Choir out to make

2018-06-12 06:01

The Rustenburg Girls’ High School choir is set to be among the first to attend the World Choir Games in July.

The games will be held in Pretoria during the mid-term holidays.

The school held a fundraising event on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June to raise money to attend the event.

Organised by their music department, the fundraiser saw the school running a pop-up shop, selling items donated by the public to help them meet their target.

Administrator, Dee Penny, says the choir wants to make history by being one of the first to attend the first Choir Games of its kind to be hosted in South Africa.

“If our (fundraising) target is reached, a donation will be made to Help the Rural Child Trust.”

Penny says the store was full of kitchen items, baby goods and toys, mirrors, bicycles, curtains, computers, tables, chairs, framed posters, office cupboards, crockery, cycle helmets, books and a set of kiddies’ golf clubs.

She says the event was important as it complemented the music department’s mandate to encourage and create platforms to expose learners to great music opportunities from an early age.

She says the thriving and enthusiastic department consists of five full-time staff members and 14 part-time teachers offering tuition in a variety of instruments. “We offer music as a subject and as an extracurricular [activity]. Music is an integral part of Rustenburg and the girls often perform at assemblies or school activities.”

Kaitlin Downie, a choir member, says they enjoyed the challenge of bringing in old items they no longer use.

She says the choir tour teaches the learners how to give back and the importance of finances. “These are skills we will be able to use after school.”

Downie says the choir is like one big family. “Music is a universal language. It doesn’t matter what your cultural background is, everyone comes together for one purpose – to make beautiful music.

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