LEGENDS Fourways High School In-House Magazine Edition 28 Issue 2 2021
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LEGENDS Fourways High School In-House Magazine Edition 28 Issue 2 2021
CREATIVES Journalists: Mikayla van der Mescht • Charlize Nfor • Boikanyo Mosala • Panashe Matereke • Aeryn Shanahan (Wolf) • Amelie Malherbe • Gia Reynolds • Kamva Grootboom • Benita Muya • Phoebe Naidoo • Saskia Naidoo • Ashley Santangelo • Sindisiwe Madonda • Sascha Blackstock • Hannah Marsh • Hopolang Ndlovu • Lesego Mashego • Nontombi Mpolweni • Linelle Mulumba • Nichika Naidoo • Khanyisile Mathews • Justine Daly
Photographers: T. Holton • A. Rajah • M. Khoza • J. Linnell • J. Glen • K. Leong • T. Nyamukapa • G. Roberts • H. Swartz [Note: The list is incomplete due to many unnamed photographs.]
IN THIS ISSUE JOURNALISM Let’s Talk
About Mental & Emotional Well-being
Struggles of Being Unique...................................................... 4 Being Me ................................................................................ 6 Insight int Male Mental Health ................................................ 6 Post-COVID ............................................................................ 7 My mind collides with itself .................................................... 7 Courtesy Stigma and Scoliosis ..............................................10 Brave to Belong ......................................................................10 The Origin of Pride Month.......................................................12 LGBTQ+ Community .............................................................13 Dare to be Different ................................................................14 A Hidden Burden ....................................................................16 We are in it together ...............................................................18 Escapism ...............................................................................20
About Our World in School The Importance of Exams.......................................................22 Taking EGD as a Subject .......................................................24 A Guide to FHS Academic Colours for Dummies ..................26 Grade 9 Subject Choices........................................................30 Cool Teachers...Let’s talk about it ..........................................30 Post - High School Survival ....................................................32
About the World Around Us Earth’s Meltdown: Climate Change........................................34 The Cruel Reality of Animal Testing ........................................35 The Protection of the Deep Blue ............................................36
About Our Heritage & Culture Youth Day................................................................................37 Africa Day ...............................................................................38 Heritage Day ..........................................................................38
Congratulations to Ms Shirley Rametsi Deputy Principal Fourways High School would like to congratulate Mrs Rametsi on her new position as Deputy Principal. Mrs Rametsi studied teaching at UDW and completed her Honours at RAU(UJ) Mrs Rametsi started her teaching journey in 1997 at Lenasia South Secondary school. She then started teaching Life Orientation at Fourways High in 2003 and began her journey as HOD of Life Orientation in 2008. We wish her well on this new challenge.
About Words & Images The Power of Words ...............................................................40 Life Lessons from Fortnite ......................................................42
PHOTOJOURNALISM Matric PJ Day.......................................................................... 5 The Band,................................................................................ 8 Chess; Vocal Training & Debating ......................................... 9 Set Painting Meeting ..............................................................11 Photo Collage .........................................................................15 Photo Collage .........................................................................23 Photo Collage .........................................................................27 Hockey ...................................................................................28 Matric Jackets ........................................................................29 Athletics Training ....................................................................29 Photo Collage .........................................................................31 Entrepreneurs Day & Africa Day ............................................39 Photography Club Collage .....................................................40
PRODUCTION TEAM Published by Fourways High School Marketing & Advertising Sales: Mark Guthrie, firstname.lastname@example.org Design & Layout: LilyHouse Design Studio, Tessa Dreyer Text Editor: Ruschka Jaffer; Photo Editor: Sharene Mylchreest ON THE COVER: Top from left to right: T. Holton, Unknown, G.Roberts / Centre: Unknown, G. Roberts, Unknown / Bottom: Unknown, Unknown, T. Holton. INSIDE COVER: Top from left to right: T. Holton, T. Holton / Centre: T. Holton, G. Roberts / Bottom: T. Holton, J. Linnell. LEGENDS 0221| Page 3
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Our Mental & Emotional Well-being
Struggles of Being Unique By Mikayla van der Mescht
Walking through the corridors, you realise that everyone has a different story to tell. Everyone had a different childhood and everyone is going to grow up to be different unique. Growing up you’re always told how being unique is a good thing and that you should always be different. As we all get older we realise that it is the last thing we want, we want to be able to fit in. The thought of standing out is terrifying. Society judges you if you’re different, in this world people judge you for your uniqueness. We all do it. In my opinion I think that “beauty standards” is one of the biggest ways we try to fit in. The media tells us that we have to have a specific body type. That’s all complete rubbish. The title of the magazine
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is brave to belong, sometimes it is scary to stand out and be unique. As teenagers we just want to fit in and be accepted but the truth is that we are all different and unique, whether we like it or not. Why would we all want to be the same anyway? That would be extremely boring. So don’t be afraid to be unique. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone even though it’s hard, who knows, if you’re your own unique, fabulous self, you might encourage someone else to be confident in themselves as well. We should all be brave to belong.
“...The title of the magazine is brave to belong, sometimes it is scary to stand out and be unique....”
Fun Days & Events: Matric PJ Day Photos by T. Holton
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Being Me By Boikanyo Mosala
How would you define being yourself? Everyone always says to “embrace your uniqueness”, but the irony is, when you embrace your uniqueness you’re labelled weird or you don’t fit in and when you don’t follow all the trends, then you’re boring and basic. When is anyone ever really themselves? We all put up an act, a mask, a different version of ourselves whenever we speak to different people. We act polite and respectful when speaking to figures in authority. We act kind and gentle when speaking to strangers or possible friends. We act vulgar and humorous when around friends or colleagues or people we are comfortable with. So the question is when are we truly ourselves? Which “mask” is the real me? Who are we all really on the inside? One of the scariest things in life is realising that all these masks we put up in front of different people cause different versions of yourself to exist in people’s minds. No one can be blamed for putting up these versions of ourselves, it’s a defence mechanism, a wall we put up to survive. Life is a hunting field and we’re all just animals fighting for a way to stay intact. It’s survival of the fittest and the weak are frowned upon. So what is it to really “be me”, who is it safe to showcase your true personality to without being judged? I believe that in order for our true selves to be accepted into society, we need to endorse what is on the inside as well as what is on the outside. Acceptance comes from within and that if you are happy with yourself and your personality then other people will be too. That’s the secret to “being me”. We should accept all our insecurities and things deemed as flawed by the world. We should accept that no one is perfect and mistakes will be made daily.
And most importantly we should accept that we are all still going through our own journeys and as we move forward we need to realise that there is still room for growth and development in one’s self.
