GIRLS’ High School recently hosted the 68th annual Edith Glover Shakespeare Festival. Due to the weather, productions were staged in St George’s Hall and the Erica Danckwerts Hall.
The productions were Othello for Grade 12, Macbeth for Grade 11, Twelfth Night for Grade 10 and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Grade 9.
Each grade was responsible for the production of its current setwork study, which is extremely helpful in bringing the plays to life for the p u p i l s. It is certainly what Shakespeare intended! The adjudicator was Jill Haxton. She was impressed by the girls’ acting prowess.
The main awards went to: best junior production: Grade 9 for Midsummer Night’s Dream, best senior production: Grade 12 for Othello, best junior actress Othandwayo Ncobo, junior runner-up Lithe-thaa Tembani, best senior actress Thina Ntsaluba and Iviwe Malotana, senior runner-up Stelchia Hughes, best programme Joyce Ejumu, best poster Michaela Maass, best prologue, junior Jodie Ishwarlall and Alecia Goeiman and best prologue, senior Dhrishya Thomas.
Maths Olympiad: Girls’ High School pupils wrote the SA Maths Olympiad and the following girls made it through to the second round: Dhrishya Thomas, Iviwe Malotana, Sharmin Khan, Mbasa Gosa, Khayakazi Ketwa, Nitta Mattam and Zizo Gqadushe.
Chess: GHS participated in the second round of the Border chess trials in East London.
The girls played five matches each with the results: U18 division: Sinazo Vanqa won 3, lost 2; Iviwe Malotana won 3, lost 2; Dhrishya Thomas won 2, drew 1, lost 2; Sharmin Khan won 1, lost 4; U16 A division: Nitta Mattam won 2, drew 2, lost 1. Iviwe Malotana, a Grade 11 pupil competed in the SAJCCC (South African Junior Closed Chess Championships) in Bloemfontein in the U18 and U20 category. She won three games and drew two after which she was ranked 23rd.
Public speaking: Yanga Malotana and Buhlobo Buwa participated in the annual Stroombach Orators competition in Aliwal North. Yanga’s chosen topic was “It’s the little foxes that spoil the vineyard.” Buhlobo’s chosen topic was “Then and now.”