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VRA TANNIE BABS

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HMS LA ROCHELLE TERM 1 2015, ISSUE #1


New beginnings

grateful that we get to leave a

to our termly layout with our old

As Head Editor of the Avanti for

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paper as we improve it and make

lo to the new “face lifted ver-

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sion.� Goodbye to the printed

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with La Rochelle. With this new

the new electronic, eco-friendly,

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2015, I am proud to introduce a new beginning for the Avanti. This year is not only a new beginning for the Avanti, it is also a year of new beginnings for the Grade 8s. They are learning to find their way in a new school, making new friends and finding who they are within themselves as well as the world. It is a new beginning for the Grade 9s, because they are not the babies of the school anymore. The Grade 10s have a chance to begin afresh with their chosen subjects and maybe start focusing more on academics if they had not done so previously. This year is a big year for the Grade 11s because it is the year that counts a lot towards your future. For the Matrics of 2015 it is the beginning of the end. This is the last year we will ever be together as a group, but the first year where we get to be the oldest in the school. It is the last year that we will ever be in La Rochelle and I think, for that reason, we should make it one to remember. This year is especially special to me because it is the last year I get to offer up my services to the Avanti in the writing as well as the editing process. I am very honoured to be the Head Editor this year and to be able to bring a new look and feel to the school’s newspaper. Along with the amazing editorial team and Miss Nel, I know the school newspaper will be as brilliant as ever and I am

letter from the EDITOR Erin Rencken


Jana Hugo

Angeline Smith

Mart-MariĂŠ Serfontein

Jordan Willett

Annabel Moore

Megann Ferreira

Kristina van Zyl

Megan Street

MEET THE TEAM


ONNIELOER

’n blik op “kroukies” se jeug


Hierdie artikel is vir elke Larrie wat dikwels die behoefte het om ’n totale lukrake en

irrelevante

vraag

in

die klaskamer te vra. Die onderwyser bied die geleentheid om iets (met betrekking tot jou skoolwerk) te vra. Jou hand wil, wil opskiet...en dan besef jy, jou nuuskierigheid het absoluut niks met die inhoud van die werk te doen nie. Hopelik sal hierdie artikel van daardie nuuskierigheid bevredig.

WAT WAS DIE SNAAKSTE OOMBLIK GEDURENDE MENEER SE SKOOLJARE?

In matriek het ons ‘n baie streng Biologie-onderwyser gehad. Van die seuns het besluit om vir hom ‘n poets te bak.. Springbok was

ELKE KIND KOESTER ’N DROOM IN SY/HAAR HART, WAT WAS MENEER S’N?

‘n klein dorpie en in daardie dae Ons Geskiedenis meneer wat ons

het sommige mense nog met

My grootste droom was altyd om

in st. 6 (Gr 8) gehad het in Spring-

donkiekarretjies

‘n loods te word.

bok, was ‘n baie senuweeagtige

kom. Hulle het toe ‘n klein donkie

Ek was nog baie klein toe ek die

persoon. Een oggend tydens ons

vulletjie op die donkieplein (‘n

voorreg gehad het om in ‘n vier-

Geskiedenisperiode het daar skie-

groot stuk grond naby die skool

sitplek Cessna 182 – (sien foto) kon

lik – sonder enige waarskuwing -

waar die mense hulle donkies uit-

vlieg. Ek het prente van vliegtuie

drie Mirage vegvliegtuie van die

gespan het ) gaan vang.

Hulle

bymekaargemaak en ook mod-

Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag met oor-

het toe die klein donkie in die Bi-

elvliegtuigies gebou. Om ‘n loods

verdowende geraas laag oor ons

ologieklas gaan toemaak. Toe

te word, het ongelukkig nooit vir

skool gevlieg.

