Schools march to success

2015-10-20 06:00
Hundreds of people packed the Stephan Regan Sports field on Saturday to support their favourite teams.

Samantha Lee

Hundreds of people packed the Stephan Regan Sports field on Saturday to support their favourite teams. PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Hundreds of people flocked to the Stephan Regan Sports Field for the annual Mitchell’s Plain Police School Drilling/ Marching Competition.

Held on Saturday, several teams from across the Western and Eastern Cape made their way to put their months of hard work on display.

Major-General Jeremy Veary, former cluster commander and pioneer of the project, says he is glad to see the project grow into a community event.

“At first, the project was intended to get youth at risk off the streets. But from just a school and police event, it has become a community event. It has even been adopted by schools outside of Mitchell’s Plain and the province,” he says.

Eighteen Schools from Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein were joined by several schools from Port Elizabeth, Ceres, Beaufort West, Paarl, Nyanga and Elsiesriver.

In the primary school division, Harvester Primary won Best Dressed, with Charles Duna from Port Elizabeth in second, Jamaica Way Primary in third, Melisizwe Primary from Nyanga in fourth place and Hazeldene in fifth.

Harvester also clenched the top spot for their Grandmarch Pass with Westville Primary, Mitchell’s Heights Primary, Jamaica Primary and Melisizwe Primary placing in the top five.

Best Drum Major went to Charles Duna, followed by Harvester, Mitchell’s Heights, Melisizwe and Jamaica primary schools.

For their exhibition Harvester placed first and Charles Duna second, Hazeldene third, Melisizwe in fourth and Westville in fifth place.

This resulted in Harvester taking the overall winners trophy with Hazeldene in second, Melisizwe in third Charles Duna in fourth and Jamaica in fifth overall.

In the high school category, Tafelsig High won best dressed followed by Elsiesriver High, Strandfontein Community Drill team, Beaufort West High and Ceres High.

Elsiesriver High took top marks in their Grandmarch Pass with Tafelsig in second, Woolhope High from Port Elizabeth in third, Ceres in fourth and Beacon Hill high in fifth.

Best Drum Major went to Elsies-river, followed by Tafelsig, Ceres, Strandfontein Community Drill team and Beaufort West.

Tafelsig stole the show with their exhibition with Elsiesriver High in second, The Beacon Valley SHOT Youth developement drilling team in thrid, Beacon Hill High in fourth and Ceres in fifth.

In the last category, Tafelsig won overall drill team followed by Elsiesriver, Ceres, Beaufort West and Strandfontein Community Drill team

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