1 TEAM, 1 DREAM
Avanti meet the team ’n blik op “kroukies” se jeug
VRA TANNIE BABS
HMS LA ROCHELLE TERM 1 2015, ISSUE #1
grateful that we get to leave a
to our termly layout with our old
As Head Editor of the Avanti for
part of our legacy with the news-
banner and ring binder and hel-
paper as we improve it and make
lo to the new â€œface lifted ver-
it more accessible for not only the
sion.â€? Goodbye to the printed
students, but all those associated
copies of the Avanti and hello to
with La Rochelle. With this new
the new electronic, eco-friendly,
format, layout and accessibili-
very trendy and timeless Avanti.
ty I really feel we will be able to
You can download this from the
reach out to more people and be
school website or the Facebook
able to convey new and interest-
page and it is even mobile friend-
ing news on a termly basis.
ly! So join us on this journey of new
Along with welcoming the new
beginnings and click and turn
Avanti, we say goodbye to a
the page to see what we have in
few things too. We say goodbye
store for you.
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 schoolâ€™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
Kristina van Zyl
MEET THE TEAM
’n blik op “kroukies” se jeug
Hierdie artikel is vir elke Larrie wat dikwels die behoefte het om ’n totale lukrake en
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-
‘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.
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
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
DIE VRAAG WAAROOR ALMAL WONDER: DIE EERSTE KEER WAT MENEER OP IEMAND VERLIEF GERAAK 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
3. I’am your man
4. I started a joke
Ek sou egter sê dat my eerste
5. You’ve got a way
werklike verliefdheid was toe ek
6. A whiter shade of pale
in st.8 (Gr10) gekom het. Ek het
7. The Great Pretender
8. Que Sera Sera
9. Light my Fire
10. Cry me a River
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.
The South African National Schoolsâ€™ Debating Champion-
best coaches and adjudicators in
trialists and 3 of us ranking in the
the country and getting to watch
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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-
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-
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-
Die 4M kan nie bloot as vier Mei-
Weke lank oefen
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 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.
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
- 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
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
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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
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
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!
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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