To our dear community of St Anne’s
The Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl for 2022 were announced to rapturous applause which warmed up a very icy Front Lawn! Our heartiest congratulations to Head Girl, Bahati Dakile, and Deputy Head Girl, Lucy Church. St Anne’s is in wonderful hands with these outstanding young women at the helm, and we look forward to their stepping up into these significant roles. Ofentje Motubatse and Zimasa Vezi have enjoyed a very successful year in which they have instilled a sense of stability and calm through their fine example of service, kindness, care and humour, and we appreciate their unwavering commitment and genuine sense of duty. It is with pride that they pass the baton of leadership to the promising combination of Bahati and Lucy who will lead St Anne’s on.
Both Bahati and Lucy have strong St Anne’s connections. Bahati is the daughter of Old Girl, Nonhlanhla (née Nsuntsha, Class of 1994) and her aunt and three cousins have been, or are currently, at St Anne’s. Lucy’s sister, Sarah, was Dux last year, and Lucy has also had four cousins attend St Anne’s. I am sure both families are brimming with pride as Bahati and Lucy step up. Another fun fact is that Bahati and Lucy have been friends since Grade 3 so they should know one another virtually as sisters which will make their leadership year a little easier and a lot more fun.
I spent a wonderful day with the Grade 9s on their Great Adventure. I was hoping that they would kidnap me for a little longer as it was special spending time with the six groups and hearing a few of their stories which will no doubt become increasingly exaggerated as they grow older! We laughed about how the storms they experienced will become typhoons and monsoons in the future! I was amazed that I did not hear one whine – even when a group had got ‘lost’ on a hike and walked far further than they should have. I was told emphatically, how, since managing the extended hike, they could handle anything the Great Adventure threw at them! When I asked another what she had found out about herself, she told me , “I’m actually quite gritty!” Some of the other common highlights expressed were: the beauty of the night sky, the tranquility, the fabulous food, the company, the talk on Spioenkop, the cycle, the paddle down the river, and getting to know new people and making deeper friendships.
I also spent some time with the Grade 11s at Tala Game Reserve. Our Grade 11s were the first school group to use the camp run by Mr Nathan Bam and it was a great success. They seemed to enjoy the privilege of walking through a game reserve and doing various activities with animals roaming contentedly in the distance, and their connection as a Grade was lovely to see as they relied on one another in different situations. When I peered over the cliff face to see the abseil the Grade 11s could do, I gasped at how high and rugged it was, and asked the instructor how many Grade 11s had managed it, and he smiled quizzically and answered, “Well, we ‘ve had two groups through so far and everyone has done it. It’s voluntary but these girls are wonderful!” I explained that I knew the ‘wonderful’ part very well, but hearing that they’d literally taken hold of their fear and ‘got a grip’ on that rope while flying down the cliff face was seriously impressive!
These camps are so important for the broad and meaningful education they provide. The thought, effort, and sacrifice which staff put in to ensure they run as well as they do, are so appreciated. The focus in this Blue Note is on the various camps, and there is some news about the Geography Olympiad results, some useful information about international study for those considering this, and a throwback article on the vocal ensemble. You are able to follow the links and enjoy the musical treat!
Enjoy the feast of reading!
Mrs Debbie Martin