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Male Mental Health By Panashe Matereke
Being male comes with many emotional catastrophes, I’ve gone through some very unknown tragic events. It wasn’t easy but I overcame a large amount of guilt, sadness and pain. I overcame these feeling because there was something within telling me there is light at the end of a dark tunnel. To anyone out there who may question the handling of emotions done by males…It’s not that we are unable to feel or have the EQ (emotional intelligence) of a walnut, ultimately it’s the fear of being judged, thought to be weak or being unable to find the right help. It’s seen as though mental health care if for females only or that males have some sort of immunity to tragic emotional events, well it’s easy to put on a straight face and ignore the trouble when you know that you have no one to turn to. Although I pride myself on being there for others when they need a shoulder to cry on or help in general, its still difficult dealing with mental health as a male you never know who you can turn to because It feels like the one person you can trust with what lays within…is yourself, but I guess I can only really speak for myself. Trust issues, stereotypes and stigmas are a real thing and have often been the cause of myself and other males locking their feelings in a safe somewhere within. Honestly I’m not at 100% yet but what I can say is that to any male out there struggling with a mountain of mental troubles … you are not alone and never have been alone.
Post-COVID By Aeryn Shanahan (Wolf)
Years later, no more masks We’re free! (Are we?) We can see full faces, no longer expressive eyes. People forget to smile, and squint their eyes upon greeting. Some sit with their mouths hung open, tongues peeking out. Others touch their noses and pinch on an invisible bar to close an invisible mask. Habit. In queues, some still stand 2 meters apart, even though the stickers on the floor have faded and no longer indicate the ‘social distancing’ rule. Someone coughs next to them and instinctively they touch their chins to pull up a mask that isn’t there. They’re still hesitant to hug, to high-five. Some reach their elbows out and immediately apologise, replacing it with a fist bump. They sit in public and feel a gentle breeze blow across their lips; they start with a jump and search their pockets. “I forgot my mask!” They exclaim in horror, then relax with a sigh of relief when they realise there will be no trouble for them for not wearing it. It’s exhausting, trying to adjust to this... Wallet. Car keys. License. Sanitizer. Oh wait...scratch that last one.
My mind collides with itself By Panashe Matereke
My mind collides with itself Debating whether we deserve the ridicule or help We can’t help it, worse is all these feelings left in reserve one outburst could leave one’s heart deeply hurt yet keeping it all in is“an attempt to protect”, “but ultimately a defiance to fate” . Still there are worse collisions still unknown “What are they?” I ask, “rather leave them be and off your phone than hold ourself and shiver down to the bone”.
No more complaining about anti-bacterial dried hands. No more holding out cupped hands upon entering a store. When it was all over, masks were thrown in the air like graduation caps, cheering out loud with jovial expression. We’re free! (Are we?) (Are we really?) We lost family. Friends. Colleagues. At what cost are we free? They lost their lives because we were irresponsible. We can never go back to life before it. There is only life ‘Post - Covid’ But even that seems so far away now...
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Culture: The Band
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Courtesy Stigma and Scoliosis By Amelie Malherbe
Courtesy stigma is defined as what occurs when society disapproves or loses respect for a person due to a unique feature or characteristic. It is often marked by comments aimed either directly or indirectly at that person, or staring and pointing, even if it is discreet. Courtesy stigma is a form of bullying, and one that is often normalised or ignored. As a person affected by this, I can say that courtesy stigma has had a very big and very negative impact on my life. I have scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine, and I wear a brace to straighten my back. I am often stared and pointed at by people who see my brace. While I normally do not mind their curiosity, the everyday intensity of it, especially in the schooling environment where I am judged by my peers, can eventually start to affect my selfimage. I have even been body shamed because of my brace, which accentuates my figure and leads people to make immediate, uninformed assumptions as to why I wear it. Staring at someone who has a unique feature or who lives with a disability is not okay. It feels as though they are being stripped, and that feeling of vulnerability is not a good one. Rather than staring and commenting, ask the person about their condition or unique factor. More often than not, they will be happy to oblige, as educating and spreading awareness is always important to those who experience things that are seen as out of the ordinary. I ask you, that next time you come across a situation that is prone to courtesy stigma, to give people the human dignity they deserve, and to even ask them a few appropriate questions. We need to rid the world of bullying and stigma, and remember that we are all human, no matter our appearance.
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Brave to Belong By Saskia Naidoo
There are two ways we can live our lives, we can spend our lives trying to fit in with the “popular” guys or we can go out there and find ourselves some equally insane people to call friends. We need a sense of belonging. We need people in our lives that we can relate to, friends and family that we can joke with and get ridiculed by. I can see the appeal of trying to be popular in school, it’s easy, the safe choice. Might as well be basic rather than dare stand out and risk being judged by people. It’s not like most of them don’t even know your name or you won’t see 99% of them after matric, oh wait... Don’t strive for normality, that’s so 1900’s. If people want to judge you, let them. You can do better. You don’t need friends in your life that don’t care enough to learn your name but can make a million assumptions after one look. To be your own person or to be a sheep, that is the real question. We need to find out who we really are and understand ourselves before asking strangers to. Now this may come as a shocker to some but we all have strengths and weaknesses, we all have interests and things that bore us to death. That is okay. We can respect others opinions while remembering our own have value. You should be proud of who you are and what you stand for. You just need to find people who care enough to listen to you talk about what lights up your eyes. That’s belonging, to find comfort while not making any changes but rather growing to be the best version of you. Don’t live to fit other’s expectations of yourself, live to exceed your own. Everyone in our lives will try to put us in a box, ourselves included. Its fear that forces us to fit in but it takes bravery to find that sense of belonging. It will require you to put yourself out there. It won’t be easy, it will take some time but it will be one of the greatest journeys of your life.
Are you brave enough to belong?
Set Painting Meeting Photos by T. Holton
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The Origin of Pride Month By Ashley Santangelo
The month of June is annually dedicated to the celebration of “pride”, due to the period in which The Stonewall Riots took place in the United States of America in 1969. The Stonewall Riots were the genesis of the rights of gay individuals. Up until the late 1960s being gay was classified as an illness in the United States of America and almost all over the world. On the 28th of June in 1969, a bar called The Stonewall Inn (located in what was known as the ‘gay’ area on the United States of America) was raided for the second time that week by the police. More than 200 people were thrown out onto the streets and beaten (some people were even beaten to death). However, the gay community decided to retaliate. This retaliation was the beginning of a week of riots and protests to come by the gay community. After the Stonewall Riots took place, the first ever Pride Festival was held in the United Kingdom in 1972 and homophobic hatred was illegalised in 2008.
The celebration of pride month is to create awareness of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come and pressurize authority to make changes in places where the LGBTQ+ community needs to be supported. Pride month is about equality, acceptance, education in LGBTQ+ history, celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people and raising awareness of issues affecting the community. Pride is about being accepting of who you are and most importantly proud of who you are. In the society we live in, it is vital to educate people about the LGBTQ+ community, in order to develop a world of equality.
“Homophobia has a cure: education.” – anonymous.
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LGBTQ+ community By Sindisiwe Madonda
The Bill Of Rights Of South Africa in Section 9 titled “Equality” states that gays and lesbians shouldn’t be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation so why do we still give them disapproving looks when we see them in public and write them threats on their social media pages every second day. Why are they still stabbed to death because of a decision that has nothing to do with us but with their happiness and well-being? “I am born free but killed by your hate and expectations…” As a society we often fear the things that we don’t understand and retaliate without trying to understand. “Attack them! Kill them! Hate them! Hurt them!” that’s all we do. More than 10% of our youth is killed in a year because of who they choose to be, what they choose to wear and how they choose to live. So I will pose the question again : in a country that claims to offer Equality to all, are we all truly equal? We carry stigmas and expectations of the past, yet still have the audacity to stand in the front row and scream “there is no hope for the youth” when honestly there is no hope for the future. Are we the generation that kills and discriminates against someone who is LGBTQ+ but smiles at a rapist or murderer?
