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SCHOOL SCENE FEVER September 18, 2013


Bugsy Malone at Laddsworth

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Cleaning up at YCAP....

>> The program challenges Grade 10 pupils to be empowered citizens NICOLE JOHN




The Grade seven pupils at Laddsworth Primary School in Hilton have been presenting the play, Bugsy Malone, to appreciative audiences. Set in New York City in 1929, the musical recaptures the ambience of the prohibition in the United States. The original 1976 musical gang­ ster film was made with an all–child cast that featured Jodie Foster, who was then 13. Pictured are the dancers who entertain guests at Fat Sam’s speakeasy (back, from left) Bianca Santoro, Kerryn Fourie, Danielle Confait, Unathi Mavundla, Julia Jarvel, and Ntokozo Zondi (front from left) Josie Grubb, Lauren Knobel, and Candace Swart.

Ready, Steady, Cook

USSELL High School has won the district and regional sections of the Youth Citizens Action Program (YCAP) and will be representing the province at the national competitions on 28 September in Cape Town. YCAP was launched by non–profit organization Afrika Tikkun in 2010, and challenges Grade 10 pupils to show what it means to be an empowered citizen with positive thinking. A small team of Grade 10 pupils, under the guidance of their teacher Glynnis Podmore, entered the competition. They identified littering as an ongoing problem, both in the school and the surrounding area. “Their theory was that people with bad intentions were often attracted to dirty, unkempt areas, therefore making it unsafe and undesirable,” said Moria Potter, school marketing coordinator. She added that this hypothesis was supported by the increase in muggings, particularly in the early mornings or late afternoons, near the school property. Russell High School is actively involved in many environmental campaigns, both internally and externally. The school is also involved in recycling programs and recently spent the day at the Botanical Gardens as part of a clean–up day. The team objective was to restore dignity and pride to the school by encouraging other pupils not to litter. They created posters around the school to increase awareness. The YCAP competition requires schools to present a portfolio of evidence in relation to the issue they were investigating, and the possible solu-


Pictured with their awards for winning the district and regional sections of the Youth Citizens Action Program (YCAP) are (from left) Thando Ngubane, Glynnis Podmore (teacher) and Siphiwe Ntuli. tions to the problems. The team presented their investigations to the school before rolling their plan of action out. Once this was done, they cleaned up the area around the school on a regular basis. They attempted to build a relationship with the community in the immediate block surrounding the school, as well as with the Msunduzi Municipality,togetthemtocomeonboardand support the anti–litter drive, which was successful. “Dumping of rubbish on the verges outside the school and along the road continues to be a problem, but the schoolisdeterminedtoidentifytheculprits. The girls recently staged a silent

protest at the intersection outside the school. The aim was to create awareness around the problem,” said Potter. The protest was successful and yielded response from community members who made generous donations towards the project. “Thepupilshopethatthecommunity and businesses in the area around the school will support this worthwhile stand as it will be a win–win situation for all,” said Potter. The team has already won R5 000 in the regional round which is to be used for the expansion of the school property. They are hoping to bring back the grand prize of R10 000 if they win the national round.

TWC pupils get quizzed on school history PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Grade four boys from Cordwalles Preparatory School, accompa­ nied by their parents, took part in the Parklane Super Spar Ready Steady Cook evening. With skottels of food sizzling, water boiling, cream whipped and strawberries being chopped frantically, each group had 45 minutes to produce a mouth watering main course and dessert, using only the ingredients provided in their mystery basket. Much fun and many a joke was shared by all. Parklane Super Spar provided an assortment of food, aprons and chef hats. Pictured are (from left) Nicholas Thomas, Zipho Dhlomo and Dean Pitts.


The Wykeham Collegiate junior school girls enthusiastically participated in a quiz on the history of the school set by old girls Lindsay Wayt and Gill Lotze (front, from left) Diya Naidoo, Sigrid Aadnesgaard, Paige Mackenzie, Kate Archibald (back, from left) Samantha Gilson, Emma Griffin and Yona Gwiliza.

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