Alles het geskud

die meneer na pouse terugkom,

my uitgewerk nie.

en gebewe en dit het soos oorlog

het ons soos altyd op die stoep

geklink. Die meneer het so groot

vir hom gewag om eerste in die

geskrik dat hy onder die tafel

klas te gaan. Met die instapslag

ingeduik het. Ons het ook geskrik,

loop hy hom vas teen die vreem-

maar het ons doodgelag toe

de dier in sy klas. Hy het ‘n paar

ons geskiedenis onderwyser van

knope gelos en baie vinnig by

onder die tafel vir ons loer. Hy was

die deur uitgeskarrel

baie verleë toe hy later onder die

gelê soos ons lag, maar hy was

Gedurende my Sub A jaar (Gr 1)

tafel moes uitklim!

smoorkwaad. Hy het nie ‘n goeie

het ons in Karasburg in Namibië

humorsin gehad nie.

gewoon. Hier het ek smoorverlief

dorp

toe

ge-

DIE VRAAG WAAROOR ALMAL WONDER: DIE EERSTE KEER WAT MENEER OP IEMAND VERLIEF GERAAK HET...

Ons het


geraak om een van die meisies in my klas. Daar was egter net twee probleme: (i) Al die ander seuns het ook van haar gehou en (ii)

TER AFSLUITING WONDER ONS WAT OP MENEER SE IPOD SPEEL... 1. Sound of Silence

Simon and Garfunkel

2. Touch my Soul

Frank Duval

3. I’am your man

Leonard Cohen

4. I started a joke

Bee Gees

Ek sou egter sê dat my eerste

5. You’ve got a way

Shania Twain

werklike verliefdheid was toe ek

6. A whiter shade of pale

The Shadows

in st.8 (Gr10) gekom het. Ek het

7. The Great Pretender

Freddie Mercury

8. Que Sera Sera

Pink Martini

9. Light my Fire

José Feliciano

10. Cry me a River

Michael Buble

sy het ook glad nie eens geweet van my bewondering vir haar nie, want ek was geweldig skaam!

toe begin uitgaan met ‘n meisie in my klas. Sy was baie mooi, blond en ook baie sportief en het van ‘n plaas in die Boesmanland gekom. Sy het my soos ‘n bom getref en ek was permanent in die wolke – vir so drie maande tot sy my gelos het vir ander seun in ‘n hoër standerd. My hele wêreld het aan skerwe gelê en ek was ‘n absolute wrak. Ek het my doodgehuil en nie geweet die lewe kan so wreed wees nie . Die liefde het my hard geklap in st. 8

Kristina van Zyl


OVERNIGHT OATS PARFAIT WITH BERRIES & YOGHURT Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s worth getting up 15 minutes earlier to make something nourishing and delicious to savour at home or take to school. Emma Cloete

½ cup rolled oats ½ cup coconut flakes 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 tbsp black chia seeds 1½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup water 1 tbsp pure maple syryp ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup halved strawberries ½ cup raspberries ½ cup blueberries 1 cup greek yoghurt

1. Combine oats, coconut, seeds, spices, water, maple syryp and vanilla in a medium bowl; cover; referigerate overnight. 2. Smash half of the berries with a fork. Layer oat mixture, yoghurt and smashed berries in serving glasses or jam jars if you want to take it somewhere. Top with remaining whole berries. Of course, you don’t need to use only berries! You can add whatever you feel like or what is in season.


DEBATING NATIONALS

The South African National Schools’ Debating Champion-

best coaches and adjudicators in

trialists and 3 of us ranking in the

the country and getting to watch

top 10.

the senior final in which some of was world class!

WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT OF YOUR EXPERIENCE?

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST LESSON THE SANSDC 2014 TAUGHT YOU?

Megann: The lowlight, unfortu-

the previous SA team took part. It

ships took place from the 13th to the 18th of December last year in

nately had to be the food. I also had to speak 9 rounds consecu-

Stellenbosch. Two La Megann: The biggest lessons that

tively, which was extremely drain-

I learnt were definitely along the

ing and tiring.

lines of perseverance and man-

Jordan: The worst part of the tour-

and Jordan Willett

aging my stress. Also not to under-

nament was trying to organize

(gr10) took part. Here

estimate people based on how

my meals. As I have a few dietary

you perceive them at first glance.

requirements, I brought my own,

Many of the speakers, whom I

however, my food ended up be-

thought would be easy competi-

ing locked away in a freezer that

tion were definitely not.

nobody had access to when I

Jordan: At SANSDC 2014 I learnt

needed to eat and so my coach

the importance of true friendship

and I had to drive around Stellen-

and teamwork. I saw the impact it

bosch searching for a meal.

