Matric Valediction

Matrics and their support structures entered PBHS school hall, feeling as though it were heaven – little candles lit the steps.

Deputy Head Girl for 2018, Kiese Mpasa, gave a moving speech about what it means to be a woman and, moreover, a woman at PHSG. It was poetic and inspiring. Tshegofatso (Tshego) Matlou cried during her Head Girl’s speech and this led to everyone else quietly weeping too, until all laughed at Tshego's awkward blowing of her nose!

It finally hit everyone that the path at Girls' High had reached its conclusion for them and the guest speaker, Mrs Grobbelaar, took a no-nonsense approach and pointed out that in order to succeed in life it would take GRIT.

Of course, this is not nursery school and not everyone was going to receive an award, but everyone was happy to support and applaud for the learners who did. They cheered when the best candidates were called up and moaned

sympathetically when some of their peers stumbled up or down the unfamiliar staircase.

The girls were charmed by the silver Iris discs and mementos. What a lovely little gift from the school! After the two hour service, everyone crowded around the tea tables. The highlight, for many, was the support from all the people there. The positivity was palpable.