This is the truth we don’t get to hear: • • • • • • •
Homosexual people are not sinners Bisexual people are not confused. Asexual people are not broken. Pansexual people are not looking for attention. Transgender people are not dramatic or fake. Demi sexual people are not picky. Killing a lesbian or gay is a crime against love.
People who are part of the LGBTQ+ community are human, just like us and deserve to be treated with respect and accepted into society rather than to be judged or abused or bullied. No one has judged us for how we feel and who we choose to
be therefore we have no right to judge and play God with the life of others. Times are changing and we ought to change with them otherwise we will be stuck in a dark past… Spread Love And Light!
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It’s easier said than done when it comes to being confident in your own skin and embracing who you truly are, but here are a few tips that could help stand proudly with individuality:
Love yourself Self-Love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love can mean something different for each individual because we all have different ways of taking of ourselves. The concept of self-love links with self-confidence. Be confident in your own skin, love your flaws and imperfections, love the qualities that make you unique. Knowing that you are enough and having a high self-esteem gives you the strength to be different amongst the rest of the crowd.
Accept that not everyone will like you
Dare to be Different By Charlize Nfor
In the world we live in today people are constantly comparing themselves to everyone else. We may feel like we have to look and act a certain way to fit in and be liked by everyone. We may start to see our imperfections as a curse, which creates insecurities and breaks down our self-esteem and selfconfidence. On top of that it has become human nature to criticize others for their indifferences. Since when did it become acceptable to judge others, every individual is indescribably unique but one thing we all have in common is that we are all imperfect human beings. It takes courage to embrace your differences knowing that there’s a possibility that you could be judged.
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We will always meet people that we disagree with or do not get along with. In life you will come across people who do not like you – AND THAT’S OK. Don’t waste your time trying to please people who are not important to you. Don’t compromise or change yourself to impress them. Be true to yourself and do what’s best for you because you come first.
Surround yourself with people who accept you for who you are Have friends who love and encourage you. Their love and support can boost your confidence and encourage you to embrace your rare qualities, expressions and characteristics that mould you as a person.
Embrace your talents and skills We all have different talents and gifts, but sometimes we wish we had a specific talent that someone else has. Our differences in our strength and weaknesses, emphasizes how special we are. Focus your time on activities and hobbies that you are good at and that you enjoy because this brings positivity and purpose into your life. As you embrace your natural gifts, it embraces your uniqueness and individuality. If everyone were the same then the world would be awfully boring and conventional. Our differences make us beautiful and our diversity brings so much vibrancy and liveliness into this world. I challenge you to be different.
“That thing that makes you ‘not fit in’, be proud of it. Nurture it. Because that’s your extra in the ordinary.” – Myra.S
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A Hidden Burden By Nichika Naidoo
“If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideas of beauty would be.” High school is a time of transition, growth and a multitude of changes occur during this period. The subject can be a sensitive time for students especially those who are vulnerable. Many students face mental health issues including depression, anxiety, paranoia and eating disorders which this article aims to bring to the fore. The Oxford dictionary defines an eating disorder as “a range of psychological disorders characterized by abnormal or disturbed eating habits.” It is important to understand that eating disorders are the result of various factors which can be hard to pinpoint. The precise reason a person develops an eating disorder is believed to stem from social pressures that trigger insecurities arising from social media. There can be many causes such as weight based teasing/bullying , promoting values of perfection, competition and success , the under representation of diversity whether it be in body size, shape, colour, gender or sexual orientation in communities. Others believe that an eating disorder is a way to feel in control, these and many more are just some causes that can potentially lead to abnormal eating disorders. it is these negative thoughts and feelings that power the damaging behaviours. In an article written by Molly MacKinnon, it is stated; “It starts as a coping mechanism in the chaos of everyday life and then one day it ends up controlling you, it defines you and it takes over.” There are various types of eating disorders, some common ones include, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, pica, purging disorder and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. Each of these disorders are different and unique in their own way. Page 16 | LEGENDS 0221
Eating disorders play a big role in one’s mental health, additionally, functionality of the brain is impacted when someone has an eating disorder. It affects our behaviour, and when consumed by an eating disorder, we accordingly train the brain to respond to mechanisms that are transpiring in our lives by taking over our relationship with food. People have described living with an eating disorder as constantly being at war and it feels as if everyone is judging. An eating disorder is not a phase that a person goes through. It is not for attention. It is not what a person does to “lose a few kilograms.” When someone is diagnosed with an eating disorder, they have completely lost control. Usually as an eating disorder grows within a person, relationships with other people, such as friends and family, become strained and possibly diminish over time. It is likely for these people to feel at a loss as they watch their loved one suffer each day. Eating disorder ‘recovery’ is different for every person that has been affected by an eating disorder. For some people they may never have another eating disorder thought again. For others it can mean that their eating disorder thoughts are still there, they may just happen less frequently, and they are able to control them through their own coping mechanisms or techniques they’ve learned, meaning they no longer have the same impact on their daily life. Recovery is never a straightforward
“It starts as a coping mechanism in the chaos of everyday life and then one day it ends up controlling you, it defines you and it takes over.” — Molly MacKinnon
process. It is advised for people with an eating disorder to seek professional help, but it is also important to remember everyone is different, so everybody copes differently. Talking and expressing your thoughts and feelings can be a helpful way to cope. The biggest harm to any eating disorder is keeping mute. To be a good supporter, it will be important for you to learn more about eating disorders. Eating disorders are very poorly understood by the general population and myths abound.
Some general tips to help those around you: • Do not be discouraged if they deny the problem or do not want to discuss it ,don’t think of them as being defiant or resistant • Just let them know that you are there for them if they ever want to talk to you about it. • Show empathy and listen. • Ask if there is anything you can do to support them. • Never underestimate your ability to help. • Encourage professional help. A professional can make treatment recommendations. A medical doctor is a great place to start.
Many people with eating disorders report that it was only because of other people in their lives caring about them that they recovered. Keep this in mind when things seem hopeless—you can be enormously helpful to your friend or loved one.
AFFIRMATION I am perfect just the way I am My legs are beautiful My skin is beautiful My arms are beautiful My butt is beautiful My hands are beautiful My back is beautiful My stomach is beautiful My heart is beautiful I am beautiful I am smart I am wise I trust myself and these words I am perfect just the way I am
EDSA is an online community for those struggling with eating disorders throughout South Africa. It offers support groups and an online forum, among other resources. RecoverySpace.org is another website for South Africa’s eating disorder community, offering treatment referrals and online support. I conclude this article by emphasizing that our minds distort our mirrors, and you should not try fit in when you were birthed to stand out so be proud and never let a number on a scale define who you are.
