Paarl 1 – 4 May 2019
A small group of very excited PHSG girls and teachers left at the crack of dawn on Workers' Day from OR Tambo Airport. The destination was Paarl Girls' High and La Rochelle Girls' High who hosted the annual Girls' Schools' Festival. The group resided in the picturesque Goudini Spa.
First teams in many disciplines competed to be the best in South Africa's state schools. As one can imagine, the competition was fierce. The star of the group proved to be Kelebogile Ratsoana, who emerged victorious as the Best Senior Speaker of the Festival! The whole group glowed with shared pride.
Quotes from the magical festival: Gisele remarked, 'I liked the fact that we received free Future Life. I made new friends and I will see them again. The sunsets were beautiful over the mountain.'
Tshowa enthused, 'The trip was enjoyable. I made new friends in both La Rochelle and Eunice. The experience of the multiple games of sport was what I loved. I could see that a lot of effort was put into the opening ceremony. The light-show also stood out for me.'
Ruby said, 'Paarl is beautiful in every aspect. The scenery was breathtaking.' Jordan added, 'There was a great deal of sportsmanship shown. I experienced no friction and enjoyed the camaraderie and togetherness.”
Jenna was amazed by the surroundings. What a privilege it was to play on an astro surrounded by such imposing mountains! Her matric friend, Lennie, found all the new friendships so valuable. She is looking forward to seeing the new friends again at the Derby Day.
Elke treated the whole group to new ribbons which were worn with joy. She beamed with happiness because she was awarded another chance to experience teamwork and forge even greater bonds with her peers.
Another highlight was the quick visit to the 'Spice Route' before the inevitable journey home. Girls ordered unusual ice-creams and bought original Fair Trade chocolate and lay on the lawn under the oaks, marvelling at the wonder of the Fairest Cape.
But that was not all. Another extraordinary co-incidence was that the pilot of the Girls' High Mango flight was an Old Girl herself – Megan Glancey, who matriculated in 2003. How gratified the group felt to have the pilot greet PHSG particularly and mention that she was an Old Girl and a boarder at School House in her day!
Memories are made of this…