Welcome Grade 8’s

Gansbaai Academia, although a brand new school, is fast establishing traditions for the future. One of which is the induction of the grade eights into high school. The 2013 function was held in the afternoon and evening of 18 November 2013. Ms Liezel Mostert was the compere throughout the event and did a brilliant job in keeping the function running smoothly, although she did need the help of her dog in the evening!

The learners met in the school hall and was split into nine groups under the leadership of two  Matric Council learners per group. Thereafter it was time for the fun to start. A boeresport event of a relay race(three legged pairs, book on the head and egg in the spoon) was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Then there was a blindfold race where the grade 8s had to follow instructions from their teamleader to guide them to their seats in the hall.

Back in the hall, some hotdogs were shared before practice for the evening’s concert started. Before the concert there was a break and then the grade eights nominated candidates for the Representitive Learner Council. Each candidate was given the opportunity to make a speech to convince their peers to vote for them next week.

Thereafter the concert was held. Our national anthem and dancing featured prominently and there was also a sketch modernising the three little pigs’s story. Great fun was had by the audience and teachers.

Then it was time for the lights to be dimmed. Our vice-principal Mr Koekemoer read the preamble:

“In this we light a flame in rememberance of those who pathed the way before us. We light this flame for those to follow in our footsteps. May we take from the past that was good and build a new future as proud Sharkies.”
“Hiermee steek ons ‘n kers aan ter herinnering aan die baanbrekers wat voor ons was. Ons steek ook hierdie kers aan as lig vir hulle wat in ons voetspore volg. Mag ons neem uit die verlede wat goed was en bou aan ‘n nuwe toekoms as trotse Sharkies”

All grade eights had their candle lit by Mr Koekemoer and received a copy of “The pledge to be a Sharky”. It was also heartening to see some of our new teachers joining in. It was a stirring moment when they read the pledge by candlelight with Mr Koekemoer leading. This was followed by the “I am a proud sharky” warcry which drew the curtain on a funfilled and proud day in the short history of the school. A short video can be seen on youtube by clicking here.  The pictures below can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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