“Only puppies should fear pounds.” — Clarice B
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We are in this together By Nichika Naidoo
I have recently talked to Fourways High Schools psychologist Dr. Charmaine Leatham for her insight on mental health in schools and the impact of Covid-19. Here’s what she had to say: My input is only a snapshot, as emotional wellbeing and mental health can be very specific to the individual’s family, schooling and social context. Personally, I do not like to generalize but work with each client’s specific context. Student and clients are resilient and response able. Together, in a collaborative therapeutic workspace, we look at options and possibilities. Aiming for some level of change depending on each client’s reason for emotional support and nurturing hope.
1. Do you have any suggestions on dealing with stress better within the schooling environment?
our belief balanced is important as we often would “catastrophe” situations by saying things like I will NEVER, get it right; They are ALWAYS picking on me; EVERYONE….; NOBODY…. We need to try and get a more balanced view of the extremes for instance by saying: “I do struggle with this subject, but there are sections that I understand better than others, I will spend time with it and do what I can”. It is important to also look at what is working well for you and who are the selected view people you can count on for support.
2. What are the most common emotional and mental challenges students face? Planning and structure are very important as it gives us a sense of predictability and control. Have a monthly calendar where all the assessments and assignments are indicated in order to plan when to do what. Sometimes all our responsibilities and tasks are muddled up in our minds but when we can see it on paper within a given timeframe it becomes more manageable. There is no magic that can make everything better – you are the magic by putting yourself into action. Be your own solution to getting work done – one day at a time! In stress management we can also work with the ABC – model. A=activating event (like getting work done or assessments); B = belief (how I think about myself and what needs to be done) and C = consequences (my reactions: how I feel and what I do). Getting Page 18 | LEGENDS 0221
There are many diverse reasons. Clients often would like to work on bettering their relationships with family members or within their peer group. They often feel the need to do some self-development and build their confidence as well. Managing their stress and anxiety levels are also quite prevalent lately, often feeling overwhelmed. There are also more intense situations that students need emotional support with which is more personal and sensitive in nature. In general, having a sense of belonging is very important in the emotional well-being of people – especially at home otherwise we start looking for it in other people or places. Constructive activities like cultural and sporting activities are important for people in order to have an outlet and to build their
confidence levels. Unfortunately, some people look for the quick fix and become involved in high-risk behaviour.
need to be ready and have the emotional energy to confront certain difficult life circumstances within a therapeutic context.
3. In what manner has COVIDimpacted students?
5. Anti-depressants are commonly prescribed by medical practitioners in dealing with mental health issues
It is important to acknowledge the positive and negative aspect of last year’s lock-down. Some families are grieving the loss of a loved one which is always difficult emotionally and for some also financially. Many families are struggling financially now due to retrenchments which causes significant financial strain within families as well as their relationships with one another. Practically not having enough data or connectivity is something many have struggled with. Academically, it was difficult for those students who struggle with diligence to keep focus and up to date with working on-line. Students as well as teachers’ home space were invaded by the need for online schooling. Even my daughter in primary school said: “My school is my school, and my home is my home.” Except for a few that preferred online-schooling, most students really appreciated being back in class and interacting with their teachers. The interaction is more personal within a social and educational context. Another aspect was/ is that many students need their extramural activities as an avenue to give expression to who they are and to their additional abilities and strengths. The cultural and sporting activities were dearly missed. Students had more time to be on social media which in excess caused lower energy levels and may have caused them to become over involved in certain sites and on certain topics. This also lowered their self-esteem. In terms of adolescent brain development, adolescents are inclined to do more self-reflection and have heightened critical thinking. It was difficult for some students to regulate their emotions when confronted with controversial concerns and often felt overwhelmed. On a positive note, there are those students who have reconnected with their family members or guardians as they spent more time together which resulted in a positive outcome in terms of their family relationships. Some students had more time to do some ‘soul searching’ and reflected on their priorities for the future, their goals and how they would like to do life.
4. How do you address the challenge of students not being able to communicate their problems and feelings or situations? When students come to see me, they are often referred by parents or concerned staff members. Students very often are then ready to talk about some of the worries and concerns they have within a confidential space. Often when students do not want to open-up, their privacy needs to be respected and the timing of their difficulties needs to be seen in context of their lives at that moment in time. People
a) do you subscribe to the school for thought? (do you agree in the usage of anti-depressants) b) if not, what alternative methods do you believe should be recommended by medical fraternity The use of anti-depressants is very specific to the individual and the diagnosis as made preferably by a paediatric psychiatrist (for children or adolescents). However, it is always important to take the family context, financial constraints and family position towards prescribed medication into consideration. This then needs to be clarified with parents or caregivers. Due to financial constraints parents may also consult a medical general practitioner who may also be able to assist when needed.
6. How do students identify whether they have a mental health issue, as the internet is not always reliable? Parents and students need to look out for a marked difference (when compared to usual / previous activity levels) in the following areas: Significant change in social (like not wanting to socialise with friends as used to), academic (work) and other important areas of functioning (such as sport / culture / extramural activities) Low mood for a period of time (not due to medical condition or possible bereavement) or often being agitated as observed by others A reduced interest in activities that a person usually found enjoyable Difference in eating and sleep patterns Often feeling tired with low energy levels nearly every day Feelings of worthlessness Struggling to concentrate and stay focussed as compared to usual
When there is a concern have an open conversation with your parent or caregiver in terms of what you are experiencing. They may also have noticed some significant changes. Depending on the family value system and traditions; consult with a counsellor, religious advisor/counsellor, family elder, medical doctor or psychologist to consider possible support strategies. LEGENDS 0221| Page 19
Escapism By Hannah Marsh
Life always feels like it is constantly on fast forward. Once one test is done, there is another to study for. Once one deadline has been met, there is always 3 more that have yet to been met. Once math’s homework is completed, there are always other subject’s homework that not been completed yet. Everyday follows a similar routine: study, complete homework, tick another box off the never-ending to-do list, get some sleep and then do it all again the next day and the days after that. Everyday starts to become tedious, days blur together and life becomes hazy. In order to get rid of that haze, we must first escape. Escape the routine, escape the blur, and escape the haze. We need to escape reality. Many living in fast forward, hit pause and choose escapism. Page 20 | LEGENDS 0221
What is escapism? Escapism is the tendency to pursue distraction and relief from distasteful realities, mainly by pursuing entertainment or engrossing in fantasy. In a nutshell escapism is just that: wanting to escape from the harsh realities of the real world. That may seem harmful, especially if the chosen method is something like drugs. Temporary escapism however is not necessarily harmful, escaping to enjoy a slight mental break from life is not always bad. There are many concerns we have to deal with on a daily basis, the main one student’s face being school. School can be pressuring and in order to maintain good mental health we must escape occasionally. Escapes such as reading, gaming, or watching television are common among students to relieve us from the constant pressure, anxiety, and stress. But these escapes do not necessarily represent true escapism. Escapism can be a bit more complicated and weightier. Escapism is more than just relaxation. Escapism’s purpose is to remove thoughts of the real world from our mind. In this regard, escapism can be detrimental to us as avoidance is unhealthy and may make our problems worse. Escapism utilizes the human brain’s most amazing function: imagination. Those who practice escapism make great use of human imagination. They imagine themselves as a character in their favourite movie, book or even tv series. Some even create their own reality in their minds. The mind has no limits therefore our escapism fantasies have no limit as well. You are able to escape to any world, any reality you desire. Instead of schoolwork, you can slay dragons. You can
attend lavish balls, instead of class. In your own reality you can forget about the problems of the real world. It can feel amazing for a short period until you wake up or focus back into the real world and the problems you tried to escape are still there. In a way escapism is misleading because you can never truly escape your problems. You can only put them in a box and try to forget about them, but the box will always be there. You can close the lid, but the lid will always open back up again. No matter how long you escape for you will always have to return back to reality. This can be very self-destructive and have the opposite effect on your mental health. Instead of helping you relax it can make you more stressed as it emphasizes your real-world problems. As once you come back to reality, compared to your fantasies your problems are even more daunting. Escapism is like wearing rose tinted glasses, all the red flags are still there just not visible to you. And once the glasses are off, they become more striking and alarming.