Rochelle learners, Megann Ferreira (gr12)

are some things that stood out for them:

WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TOURNAMENT?

had on certain teams when they did not work together and how

Megann: The highlight definitely

it ultimately cost them debates.

had to be meeting new friends

I was lucky enough to have a

and meeting new, interesting

team that was like-minded and

people.

worked well together. We were all

Jordan: My highlight was receiv-

focused and as a result, 4 out of

ing feedback from some of the

the 5 of us have been selected as

WHAT WAS THE FUNNIEST MOMENT? Megann: The funniest memory is when we watched our coaches debate against each other. Their


playful banter had me laughing for almost an hour. Jordan: Every evening a social was planned for us and on the Saturday night it was a lip-sync battle. One of my coaches went all out while lip-syncing to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now. I took a video and whenever I’m feeling down I re-watch it for laughs!

SO… WHAT NOW?

tion for training that takes place

Megann: Now, I’m preparing for

ter training we have the Junior

SA trials in Johannesburg. The coaches send me lectures on a specific subject, like International Law and then I have to answer a series of quizzes which are graded. Jordan: I have to read training material and modules in prepara-

in Johannesburg during April. AfSA Trials that are also held in Johannesburg, in May. At the end of trials they announce the team and that team then takes part in Germany at the Heart of Europe Debating Tournament.

Jordan Willett


a day IN CAPE TOWN FOR THE FRENCH & GERMAN STUDENTS

Jana Hugo & Fatima Hendricks After 4 years of studying and at-

made their way to the Alliance

and Kloof Street. The clouds rolled

tempting to master a French or

Française and the German girls

majestically over the mountain

German accent, it is a privilege to

made their way to the Planetari-

that looms over the city bowl: It is

go on an outing in your final year

um. At the Alliance Française Leila

a symbol of comfort and hope for

of school. The weeks leading up

Kopff told us more about the DELF

all that live in her shadow and are

to this day were extremely stress-

exam we will be taking in May

fortunate enough to look up to

ful and as we boarded our bus to

and we took part in a very enjoy-

her each day. The rest of the day

Cape Town there was a collective

able conversational class. At the

was taken along with the gushes

sigh of relief. It is always fun miss-

Planetarium the themes covered

of wind that blew strands of hair

ing a day of school, but missing it

corresponded with the work cov-

into our faces. Our route back

to go on a red bus tour with your

ered in the German class and so

to the Waterfront was the scenic

favourite “Frenchies” and Ger-

we were able to get a new per-

one along the front of Signal Hill

man students in the mother city is

spective of the topics and broad-

through Clifton, Bantry Bay and

even better. Being a tourist in your own city

“South Africa’s culture is so diverse”

Sea Point. Our day drew to a close and with

is great fun and experiencing it

en our vocabulary. Then, both the

heavy hearts we headed home.

while only being allowed to speak

German and French girls walked

Each minute I spend in Cape Town

German or French humbles you

through the Company Gardens,

I fall more and more in love with

somewhat. South Africa’s culture

our jaws dropping in awe of the

it and I think anyone who knows

is so diverse and it is wonderful just

tame squirrels that clamber up

this city well can agree. Around

sitting back and revelling in it with

against your leg and doves that

each nook and cranny there is

your friends.

swoop down onto your head,

something new to see, something

The day started at the famous

which for some was a semi-trau-

new to experience and another

V&A Waterfront, where the tourists

matic experience. Then, back on

story to be told. Merci beaucoup

shop and we watch, since every-

the bus, acting like true tourists we

Cape Town.

thing is about double the price.

listened to the recorded tour nar-

À bientôt! Merci Monsieur Botha

At the Waterfront we boarded

rations in either French or German

et

the Red Bus and our first stop was

as the bus took us to Table Moun-

danke Schön, Frau Janssen !

