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Northlink celebrates

staff achievements & 10 years of greatness Northlink’s competent, enthusiastic staff members are the backbone that supports our entire college and help carry it to greatness. At a special celebratory day for staff which coincided with our 10th anniversary of the college, members of staff were hosted to a real treat at Ratanga Junction. The event centred on thanking everyone and, upon arrival, guests received a gift and then shown the way to the “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed venue where the formal event and awards took place. The big celebration started off with a speech by our CEO, Leon Beech, thanking staff and wishing them well for the festive season. The Master of Ceremony, Michelle Damon, ensured the awards kept a brisk pace and Tamryn Marshall our Northlink’s Got Talent finalist, contributed to the entertainment. Staff dressed up according to the “‘Pirates” theme, and, apart from the recognition and awards ceremony, prizes for best dressed pirates added to the festive atmosphere. ”I felt intensely proud and privileged to have been nominated by my fellow colleagues and this has left me incredibly inspired,” said Chantal Lincoln, Quality Assurance Officer at Central Office and winner of the Professional Excellence Award. The staff enjoyed a marvellous lunch, had time to socialise with co-workers from the other campuses, and could end off the wonderful day on the rides at the park an opportunity which many used and enjoyed to the full. - Tracy-Lee Daniels

CEO: Leon Beech with some of the winners at our annual staff awards ceremony at Ratanga Junction. From left are Chantal Lincoln (Central Office), Melissa Samaai (Wingfield), Nolan Kearns (Protea) and Kobus Hanekom (Tygerberg).

Bedazzling Joseph and his dream coat brightens our 10-year celebrations

Northlink College’s Performing Arts Department presented the dazzling, family favourite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, starring Tyron Zoutman as Joseph and featuring the award-winning Eversdal Primary School choir under the guidance of Petro Bell. Joseph showcased at the Bellville Civic Theatre as part of our 10-year celebrations in September 2012. The first full-length musical by legendary theatrical team Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph is a retelling of the biblical story of Joseph, his devoted father, his jealous brothers, and his incredible series of adventures. The musical was only 20 minutes long when an unknown 19-year-old named Andrew Lloyd Webber first created it for a British school choir in 1968. He asked his friend Rice to write the lyrics and soon they expanded it to 40 minutes and took it to the London stage. Since then, Joseph has continued to grow, both in length and popularity. Says Kobus, Drama Lecturer at Tygerberg Campus: “Choosing Joseph also gave us the chance to cast scholars in the show. The children added so much to this musical and we believe they gained valuable experience by performing in a professional stage production.” This production is an annual highlight on our college calendar attended by some of the more prominent members of the performing arts industry to scout talent. The production not only gives students a chance to put their best foot forward, but also forms part of their assessment as they get critiqued on their performances. Filled with youthful energy, Joseph combines a wide variety of musical styles - everything from country and calypso to rock’n’roll - in a series of memorable musical numbers. Described as a high-voltage extravaganza, Joseph includes such classics as the contemplative “Any Dream Will Do,” the Caribbean infused “Benjamin Calypso,” the dazzling “Jacob and Sons/Joseph’s Coat,” the rockabilly sensation “Song of the King (Seven Fat Cows)” and the unforgettable “Go, Go, Go Joseph.” “These students deserve all the accolades that comes their way as this was a very professional and spectacular event to be a part of,” said a member of the audience after the finale that had the entire cast singing “Happy Birthday dear Northlink” while balloons fell from the ceiling and Tyron Zoutman in the lead role personifying the spirit of Joseph. the audience applauded to bring this production to an end. For more images visit We look forward to the next production of this astounding JosephProduction_2012 department. - Ivan Swart

Clothing production student set his sights on Design Indaba 2013 Zaza Jacobs, a Clothing Production student from Gugulethu, is a semi-finalist in Foschini’s Young Designer Awards. His challenge: To create a single garment of which the material and accessories should not exceed R1500 for exhibition at Design Indaba this year. The competition consists of two more rounds; the next early in the year and a final round where the winner’s garment will be on display throughout this prestigious convention. The garment has a specific theme that needs to be portrayed in the design and will be one of the main competition criteria. The catch however is that participants stay within the financial limits specified above, a tall order given the assignment’s nature. Says Adri Bell, Programme Manager: Clothing Production, “We are so proud of Zaza! The fact that he was chosen as one of the top entries for this round while competing with other institutions not only shows the quality of students Northlink produces, but also speaks volumes for the quality of our lecturing staff.” Traditionally Northlink’s students have been participating in the Foschini Young Designer Awards since inception, and the college is thus regarded as a “powerhouse” that brings a lot of value and talent to this competition every year. “I am so excited and can’t wait to start with my designs,” said Zaza during an interview with the Foschini crew after the announcement was made. We look forward to see Zaza’s creations and wish him all the best for the coming rounds. Ivan Swart

Northlink has consistently entered quality designs for the annual Foschini Young Designer Awards. Student Zaza Jacobs (3rd from left) is one of the semi-finalists. With him are (from left): Rukeya Isaacs (Foschini: PR Coordinator), Leandre Kark (Foschini: PR Manager), Zaza, Linda du Bruyn (Northlink College: Clothing Production Lecturer) and Yvonne Olivier (Northlink College: Clothing Production Lecturer).

Volume 01 | April 2013