Is escapism good or bad? I am going to be completely honest with you, I am often guilty of participating in escapism and I am sure most of you are too. Sometimes a song can make me feel nostalgic even though I have never once run barefoot through an endless forest in a ballgown. But your fantasies my not be as elaborate as mine because believe me, my fantasies include multiple seasons, a large cast, and a complicated plot. Maybe that is just because I am an only child. I like to think my escapism is not unhealthy because I can differentiate the difference between reality and fantasy. Many live their lives in escapism fantasies, which can be
extremely harmful as the line between fantasy and reality blurs. And when it does you may not be able to live your life to the fullest. If life it so tiring and stressful try instead to romanticize it. Instead of creating a fantasy, live your real reality like you would your fantasy. Be the person you hope to be and make your life more like your fantasy.
How to romanticize your life? Start small. Take time to appreciate the small things in your life (take time to smell the roses so to speak). The stress will always be there but by doing small things that you enjoy you may be able to relieve some stress like reading, writing or painting. I personally have started journaling to feel less stressed. You have to try to make the unbearable a little more bearable. This can be done by finding ways to enjoy studying and homework. Listen to music or light a candle with a nostalgic scent while studying. You can do small changes to make your reality slightly represent your ideal fantasy. Change the way you dress, cut your hair, go on a walk at sunset, or redecorate your room. You can even just change the way to see things, placing a positive spin on things can make you a bit happier. Like instead of saying “I have three more tests to study for”, say” I have completed two tests”. This can give you a sense of achievement and motivate you further, lifting your spirits and reducing your stress. There is no time like the present. Live everyday on your terms by doing things that make you happy and hopefully if you start paying attention to the small things your reality will not seem tedious, hopefully if you live everyday slightly different like wearing different pyjamas to bed or eating your favourite food for lunch, they will stop blending together and hopefully the haze will slowly start to disappear.
Face your challenges head on, romanticize your life, take a small break, and only escape in your dreams. We only have one life, so we need to make the most of it and live it with our eyes wide open without rose tinted sunglasses.
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About Our World in School
The Importance of Exams By Amelie Malherbe
Let’s be honest: exams suck. They cause stress, can bring down grades and often reflect incorrectly on a student’s capabilities. But despite their flaws, exams are extremely important, which is why students burn themselves out trying to prepare for them. In order to do well, we need to understand why they are important and how we can prepare for them. Exams will always be around, and that is why they are so important. School, university and jobs all make use of the examination system so as to assess a person’s skills, their personality and their capabilities. Exams are often the centre point around which you are evaluated. We can prepare for exams by taking advantage of their significance. Exams offer an opportunity to boost grades while in school, and we can use this to set clear academic goals. Here are a few study tips to help you do so:
1. Live a healthy lifestyle Living a healthy lifestyle has many benefits, and one of them includes preparing for exams. Not only will a healthy lifestyle prevent any issues that may distract you, but can help you focus on studying with motivation and energy.
2. Use specialised study techniques Using specific study methods, keyed to assist majority of students, can help immensely. They focus on certain aspects that can contribute greatly when remembering information or revising. Two highly used and recommended study techniques include Pomodoros and the PQ4R method.
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3. Relax Being comfortable and relaxed when preparing for big tests is extremely important. If you are tense and anxious while studying, those same feelings will begin to show up in other places, even when you are taking a break. Staying relaxed can help memorise information, learn certain concepts and can often help you feel more confident. While exams are extremely important, don’t get overly anxious. Their importance is what makes them so easy to focus on. The key is to try and focus your sights directly at them rather than at every small thing around them, and that is how you will find success when writing an exam.
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Read this article if you’ve decided on
Taking EGD as a subject! By Benita Muya
Are you one of those learners who have taken EGD as a subject simply because it involves drawing and you think it’s “free marks”? Are you one of those learners who took EGD without really knowing what “EGD” even stands for? Well, fear not citizen! You are reading the right article! So, what exactly is EGD? Well, Engineering Graphics and Design is a subject that teaches you skills and drawings that you will find in MAJOR Engineering fields like Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering. If you dream of becoming an Interior Designer, Clothing Designer, or an Engineer, then EGD is definitely for you, as it teaches you vital drawing and design skills, and technical skills that are internationally acknowledged. The Fourways High EGD Department has been in the Top 10 schools in Gauteng for many years now, also achieving 1st and 2nd place a few times. The EGD Department has also occasionally achieved the highest number of distinctions per matric subject average in the school! With that being said, I conclude that you’re in good hands if you’ve decided to take EGD. Furthermore, I’ve been given the honour of interviewing Mr A. Clayton, the HOD of EGD, to get some insight on his perspective on EGD. “As a teacher, I get to walk around and see the kids draw daily”, says the teacher. “It gives me great satisfaction to see the pupils improving their drawings skills and achieving all they can achieve!” I’ve also been given the privilege of interviewing 2020’s Top EGD students in Gr. 11 and 12 to get their POV’s on EGD
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as learners. Here are some answers to questions that every new EGD learner is dying to know:
1. What’s the best part of EGD for you? - Caitlin Ridout [Top female student; Gr12 (2020)]: “The class is filled with students and a teacher incredibly passionate about the subject. But even better, it’s a subject that tests you in unimaginable ways (Bonus: You actually get to design something of your own when PAT time comes around!)” - Tristan Nel [Top male student; Gr12 (2020)]: “The satisfying feeling of looking at a completed drawing that looks amazing and know that you did that!” - Teagan McGinley [Top female student; Gr11 (2020)]: “The drawings done in EGD as you progress through the years are exciting and they push you to increase your ability to think outside the box. It’s a subject that, in a way, is quite therapeutic if you’re in favour of sitting for extended periods of time with a pencil at clutch.” - Daivik Tulsee [Top student; Gr 11 (2020)]: The subject itself is the best part for me. I’m a practical learner and I have an affinity for drawing and critical thinking. The PAT is
one of my favourite parts as you get to unleash all the fantastic ideas you have into a design!”