Long Street where the French girls

tain through District 6, Woodstock

Mademoiselle

Wigmore

et


GOUE LARRIE-OOMBLIKKE


ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM A motto that perfectly described the determination and hope we carried within ourselves on our way to the 2015 4M Gala. Our journey began in earnest in

and swam their hearts out in each

ragement the girls gave one an-

January with endless morning

item, many achieving personal

other and I am certain that next

and evening training sessions. Fi-

bests and, even despite a very

year the team will continue to

nally, on Tuesday 24 February,

controversial disqualification, we

close the gap to victory.

the day had arrived. Starting off

managed to come in just 3 points

A big thanks to everyone who

with a delicious and team build-

behind Bloemhof.

came to support us at galas this

ing breakfast we were ready for

Even though a few were disap-

season and to my team for ma-

battle.

pointed to not have managed to

king my last year the best one yet.

Last year we came third, a mere 9

kick and pull ourselves into sec-

points behind Bloemhof, and this

ond place, I could not be any

year we hoped would hold much

prouder of each girl in my team.

promise. Our hopes became rea-

It was heart-warming to see the

lity as the girls out did themselves

support, motivation and encou-

Megan Street


4m

Die 4M kan nie bloot as vier Mei-

Weke lank oefen

meisies die

sieskole Ateletiek beskryf word

kreet in die saal, terwyl hulle met

nie. Daardie beskrywing versuim

die sonbesies buite kompeteer.

om die skoenlappers wat in jou

Dit is die pêreltjies sweet wat op

maag rond fladder, die aand

die atlete se voorkoppe glinster,

voor hierdie groot byeenkoms te

soos wat hulle middae prysgee

noem Dit is daardie gevoel wat jy

om te oefen en hulself voor te

kry wanneer jy die oggend opsta-

berei vir die grootste Atletiekdag

an met ’n knop in jou keel en in

van die jaar. Al die reëlings agter

jou maag draai ’n mengsel van

die skerms deur die onderwysers

opwinding, angs en senuweeag-

en werkers, alles net vir dié een

tigheid. Die skadu van ‘n groot

dag: 4M.

dag hang oor jou. Jou voete is

Die toeskouers gewaar die diri-

seer. Jou lyf is moeg. Dis 4M.

gente, geklee in wit en die atlete… slegs klein geel spikkeltjies op die veld en baan. Hulle herken die Larrie-dogters in die blou rokkies op die pawiljoen. Die atmosfeer is ryp vir glorie. Ses ure skree jy jou longe uit en jou asem drafstap saam met die atlete soos wat die spanning toeneem. In’n oogwink voel alles skielik die moeite werd. Die oorweldigende trots wat in elke Larrie se oë dans verklap dat La Rochelle weer eens die louere dra.

Jette Kirsten


Shine 2015


can be open with each other,

SHINE - by now I’m

WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED?

help and support one another.

Our hope is that SHINE will not only

ing, note-taking and friend mak-

be amazing fun, but that it will also

ing throughout the SHINE course.

sure every Larrie girl has heard this word at least once. What is it

You are sure to do a lot of laugh-

inspire Larries to step out into all

actually all about? This

that they can be in confidence.

Topics that we have covered and

interview will help you

SHINE is all about family, sharing,

really enjoyed are:

understand what all

growing together, making friends

- I am valuable

and learning together.

- I am one-of-a-kind

Expect cute freebies, friendship

- I am wonderfully made

and fun.

- I have the Power of Choice

of us SHINE girls are on about…

- My decisions determine my des-

WHAT IS SHINE?

HOW CAN SHINE HELP ME? It can help you to grow in confi-

SHINE is an 8-week course for

dence and change the way you

young ladies that encourages us

see yourself.

to shine in who we are. It teaches us about our self-worth, it develops our strengths and encourages us to live a life that gives us meaning.

WHO IS IN CHARGE?

