pupils participated and thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, it was a lovely evening filled with dancing and smiles all round.

While the Valentine’s dance was a smaller affair, the Black and White Ball was something else entirely. Our class spent hours transforming Wembley’s Aloe Hall into an enchanting scene straight out of Neverland.

The entire class spent their free lessons, many breaks, time after school and their weekends putting their hearts and souls into making it a wonderful night for the Form 6 class and the rest of the school.

It all started with the dreaded draping. The walls and ceiling had to be completely covered in order to create the desired effect. The walls alone took days and the ceiling was even more of an ordeal. Once this was perfected, we moved on to the other décor. Tables upon tables had to be carried in and set out according to the theme.

There were ferns and fairy lights, and over 100 sets of cutlery to be placed on them. The Form 6s had a separate table which was even more elaborate. It was situated under our recreation of a starry sky above a forest.

A few of the pupils spent an evening painting the dance floor in a truly dazzling and unique way. Thank you to Mr Swart for donating the paint which we also used on the tree house.

On this dance floor, the whole class, along with the legendary Mr Labuschagne, spent hours practicing our dance routine for the matrics.

This was worth all of the hard work as our dance was truly fabulous!

We really did convert the hall into a beautiful picture of fantasy and wonder with vines, trees, boats, sails and even a running stream! To do this, countless buckets and bags of sand were hauled by our classmates into the hall.

These were used to create our unbelievable water feature. Leading into our little Neverland, there was a tunnel illuminated by hundreds of fairy lights and lanterns.

All of this, along with assistance from the mothers of the Form 5 class, aided in the formation of our delightful setting for the incredibly successful Black and White Ball. Thank you to all the teachers who were generous enough to give up their lessons to allow us the much-needed time to make this splendid night possible.

The night after the Black and White Ball, many of our Wembley parents attended Friends of Wembley, where they got to enjoy Neverland for themselves and were hosted and served by the Form 5 class. We once again performed our dance for the friends of our school, much to their delight.

The evening was spent both in and outside the Aloe Hall, which allowed for marvellous mingling between those in attendance. Our honoured guests were served three courses of delicious cuisine throughout the night. The whole evening was a lot of fun for us as well as the visitors, judging by how packed the dance floor was during the course of the evening.

Directly after this, came the high school exams.

This is always a stressful time for all pupils and the Form 5s were placed under extra pressure as we were extremely busy in the week leading up to them.

Never the less, we studied hard over the weekend and following two weeks to achieve the best we could.

It has been a tough term and it is an uphill climb from here but with the support of our friends and teachers, we know that we can rise to our full potential and make our Wembley family proud.

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