2. What’s something you wish you knew before choosing the subject in Gr 9? - Teagan McGinley [Top female student; Gr11 (2020)]: “The subject requires full dedication along with a price of drawing equipment that will dent the budget for the year (but the equipment does not need to be renewed unless it’s not taken care of)” - Daivik Tulsee [Top male student; Gr11 (2020)]: “You need to be committed to the subject and put 110% effort to get the high marks you wish for.”
3. A word of advice for the learner who’s still unsure about taking the subject: - Caitlin Ridout [Top female student; Gr 12 (2020)]: Aside from the subject being incredibly fun, the work covered in EGD provides students with insight into very important everyday working structures. If you are even remotely interested in understanding how these structures work, then I would highly encourage you to take the subject! - Daivik Tulsee [Top male student; Gr 11 (2020)]: This subject is unlike any other, the content is tremendously enjoyable and it gives you an exciting challenge. You will form friendships in your class, and you will have an exciting experience where you constantly strive to outdo your previous drawing. If you enjoy the drawings you do in Technology, then you will love EGD, and if you do well in those drawings then this is unmistakably the subject for you. - Teagan McGinley [Top female student; Gr 11 (2020)]: “Be prepared to put the work in and don’t be afraid to take risks. I know choosing subjects is scary, at any point if you feel that you are making the wrong decision come visit us during an EGD lesson and see for yourself. EGD is awesome and there are two great teachers who will guide you every step of the way. Good luck, you’ve got this!”
EGD is an amazing subject. So if you’re interested and willing to put the work in, then you should definitely take it!
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Valediction November 2020, photos by T. Holton
A Guide to
FHS Academic Colours for Dummies By Hannah Marsh
Junior Academic Colours: (Grade 8s to 9s only ) In order to qualify you must obtain a promotion mark (end of year mark) of 75% or more. Undue absenteeism may result in disqualification. Grade 8 award will be issued at the annual awards ceremony in the grade 9 year and the Grade 9 award will be issued at the annual awards ceremony in the grade 10 year.
Senior Academic Colours:
This award will be issued at the annual awards ceremony in the Grade 11 or 12 years.
Honours In order to qualify you must have an average of 80% or more for your promotion mark for 4 years at high school. OR In order to qualify you must have a ‘full house’ of an ‘A’ symbol for ALL subjects at the end of grade 10, Grade 11 or matric preliminary exams. The honours blazer will be awarded at the next academic awards ceremony.
(Grade 10s, 11s and 12s )
Half colours In order to qualify you must obtain a promotion mark of 74.52% / 522 points or more. In order to qualify you may only have one subject below 70% and no subjects below 60%. [if you have the points needed to qualify but don’t meet the following criteria you can be awarded with an Academic Merit Certificate] Undue absenteeism may result in disqualification. This award will be issued at the annual awards ceremony in the Grade 11 or 12 year.
Full colours In order to qualify you must obtain a promotion mark of 79.50% / 557 points or more. In order to qualify you may only have one subject with a mark below 75% and no subjects below 65%. [if you have the points needed to qualify but do not meet the following criteria you can be awarded with an Academic Cum Laude Certificate] Page 26 | LEGENDS 0221
Olympiads: ( those who complete in all National Olympiads recognised by the school )
Half colours In order to qualify you must have been placed in the top 100 positions on a national basis.
Full colours In order to qualify you must have been placed in the top 50 positions on a national basis.
Honours In order to qualify you must have been placed in the top 10 positions on a national basis. If you need any of the following to be explained in further detail please feel free to ask any of your teachers.
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Sport: Hockey Photos by J. Linnell
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Class of 2021: Matric Jackets
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Cool Teachers... Let’s talk about it By Linelle Mulumba
You know that teacher, the one that is always enthusiastic and there’s never a dull moment in his or her classroom? You may even feel comfortable being around them and you may actually look forward to having that lesson. I have had teachers I consider “cool teachers” that I absolutely adored and I always remember finding it easier to learn from them. Do you think cool teachers are easier to learn from?
Subject Choices By Kamva Grootboom
High school feels like a full time job; with many decisions to make. Decisions concerning your friendship groups, identity, likes and dislikes, talents and abilities...the list goes on! One of the most important decisions that you are required to make in high school, particularly Grade 9, is your subject choice. This is a time when you’re required to choose the subjects which you’d like to pursue for the next three years of your high school career. This is arguably the most imperative part of the Grade 9 academic year as this plays a large part in deciding which career field you’d like to go into once you’ve completed your time in high school. As a result of this, it can also be a very stressful and overwhelming time period. There is also a ton of pressure because this could somewhat determine the rest of your life! You are listening to many different people trying to tell you which subjects they think are good for you yet you’re also trying to listen to yourself. During these times, it is very easy to sort of lose yourself in the mix but it is crucial to stay true to yourself. It is okay to get input from other people but you should end up making a decision that you’re happy with and are proud of.
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A “cool teacher”, to students, is the teacher that is easygoing, energetic and always has a positive attitude. They are usually so relatable and have a sense of humour. Some may think that the “cool teacher” title is a compliment. To some, it means the teacher that can make students feel welcomed, comfortable and capable and not awkward. Now, is it easier to learn for these types of teachers? This is for you to answer, based on your school experience because this is subjective. Different people have different learning styles and teachers teach differently as well. Some people may prefer being taught by a strict teacher because it helps them stay in line, for some this is the opposite. Some prefer a balanced mixture of the two. In my experience, I’ve found that I was more comfortable asking for help from them. When they were enthusiastic, it was as if their energy was contagious cause I found myself letting go of some insecurities I had about that particular subject. But I think it’s healthy that the cool teacher and student have and keep boundaries. Let’s not forget that some students may want to take advantage of the teacher, so don’t cross that boundary. The student must know that she or he is NOT your friend and that the teacher must know when to enforce discipline when necessary.
“When they were enthusiastic, it was as if their energy was contagious cause I found myself letting go of some insecurities I had about that particular subject...”
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Post - High School Survival: What skills students really need By Linelle Mulumba
Now that my final year of high school approaches quickly, I’m starting to realise I and many of those around me don’t have many real life skills that we’ll use when we leave high school. In fact many students walk out of high school with a matric certificate and have very little knowledge on how to navigate life after high school.
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The fact of the matter is that schools don’t do the best job of preparing us for the real world. Although students spend most of their day sitting in a classroom. The reasons behind these problems vary from lack of resources to incompetence. I feel that the following aren’t taught to students early enough in schools: Money Management
How to budget effectively How to invest How does compound interest work How to save How credit cards work How insurance works Avoiding debt Planning for emergencies How taxes work
Creativity I’m not talking about artistic topics like art or band. But creativity in subjects like maths or science. Most of the greatest thinkers in the world did things through the lens of creativity not academia.
Negotiation No, I’m not talking about negotiating when you were a young child to get something from your parents. To be fair, we are always negotiating whether we know it or not. But using this skill to be used in the professional world, can set you further than others
Basic Law Let’s face it, law is complex and confusing. Ignorance of the law will not excuse you from any jail time Knowing how contracts work, knowing how to avoid unnecessary fines, etc.
Digital Literacy Means being able to work on any program, device or software Our advanced digital world demands this skill in almost every career
Work smarter, not harder Helping students find the most effective ways to get things done.