SHINE GIRLS, WITH THE LARRIES.

tination We are all so excited to show SHINE to the rest of the Larries as well. So keep an eye open as we will be launching it amongst the Grade 8’s soon! We really encourage you to come and see what we are about, as we know you

Peer coaches are gaining a re-

will really enjoy it.

newed passion to be an influence in the school, drawing Larries together, enhancing school pride

COMING SOON! SIGN UP!

and togetherness. Camille : “ I also attended La Rochelle Girls’ High school, so I have so much pride in who we are. I was a peer coach, so it is something very close to my heart. I want to see peer coaching reach

“The Shine course has been nothing less than amazing.”

new levels. She is a closet fan of cooking shows. Odille: Odille is our co-team

SHINE GIRLS FROM THE LARRIE PEER COACHES POINT OF VIEW…

member; she has been part of SHINE since we started reaching

The SHINE course has been no-

out. Her favourite part of SHINE is

thing less than amazing. We have

seeing how it radically changes

learnt so many new things about

the way girls perceive themselves

ourselves and gained much more

and handle the world around

confidence in who we are. SHINE

them. Odille loves astros.

is a safe environment where you

Jenna Laughton


VRA TANNIE BABS HOE KAN JY JOU TROUMAN UITKIES? - DEURMEKAAR VROU Liewe Deurmekaarvrou ‘n Trouman behoort jou laaste prioriteite te wees- hulle staan gewoonlik tou. Bekommer jou liewer nou oor ‘n beroepskeuse. Wat moet jy doen as jy ‘n ou na ‘n dans wil vra, maar elke keer as jy hom sien praat hy eerder met jou vreinde? – Gr 10 Larrie Ignoreer hom; jy verdien beter as die ongeskikte Adonis. Laat hom maar swaar dra aan sy geswolle hoof. Nooi liewer jou beste vriend dan is jy ten minste seker van ‘n genotvolle aand!

EK SUKKEL OM MYSELF TE AANVAAR, IS MENS OOIT TEVREDE MET HOE JY LYK? Ouderdom laat ‘n mens geen keuse nie en laat jou dankbaar vir jou lelike neus, aankapknieë en breë heupe – alles in werkende toestand. Moenie nou teen jou sogenaamde

onvolmaakthede

vaskyk nie; hulle laat jou lag, dans en liefkoos- gebruik hulle met

dankbaarheid en ander sal wil lag en dans!

MY FRIENDS ALWAYS SEEM TO BRUSH ME OFF, HOW CAN I KNOW WHO MY TRUE FRIENDS ARE? – DISTRAUGHT LARRIE True friends are the ones that pick you up every time that you have been brushed off by the false ones.

I ALWAYS SEEM TO BE PROCRASTINATING, HOW CAN I MOTIVATE MYSELF TO WORK HARD? – LARRIE IN NEED Procrastination is the thief of time. Do you leav your valuables unguarded? Time is your most precious asset – treasure it and use it wisely because it flies by. Keep that in mind when you shuffle to the couch with your choclate and chips.

I’M A BOLAND ATHLETE THAT CAN’T SEEM TO FIND A BALANCE BETWEEN MY SCHOOL WORK AND

SPORT. HOW CAN I GET MY PRIORITIES STRAIGHT? Dear Boland athlete Congratulations!

This

is

an

achievement that very few of us will ever be able to obtain! Savour every moment of it, but remember long after all the applause dies away, you still need to put food on the table. Keep that in mind when you feel overwhelmed by your school work and you will find it not so difficult to put your nose to the grind stone.

AUNTIE BABS, I FEEL DE(FEET) TED. MY HOSTEL ROOMMATE HAS A SUSPICIOUS FOOT FUNGUS. THE STENCH IS UNBEARABLE AND NO AMOUNT OF AIR FRESHENER SEEMS TO TAKE THE SMELL AWAY. PLEASE GIVE US SOME ADVICE. – DE(FEET) TED ROOMMATE Don’t even try to identify the fungus, identify the shoes and get rid of them for good!! You need to be cruel to be kind- help her find a cure at you nearest chemist.


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