Time management Yes, following a timetable daily that tells you where you need to be isn’t bad but what happens when you no longer have that timetable and you’re on your own.
Online Etiquette Email etiquette - emails will become incredibly important in the professional world, learning to use words correctly to not misinterpret emotions and communicate formally is unfortunately not taught to us early enough
Getting a job interview
Some of these skills can and should be taught at home but the truth is that some students cannot gain knowledge of these skills because their parents either don’t practice them or completely fail at them. We all know that information online can be unreliable and inconsistent. And on top of that schools don’t teach it to you. This raises the question: how do we acquire these vital skills?
Before that you will need a CV, but how do you create one? What do you put on there? How do you know what to put there and what not to? Many have had to resort to using resources online in order to prepare for job interviews
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About the World Around Us
EARTH’S MELTDOWN: Climate Change By Gia Reynolds
We are killing our planet. And let’s face it, there is no Planet B.
I know what you’re thinking: “How does this affect me?”. I’m sure by now we’ve all heard the same argument over and over. That our daily actions are harming our environment. That driving our cars or using electricity or accidentally missing the trash can is contributing to a phenomenon known as global warming, and consequently, climate change. And for some reason, these arguments just aren’t good enough. The science behind it all is still not enough to convince humans to make a change.
Here are the facts: The worst impacts of climate change could be irreversible by 2030 More than 1 million species are at risk of extinction due to climate change Climate change is resulting in the rising of sea levels and melting of glaciers Many people still aren’t taking it seriously.
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I think it’s easy to agree that we all have the right to breathe clean air. To not have to worry about whether bringing children into the world will be safe 10 years from now. But most importantly, we as humans have an obligation to our earth to ensure that it is still thriving for future generations. So do your part to keep our earth healthy! Even small contributions on everyone’s behalf can collectively make a big difference. Everyone may die at the end of horror movies, but we don’t have to.
The Cruel Reality of Animal Testing By Phoebe Naidoo
Animal testing is cruelty against animals! Big national hygiene and beauty companies that you buy from are very much guilty of testing on animals, don’t believe for a second when they say that their products are animal cruelty free. There are millions of big and small companies that test on animals. Let’s look into the history of animal testing, animal testing dates back to ancient Greeks, during the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE. Aristotle and Erasistratus were the first philosophers to test on animals. An Arabic physician, Ibn Zhur, from Moorish Spain in the 12th century then introduced animal testing for surgical procedures. Another man nicknamed “the father of vivisection” from the 2nd century was a Roman physician that dissected pigs and goats. Animals throughout history have mainly been used for biomedical research. There is actually a surprising amount of information about the history of animal testing, the only main purpose for animal testing is scientific research. What happens during animal testing? Animals are constrained to inhale substances, or it’s rubbed or injected into them. These innocent animals are then brought to an end and their tissue and organs are studied further. You think that’s bad? They are force fed chemicals, wires are implanted in their brains, multiple surgeries are conducted on them, their spines are broken on purpose and there’s plenty more. After all of this trauma they’re thrown back into cages and given pain killers. Rabbits, rats, mice, dogs, cats, monkeys, sheep, cows and more animals are tested on every day. I unfortunately couldn’t get deeper into what happens during animal testing, as Google only gives minimal information about such topics. I cannot be sure what businesses and companies are cruelty free, although they have cruelty-free stickers at the back, it doesn’t mean their products are cruelty- free, for example, big multinational toothpaste companies tests on animals themselves or through suppliers.
beings are not identical to the diseases that are presented to animals. Director of The National Cancer Institute, Dr Richard Klausner said that that they have cured mice of cancer for decades and it simply didn’t work in humans. I believe the only good use for animal testing is for medical purposes, in order to save the lives of humans, this doesn’t mean what they’re doing is still right, we unfortunately haven’t found a better way to do medical experiments without harming innocent animals. There are even alternatives that can be used by beauty and hair product companies but they’d rather harm animals. PETA is an organization that focuses on stopping unnecessary animal testing and harm towards animals. They have helped of 26 000 animals in over 250 cities in 2019. If you want to know more about animal cruelty and animal testing, just type in YouTube or Google ‘Save Ralph’. This information that I have gathered is stuff I found on the media, I have tried my very best to try and give truth. Unfortunately animal testing has no bans or laws against it.
I was on the official Peta website and I found a lot of information on why animal testing is wasteful and unnecessary. ‘The Journal of American Medical Association’ published an article stating, “patients and physicians should remain cautious about extrapolating the finding of prominent animal research to the care of human disease … poor replication of even high-quality animal studies should be expected by those who conduct clinical research.” Scientific research has shown that diseases that naturally occur in human
PETA is an organization that focuses on stopping unnecessary animal testing and harm towards animals. They have helped of 26 000 animals in over 250 cities in 2019.
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The Protection of the Deep Blue By Sascha Blackstock
Thalassophobia is the fear of the ocean, not the waves or the water its self but the unknown that lurks deep beneath it. Only 5% of the ocean has been discovered, charted and explored, which means there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of unknown life forms that exist not too far from where we all live. Now despite the fact that 95% of the ocean is still a mystery to us, there is a huge problem regarding that 5% that we do have access too. Everyone knows that humans have a massive negative impact on the earth; this includes our impact on the sea and the sea life. One of the biggest declines in ocean wildlife occurs due to fishing and overfishing, the worst of it being bycatch, the catching of non-target species. Bycatching results in the endangerment of loved species such as marine turtles, sea birds, dolphins and seals. This is why World Oceans Day is so important, it helps us realise the importance of our oceans and helps us preserve it for future generations.
World Oceans Day takes place on the 8th of June every year where millions of people come together to celebrate the worlds’ oceans and seas. Remember, the ocean is the earth’s largest ecosystem and we simply could not live without it which means we have to keep it safe and protected.
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About Our Heritage & Culture
Youth Day By Hopolang Ndlovu
Safa, Saphel’ Isizwe Esimnyama June days in South Africa can be dark, cold and short. The sun rises late and sets early. Mist masks roads ahead and behind. The month brings with it the year’s mid-point and shortest day; a chance to reflect on what has been, and what may lie ahead.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising that occurred on 16 June 1976, thousands of school children in Soweto, Johannesburg, withstood the Highveld cold to protest the apartheid government’s decision that they be educated in a strange and foreign language: Afrikaans. When the language of Afrikaans alongside English was made compulsory as a medium of instruction in schools in 1974, black students began mobilizing themselves. On 16 June 1976 between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilized by the South African Students Movement’s Action Committee supported by the Black Consciousness Movement marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the government’s directive. The march was meant to culminate at a rally in Orlando Stadium. Out on the street the students were confronted by the South African Police force (SAP). Teargas was followed by gunfire. Young bodies fell; Cameras clicked; Mothers and fathers wept as the collected their children’s cold lifeless bodies off the street. The apartheid system was shaken irrevocably. Youth Day takes its name from the energy and courage of those young learners. But had the police
not responded as they did, June 16 might simply be another winter’s day. In 1976, police actions embodied the unjust, indefensible and violent state attitude towards black citizens. It exposed, in ways not seen since the Sharpeville massacre on March 21, 1960 the violence through which apartheid was upheld. South Africans remember June 16, because youth took to the streets, but also because police looked them in the eye and pulled their triggers. June 16 is the symbol of the revolt of a generation of people who were born and grew up under a discriminatory apartheid regime. Young people who stood up in revolt were angry and took responsibility into their own terms to create their own history. This day is the realisation of a vision and a dream fought for by thousands of South African youths. It is a celebration of youth, power and unity, how we as young people can impact the world if we put our minds to it.
“Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” -Nelson Mandela
We should use Youth Day to reflect as a country on where we are, where we should be and how we should get there, the context of our lives today might be different to 1976, but in no way does it diminish the contribution of young people in creating a new society.
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Africa Day By Lesego Mashego
Set on the 25th of May each year, Africa Day signifies the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963 now known as the African Union. This year we celebrated 58 years of African liberalisation. Africa Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the beauty and rich culture of our continent, as well as our freedom from colonisation and apartheid. It is a day to appreciate the lost treasures of our history and heritage. Unfortunately, a very few people celebrate the day or even know of its existence. In fact only 12 of the 54 African countries recognise the day as a public holiday, and South Africa is not one of them. However this year, unlike before, our student body actually put some effort into celebrating this day. Despite the cold weather that morning, some students (myself included) showed up to school dressed in their best traditional attire. The councillors also held a competition to see who could name all the African countries. This was an attempt to challenge the infamous myth that Africa is one country – as well as other ignorant beliefs about The Motherland. The 25th of May is a day for us unite and honour the continued progress of our continent. I hope that next year more people will be willing to join to rejoice with us.
False myths about Africa 1. Africa is a country Africa is one of the largest continents in the world and has 54 countries, each with different cultures, kingdoms and tribes. It is even estimated that there is well over 2000 languages spoken on the African continent.
2. Africa lacks beauty Africa is not just all savannah and grasslands. The continent has beautiful cities, arts, and remarkable sites such as the Ruins of Meroe in Sudan, The Namib, and South Africa’s own Cradle of Humankind. And let’s not forget the glorious people who live on and descend from this continent!
3. There is no future for our continent Africa has been the home of many great leaders in history and produced great minds for thousands of years. We are much more advanced and capable of success than we give ourselves credit for. I truly believe that we have the potential to lead our continent and country to a brighter future.
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Heritage Day By Nontombi Mpolweni
Heritage Day recognises and celebrates cultural wealth of our nation. It is an important South African public holiday which is celebrated on the 24th of September each year since 1996, It is a day on which all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people. Many South Africans celebrate this day by remembering the cultural heritage of many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Instead of celebrating our individual cultures on heritage day, we have embraced the theme of unity to emphasise how as South Africans we are stronger together. The isizulu phrase “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” directly translates to English as: “ A person is a person because of people”. This proverb spans across languages, culture, and time capturing the essence of understanding, love, respect and unity amongst all South Africans. Most Africans spend this day eating cultural foods, wearing cultural clothing, and having ceremonies in respect of their cultures and beliefs.
Remember: Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. They are our touchstones, our point of reference, Our IDENTITY.
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About Words & Images
The Power of Words By Khanyisile Mathews
Words are the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use the force constructively with the words of encouragement or destructively with words of despair. Very often we as people say things that we do not mean or understand the meaning of. Words have the energy and power to help, to heal, to hinder, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.
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It is important that we understand the true meaning of words before using them. Many terms that you use on a day to day basis may come off as offensive to other people for example, The words “ghetto” and “loud” are terms that people usually associate with people of colour. A lot of the times it means something nasty or undesirable. Another word being “them” and “those people” can be very insulting when identifying someone of African heritage. We as people need to help our friends and family as well as our teachers understand the true meaning behind what they say. There are many situations where we hear people we know say something that we know is offensive to someone else, but we often keep quiet and laugh instead of correcting them. Now that we are living in a more diverse society we need to learn to understand and respect one another, and avoid using racial slurs and biased language.
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Remember words are powerful, they can create or they can destroy so choose your words wisely.
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Life Lessons from Fortnite By Justine Daly
I have recently joined the world of Fortnite...I know I’m like 5 years too late and about 20 years too old. But after being a Call of Duty fan for a number of years leapt across to Epic Game’s cartoon world of Fortnite. Now, after 5 weeks of playing Fortnite in Solos and Squads (4 player teams) I’ve noticed a number of similarities between Fortnite and the real world. I therefore thought I would jot down some of the lessons I’ve learnt from Fortnite.
Teamwork makes the dreamwork The key to Duos, Trios and Squad games is to always stick with your teammates. As awesome as solo matches are, there is something so reassuring to have a squad of friends close by. When things get tough you can rely on these players to help you win the firefight or to revive you if you get knocked down. In the real world the same applies. Friends can provide support, much needed companionship and hanging out with them, in the real world or virtually, gives you the opportunity to get things off your chest. As social beings we need friendship to help affirm our place in this world and to give us a sense of belonging
Listen carefully Footsteps close by are an indication of an enemy coming for you. In the real world, it’s important to pay attention to your environment. Listen carefully to things happening around you. Who do you have around you? Who is talking about you? Are they building you up or putting you down? And when you have friends around are you listening to them when they are opening up to you.
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Friends can provide support, much needed companionship and hanging out with them, in the real world or virtually, gives you the opportunity to get things off your chest.
Look for Pinatas or Airdrops
Communication is key
Sometimes life throws you little gifts and you need to be on the lookout for them to really get their full benefit. Often in a game your chances of success increase by the valuable items that you get from these little surprises. Often when we change our mindset to be on the lookout for blessings and opportunities, we end up noticing them around us more.
When in a team we need to know where our buddies are, what the game plan is, where we are headed and where the enemy is. In life, with any relationship, you need open communication. Sharing and communicating back and forth is a good place to start. This extends to school life, keeping good open channels of communication with peers and teachers keeps you on track and makes sure that you and your colleagues are on the same page.
Take on the challenge
Get well soon Sitting near a fireplace has healing qualities. In the game when you are in poor health, maybe you have run through the storm or just had a big shoot out. You need to huddle with your team or by yourself near a campfire. I would suggest that taking a bit of time out to calm your mind in the real world is also good for your health. Selfcare is important and helps reduce burnout, has healing effects and it recharges you for the next phase.
Being able to do things out of your comfort zone in life is challenging, but it is also very rewarding. In the game you are given the options to take on quests and challenges, these are a little more difficult but in completing them are you awarded bonus experience points, know as XP. Doing the same old thing every match is only going to increase your XP gradually, but trying something new, and out of your comfort zone, like visiting a new location or commandeering an alien spacecraft. Gives you bonus XP and makes you feel alive. There aren’t many spaceships in the real world but when opportunity presents itself for you to do something different and potentially rewarding, make the effort to step out of ‘your normal’ and do it.
Victory Royale And finally, getting a Victory Royale! Winning is not the only goal in Fortnite but man it feels good when you get it. In life you are not always going to be on the winning team, or be picked first, or get the marks you want. But when it finally all comes together, it feels fantastic and its worth celebrating with a little dance routine. LEGENDS 0221| Page 43
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